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Thursday, May 26,2011

What's inside Big Oil's head?

By Jim Hightower
One politician bluntly said of Washington's annual tax giveaway to massively profitable oil corporations, 'We don't need incentives to the oil and gas companies to explore. There are plenty of incentives.' That was no lefty talking - it was George W. Bush.
Thursday, May 19,2011

A morally untenable corporate system

By Jim Hightower
How quaint. Today, the riches are massive, but the embarrassment gene seems to have been completely bred out of corporate chieftains. They have no shame at producing negative results and offing thousands of underlings, then wheeling in a front-end loader to haul their own pay to the bank.
Thursday, May 12,2011

Keeping score on Exxon

By Jim Hightower
Next comes 10.7. That's the $10.7 billion in profits this oil giant has soaked up in just the first three months of this year - a new record, not achieved by any managerial genius, increased productivity, or improvement in consumer service, but solely by the jack-up in gas prices.
Thursday, May 5,2011

Entergy goes nuclear over Vermont's decision

By Jim Hightower
Entergy Corporation, an electric utility giant based in New Orleans, owns the Vermont Yankee nuclear power plant, which is nearing the end of its 40-year license to operate. No problem, here's a 20-year extension of your license, said the federal Nuclear Regulatory Commission (a notorious industry lapdog).
Thursday, April 28,2011

Punishing the innocent, enriching the guilty

By Jim Hightower
A recent email to me pretty well sums up the big budget hullaballoo being pushed by tea party Republicans.
Thursday, April 21,2011

Workers down, bosses up: a morality play

By Jim Hightower
It's good to know that some corporate chieftains feel the pain of their underlings, who keep being forced to do more for less reward. Take the example of Gannett, the media giant that owns 23 television stations and 82 newspapers, including USA Today..
Thursday, April 14,2011

High spirits at the top

By Jim Hightower
Not the tarot card readers or those who have extra-sensory perception and commune with the supernatural, but the people of crass commerce who deal in liquid spirits - i.e., booze. Despite our nation's relentless and depressing 'jobless recovery' (or perhaps because of it), spirits are on the rise.
Thursday, April 7,2011

A Mickey Mouse wage hike

By Jim Hightower
Of course, averages don't tell the whole story. Economist John Kenneth Galbraith graphically explained the problem of averages with a story about a six-foot tall man who drowned when wading across a stream with an average depth of three feet.
Thursday, March 31,2011

Help Elizabeth Warren fight the madness

By Jim Hightower
They are mad in both senses of the word - insane and angry. Start with insane. They rant ceaselessly against the bugaboo of Big Government, mindlessly breezing past the fact that it was meek and weak government that only months ago allowed Wall Street...
Thursday, March 24,2011

Bank robbers on the loose

By Jim Hightower
The New York Times recently ran a story on such hold-up men, including showing mug shots of five who've been making big hauls. The photos looked as though they were taken at a police lineup, except for one significant difference: All five of these robbers had big smiles on their faces.