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, February 07, 2018
Exposing Our 'Populist' President as a Naked Plutocrat
Why does Donald Trump constantly preface his outlandish lies with such phrases as: "To be honest with you," "To tell the truth" and "Believe me"? Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so...
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"Just as progressives deliberately pushed public policies to create the middle class, so are today's economic royalists deliberately pushing plutocratic policies to destroy it." (Hollywata/Flickr cc 2.0) Views
Wednesday, January 10, 2018
What's Killing America's Middle Class?
It is said that the rich and poor will always be among us — but nowhere is it written that the middle class is a sure thing. Even in this country of grand egalitarian aspirations — where the common yeoman (neither rich nor poor) has been hailed from 1776 forward as America's greatest strength — the...
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Wednesday, January 03, 2018
Inequality is Feeding America
Inequality doesn't just come out of the blue; it's intentionally created by decisions that elites make — usually behind closed doors, so those knocked down don't know what (or who) hit them. Take America's 4 million fast-food workers, whose average pay hovers around a miserly $300 a week before...
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Migrant workers harvest lettuce at Lakeside Organic Gardens in Watsonville, CA (USDA photo by Bob Nichols.) Views
Thursday, December 28, 2017
America’s Farmworkers Face Poverty, Neglect, and Now Deportation
Every decade or so, America’s mass media are surprised to discover that migrant farmworkers are being miserably paid and despicably treated by the industry that profits from their labor. Stories run, the public is outraged, assorted officials pledge action, then… nothing changes. Several news...
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"Craft breweries are gaining market share — production of good beer was up 12 percent last year to 24.6 million barrels." (Photo: Alcase/flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Breakfast and Beer
Let's talk about two daily essentials: Breakfast and, of course, beer. Mass marketers of breakfast cereals have been in a downward sales spiral for about a decade, so they're getting back to their roots (sort of). Few folks know that some of the oldest and biggest brands of today's artificially...
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"Uber-rich Amazon doesn't need and certainly doesn't deserve this giveaway, but officials in 238 cities have prostrated themselves in front of the welfare queen in an embarrassing bid to win her nod." Views
Wednesday, November 01, 2017
Why Does Amazon Get Corporate Welfare?
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is the man of unbounded ambition who founded Amazon, the online retailing colossus that trumpets itself as "Earth's most customer-centric company." He's considered a model of tech wizardry for having totally reinvented retail marketing for our smart-phone, globally-linked age...
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They’re creating a robot economy in order to displace you and me with inexpensive machines that don’t demand higher wages or health care, don’t take sick days or vacations, and don’t organize unions, file lawsuits, or vote for pro-worker politicians. Views
Friday, October 20, 2017
Are You Ready For Corporate America’s Robot Economy?
There’s a robot in your future. Not one of those cute little labor-saving automatons – like a “Roomba” vacuum cleaner. Far from saving you from doing extra labor, this new wave of robots is being brought into your workplace to rescue corporate bosses from paying you to work for them. Oh, you might...
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Donald Trump, who promised last year to close the special hedge-fund tax break, has mysteriously omitted that vow from the “tax reform” framework the White House released this fall. (Photo: Shutterstock) Views
Saturday, October 14, 2017
What Happened to Trump’s Pledge to Close This Billionaire Loophole?
These are hard times for America’s gold miners. They’re scrambling to get ahead, but seeing their pay dropping. Take Bob Mercer, who’s been a top miner for years, but last year even Bob was down. He pulled in only $125 million in pay . Can you feel Bob’s pain? Well, these aren’t your normal miners...
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All of this reckless spending of our tax dollars for a 1,900-mile barricade of both physical and symbolic ugliness that only an extremist minority of Americans support. Views
Wednesday, September 06, 2017
The Gaping Hole in Trump's Border Wall
How much of our money does Donald Trump want to pour into his xenophobic fantasy of erecting an impenetrable wall on our Mexican border? The big-businessman-turned-president insists that costs be damned — just build it! That seems to be a very un-businesslike approach — but then, it's not his money...
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So, the banksters crash the economy, you lose income and your home, they buy your house at auction, then they rent it to you at an ever-increasing price. Views
Wednesday, August 09, 2017
Wall Street Thieves Find New Ways to Steal From Us
In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth and opportunities. Far from getting punishment, however, these financial scofflaws were bailed out by their Washington enablers — so the moral lesson they learned was clear: Stupid pays! Sure enough,...
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