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.
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.
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.