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, July 01, 2009
The Fourth of July is a Celebration of Agitation
Are you an agitator? You know, one of those people who won't leave well enough alone, who's always questioning authority and trying to stir things up.
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Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Today's Perpetrators of Gas Pump Thievery
Like a Fourth of July crescendo of fireworks, our gasoline prices are rising higher and higher. While this is tough on consumers, we're assured by a covey of tongue-clucking industry analysts that nothing can be done about it, for it's simply the law of supply and demand in action - so suck it up, and pay up. But hold your BPExxonMobilShellChevron horses right there. Supply and demand? The supply of crude oil has risen this year to its highest level in nearly two decades, even while the demand for gasoline has dropped dramatically, having fallen this month to a 10-year low.
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Thursday, June 18, 2009
Pockets of Influence in Washington
What do shoplifters and members of Congress have in common? Tailor-made clothing. Like a shoplifter's long coat, the suits of many lawmakers come with an astonishing array of inside pockets that hold surprising volumes of loot. We already know about various conduits that politicians have crafted to funnel cash into their election campaigns, but USA Today recently reported that our congressional stalwarts have also created a series of less-obvious pockets for stashing special-interest influence money.
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Wednesday, June 03, 2009
Stopping the Desecration of Mountaintop Removal
Obama spaketh, and it was good: "We have to find more environmentally sound ways of mining coal than simply blowing the tops off mountains," he proclaimed. And, yea, in the mountains and down through all the valleys of the ancient land of Appalachia, hearts were filled with joy, for here was a prophet of hope who was signaling that a change was coming - at last, the endtime was at hand for the brutish coal-mining method called "mountaintop removal," which is an abomination.
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Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Look Who's Begging for Regulation
"Regulate the health insurance giants," chanted the reformers. "Stop denying coverage to sick people," they demanded. "Stop jacking up premiums," they cried. "Health coverage for all," they bellowed. It was an impressive show that the health care reform movement put on last week at a hearing before the Senate finance committee. It was especially impressive because those doing the chanting, demanding, crying and bellowing were not aggrieved outsiders, but the ultimate insiders - the health insurance giants themselves!
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Saturday, May 09, 2009
Populism is Not a Style, It's a People's Rebellion Against Corporate Power
When I lived in Washington, DC, in the 1970s, I got a call from a friend of mine who worked for the Congressional Research Service--a legislative agency that digs up facts, prepares briefing papers, and otherwise does research on any topic requested by members of Congress.
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Thursday, May 07, 2009
US Senate Stiffs the People, Cheers Wall Street
Sam Rayburn, a longtime speaker of the U.S. House, once said, "Every now and then, a politician ought to do something just because it's right." Last week, 45 U.S. senators dodged an excellent chance to do just what Mr. Sam advised. At issue was a straightforward, common-sense amendment proposed by Dick Durbin, D-Ill. It would have allowed bankruptcy judges to help hundreds of thousands of financially strapped homeowners who now find themselves trapped by exploding, exorbitant interest rates that bankers had attached to their loans.
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Monday, May 04, 2009
Bank Profits, Banker Pay and Other Banker Tricks
I'd like nothing more than to give the bailout scandal a rest - but the bankers won't let me! They just keep coming at us with ever-more-clever inventions of greed and deceit. Their latest bit of hocus-pocus, accompanied by big puffs of smoke, is a dazzling show of profits. Yes, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other financial giants that only yesterday were insolvent basket cases now report that - poof! - in the first quarter of this year, they magically produced blockbuster profits. Absolutely A-mazing!
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Wednesday, April 22, 2009
What's Up With the Governor of Texas?
Texas politics has long been a source of great amusement for the people of our state, but it's often a source of bafflement for people beyond our borders. So, sometimes there's a need to explain what's going on here, and this is one of those times. In this case, the explanation is simple: Our governor is a goober.
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Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Look Out for the Blimp That Doesn't Blink
I've always wondered: What was the guy who invented bagpipes really trying to make? Well, at least that wheezing, whining invention turned out to be merely irritating, not actually dangerous. Leave it to the Dr. Strangelovian schemers at the Pentagon, however, to come up with an invention that is both irritating and truly dangerous, as well as being a galloping rip-off of us taxpayers.
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