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, August 25, 2010
Wall Street's Connected Lobbyists
Congress finally passed a moderate reform package to tighten regulations on the banksters of Wall Street. Of course, the banksters howled, protesting even the meekest of reforms - but the package is now the law, so that's that. Right? Uh ... no. What Congress passed is a 2,300-page compendium of concepts, leaving the real decision-making about the details of financial regulation in the hands of the Federal Reserve, the SEC, the Commodity Futures Trading Commission and other regulatory agencies.
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Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Corporate America Speaking Out
Congressional Republicans have spent the first two years of the Obama administration as the rock-solid party of "no," "uh-uh," "no way," "forget about it," "nothing doing," "we're-against-it-and-we'll-kill-it." This is one reason their job approval rating is lower than that of BP executives.
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010
New Outrages Keep Gushing From BP
With BP's well capped and CEO Tony Hayward exiled to Russia, perhaps you thought that surely there will be no additional revelations about BP to enrage you. But now comes this: prison labor.
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Wednesday, August 04, 2010
Fighting Back Against the Banksters
Oh, them wild and naughty bankers! What in the world will those rapacious rapscallions of Wall Street do next?
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Truth and Irony in Agriculture Fiascos
The Shirley Sherrod Story started innocently. It was a beautiful anecdote of redemption and personal growth, which she related last year at a meeting of the Georgia NAACP. The story told by this black Agriculture Department official would have ended there, unnoticed by the rest of us. But it was caught up by a malicious political wind that swept it all the way to Washington. There, it sucked up an enormous volume of political hot air, then burst into the national news like a furious tornado, ripping the roofs from several big houses of power to reveal a mess of ugliness within.
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Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Grinning Bankers
Like ugly on a toad, banker greed just can't be rinsed off, no matter how much regulatory soap you use.
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Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Jobless 'Recovery' Requires Us to Rebuild America
The good news is that America's economy continues to grow. The bad news is that most people's personal economies continue to shrivel. The June report on jobs glows with the happy news that America's unemployment rate has fallen to 9.5 percent - the best we've had in a year! "We are headed in the right direction," trumpeted President Obama.
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Wednesday, July 07, 2010
Reassembling America's Democracy
On the Fourth of July, we celebrated Jefferson, Franklin, Adams, Madison and all the other great men who created our democracy, right? Not exactly. The Founders did create the framework for a democratic republic, but they didn't create much democracy. Indeed, in America's first presidential election, only 4 percent of the people were even eligible to vote.
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Wednesday, June 30, 2010
The GOP's Genetic Link to Big Oil
If scientists were to compare the DNA of Republican congress-critters and of oil corporations, I'll bet they'd find that they match perfectly. After all, the two species have identical political instincts and seem to have a natural affinity for each other — so I'm pretty sure they sprang from the same genetic pool.
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Wednesday, June 23, 2010
Enter, Real Populists
Few people today call themselves populists, but I think most are. I'm not talking about the recent political outbursts by confused, used and abused tea-bag ranters who've been organized by corporate front groups to spread a hatred of government.
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