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Thursday, May 10,2012

Lost in Walmart’s rabbit hole

By Jim Hightower
Apparently a skunk doesn’t smell its own stink — or at least it’s not offended by it. Likewise, Walmart honchos are presently talking about the nauseating stench of its still-evolving bribery scandal as though it’s coming from somewhere else.
Thursday, May 3,2012

The slickest stunt at SeaWorld

By Jim Hightower
Actually, Shamu is not the cause of the shame. After all, that’s just the generic name given to the killer whales kept in captivity as the star attraction at three theme parks operated by SeaWorld Inc. The shame belongs to the corporation, which not only profits from its exploitation of the whales, but also.
Thursday, April 26,2012

Workers’ taxes siphoned off by their bosses

By Jim Hightower
My congratulations to workers in 16 states — from Maine to Georgia, New Jersey to Colorado! Many of you will be thrilled to know that the income taxes deducted from your paychecks each month are going to a very worthy cause: your corporate boss.
Thursday, April 19,2012

Mitt Romney’s gang of highway robbers

By Jim Hightower
Unlike thieves of old, this gang is not out to rob bags of cash from banks and railroads. Instead, they are bankers and high-rolling railroaders who’re using their own heavy bags of cash as weapons to steal our elections and turn our government into their servant.
Thursday, April 12,2012

Paying for Perry-the- Pretender’s presidential run

By Jim Hightower
My state’s gallivanting goober of a governor, Rick Perry, is back in the news, with yet another “oops” moment! This one is even stupider than Perry’s failure to remember his own lines in a presidential debate. It has to do with his fierce opposition to spending taxpayers’ money and his firm stand for rootie-toot-toot rugged individualism.
Thursday, April 5,2012

By axing parks, politicos are stealing the people

By Jim Hightower
Sorry, we’re closed.” In one of the saddest signs of the times, this message is popping up all across the country as governors and legislators are cutting off funds (and shutting off access) to one of the finest, most popular assets owned by the people of our country: state parks.
Thursday, March 29,2012

Classy banks

By Jim Hightower
Another way that the rich are different from you and me is that their bankers serve freshly baked chocolate-chip cookies to them. The uber-rich, of course, are used to such coddling, but now a class of customers that bankers have dubbed the “mass affluent” get cookies, too.
Thursday, March 22,2012

Woody at 100

By Jim Hightower
Where’s Woody when we need him? This year marks the 100th anniversary of the birth of Woody Guthrie, and in these hard times of tinkle-down economics, we sure could use some of his hard-hitting musical stories and inspired lyrical populism.
Thursday, March 15,2012

An Army whistleblower speaks truth about power

By Jim Hightower
Meet Lt. Col. Danny Davis, a 48-year-old career Army man who fought in our two Iraq wars and has had two year-long deployments in the Afghanistan war.
Thursday, March 8,2012

Stepping steadily upward on Massey’s corporate ladder

By Jim Hightower
Every day on the job, hundreds of miners descend deep into the earth. And every time they go down, each of them wonders: “Will I make it back to the top today?” These days, though, miners and their families are wondering if federal prosecutors will...