Jim Hightower

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be - consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014 - 8:30am
Walk Softly and Carry a Big Beer
OK, that’s it. No more Mr. Nice Guy. The avarice of corporate power is getting personal. I’m talking about beer, the nourishing nectar of a civilized society. Since my teen years, I’ve done extensive consumer research on the brewer’s art, from the full array of ales to the most substantial of...
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Monday, September 1, 2014 - 11:45am
Labor Day Lesson: There's No Such Thing as a "Consumer"
In the run-up to this Labor Day, I've noticed several CEOs, political pundits, and so-called economic experts saying they're confused as to why Americans are so down. Consumers should be out buying stuff, they say, for the economy is humming again. Just look at the key indicators: GDP is growing,...
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Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 8:00am
John Boehner’s Kabuki Dance
If John Boehner is so worried about the president’s executive orders, why didn’t he sue George W. Bush? What a hoot to see House Speaker John Boehner up on his hind legs, braying like a goofy mule as he declares that by golly he’s filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama for “aggressive...
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Saturday, July 26, 2014 - 9:30am
Do-Nothing Congress Does Something to Hide Its Debt to Lobbyists
When I heard our Congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: gratitude and anger. Gratitude, because their vacation gives us a five-week break from the spectacle of right-wing mad dogs in the House yapping, foaming at...
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Saturday, June 28, 2014 - 9:45am
Bracing for an Attack by Veterans
From 1776 forward, Americans have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil. But in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition. How? By militarizing police departments. Through the little-known “ military transfer program ,” the Pentagon...
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Friday, June 27, 2014 - 9:45am
Putting a Pitchfork in It
Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality “very destabilizing.” Blankfein’s concern doesn’t come from the perspective of one experiencing inequality from the bottom of the income ladder — he’s...
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Sunday, June 22, 2014 - 11:45am
The NRA’s Accidental Brush with Sanity
Whoa, that was close. The National Rifle Association nearly shot itself in the foot recently with a common-sense editorial it posted online. The group of rootin’-tootin’, bullet-spittin’, doctrinaire, guns-everywhere extremists finally saw something involving firearms that even it considered too...
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Sunday, May 18, 2014 - 9:15am
Psssst, Wanna Buy My Corporation?
Where’s Charles Dickens when we need him? The novelist, who laid bare the shame of gross income inequality in 19th century England, came up with some perfect names for his more despicable characters, including Scrooge, Mr. Tulkinghorn, and Miss Havisham. So I’m wondering what moniker Dickens would’...
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Wednesday, May 14, 2014 - 6:45am
The Power of Organizing
Hard work, we're told, always pays off. Sure it does — ask a farmworker, a roofer, or a home health aide. In our economy, those doing the hardest work get the worst pay, the weakest job protections, the least respect and zero say in the way things work. Such laborers are the downest and outest...
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014 - 1:30pm
From Farm Workers to Cheerleaders, We're all in This Together
It doesn't take an IQ much higher than room temperature to realize that it's way past time to raise America's sub-poverty minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. But let's also pay attention to the millions of people trying to make ends meet on — believe it or not —America's sub-minimum wage. Some of our...
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