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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.

Politics, Top News, Congress, Memorial Day Recess, Highway Trust Fund, Budget, Voting, Partisanship, Infrastructure

What Do Those People Want? A Fresh Democratic Agenda

What do those people want? Progress!

June 21, 2018
Trump is ripping us off

Zany White House Freak Show Distracts From Crooked Machinations

The helter-skelter zaniness, however, is like a magician’s smokescreen – a distraction from the Trumpsters’ sleight-of-hand manipulations being made daily out of public view.

June 16, 2018

Saving The Postal Service From Trump (And Amazon)

Trump has fired off several rounds of angry tweets assailing Bezos, including a potshot claiming that Amazon is ripping off the post office by underpaying for the millions of its packages that the postal services ships.

June 10, 2018

A Wall Street Sin Tax

It’s time to put the Wall Street tax back on the table. Rather than just cutting back on the middle class and on America’s future — as the no-can-do leaders in Washington propose — let’s invest in the grassroots people to build America up.

June 1, 2018
heavy security for inaugural in DC

Goons In Gucci

In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and political power.

May 25, 2018

Trump’s New War

Get ready, America — here we go… to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil: A war on the poor.

May 12, 2018
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Patience And Secrecy In The Kochs’ Complex Conspiracy

And now, that sickness has grown more virulent, confronting us in the form of a complex, sophisticated web of efforts funded by brothers Charles and David Koch and their billionaire buddies who share the same set of extreme…

May 7, 2018
White House anti-Semitism

A Plutocratic Coup

Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of country’s history. We tend believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national character. But we do do coups. In fact, the country itself was founded on an armed coup to replace the legal ruler, King George III, with a gang of revolutionary upstarts.

April 25, 2018
Businessman David Koch arrives at the Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute Gala Benefit celebrating the opening of "Charles James: Beyond Fashion" in Upper Manhattan, New York in this May 5, 2014 file photo. The billionaire industrialist Koch brothers, the most powerful conservative mega donors in the United States, will not use their $400 million political arsenal to block Republican front-runner Donald Trump's path to the presidential nomination, a spokesman told Reuters on March 2, 2016. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/Files

Examining the Kochtopus

Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America’s core democratic principle of majority rule — the will of The People — with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that “property” (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good.

April 22, 2018
jim and demarco

Learning From DeMarco

She’s been a teacher, a leader of public interest groups, an investigative journalist, the author of three books, a government official, a public policy innovator and a mentor, as well as a lifelong champion of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. In other words, as one activist put it, “she’s a firecracker.”

April 16, 2018
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How The Greedy Undermine The Common Good

Sometimes, it’s useful to state the obvious. Here’s a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America’s economy is enormous. It’s worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today’s Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly forcing a regime of austerity on our nation.

April 5, 2018
Nassar

Betsy DeVos Winks At Big Banks Fleecing Students

She is Donald Trump’s multi-billionaire Education Secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over Democracy. DeVos presently holds first place in the contest for worst member of Donald Trump’s cabinet (a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp).

March 30, 2018
Billionaire

Don’t Fall For Corporate ‘Sweepstakes’ Games

Sounds positive… until you ask the key question: Innovation for what purpose? After all, some of society’s most inventive minds are flimflammers, Ponzi-schemers, gamers and embezzlers. Sure enough, an inordinate amount of the innovation comes out of corporate suites these days, amounting to shameless schemes to dupe and rip off rank and file workers.

March 27, 2018

Everybody Does Better When Everybody Does Better

But he knew about bankers who regularly squeezed small-business families like ours with usurious interest rates. He knew how rough it was for a local business to fight off deep-pocketed chain stores that use predatory pricing and sledgehammer advertising budgets to seize local markets.

March 16, 2018

What The Dow Jones Average Doesn’t Tell Us

Consider that the most common measurement that the media, politicians and corporations use to tell us whether our economy is zooming or sputtering is Wall Street’s index of stock prices. The media literally spews out some number every hour indicating that the Dow Jones Average of stock prices is up, down or sluggish — as though everyone is waiting breathlessly for that news.

March 11, 2018

The Zeitgeist, It Is A-Changing

One thing these victors have in common is that each of them is openly transgender. Even two years ago, political pros assumed that transgender people were unelectable nearly everywhere. So these eight barrier busters show how rapidly attitudes are changing, even in this bigoted time of Trump.

March 1, 2018
Dictionary, DARE, American Regional English, Wisconsin, Higher Education, National News, Linguistics

What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next?

Their latest victim was a much-honored word that has produced a whole family of world literature: “Satire.” This powerful noun embodied the use of sarcasm and ridicule to expose the vanity and vice of public figures, but Trump himself killed satire by starving it of any meaning.

February 23, 2018
U.S. President Donald Trump speaks during a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in the East Room of the White House in Washington

Exposing Our ‘Populist’ President As A Naked Plutocrat

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 he reflexively tries to puff up his credibility with an extra dose of bluster: “No really, trust me, I never lie…” In fact, just in the past year, Trump’s documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon!

February 9, 2018
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Why The American Majority Despises Trump’s Washington

Donald Trump, never lacking in self-esteem, bragged in 2016: “I know words — I have the best words.” Well, sometimes he does put together a coherent sentence, using some very fine words that convey great promise, such as this one: “I’m going to fight for every person in this country who believes government should serve […]

February 1, 2018
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Fed Up With Corporate Politics, Progressive Democrats Are Organizing — And Winning

Last June, after Democratic candidates had lost four straight special Congressional elections (Rob Quist in Montana, James Thompson in Kansas, Archie Parnell in South Carolina, and Jon Ossoff in Georgia), America’s purveyors of conventional political wisdom simultaneously jumped to the conclusion that the policies and message of Democrats were just too progressive for our nation […]

January 25, 2018
subsidies

Who Really Pays For Subsidies To Big Business?

The hustlers claim that job incentives are a sound investment of our tax dollars, because those new jobs create new taxpayers, meaning investments soon pay for themselves. Hmmm … not quite. In fact, not even close. Last year, a watchdog outfit called Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at […]

January 22, 2018
identity politics in america

What’s Killing America’s Middle Class?

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 U.S. actually had no broad middle class until one was created in the 1930s and ’40s. Before then, most Americans either lived in poverty or right next door.

January 13, 2018
inequality in america

Inequality Is Feeding America

With the labor market tightening, why don’t they just hop down the street to another franchise offering a better deal? Many try that, only to be rejected again and again, unaware that most fast-food chains have hidden within their franchising contracts “no-hire agreements,” prohibiting one franchisee from hiring another’s employees.

January 6, 2018
Breakfast and Beer

Celebrate! Good Brew Is Beating Busch Swill

Now that breakfast is out of the way… beer! Last year, Anheuser-Busch InBev mounted a multimillion-dollar coup on America. Not on our country, but on its name. For six months, the beer behemoth expropriated our nation’s name for a tacky advertising campaign…

December 28, 2017

Now Food Activists Are Fighting The Pesticide Giants

But trying to enact these policies in Texas meant taking on the enormous money and power of the chemical lobby, as well as a hostile Republican governor, and a legislature largely made up of corporate lapdogs. All of the above were howling furiously at us, snarling that they were going to shred the new protections we’d laid out.

December 22, 2017