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 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The rich get richer the old-fashioned way: They cut insider, scratch-my-back deals with each other.

Posted on: Oct 26, 2003, Source: AlterNet

I've never seen such jaw-dropping stupidity as the latest proposal from George W's interior department.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The president abhors dissent and is totally dismissive not only of dissenters, but also of the people's right to dissent.

Posted on: Oct 20, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Even after 50 million Americans -- including yours truly -- signed up for the do-not-call list that congress approved, the industry just kept coming.

Posted on: Oct 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Minnesota right wingers have put out an ugly post-mortem bumper sticker that angrily says of Paul Wellstone: "He's dead, get over it."

Posted on: Oct 13, 2003, Source: AlterNet

What is it with John Ashcroft? There doesn't seem to be any of our liberties that this maniacal, messianic autocrat will not gleefully assault.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

By a bipartisan vote, our public servants have lifted the wage floor for themselves by another $3,000 each.

Posted on: Oct 5, 2003, Source: AlterNet

If you wonder why your taxes, keep going up, up, up -- one big reason is that corporations keep finding sneaky ways to dodge paying their share of the burden.

Posted on: Sep 29, 2003, Source: AlterNet

How deeply can George W stick his head into the thawing tundra before having to admit that, yes, global warming just might be a wee bit of a problem for us?

Posted on: Sep 29, 2003, Source: AlterNet

We've got a real-life monster that comes from within, grows bigger and bigger every year, and is steadily devouring our democracy: Corporate Money.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Big Brother is no longer a paranoid's nightmare -- he's alive and living deep inside the Pentagon.

Posted on: Sep 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

American corporations -- outfits that never cease to amaze with their clever ability to stiff their own employees.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Fecal dust -- invisible hog-stuff particles -- drift through the air for nearby residents to breathe.

Posted on: Sep 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Take our brand new Homeland Security Department... please! Take it far away and bury the whole bureaucratic, autocratic monstrosity in a landfill.

Posted on: Sep 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

It's September 11 - do you know where John Ashcroft is?

Posted on: Sep 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George "Support the Troops" Bush is out to kill legislation that would give a simple measure of fairness to some 700,000 disabled and desperate veterans.

Posted on: Sep 8, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Wal-Mart can run all the ads it wants to cover up its abuses, but it's like putting earrings on a hog -- they just can't hide the ugliness.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Taxes might be one of the few things in life that are certain, but taxes certainly don't have to be as grossly unfair as the political Scrooges in Washington make them.

Posted on: Sep 1, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Congratulations... the recession is over! In fact, it ended almost two years ago, according to an official committee composed of seven academic economists and known as the Bureau of Statistical Silliness.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Labor day is not some vague tribute to men and women who labor. Rather, it's a radically democratic declaration of the intent to build and sustain a middle class in America.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

We've been able to hold our diverse and sprawling country together over the decades because of one thing -- our people's ingrained belief in America's democratic values of fairness, justice, and opportunity for all.

Posted on: Aug 24, 2003, Source: AlterNet

An awfully ugly little bill is quietly squirming its way through the congressional machinery -- a bill that would be devastating for small business, consumers, and our communities. It's the "National Bank of Wal-Mart" bill.

Posted on: Aug 20, 2003, Source: Texas Observer

The essence of democracy -- our power to control decisions that affect us -- has steadily and quietly been pilfered by corporate Kleptocrats.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Slap a picture of Old Glory on it, and I'll bet some people would buy frozen vials of Mad Cow disease.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2003, Source: AlterNet

We must diligently work to free the market of conniving monopolists who try to lock it down and rule like autocrats.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Well, imagine my surprise to get a personal letter from Dick Cheney.

Posted on: Aug 11, 2003, Source: AlterNet

I recently talked with a hospital worker who said she was living on a "fixed income" these days -- and she's looking for whoever fixed it!

Posted on: Aug 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet

For Boeing Inc., it was a steal of a deal, wrapped in the flag and delivered on a silver platter.

Posted on: Aug 4, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Apparently the Bushites think that "Irony" is the name of a far off planet, for they never seem able to see it in their own work.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The bloom is fading on the rose -- the rose being the carefully tended image of our boy Bush, whose professional handlers are constantly fertilizing, misting, polishing, and arranging him for public display.

Posted on: Jul 27, 2003, Source: AlterNet

As we keep learning, the antidote to progress in America... is congress.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

George W's chest-thumping, "Me Big Chief" schtick has gone from laughable to pathetic... to dangerous.

Posted on: Jul 21, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Nike's assertion that corporations have the right to lie will be argued in court in a case brought by a lone consumer activist.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

There should be a medal for some of our top officials who also are so richly deserving of public recognition in times of war: The Dishonorable Badge of High-ranking Hypocrisy.

Posted on: Jul 14, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Even if you're a Bush backer, you have to admit he's never going to win the Little George Washington "I-cannot-tell-a-fib" award.

Posted on: Jul 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Why send kids to the farm when we can send them to Petco, the national chain that sells animals to kids?

Posted on: Jul 7, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Well, it seems my friend and Marc Racicot have become regular political pen pals.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

How do you get your congressman to pay attention to your concerns? Just write your request on the back of a big campaign check.

Posted on: Jun 30, 2003, Source: AlterNet

Hoo boy, we're really teaching those high-flying, finagling CEOs a lesson in corporate ethics, aren't we?

Posted on: Jun 22, 2003, Source: AlterNet

The authoritarian Ashcroft is on a prosecutorial crusade against California and the eight other states that have passed medical marijuana laws.

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