Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow. Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Soft Landing for Bankers, Hard Times for Everyone Else
I've seen some truly amazing feats of magic, but here's one that beats them all. Right before your eyes, this thing rises into the air on its own, with no wires or mechanical devices giving it lift. And it hovers there effortlessly. But it's not magic, for magic is an illusion, and this gravity-defying phenomenon of perpetual levitation happens to be real. What is this "it" that keeps floating up, up, up? The annual bonuses paid to Wall Street's top bankers.
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Monday, November 01, 2010
Surprise! The People Speak
Michael Duke is the Big Wally of Walmart. As CEO of the low-wage behemoth, he siphons some $19 million a year in personal pay from the global retailer. How much is $19 million? Let's break it down in terms that Duke's own workforce can appreciate. While Big Wally's workers average about $9.50 an hour, Duke's pay comes to about $9,500 an hour. He pockets as much in two hours as Walmart workers make in a whole year!
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Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Flying the Un-Friendly Skies
It can be amusing to read the business section of newspapers, because corporate coverage tends to be carefully couched in phrases that either obfuscate what's really going on or are outright Orwellian.
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Wednesday, October 20, 2010
Corporate Corruptistan
The teabag forces are out front in today's politics, noisily trying to oust Democrats and install a new Congress that they think will end "business-as-usual" in Washington. Nice political rhetoric, but peek behind the curtain.
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Wednesday, October 06, 2010
Executive Excess
Look out, they're angry. Foaming-at-the-mouth angry. And they're lashing out, saying they won't take it anymore. As one of their leaders angrily cried, "It's a war." Indeed — they're on the move to take their country back. Forget the tea party rowdies, this is the champagne party! More precisely, it's the Dom Perignon-$1,000-a-bottle-champagne-party, propelled by — get this — billionaire's rage.
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Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Boehner's Perpetual Tan and Other Scary Stories
John Boehner is known for his ties and his tan. You've probably never heard of this Ohio Republican, who's been the minority leader for four years, but he has big plans to be the next speaker of the U.S. House. Who is he? For clues, look no further than those ties and that tan.
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Thursday, September 23, 2010
Bleeding-Heart Republicans
Who says that Republican congress-critters don't care about minorities in our society? Why, at this very moment, they are pushing hard to pass a $372 billion federal program to lift the economic fortunes of just one minority group - a far more generous proposal than Barack Obama has even dared to contemplate. The focus of the GOP's generosity is a true American minority: the richest one-tenth of one percent of our people.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2010
Exporting Jobs, Importing Workers
Maybe you're one of the thousands of young lawyers in America working in some low-skill, part-time job because law firms have cut so many of the starting positions you were educated to take. If so, I have good news: Jobs for young lawyers are now mushrooming in companies that provide legal services to U.S. corporations. Unfortunately, you'll have to move to India to get one. And the pay will be - how shall I put this? - "disappointing."
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Wednesday, September 08, 2010
Two Multibillionaire Brothers Are Remaking America for Their Own Benefit
There's a difference between being paranoid and being suspicious. Paranoia is mental disturbance; suspicion is a rational deduction. For example, if you suspect that America's economy, politics, government, media, judiciary and practically every other system has been wired to favor corporate interests over every other interest in our country, you're deducing, not hallucinating.
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Saturday, September 04, 2010
A Labor Day Commitment to the Common Good
America's corporate chieftains must love poor people, for they're doing all they can to create millions more of them. They're knocking down wages, offshoring everything from manufacturing jobs to high tech, reducing full-time work to part-time, downsizing our workplaces, busting unions, cutting health care coverage and canceling pensions - while also lobbying in Washington to privatize Social Security, eliminate job safety protections, restrict unemployment benefits, kill job-creating programs and increase corporate control of our elections.
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