Stories by Jim Hightower

Jim Hightower is a national radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the new book, "Swim Against the Current: Even a Dead Fish Can Go With the Flow." (Wiley, March 2008) He publishes the monthly "Hightower Lowdown," co-edited by Phillip Frazer. subscribe to Jim Hightower's feed

Posted on: Jun 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The authoritarian Ashcroft is on a prosecutorial crusade against California and the eight other states that have passed medical marijuana laws.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The FCC action was reglulatory rape, stripping the belt off and ripping apart the rules that protect our public airwaves from monopoly control.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Once again, we're offered a sterling example of the incredible ingenuity of big American corporations -- outfits that never cease to amaze with their clever ability to stiff their own employees.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The rules are different for those at the top. If you're a CEO, a fifteen percent loss in profit could win you a 150 percent pay raise.

Posted on: Jun 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Tucked into Bush's massive giveaway to the Wall Street crowd is a little something that will help folks from our streets.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to a little known law that congress passed four years ago financial institutions now can share all of your personal data.

Posted on: Jun 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W has looked around the country, surveyed the growing economic woes of our people, and reached this compassionate conclusion: The rich are hurting.

Posted on: May 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

You've got to love the Bushite's orchestration of Orwellian wordplay when they issue new edicts to gut the public interest.

Posted on: May 25, 2003, Source: AlterNet

What a Wonderland World it is in Washington! Wrong can be right, down can be up, a lie can be truth -- all because the president says it's so.

Posted on: May 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W spared no expense in putting together an ad for his upcoming election campaign. Unfortunately, he stuck us taxpayers with the bill.

Posted on: May 19, 2003, Source: AlterNet

To know where we're going, it helps to pause, look back, and see if we've been down this path before.

Posted on: May 12, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Not only is pollution nasty and deadly, but it's also a spoiled-brat kind of substance that just won't stay put.

Posted on: May 12, 2003, Source: AlterNet

At last, the IRS, prodded by the Bush White House and Republicans in congress, is cracking down on tax cheats!

Posted on: May 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

As the airline industry continues to sink into the muck, CEOs are raking in salary bonuses while slicing employee wages and benefits.

Posted on: May 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

One of the most inspiring — and unexpected — sources of resistance to Ashcroft’s wild schemes is America’s librarians.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet

"Jumping Johnnie" Ashcroft, the loopiest and spookiest attorney general of all time (and that's really saying something), never lets up.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet

They're back. The Taliban. Remember them -- the repressive and murderous regime of religous fanatics that ruled Afghanistan and shielded Osama bin Laden?

Posted on: Apr 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Oh what a wicked web of deceit is weaved by corporations promoting their global brands in an area of global unrest!

Posted on: Apr 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Under the insanity of our brave new BushWorld, the most innocent of people are treated as criminal and the most innocent of acts produces a Code-Red rush of police-state tactics.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Here's a question for you: Where's congress? Remember them -- our lawmakers, policy deliberators, budget writers? Did they fall down a rabbit hole?

Posted on: Apr 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Even in the midst of his invasion of Iraq, George W took time to deal with one domestic matter that is dear to his heart: Creating more secrecy in the executive branch of government.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In this Alice-in-Wonderlandish age of "pre-emptive wars," there are many absurdities, but none is more embarassing than the pathetic performance of our congressional leadership.

Posted on: Apr 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Question: What's the opposite of progress? Answer: Congress.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If cynicism was a planet, the Bush adminstration would be Jupiter, the biggest of all.

Posted on: Mar 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

It's time for America's true conservatives to step forward and make an intervention, for the Bushites are rabidly building empire and autocracy in the name of "conservatism."

Posted on: Mar 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

When our troops fought the Taliban in Afghanistan, they were fired at with US-made missiles, supplied to Taliban leaders by Ronald Reagan and Bush the First when the Taliban was our "friend" fighting our enemy, Russia, which is now our "friend."

Posted on: Mar 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

There's an economic indicator soaring up, up, and awaaaaayyy: It's the pay of CEOs!

Posted on: Mar 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

An ancient aphorism of war declares: The enemy of my enemy is my friend. Well, what if you arm your "friend" to fight your enemies, but the "friend" later turns on you, using the weapons you provided -- are you then your own enemy? Or are you just bone-deep stupid?

Posted on: Mar 16, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The politicians don't want to think about it, the media establishment has turned a blind eye to it, and the Bushites are trying to shout it down -- but it's rising anyway, getting bigger and bigger all across the country.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

In order to increase the revenues of wealthy campaign donors, some Republicans are expanding federal power to protect and preserve predatory lending practices.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Anyone out there know of even one credit card bank that has a human soul buried somewhere down in its computer-chip chirpiness?

Posted on: Mar 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The people of America are revolting -- in the very best sense of that term! America's media and political leaders also are revolting, but in the very ugliest sense of that term, for they mostly are ignoring the people's revolt.

Posted on: Mar 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Would you pay $720 for a jar of salad dressing? It's from Brazil, but still .... How about buying tweezers from Japan at $4,896 each?

Posted on: Feb 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

"Corporations enjoying fat, tax-paid contracts from the feds are paying poverty wages to the people actually doing the contract work."

Posted on: Feb 23, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W. solves the layoff hysteria -- not by creating jobs, but by discontinuing the Layoff Statistics Program.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The Wall Street Journal editorial writers have a unique perspective on life: Looking down on you and me.

Posted on: Feb 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Do you speak Bot? It's not the language of Botswanans, Bosnians, or any other people--it's the language of a fast-spreading computer software known as digital "buddies."

Posted on: Feb 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W's handlers are masters of the presidential photo-op, posing their boy just perfectly to convey a positive message for the TV cameras.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W is pushing his latest tax giveaway to the superrich as an "economic stimulus."

Posted on: Feb 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

On the very day that congress opened, the Republican leadership in the House rammed through a proposal to loosen the ethics rules.

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