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: Oct 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If a press conference is held and the media doesn't cover it ... does it make a sound?

Posted on: Oct 6, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Just when you thought corporate greed could not get any more slimy ... here comes Dennis Kozlowski rising out of the ooze.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2002, Source: AlterNet

If you're a Bush, there's nothing like an Iraq attack to deflect your political problems.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In 1894, President Grover Cleveland signed the law creating Labor Day as a national holiday.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

For a guy who claims to be a "rancher," George W sure is stepping in a lot of cow patties.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Rest assured, Jack Welch, the now-retired CEO of General Electric is doing just fine.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2002, Source: AlterNet

In politics, it's often not your enemies that cause you the most grief ... it's your friends.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Time for another Gooberhead Award [Beanie cap breakdown] - presented periodically to someone in the news who has their tongue going 100 miles per hour ... but forgot to put their brains in gear.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Exploding in rebellion is the most American thing one can do. And it's the only way to preserve a democracy under siege by corporate interests.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Excuse me, but who the hell elected the WTO to write the laws of We the People of the United States of America?

Posted on: Sep 2, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Sen. Thad Cochran and Rep. Charles Stenholm showed their dediction to the job post-9/11 by going on congressional junkets backed by lobbyists and attending horse races.

Posted on: Sep 2, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The U.S. flag represents the flag of the pamphleteers, Sons of Liberty, the abolitionists and suffragists, Cesar Chavez and Martin Luther King Jr. -- freedom-fighters all.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Is it possible that while Dick Cheney postures politically, he has previously profited from playing corporate footsie with the country that he now brands a terrorist state? Yes.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The people want everything when in comes to Enron -- from appointing a special prosecutor to giving money made on the scandal back to the investors they duped.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bush brags he sat with "ordinary people" at the Economic Forum. Too bad the ordinary people included fat cat CEOS like Charles Schwab, who's given $400,000 to Bush and the GOP.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Looks like Dubya has picked a winner in Thomas Dorr, the new Undersecretary for Rural Development. He's already rigged his books and was forced to return money owed to the government.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Dubya's telling Americans to entrust their Social Security funds with private investment groups owned and managed by irresponsible corporations like Merrill Lynch and Citigroup.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Congress is giving itself a nice $5,000 pay hike thanks to a sneaky little appropriation bill for the Treasury Department it passed rather quietly.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Developers are turning new downtowns -- flush with corporate chains like GAP and Starbucks -- into a cartoonish, inauthentic version of American downtowns of yesteryear.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bush is calling the polluter tax -- a tax on corporations that contaminate the air, water and communities -- "burdensome." Worse, he's unloading the costs onto taxpayers.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Representative Bill Thomas' proposal allows corporate tax dodgers to avoid paying their tax share by simply acquiring a mailbox in Bermuda or filing papers in Barbados.

Posted on: Jul 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Power corrupts -- and absolute power corrupts absolutely -- and it's this overbearing corporate power that has to be addressed in the wake of dirty corporate practices.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2002, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Corporations are determined to turn our most essential resource into another commodity for traders and speculators.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Ashcroft are the Four Horsemen of Autocracy, passionate practitioners of secretive, executive government.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Harvey Pitt, the Securities and Exchange Commission chairman, who's supposed to keep Wall Street bankers, brokers and accountants in line, is more lapdog than watchdog.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

George Bush's speech on corporate resonsibility was political posturing at its most embarassing.

Posted on: Jul 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A new survey of 100 researchers says that nine out of 10 admitted they had financial ties to the drug industry.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Very few consumers are aware that their computers are not only loaded with software and memory, but they also contain lead, mercury, polyvinyl chloride and other toxins.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Martha Stewart and Ken Lay aren't the only ones who have sold off their own holdings before a company's stock price crashes. Try the twice-failed businessman George W. Bush.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Professional Golf Association has teamed with a developer to build a water-sucking, water-contaminating "PGA Village" in Texas, which will sit underneath an underground aquifer.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2002, Source: AlterNet

The Bush-backed, industry-written prescription drug bill is a sham to protect the profits of the pharmaceutical industry, rather than to meet the critical health needs of seniors.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Former Enron lobbyist and current chairman of the Republican National Committee is hoping that you'll take part in the official census of the Republican party.

Posted on: Jun 23, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Never have so few sold out so many for so little.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

To think that greed is simply greed misses the nuances of avarice.

Posted on: Jun 16, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Why do I feel an urge to click my boot heels whenever Bush, Ashcroft & Gang bark out the phrase, "Homeland Security?"

Posted on: Jun 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

When it comes to the way workers are treated in the global economy, you can count on Nike to do the right thing. As long as it's forced to, that is.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Time for another Gooberhead Award [Beanie-cap Breakdown], presented periodically to someone in the news who has their tongue running 100-miles-per-hour...but forgot to put their brain in gear.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Cadillac has gone folksy. The car that's long been known for its snob appeal has come out with a pickup truck.

Posted on: Jun 3, 2002, Source: AlterNet

Meet James Howard of Brooklyn, New York: 42, diabetic, blind in one eye, takes care of his disabled wife and their kids, a tenth-grade dropout, relegated to poverty jobs, a hard worker.

Posted on: May 28, 2002, Source: AlterNet

A computer chip about the size of a dime has already been implanted into the upper backs of several people in our country. It's called VeriChip, and its future is very vague.

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