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Friday, September 22, 2017
Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a nationally syndicated columnist and one of America's most prominent progressive voices. His column carried by more than 75 publications across the country. Prior to becoming a writer, Hightower served as Texas Agricultural Commission from 1982 to 1991.

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Populist Victories Won In This Conservative Colorado Town

Since the 1990s, Colorado Springs has been shaped by an inordinate number of right-wing institutions. Yet, the Springs also is home to a hardy band of progressives, including environmentalists, unionists, women’s champions, scrappy entrepreneurs, LGBTQ activists, students and teachers, a sizeable immigrant population, social justice church groups and some sensible libertarians.

September 21, 2017
Senate

How To Get A Health Care System For People, Not Just For Corporate Profit

Sanders’ proposal (like Rep. John Conyers’ bill in the U.S. House) will cut the health care costs paid by typical working families from some $6,200 a year to $466. It’ll also cut out the complexity and stress of getting the care you need — just go to any private doctor you choose, show your public insurance card and — Bingo — you’re in! No more co-pays, deductibles or fighting with corporate insurance bureaucrats trying to keep you out.

September 16, 2017

The Gaping Hole In Trump’s Border Wall

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, is it? For those of you who do care, one measure of what the total tab might be is that he’s now demanding $1.6 billion from Congress to start construction. How much wall will that buy? Seventy-four miles. And how long is the U.S.-Mexican border that he wants to seal off? One thousand, nine-hundred miles long. So, $1.6 billion down, and only 1,826 miles to go!

September 7, 2017
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Is The World Really Running Out Of Sand?

Little known fact: Practically every skyscraper in every one of the world’s cities is essentially made of sand. As are nearly all shopping malls, condo complexes, office towers, parking garages, airport terminals, dams and other large structures. America builds with concrete — gabillions of tons of it — and concrete is nothing but sand mixed with a bit of gravel and water, then bound together with cement and a few other ingredients, and allowed to harden. In addition, every glass window in those structures is made of melted sand.

September 3, 2017
Betsy DeVos, Flint

Does Anyone Really Think Corporate Profiteers Are Going To Educate Our Children Well?

Where are Charlie and Dave, Mrs. Koch’s two mischievous boys?While the Koch brothers have stayed out of the national limelight since the White House was acquired by Trump and Company, that doesn’t mean the two right-wing billionaire brats are any less active…

July 24, 2017

Amazon Buys Out Whole Foods Market

As an Associated Press article joyously put it, “The U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.” At long last, the American dream is back for working families, right? Well … in a word: No. Further down in the article, AP’s sweet news turns sour with this little admission: “About all that’s still missing [in the jobs market] is a broad acceleration in pay.”

June 29, 2017
Trump, Putin

Truly ‘Amazing’ President Trump

You’re right, however, that we Americans are seeing truly “amazing results” from your six months on the job: We’re amazed that in such a short time your so-called presidency is mired in conflicts of interest, constitutional quagmires, erratic behavior, ideological arrogance, tweeted ignorance, lame policy proposals and — let’s admit the obvious — your own incompetence.

June 23, 2017
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The GOP Will Free You From Having Health Care

But right-wing, corporate-funded ideologues have fabricated a new negative notion of “freedoms” derived from individual choice. You’re free to be poor, free to be politically powerless or free to be ill and uncared for — it’s all a matter of decisions you freely make in life, and our larger society has no business interfering with your free will.

June 14, 2017
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Will You Enlist In Trump’s War?

Doggonit, Donald Trump missed the opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest! Ever in history!

June 8, 2017

Where Does Inequality Come From?

The vast inequality that’s rending our society is not a natural, inevitable or accidental phenomenon — it’s caused intentionally by policy-decisions that corporate and political officials make, often in tandem. Every now and then, we commoners get a glimpse of inequality in the making, as we did recently when the GOP Boss of the House, Rep. Paul Ryan rammed the awful Trumpcare bill through that chamber.

June 3, 2017

What Is Worse Than Being Poor?

What educational lesson is this teaching? And what’s the matter with school boards and lawmakers who are either allowing or directly causing this abuse, using school lunch to punish the poor?

May 28, 2017

Stop Blaming Workers, The Bosses Made This Mess

The signs in our streets have inscriptions in both languages… Unless the stream of the importation could be turned they will soon so outnumber us that all the advantages we have will not be able to preserve our language, and even our government will become precarious.”

