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: Jan 23, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

As General Motors shuts down well-paid middle-class jobs, the old slogan 'What's good for G.M. is good for America' no longer applies.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2005, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Santa, don't bring me any stuff. The one and only thing I want is this: A real Democratic party, alive and kicking!

Posted on: Jul 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If you flew in June of 2004 the Transportation Security Administration now has a file on you, amassing such passenger records as our names, phone numbers, and credit card info.

Posted on: Jun 17, 2005, Source: AlterNet

It's time for another trip into the Far, Far, Far, Far-out World of Free Enterprise.

Posted on: Jun 10, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Using a scam called "location incentives," major corporations that plan to open a new facility routinely bilk millions of dollars from us taxpayers to subsidize their move.

Posted on: May 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Surely Scott McClellan has now learned that people who live in a glass White House shouldn't throw rocks.

Posted on: May 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Why put this iron clamp on a supposed Iraqi democracy? Because the Bushites don't trust the new leaders or the idea of real democracy.

Posted on: May 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

On Earth Day, George gets to ride on Air Force One to some national park where he can pose as Environmental Man all day long. This year, Mother Nature messed it up.

Posted on: May 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Excellent. Professor George W.'s "60-day, 60-city, traveling medicine show" to sell the miracle cure of his Social Security privatization tonic to us gullible rubes--has been a bust.

Posted on: May 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

You're not getting a multimillion-dollar inheritance? Well tough luck, sucker, for Washington's relief package does nothing for you.

Posted on: May 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

You think you're the only one who's having a rough time in today's economy, Bucko? It's time you started thinking about someone else ... such as the rich.

Posted on: Apr 27, 2005, Source: AlterNet

One of the worst aspects of the global corporate culture is that it routinely pits one group of workers against another in the corporate pursuit of dirt-cheap labor.

Posted on: Apr 22, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Sadly for Tom, there's no cosmetic procedure that will cover the ugly gaps in his ethical behavior.

Posted on: Apr 20, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Where are all those "free-trade" ideologues now that their theories have turned out to be bunkum, devastating American working families?

Posted on: Apr 15, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Special interests keep finding ways to sneak around the will of the people--especially when most campaign financing laws are riddled with loopholes.

Posted on: Apr 13, 2005, Source: AlterNet

It's good to know that our congress critters are not completely obtuse about the needs of their constituents.

Posted on: Apr 8, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Poor ol' Tom DeLay. Well, he's not really poor, but Tom is feeling poorly these days.

Posted on: Apr 6, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The Bushites are pushing ferociously for quick passage of their scheme to privatize our Social Security system, backed by political front groups funded by the Wall Street interests that will make a killing if the scheme passes.

Posted on: Apr 4, 2005, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Naming the names behind the grab for Social Security.

Posted on: Apr 1, 2005, Source: AlterNet

There's a word for people who take money from others under false pretenses. The word is: criminal.

Posted on: Mar 29, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The latest revelation is that various agencies under Bush are sending out hundreds of government-made "news videos" to local television stations.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2005, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Last year's Big Lie was a grab for oil; this year's is for our Social Security trillions.

Posted on: Mar 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

This deliberate manipulation of our news is more than outrageous – it's a frontal assault on our democracy and is totally disrespectful of the American people.

Posted on: Mar 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Are you smart enough to be a banker with the U.S. government's export-import bank?

Posted on: Mar 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The scandals of George W.'s Iraq attack continue to come home to haunt us.

Posted on: Mar 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Bush's presidential practices back here in America are often the exact opposite of what he's preaching to other countries.

Posted on: Mar 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Even in the rare case when economic reality confronts him, George doesn't get it.

Posted on: Mar 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In a gusher of political irony, guess what? The oil giants have little interest in drilling the pristine reaches of ANWR!

Posted on: Mar 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

If the Bushites tell us extraordinary security measures are essential, how did a loose cannon like "Jeff Gannon" get to sashay around the White House so freely for two years?

Posted on: Mar 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

While George himself rushed out to denounce the rumors of a draft, <i>Rolling Stone</i> magazine recently unearthed an internal Selective Service memo that reveals the lie.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2005, Source: AlterNet

By holding down your wages, corporations fatten their profits, stock prices rise, and Wall Street's high-rolling investors rejoice.

Posted on: Feb 23, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The greatest embarrassment for neo-con theorists is that the recent elections in Iraq produced the exact opposite of what they assumed.

Posted on: Feb 18, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Athletes are richly rewarded for finding an "edge" and doing what is necessary to get an advantage in order to "win, baby, win!"

Posted on: Feb 16, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Sadistic, high-tech fiends have now joined with a giant European retail chain to further depersonalize the shopping experience and make going to the mall as joyous as getting a root canal.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2005, Source: AlterNet

What we have here is Bush & Company routinely and cynically using your and my tax dollars to use the media to propagandize you and me. Where's the accountability for these corrupters?

Posted on: Feb 9, 2005, Source: AlterNet

For real accountability, George might want to have a heart-to-heart with Dante Zappala, a man who lost his brother in Iraq during a search for non-existent WMDs.

Posted on: Feb 4, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In the Wonderland of BushWorld, modesty is no virtue, and hubris is to be celebrated&#151;so party down, y'all!

Posted on: Feb 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Public officials today&#151;from George W. Bush to city council members&#151; are reaching for the budget axe to whack library funding, forcing branches to close, valuable services to be eliminated, and hours to be cut.

Posted on: Jan 28, 2005, Source: AlterNet

In 2004, the American economy bought $600 billion more in products from foreign countries &#8211; especially China &#8211; than we sold to them. This is the exact opposite of a good business plan.

Posted on: Jan 26, 2005, Source: AlterNet

We need economic growth, not economic consolidation. Corporate profits are way up, but instead of increasing wages, swaggering CEOs are diverting America's investment capital into buying out competitors.