Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the books "Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow" (2008) and "There's Nothing in the Middle of the Road But Yellow Stripes and Dead Armadillos: A Work of Political Subversion" (1998). 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, 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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Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Obama's Triple Surge Into Afghanistan
Hi-ho, hi-ho, it's off to war we go! As President Barack Obama begins winding down the Bush war in Iraq, he is building up his own war farther east. We're told that it will be a new, expanded, extra-special American adventure in Afghanistan, involving a vigorous surge strategy to "stabilize" this perpetually unstable land.
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Sunday, March 15, 2009
Mexican Money Deal Taints 'Times'
THE NEW YORK TIMES, America's most prestigious newspaper, has recently rolled over into a deep ditch of debt. Its chances of getting out were estimated to be slim and none. So the paper's corporate executives chose Slim.
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Thursday, March 12, 2009
Fighting Back in America's 30-Year Class War
David Brooks was upset. You can tell when this conservative and rather-professorial columnist for The New York Times gets upset, because his words almost sag with disappointment - you can practically hear the tsk-tsks and the heavy sighs in each paragraph. When most commentators on the right see things that offend them, they get snarling mad; Brooks gets sad.
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