May 17, 2017
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Trumpty Dumpty: He’s Off The Wall

As President Trump is finding out in his ill-fated war with Mexico, the problem that world powers have when they pick fights with seemingly powerless countries is that even small dogs have sharp teeth.

May 11, 2017
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Populism Is Not About Mobs, Anti-Government Rants Or Opinion Polls

If a political pollster asked whether I consider myself a conservative or a liberal, I’d answer, “No.” Not to be cute — I have a bit of both in me — but because, like most Americans, my beliefs can’t be squeezed into either of the tidy little boxes that the establishment provides. I’ve observed that the true political spectrum in our society does not range from right to left, but from top to bottom. This is how America’s economic and political systems really shake out, with each of us located somewhere high or low that spectrum.

May 3, 2017

How To Keep ‘Public’ And ‘Service’ In Our Public Postal Service

The $5 billion in red ink that the paper’s editorial propagandists touted is not real, but instead, is a deliberate bookkeeping hoax created by Congress to make the public think that our Post Office is a hopeless money loser that should be privatized. In 2006, Congress piled an artificial “loss” on the Postal Service by decreeing that it must pre-fund the healthcare costs of future retirees 75 years in advance. That includes retirees who’re not even born yet!

April 27, 2017
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To Have A People’s Government, We The People Must Build It

After all, millions of our neighbors have long been disengaged, viewing the political scrum as somewhere between irrelevant and repugnant. But, suddenly they’re back — alert not only to Trump, but to their congress critters and to that menagerie of freaky, rightwing corporate mutants that Trump-Pence has put in charge of our government. In January, one red-district Texan told a reporter: “I think of politics the way I think of my car. I just want it to run [without my spending] a lot of time.”

April 20, 2017

How Can We Stop Banksters From Robbing Us?

It turns out that being “a paragon of big-banker virtue” is not at all the same as being a virtuous human being. Banker elites don’t get paid the big bucks by “doing what’s right,” but by doing what’s most profitable — and that means cutting corners on ethics, common decency and the golden rule.

April 12, 2017
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Activism Is The Only Hope Of Restoring America’s Democratic Principles

The place to focus our intense activism is where the action is already happening — right in the communities and states where we live. Yes, Trump, Inc. is out to turn Washington into a plutocratic Heart of Darkness and, yes, we must rally together to resist the horrors it promises.

April 5, 2017
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Real News? How Americans Confront Big Problems At The Grassroots

Corporate Power. Trump and his like-minded congress critters are gearing up to unleash corporate profiteers from practically all restraints that protect us ordinary people, our natural resources, and even our core values from their greed.

March 29, 2017
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How Magical Is Donald Trump?

Far from alleviating his voters’ anger and despair, Trump is already betraying them, as revealed by the actual proposals he’s made and the people he’s brought inside the White House. Remember his promise to “drain the swamp” in Washington? Instead, he’s pulled a new slew of creepy-crawly swamp creatures out of his hat to help him run the country

March 16, 2017
Trump, Mentally Ill

What Should We Do About A Mentally Ill President?

It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged. He is pathologically addicted to lying, bizarrely repeating his most blatant fabrications even after they’ve been totally debunked.

March 10, 2017
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Why Agribusiness Has A Serious Chicken And The Egg Problem

Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somewhere between wacko and criminal: animal rights activists.

March 2, 2017
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The Wall Street Plowboys

The Wall Street plowboys don’t soil their own soft hands by actually farming, they’ve figured out how to “work” the land without touching it — and how to harvest a sweet profit. While Wall Street is getting rich off the backs of farmers, the workers who grow and harvest the cornucopia of fruit and veggies in the rich fields across America live in a constant crisis of poverty, malnutrition, and homelessness.

February 23, 2017
Farms, Food

It’s Time To Put Food Policy Back On The Table

The farm crisis has not gone away, though hundreds of thousands of farm families have. The economic devastation in farm country continues unabated as agribusiness profiteers, Wall Street speculators, urban sprawlers, and corrupted political elites squeeze the life out of farmers and rural America.

February 16, 2017
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Hallelujah, President Trump Rushes To Aid The Needy!

Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say that people on the lower rungs of the economic ladder — the poor and the failing middle class— are the ones Congress should focus on. But, then, regular people don’t run Congress — or Donald Trump’s White House.

February 10, 2017