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 2, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Public officials today—from George W. Bush to city council members— 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 – especially China – 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.

Posted on: Jan 21, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Money seems to be the most common moral corrupter of those on the far right who so loudly profess to be America's arbiters of proper behavior.

Posted on: Jan 19, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The main thing that the Bushites' highly touted missile defense system can be counted on is to hit the federal budget.

Posted on: Jan 14, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Sleazy financial coroporations prey on financially strapped vets who face some personal crisis and need quick cash. Only later do these desperate veterans realize that they've been robbed.

Posted on: Jan 12, 2005, Source: AlterNet

Juries, Bush wailed, are handing out such massive judgments to patients who sue that entire hospitals, groups of doctors, and other medical businesses are shutting down. Problem is, it just ain't so.

Posted on: Jan 7, 2005, Source: AlterNet

The airlines are now seeking regulatory approval for new technology that will let the noisy ones natter into their cell phones clear across the country.

Posted on: Jan 5, 2005, Source: AlterNet

A creeping (and increasingly creepy) intrusion industry is pushing aggressively into our everyday lives, bolstered by government laws and money.

Posted on: Dec 31, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Why should a soldier who's made such an extreme sacrifice be treated so shabbily?

Posted on: Dec 28, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Social Security is going broke! Hogwash. Without changing anything, Social Security is financially sound for the next 40 years.

Posted on: Dec 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Let's reflect a moment on the moral teaching of this man from Nazareth.

Posted on: Dec 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

I'm sending Donnie Rumsfeld a six-month stint as a grunt in Iraq, assigned to drive one of those vehicles that he still hasn't outfitted with life-protecting armor.

Posted on: Dec 20, 2004, Source: AlterNet

If political pundits claim Red State family values are stronger and fundamentally more moral, then why does a Blue State have the lowest divorce rate in the nation?

Posted on: Dec 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

While top executives get a gleaming golden parachute, the other 30,000 employees are on their own – goodbye and good luck.

Posted on: Dec 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

"Support Our Troops" has to be more tangible than putting a yellow magnet on your car. That's rhetoric, not support.

Posted on: Dec 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Ultra-right conservatives constantly preach about the moral failings of the rest of us – yet they keep getting caught with their own pants down, morally speaking.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

"Being Bush" seems like a joyful, almost dreamlike experience.

Posted on: Dec 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

For the Bushites, the word reform means "deform," to monkeywrench the system so the rich get richer ... and the rest of us get schtooked.

Posted on: Nov 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Will George W's intention to stop frivolous lawsuits work the other way and keep pesky corporations from suing us oridinary Joes and Jills?

Posted on: Nov 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

A mandate? The Bushites barely got 51 percent of the vote, meaning 49 percent of the people voted to toss them out on their duffs.

Posted on: Nov 12, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Public school kids are taught a big lesson in life: Cash is more important than values.

Posted on: Nov 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The possiblity of branding humans for our "convenience" could put a big smile on the face of Big Brother.

Posted on: Nov 5, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Petco Park Stadium doesn't prompt sports fans to go out and buy a bag of doggie bones. It's about CEO ego.

Posted on: Nov 3, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The boss hog is still wallowing in the big bucks, now taking an average of more than $11 million a year in personal pay.

Posted on: Nov 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

With the existence of a national ID card requirement, citizens would just have more trouble moving about freely on what we once hailed as the Land of the Free.

Posted on: Oct 27, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Yellow smiley-face guys are our current propaganda tactic to spread good news about the conditions in Iraq.

Posted on: Oct 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

From his own board members and creditors, the CEO is about to hear the trademark phrase he uses on his TV show: "You're fired!"

Posted on: Oct 20, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Instead, you, too, could become an "American accent and culture trainer."

Posted on: Oct 18, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Under the Patriot Act, those pesky government noses are making their way into our books.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2004, Source: AlterNet

It's hard to claim the moral high road when you're stumbling down the low road arm-in-arm with repressive dictators.

Posted on: Oct 8, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The Hummer is an absurdly-expensive, gas-guzzling, low-performance, high-polluting, gussied-up chunk of automotive junk. Now Hummer cologne distills that into scent.

Posted on: Oct 6, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Getting caught in the crossfire of protesters and the NYPD is somehow your fault if you're put in jail.

Posted on: Oct 1, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Is mass transit part of our future or an endangered government program?

Posted on: Sep 29, 2004, Source: AlterNet

By Bush cozying up to regimes that are repressive and dictatorial, he has undermined any claim that his foreign policy is on the moral high road.

Posted on: Sep 24, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Call it what you want, the stealing of America's middle class future still continues at an accelerated rate.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Are warnings of a needed "deep fix" within our Social Security system a load of hooey?

Posted on: Sep 17, 2004, Source: AlterNet

The world's first interactive urinal is coming to a restroom near you.

Posted on: Sep 15, 2004, Source: AlterNet

AynRandian theorists have longed to create their utopia of a corporate state – now they have an entire economy at their disposal.

Posted on: Sep 10, 2004, Source: AlterNet

Frivolous lawsuits are many times the result of corporate fakes bullying authentic businesses out of business.

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