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, December 6, 2014 - 8:45am
Operation Endless War: How Long Must US Troops Stay in Afghanistan?
Only a few months ago, President Barack Obama announced the good news that our combat role in Afghanistan — the longest war in U.S. history — would finally end by New Year’s Day. Put away that champagne. A flock of screeching war hawks brought heavy political pressure on Obama to reverse himself...
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Thursday, November 27, 2014 - 8:15am
Show Up on Thanksgiving or Get Fired
Most Americans — from the Obama family in the White House to my little family in Texas — will get a much-deserved break from work on Thanksgiving Day. But millions of others won’t. Understandably, firefighters, police, and hospital workers will stay on the job. After all, they’re providing...
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014 - 3:30pm
How Shy People Stole Our Elections
A big surprise from this year’s elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: shy people. That’s strange, since running for office is an ego game, attracting those comfortable with self-promotion. But the hot new trend is to campaign anonymously, not...
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Sunday, November 2, 2014 - 8:30am
Denton Tells Big Oil to Frack Off
The University of North Texas, best known for its top-notch jazz program and sometimes for its “Mean Green” football team, might soon become known as Frack U. UNT (where I went to college back in the Paleocene Epoch) and the good people of the surrounding city of Denton are at the center of an...
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Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 11:30am
Speech for Sale: How Toxic Slime-Fests Can Shrivel Voter Turnout
When five Supreme Court justices decreed that corporations are entitled to full free speech rights in our elections and that corporate money is a form of speech that can’t be restricted, they produced a nightmare tsunami of corporate cash that is now drowning our people’s democratic rights. After...
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Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 7:15am
Going From One Bad War to a Worse One
In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen's friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and waste in Iraq, where his buddy George had launched a misguided and very costly war, as well as an effort to...
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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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