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: Oct 24, 2007, Source: AlterNet

Gosh, I want to go to GOPland. What a wonderful place it is: sunny skies every day, bluebirds of happiness everywhere, and an always-booming economy that's spreading wealth to everyone!

Posted on: Oct 22, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The Constitution is being trampled and nothing less than American democracy itself is endangered -- a presidential coup is taking place. Where is Congress?

Posted on: Sep 18, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

A new animal-tracking system could put Big Brother in your backyard -- even if you're not a farmer.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

How "reputable" financial firms are using an arsenal of tricks to extract high payments from homeowners, drain their equity and steal their homes.

Posted on: Jul 22, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

In these weird times of privatization fever, selling off bridges, toll roads and airports is no longer considered preposterous -- for the billionaires who can afford them it's good business.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The sprawling $43 billion homeland security department is known for being in charge of America's color-coded terrorist-threat alarm system, a sham that obscures HSD's real mission: to serve as a giant federal cookie jar for corporate America.

Posted on: May 25, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

After committing troops to a war that has left hundreds of thousands dead and millions without homes, George W. Bush says he prays for safety and peace. Way to go, Georgie, shift the responsibility for your mess to God.

Posted on: Feb 25, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Electoral reform isn't just starry-eyed theory: Clean elections are taking place in states from Arizona to North Carolina, reversing the big-money corruption that rampages throughout our political system.

Posted on: Jan 30, 2007, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Wal-Mart is making over its image to cater to a more affluent crowd. But behind its increasingly upscale image are the same lowbrow business tactics.

Posted on: Dec 27, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The voters had their way: Now there are reasons to be cheerful -- and vigilant -- about a Democratic Congress.

Posted on: Nov 28, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

It's not the terrorists who are targeting and destroying the heart of America; it's Bush & Co.!

Posted on: Oct 24, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Criss-crossing the country, I've learned most people are over the red-state/blue-state talk and are aching for politics that matter to them.

Posted on: Sep 25, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

After promising to save them, Bush has abandoned our most beautiful public spaces.

Posted on: Aug 22, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

An illegal war, a long list of eroded rights, and a country run by and for the benefit of corporate campaign donors -- all courtesy of the imperial presidency.

Posted on: Jun 19, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Bush's prescription-drug program is a boondoggle for America's fraud-ridden health-industrial complex. A better choice is available, and it's time to fight for it.

Posted on: May 23, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

While claiming that they must 'secure' America for a post-9/11 world, the BushCheney zealots are taking us back to a pre-1776 world.

Posted on: Apr 25, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The Bush administration has pushed hard for limitless powers to spy on, imprison and torture American citizens in the name of 'security.' Is this really what America stands for?

Posted on: Apr 5, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

The Good Food movement is leading the charge against expensive, nutrient-free, artificial, unhealthy, corporate crap-food.

Posted on: Feb 26, 2006, Source: Hightower Lowdown

Washington may be squandering our democratic promise, but out beyond the Beltway, America's progressive grassroots are thriving.

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.