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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.

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
Activism-SF-USA

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
Real News

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
White House, Trump, CEO

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
Egg, Chicken, Agribusiness

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
Vegetables are seen at a farmers market in Los Angeles, California, United States May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson

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
Trump

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
White Trump Supporters, America

Is Trump’s America Really Our America?

The Donald and his thuggish regime of demagogic nativists from the far-right fringe are hoping we’re the timorous America. They shout that the people voted for the fair-haired strongman, and now they expect him to save them from bloodthirsty terrorists sneaking into America from Muslim nations. But wait — first of all, the majority of us did not vote for him. So spare us the lie that you have a “mandate” to discriminate.

February 3, 2017
Congress, Paul Ruan

Why So Many People Loathe Congress

Speaker Ryan himself wallows in a mud pit of congressional entitlements that working stiffs couldn’t imagine: A $223,500 annual paycheck, free limousine and chauffeur, a maximum-coverage health plan, a tax-paid PR agent, lavish expense account, free travel… and, of course, a platinum-level congressional retirement program funded by the very taxpayers who’s Social Security he’s out to kill. Yet, Ryan wonders why Congress’ public approval rating is plummeting toward single digits.

January 26, 2017
Reign of Trump

Together We Can Beat Back The Reign Of Trump

It’s time for us to double down on what can be seen as the progressive community’s shared campaign for populist justice. We can beat back the brutishness the Reign of Trump promises — if we seriously unite. So, yes, buckle up. But more importantly, buck up!

January 18, 2017
Ivanka, Donald Trump, Tax

Searching For Integrity In Trumplandia

We’ve been suckered with this tax holiday scam before. In 2004, George W. Bush pulled it on us — and instead of creating jobs, the corporate tax-dodgers eliminated thousands more of our jobs! The way to know whether or not Trump’s tax holiday will benefit workers is to see if it requires that corporations actually create the thousands of good jobs promised before they get the tax break. Anything less is just another swindle.

January 11, 2017
Fighting Bob Fest, Political Party

A Political Party Worth Joining

The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.” It’s a daylong political festival run by a coalition of Wisconsin progressives who believe in “putting the party back in politics.”

January 4, 2017
War on Christmas, Pope Francis, Right-Wing

The War On Christmas: Right-Wingers, The Red Pope, and Jesus

Aah, ’tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols — and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war. Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no — this is the far right’s God-awful “War on Christmas.”

December 28, 2016
Trump economy fix

What Exactly Is The ‘Trump Fix’ For The Economy?

The transition team itself is a viper’s nest of pay-to-play corporate interests. These are not people who are going to finance any sort of working-class populism; they instead intend to use The Donald’s victory to impose a plutocracy over America.

December 21, 2016
Rick Perry, Energy Department, Trump Cabinet

Why In The World Would Trump Tap Perry To Be Energy Secretary?

Rick Perry has zero expertise or experience for the job he’s being handed, but he has beaucoup of both for the “job” he’s actually being empowered to do on the American people and our environment.

December 14, 2016
Emperor Trump, Conspiracy theorist in chief

Emperor Trump Reveals His Populist Charade

As America’s working stiffs know, if you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu. And now we know what Augustus Trumpus will be serving. Trump’s no populist, he’s a full-time corporatist.

December 8, 2016

The New ‘Founder’ — Brought To You By The Koch Brothers

Gov. Greg Abbott, the multimillionaire protege of the Koch brothers, revealed that he has penned NINE new amendments to the Constitution. Forget the Bill of Rights, Abbott is proposing a Bill of Sale, effectively transferring the title of our national government from The People to The Plutocrats.

December 1, 2016
Trump, Ryan health care

The GOP Two-Step: Republican Trump Critics Fall In Line

Like clowns in a jack-in-the-box, they kept popping out to decry The Donald’s latest attack on the people he hates. Then they meekly folded back into the box, reiterating that, well, they would still endorse him.

November 23, 2016
Pull any right-wing thread to find the Koch connection

Tug On Any Right-Wing Thread To Find The Koch Connection

Donald Trump is not the only — or even the biggest — real and present danger to our democratic republic. Dark money from the Koch brothers and their billionaire brethren is the real threat.

November 16, 2016
Trump does not have a mandate for racism

Trump Does Not Have A Mandate For Racism

The major message from voters was, “We want change.” Trump is in the White House, but the takeaway from voters in this election is a mandate for progressive economic populism, not racism.

November 10, 2016
Trump border wall

Why We Should Reach Across Borders, Not Close Them

Trump doesn’t concern himself with the hardship his wall extension would have on the hard-working people living along the border. Rather than walling-off borders, our true national security requires that we reach across them in all directions.

November 3, 2016
Cannon Ball Saga: Dakota Access Pipeline protesters square off against police

The Cannon Ball Saga: An Epic Story From The American Heartland

There is an epic clash of two cultures — one with a guiding ethic of harmony between people and nature, the other driven by an ethos that encourages the exploitation of both. Yet, for months, our clueless media gave this match-up little coverage

October 26, 2016