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: 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.

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

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

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 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

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 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.

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