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Thursday, May 21,2015

Obama gets desperate in pushing TPP

By Jim Hightower
Poor Barack Obama. He’s been making more flashy moves than an Olympic ice skater, trying to get Democrats in Congress to cheer his Trans-Pacific Partnership. But instead, they’re roundly booing him. The president is on such thin ice with this ponderous giveaway to global corporate giants that his appeals for support have turned desperate, including this recent claim that TPP, “is the most progressive trade deal in history.”
Thursday, May 14,2015

Obama’s bizarre sales pitch for TPP

Sometimes you get offered “a deal you can’t refuse.” Then there’s the deal that Barack Obama has offered to congressional Democrats.

By Jim Hightower
For some bizarre reason, Obama is staking his presidential legacy on a trade scam called the Trans-Pacific Partnership. It’s a corporate wet dream that would let profiteering giants in Japan, Vietnam, Brunei and eight other Pacific nations sue to overturn our national, state and even local laws that they claim might pinch their profits.
Thursday, May 7,2015

The legalized immorality of Big Pharma

By Jim Hightower
Al Capone, the infamous mob boss and bootlegger in Chicagoland during the 1920s, always maintained that he was just a businessman, saying the only difference between him and others was that the law criminalized his business, while legalizing the criminality of socalled “legitimate” businessmen.
Thursday, April 30,2015

Far from liberalizing global policies, TPP is corporatizing them

By Jim Hightower
Consider the current debate in Washington over the Trans-Pacific Partnership. This secretly negotiated deal is the exact opposite of a “liberal” reform, for it blatantly transfers a major portion of our people’s democratic sovereignty into the plutocratic hands of multinational corporate giants.
Thursday, April 23,2015

Hotel giants trying to peddle plastic

By Jim Hightower
This disorienting sameness has become more dizzying in recent years as the chains have merged and conglomerated. Weary travelers might choose to stay overnight in one of the Residence Inn hotels, or a Courtyard, the TownPlace Suites or even splurge for a night in a ritzy Ritz-Carlton.
Thursday, April 16,2015

Corporate weasels trying to escape paying for workers’ injuries

By Jim Hightower
When you come across a corporate lobbying group claiming to be pushing “Responsible Alternatives to Such-and-Such,” you can rightly assume that it’s really pushing something totally irresponsible, as well as malicious, self-serving and even disgusting.
Thursday, April 9,2015

Using hokey numbers and neon lies to sell TPP

By Jim Hightower
Negotiating in strict secrecy during the past seven years, a cabal of the Obama White House and corporate lobbyists are now ready to spring it on us, and Republican leaders intend to ram it into law before We the People can get a whiff of its anti-democratic stench.
Thursday, April 2,2015

Imagine him being president

By Jim Hightower
Not only was it staged at Jerry Falwell’s Liberty University, but Cruz thumped the word “liberty” again and again, like a televangelist thumping the Bible. “We stand together for liberty,” the candidate declared one final time at the conclusion of the show.
Thursday, March 26,2015

Why are we taxpayers subsidizing corporate crime?

By Jim Hightower
Even the corporate crimes that produce horrible injuries, illnesses, death, etc. are routinely settled by fines and payoffs from the corporate treasury, with no punishment of the hon chos who oversee what amount to crime-for-profit syndicates.
Thursday, March 19,2015

Big Food trying a big hoax

By Jim Hightower
The good news is that more and more businesses across the country are adopting this attitude, providing a buylocal, un-corporate, anti-chain alternative for customers.