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.
It seems like only yesterday that Wall Street, Washington, and the media were insisting that the flaming collapse of Enron was nothing but an extraordinary exception to "the norm" of corporate America's high ethical standards.
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.
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.
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.