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Thursday, September 13,2012

Counter ALEC with ALICE

By Jim Hightower
This secretive corporate front is behind hundreds of regressive and repressive bills that’re being pushed through Republican-controlled state legislatures. Its bills and tactics are so venomous that 35 of ALEC’s brand-name corporate funders, from Amazon to Walmart, have withdrawn their names and money this year.
Thursday, September 6,2012

A more genteel political corruption

By Jim Hightower
Not only does corporate political money shout, scream, bellow and bay in our elections, but afterwards it quietly slips into the back rooms of power to talk softly about payback.
Thursday, August 30,2012

Where's the ethical balance of America's scales of justice?

By Jim Hightower
To check the balance of the scales of justice, look at how the system treats the very rich — and the poor.
Thursday, August 23,2012

A fracking conflict of interest

By Jim Hightower
“Fracking is perfectly safe,” they insist. “Trust us!” Excuse me, but no.
Thursday, August 16,2012

The Koch brothers’ black liquor moonshine

By Jim Hightower
Question: If you mix a cocktail of “black liquor,” biofuels, diesel and a generous splash of tax subsidies — then have it shaken vigorously by Sen. Mike Crapo and served in a golden goblet by corporate lobbyists — what do you call it? Answer: Koch Brothers Moonshine.
Thursday, August 9,2012

Sandy Weill’s apt epitaph: Pigs fly

By Jim Hightower
Why isn’t Sandy Weill treated as a crook? He not only violated the law, but arrogantly flaunted it. Yet the system treats the criminal acts of Wall Street Royals like him as the by-product of “financial innovation.” Far from criminal, you see, Weill simply suffers from Narcissistic Avariciousness Disorder.
Thursday, August 2,2012

Insider tips profit biggest hedge funds

By Jim Hightower
The high-rollers who run Wall Street’s top hedge funds essentially gamble with other people’s money, betting billions of dollars on such stuff as whether XYZ Corporation’s third-quarter profits will be one point lower than forecast.
Thursday, July 26,2012

‘Double-S.O.B.s’ keep making a killing

By Jim Hightower
It’s true that America’s working stiffs are mostly stuck in the muck of depression these days, spinning their economic wheels with low wages that can’t even keep pace with inflation. Still, though, there are some good news stories about some who’re doing well — such as David Simon.
Thursday, July 19,2012

Who needs Wall Street giants?

By Jim Hightower
After enduring years of insatiable greed by the slick-fingered hucksters who run these gambling houses; after watching in dismay as their ineptness and avarice drained more than $19 trillion from America’s household wealth since 2007 and plunged our real economy into financial crisis.
Thursday, July 12,2012

Propagandizing school kids for corporate profit

By Jim Hightower
Are you a parent who’s worried about the plethora of highly questionable bio-engineered organisms that agribusiness profiteers have quietly been slipping into everything from snack foods to school lunches? Well, perhaps your own children can put your mind at ease, for they might have science teachers who assign a book called “Look Closer at Biotechnology” to the kiddos in their classes. It’s filled with colorful images, friendly cartoon faces, puzzles and more!