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: 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

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

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

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 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.

Posted on: Feb 2, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Rates are up, service is down, and corporate arrogance rules over us consumers.

Posted on: Jan 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Right-wing groups like to bloviate about how the media is a bastion of liberal bias, if not an outright front for the International Communist Conspiracy (don't bother trying to explain to them that the commie "conspiracy" is deader than disco music).

Posted on: Jan 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Fleet's playing dirty with consumer privacy.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

"We need to run government like a business," screech the corporate lobbyists, politicians, and media, insisting that America should corporatize everything from our schoolrooms to social security. One wonders -- can they spell E-n-r-o-n?

Posted on: Jan 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Lily Tomlin said, "I worry that the man who invented Muzak might be thinking of inventing something else."

Posted on: Jan 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Heroism is not glamorous... it's gutsy. Here's to all the heroes who help keep America a little more ethical.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

There are days when I'm just totallly embarrassed that these goobers are in charge, horrified that they are speaking in your and my name. This is one of those days.

Posted on: Jan 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Excuse me for noticing, but isn't it dumber than dum-dee-dumb-dumb for Washington to keep arming thuggish regimes around the world that we later end up fighting?

Posted on: Jan 6, 2003, Source: AlterNet

What the companies do not want you to think about is who makes the toys that produce such joyful profits for them. Can you say "sweatshops?"

Posted on: Dec 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If corporate America won't act right, and if our government fails to make the greedheads act right, it's up to We the People to take the situation into our own hands.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

It's said that the most noble philanthropists are not those who give millions of dollars and, in exchange, get their names carved on public buildings, but those who give anonymously, expecting nothing in return.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Pentagon's Department of Turning Anything and Everything Into Weapons That Eat Taxpayers' Money have come up with several possibilities for making war stinkier yet.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Many of us remember Ronald Reagan as the fearless "Conqueror of Grenada!"

Posted on: Dec 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Did you ever think you'd see the day when Republicans in Washington would turn soft on crime?

Posted on: Dec 16, 2002, 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: Dec 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Here it comes -- another Gooberhead Award, presented to those in the news whose tongues are going 100 miles an hour ... but who forgot to put their brains in gear.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet

How useful is it to have Bob Dole scolding us? Do we need this?

Posted on: Dec 2, 2002, Source: AlterNet

How can an incumbent U.S. Senator who had a war chest of $6 million and a 20 point lead in the polls, running as a Democrat in a state that has never sent a Republican to the senate, be in such a pickle?

Posted on: Dec 2, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Homeland Security might be a new agency, but it's the product of the same old corrupt politics.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The scam is on! Bush and his congressional operatives are preparing to rush through a whole trainload of legislative nasties, claiming that George W has won a "mandate" for his total corporate agenda.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2002, Source: Hightower Lowdown

As we gather around Thanksgiving tables this year, we can be thankful that, while the profiteers and politicians are headed one way with our food system, We the People are going in quite another direction.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Gosh, I miss Harvey. The one election night loss that I most lament is that of Harvey Pitt. His name wasn't even on the ballot, but he was a goner before the polls closed.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The corporate milk giants behind the "Got Milk?" campaign are trying to entice a small town to change its name to Got Milk, California. Does commercialism have no limits?

Posted on: Nov 17, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Sixty-one percent of the electorate stayed home on Election Day this year, thanks to the repugnance of big-money corporate politics. But the real lesson to be learned is that this majority will be a political powerhouse to anyone who can organize them.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Food-borne bacteria kill 14 Americans a day, hospitalize nearly 900 more, and Bush is still siding with meat-packing corporations to oppose better inspections.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bush's picks for the SEC's Accounting Oversight board is a hand-picked group of Washington insiders ready to scratch each other's backs, pretending to push reform, but quietly making sure that nothing really changes

Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

How else to explain the cynical flip-flop behind George's decision to gut the very corporate reform legislation he had so loudly taken credit for only three months ago?

Posted on: Nov 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Like flood waters, political corruption takes the path of least resistance. And just when you think you've got the corruption dammed up, it squirts out somewhere else.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Could the administration possibly take a minute or two from beating their chests and trying to out-do each other with their war whooping against Saddam Hussein to notice that we've got a little problem here on the homefront?

Posted on: Oct 27, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Harvey can't seem to get the hang of being on the public's side.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2002, Source: AlterNet

"Dollar Bill Phil," the money-grubbing senator from Texas whose 24-years in Congress were notable mainly for his, shall we say, "coquettish" willingness to do legislative favors for corporations.

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