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: Feb 3, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Where else can raw ignorance rise to such high places -- and then flaunt itself shamelessly for all to see?

Posted on: Jan 24, 2010, Source: Hightower Lowdown

ACORN helps the poor become political and economic players. That's why the money powers unleashed right-wing politics to go after ACORN with a blood lust.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Our financial rulers were so intoxicated with the fumes of their own omnipotence that they failed abjectly as regulators, as public servants and, most certainly, as gods.

Posted on: Jan 13, 2010, Source: AlterNet

Welcome to the latest reach by commercial hucksters to cover every square inch of America the Beautiful with ads.

Posted on: Dec 25, 2009, Source: AlterNet

I was working on my list of New Year's resolutions when it occurred to me that some of the people running our country could benefit from my suggestions.

Posted on: Dec 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The Democratic majority in the House pushed through a widely ballyhooed set of reforms. Pelosi promised "the most honest, ethical and open Congress in history. How'd that work out?

Posted on: Dec 2, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Cut the music, and let's all ponder what Barack Obama, Roberts Gates, Stanley McChrystal and Co. are getting us into ... and whether we really want to go there.

Posted on: Nov 22, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The war on marijuana is insane; our officials keep sacrificing tax dollars, lives, civil liberties, and their own credibility in this misguided and losing effort.

Posted on: Nov 17, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Top executives were initially hurt by the public's moral outrage. But their sense of entitlement quickly kicked in, and now they claim they're the good guys.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The latest job numbers mock the smiley-faced claims of economists and polticos that the Great Recession is over.

Posted on: Oct 29, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Members of Congress and their families are blessed with their very own gold-plated, taxpayer-financed, Washington-run health care system.

Posted on: Oct 21, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

When the tiny Rock Art Brewery in Vermont decided to name its beer "The Vermonster," they soon discovered that a behemoth drinks company was trying to push them around.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2009, Source: AlterNet

FDR, when he faced deep and spreading national insecurity, made jobs first -- not last. And so should Obama.

Posted on: Oct 9, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Entrusting Baucus with the heavy job of shepherding health care reform through the upper chamber is like asking Tweety Bird to lift a bowling ball.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The bankers who brought us the disaster of 2008 have created a new financial instrument called "life settlements" -- call it morbid capitalism.

Posted on: Sep 16, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Food corporations are hoping to cash in on the growing public concern about nutrition by launching a program that labels some junk food healthy.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Since Astroturf itself is made up of petroleum, there's a certain poetic symmetry in having Big Oil produce the silliest astroturf campaign yet.

Posted on: Aug 12, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Starbucks is now striving to be the anti-Starbucks, dressing up as funky neighborhood coffeehouses with a cool vibe.

Posted on: Aug 5, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Thanks to corporate-friendly policies enacted under the Bush Administration, the legal organic standard is filled with loopholes.

Posted on: Jul 9, 2009, Source: AlterNet

The largest banking chains are going out of their way to stiff us.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Agitators created America, and it's their feisty spirit and outright rebelliousness that we celebrate on our national holiday.

Posted on: Jun 24, 2009, Source: AlterNet

What's going on here is not the "magic of the marketplace," but some hocus-pocus by brand-name dealers.

Posted on: Jun 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

China now owns one of the West's most decadent consumer products.

Posted on: Jun 7, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Now is the time for us to flex some grass-roots political muscle and force Obama to stick to his promise to stop mountaintop coal removal.

Posted on: May 27, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Contamination has become so widespread that major frozen food purveyors admit they can no longer ensure the safety of their products.

Posted on: May 21, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Goldman holds billions in taxpayer cash, plans for billions in exec bonuses this year, and has powerful friends in Obama's govt. up the wazoo.

Posted on: May 11, 2009, Source: AlterNet

Yet more evidence that the banks own Washington.

Posted on: May 7, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Our fight against moneyed elites has more than 100 years of history.

Posted on: Apr 24, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

The Governor of Texas is one bad haircut away from Blagojevichian levels of gubernatorial gooberness.

Posted on: Apr 3, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

The "too big" claim forms the rationale for the diversion of regular people's money into rich people's pockets.

Posted on: Mar 27, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

As Obama begins winding down the war in Iraq, he is building up his own war farther east. Like Bush, he will depend on private military contractors.

Posted on: Mar 15, 2009, Source: Hightower Lowdown

3/4 of Americans want to see a huge worker protection bill pass through Congress, and the greedy corporations are running scared.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Are right-wingers really claiming that the U.S. has never been riven by class resentment? Get out your history books.

Posted on: Feb 27, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Not for nothing is that country called "the burial ground of empires," "a guerilla's paradise" and "the theme park of problems."

Posted on: Feb 18, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

In no time at all the treasury secretary has reduced Obama's populist bark to a puppy whimper. What are we going to do about it?

Posted on: Feb 12, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Those poor, unappreciated Wall Street execs keep whining about the prospect of pay caps. Someone pass a hankie.

Posted on: Feb 6, 2009, Source:

The CIA plans to lift us to victory -- one libido at a time!

Posted on: Feb 4, 2009, Source: Creators Syndicate

Washington shouldn't reward Wall Street's culture of excess. Instead, it should insist that those who wrecked the economy be fired.

Posted on: Dec 5, 2008, Source:

With more than 14,000 square feet of prime mall space, the experience center is bigger than three basketball courts and is filled with lots of dazzle.

Posted on: Nov 2, 2008, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Our economy didn't melt down, it was taken down the unbridled greed of economic elites, enabled by their political courtesans in Washington.