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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Thursday, August 13, 2015 - 10:45am
Superrich Donors Turn Our Democracy Into Their Plutocracy
Once upon a time in our Good Ol' US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint. But for the 2016 run, this quaint way of selecting our candidates is no longer the case, thanks to the Supreme Court's malicious meddling in the...
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Wednesday, August 5, 2015 - 7:45am
Marijuana: From Demonization to Legalization to Celebration
Earlier this year, music legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard teamed up to make a pro-marijuana video titled "It's All Going to Pot." And, apparently they were right, for I've now learned that even the state fair is going to pot — literally. A press release from the organizers of the DC State...
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Friday, July 3, 2015 - 2:15pm
Buy Your Way into Scott Walker’s Circle
If you think that none of today’s presidential candidates care about people like you, check out Republican Scott Walker. The Wisconsin governor not only cares, he wants to sit down with you, get your ideas, and stay in close touch. No matter who you are, Walker wants you to join his team, so his...
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Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 1:30pm
Where Are the Populist Democrats?
It’s futile to hope that the GOP’s gaggle of corporate-hugging, right-wing presidential candidates will seriously address the issue of rising inequality in our land. How about the Democrats? Well, Hillary Clinton has warned that “extreme inequality has corrupted other societies.” Uh…yes. But what...
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Wednesday, February 4, 2015 - 1:00pm
A Corporate Coup d'Etat
When I was a tyke, Momma warned me not to eat anything unless I knew where it came from. That advice is so sensible that even Congress acted on it in 2002, passing a straightforward law called Country Of Origin Labeling. COOL requires meat marketers to tell us whether the meat they sell is a...
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Wednesday, January 14, 2015 - 7:15am
Cannabis Americas Common Sense Crops
In 1914, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst mounted a yellow-journalism crusade to demonize the entire genus of cannabis plants. Why? To sell newspapers, of course, but also because he was heavily invested in wood-pulp newsprint, and he wanted to shut down competition from paper made from...
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Thursday, December 25, 2014 - 8:45am
Citigroup Becomes Its Own Self-Serving Lawmaker
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrobatic lawmaking. In one big, bipartisan spending bill, our legislative gymnasts pulled off a...
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014 - 7:00am
Ethics Training for Congress? Dream On
Do you — or does anyone — really need a book of rules and a three-hour briefing to do your job ethically? If you’re a Congress critter, apparently so. For that’s what newly elected lawmakers have just received . Nearly all those newcomers rode to victory on a tsunami of inherently corrupting...
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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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