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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...
Thursday, March 1,2012

Congress chooses to keep poisoning children

By Jim Hightower
Yes, we certainly need to cut unnecessary and even frivolous federal spending, because, well, because it’s unnecessary and frivolous. So, Congress has targeted unnecessary oil subsidies and frivolous tax giveaways to billionaires, right? Uh, no. Instead, our learned solons have chosen to whack the Lead Poisoning Prevention Program.
Thursday, February 23,2012

The poppy war in Afghanistan

By Jim Hightower
Oh to be in Afghanistan again, when the poppies are in bloom! For a symbol of how America’s decade-long war is going in this faraway land, look at the beautiful fields of red poppies flowering so bountifully there. Unfortunately, that bounty symbolizes a failure of an ambitious Western initiative against the Taliban forces.
Thursday, February 16,2012

Political con men are shrinking America

By Jim Hightower
In my state of Texas, things tend to be bigger — bigger hats, bigger money and bigger thievery by political con men.Last year, the gang of GOP hucksters who control our state government pulled off a huge heist, covering it up with an equally huge boast: “We balanced our budget. Not by raising taxes but by cutting government spending,” bragged the gang leader, Gov. Rick “Oops” Perry.
Thursday, February 9,2012

Tech execs say U.S. is failing them

By Jim Hightower
Last year, during an intimate chat and chew dinner with some Silicon Valley high-tech barons, President Barack Obama posed a question to Steve Jobs, baron of the Apple empire.
Thursday, February 2,2012

Newt Gingrich: the spawn of ‘Citizens United’

By Jim Hightower
Justice Kennedy, meet Sheldon Adelson — a product of your cluelessness about how real politics work. For years, this casino baron has spent lavishly on right-wing front groups to advance his personal agenda, including pouring money into Newt Gingrich’s campaign.
Thursday, January 26,2012

GOP ‘mad as a hatter’ about EPA mercury regs

By Jim Hightower
Why do congressional Republicans hate unborn babies? Yeah, I know they profess to love the unborn, even considering them “persons” from the very moment of conception. Yet, whose interest do you think these same politicos have chosen to protect when it comes to regulating an especially nasty industrial toxin that wreaks holy hell on unborn babies?