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Thursday, September 15,2011

The Enronization of presidential politics

By Jim Hightower
In the infamous Enron scandals of a decade ago, unregulated energy hucksters created an array of dummy financial funds so they could evade public scrutiny and perpetrate fraud. To disguise the scams, the funds were given such names as Chewco and JEDI.
Thursday, September 8,2011

Tea party Congress: 'Power to the Corporations'

By Jim Hightower
Good grief — the genuine populist fury of grassroots tea partiers is now being perverted into anti-populism by the very Tea Party Republicans they elected to Congress.
Thursday, September 1,2011

Corporate hoggishness run amuck

By Jim Hightower
They´re back. Citigroup, Coca-Cola, IBM, Merck, and dozens of other major U.S. corporations are back in Washington — like hogs at the trough — demanding to be fed another tax boondoggle.
Thursday, August 25,2011

Yee-haw! Perry for president

By Jim Hightower
So here comes Rick Perry of Texas, trying to climb the national political ladder all the way to the presidency. He’s really two candidates in one suit. On the surface, Perry is vying to be the furthest out of the Tea Party Republicans’ farout right-wingers — sort of Michele Bachmann with better hair. He wants to scuttle Social Security and Medicaid.
Thursday, August 18,2011

A governor eaten up by corporate ideology

By Jim Hightower
In office for only half a year, Gov. Rick Scott of Florida has made clear to the people of his state what he's made of: right-wing ideological Silly Putty.
Thursday, August 11,2011

Bankers keep running with illegal foreclosures

By Jim Hightower
Two-year-olds often go running around the house too wildly and crash into something. They get an “ouchie” and fall down crying, but they learn from it. That’s the virtue of the “ouchie” that Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo and other big financiers got last year when they ran into the law after racing wildly through home foreclosure paperwork.
Thursday, August 4,2011

Breaking corporate control of politics

By Jim Hightower
Imagine if a couple of national leaders dared to stand up to the corporate powers that have taken control of government. Imagine if one of them came right out and said, 'I [am] fed up of living in a country ruled by lies, cynicism and greed.'
Thursday, July 28,2011

Shoving America back to the Great Recession

By Jim Hightower
The core economic problem we’re facing today is that both unemployment and underemployment are rampant, stifling any hope for real recovery and threatening the very survival of our essential middle class.
Thursday, July 21,2011

The good ship Goldman sets sail for Singapore

By Jim Hightower
Goldman keeps striving to give greed a bad name. It was a major player in designing the taxpayer bailout of Wall Street, getting $10 billion for itself and untold billions more in backdoor subsidies from the Federal Reserve.
Thursday, July 14,2011

Massey Energy's man-made hellhole

By Jim Hightower
A new investigative report by federal safety inspectors found that this mine owned by the enormously profitable Massey Energy Corporation was literally a man-made hellhole.
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