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: Sep 3, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Oh dandy. Here comes another service industry "helping out" us customers by eliminating clerks whose job it was to help us out.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Don't be so quick to spend the $300 "rebate" Bush sent you this summer. You might need it come tax time next year.

Posted on: Aug 27, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Lest we allow years of labor progress to go wasted, workers must continue to fight to keep the promise of a prosperous future.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Highlighting its support for humanitarian causes, Coca Cola notes that it "does a great service because it encourages people to take in more and more liquids."

Posted on: Aug 20, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Promising a clean energy future for Americans, Bush shelves solar, wind, conservation, and other clean sources of power, in favor of coal.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Corporate pig producers say they're developing a genetically-altered porker that produces a more environmentally-friendly manure. They call it Enviropig. I call in Frankenpig.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Only recently did we learn that the last "Star Wars" test was rigged -- the "bad guy" missile had a beacon to guide the "good guy" missile to it.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Americans need a real vacation (like the one-to-two months provided by our European competitors), and they want and deserve a 35-hour work week.

Posted on: Aug 6, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Well, thanks to some whistle blowers, a lot of people's trust in the integrity of Wall Street has recently come tumbling down.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A new Army chemical incinerator in Alabama has locals worried about accidents. But the Army has a plan if deadly gases are released -- duct tape and plastic sheets.

Posted on: Jul 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A new surveillance program called "Under the Eagle's Eye" makes post office clerks report on any "suspicious" customers who make monetary transaction at the P.O.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Pharmaceutical firms that sell the 50 most-prescribed drugs to seniors spend twice as much on advertising, marketing, and corporate bureaucracy than they do on developing new drugs.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Now that the Navy has been forced by protesters to abandon its bombing exercises in Puerto Rico, it has been considering bombing a national seashore preserve in South Texas.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

A British glassmaker has announced that it may start producing the holy grails of home-building products: Glass windows that clean themselves.

Posted on: Jul 16, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Take one part avarice from Monsanto, add one part government arrogance, mix, spray on a foreign country, then cover up the mess with official secrecy. Viola! Colombia.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Little George's overall job-approval rating has dropped to a pitiable 53 percent, and its even worse on specific issues like environment (39 percent) and energy (33 percent).

Posted on: Jul 9, 2001, Source: Hightower Lowdown

With Jim Jeffords' defection, the Senate Democrats have enough power to move this nation's priorities out of corporate boardrooms and into local communities. Will they?

Posted on: Jul 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

America's beer barons are demanding that the federal beer tax of about 25 cents a six pack be cut in half -- which might allow them to jack prices and pocket the profits.

Posted on: Jul 2, 2001, Source: AlterNet

This July 4th, "Corporate America" flags were unfurled all over the country, with logos of IBM, GE, Nike, CBS, Texaco and other giants replacing the 50 stars.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Karl Rove, the political operative who developed George W's theme of restoring "a new ethical tone," has his butt caught in a tight ethical crack.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2001, Source: AlterNet

If you're concerned about cell-phones in cars, you'll hate the Geekmobile. These totally wired autos have PCs in the trunk, keyboards on the dash and printers behind the seat.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Getting laid off is traumatic -- according to the New York Times -- especially for the boss who has to lay you off.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2001, Source: AlterNet

In exchange for free Internet access, 6,000 U.S. schools are selling kids' personal information to their Internet provider.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Not content to fill his cabinet with corporate CEOs, directors, and lobbyists, George W. Bush is trying to corporatize all the other top policy-making positions of government, too.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Nestle has fought every effort to require labeling to inform American parents their babies are drinking its genetically modified baby formula.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

When workers pay barely keeps pace with inflation, CEOs of major US corporations keep gorging themselves with ever-fatter pay.

Posted on: Jun 4, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Science is often on corporations' side because corporations buy the science.

Posted on: May 28, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Read those product packages carefully: The new Van de Kamps fish sticks brag that they have a half-gram less fat than before. But they fail to tell you that the size of each fish stick has been reduced by one ounce.

Posted on: May 28, 2001, Source: AlterNet

GM rice will eliminate third world Vitamin A deficiency, the biotech industry claims. Sure: as long as the malnourished child eats 27 bowls of rice at one sitting.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

George W-the guy who concedes of himself that he "may or may not have committed" drug crimes of "youthful indiscretion" well into his thirties-now is pushing a drug policy of proven stupidity.

Posted on: May 21, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Halliburton, the company Dick Cheney used to run, is one of the few US companies that still does business with the thuggish, totalitarian rulers of Burma.

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

George W. Bush says he loves children, especially poor ones. But his budget whacks our current inadequate public investment in their futures.

Posted on: May 14, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Adolph Levis, the man who invented the "Slim Jim" -- the slick little beef-stick wrapped in cellophane and sold as a snack food -- has died.

Posted on: May 7, 2001, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Back-to-the future consumers and businesses are abandoning oil, gas and nuclear for cheap and abundant power sources. And you can too.

Posted on: May 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Gillette's new CEO is being called "a role model for corporate America." Sadly, James Kilts probably is.  Like many corporate execs, his success has been built on whacking workers, padlocking factories, and abandoning communities.

Posted on: May 7, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Harvard University is use to having such accolades as "great," "prestigous," and "powerful" applied to it . . . but now there are two other terms that apply to this bastion of educational excellence: mean and stingy.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The Duke Blue Devils have finally adopted a "no sweatshop" code-of-conduct for its suppliers.

Posted on: Apr 30, 2001, Source: AlterNet

While Washington fiddles and twiddles with the explosive issue of big-money corruption in politics, hoping to pose as "reformers" without actually having to stop the corruption, a few lawmakers and political operatives are actually doing something about the corruption:  They're expanding it.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

The rich have been paying big bucks to have surgeons inject cow collagen -- which enlarges lips and smoothes wrinkles --directly into their lips and faces.Now that Mad Cow Disease is a threat, panic has stricken.

Posted on: Apr 23, 2001, Source: AlterNet

Monsanto doesn't want to hear it, but the marketplace is shrieking at it, saying, "We don't want your genetically-altered Frankenfoods."

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