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Thursday, March 5,2015

GOP lets corporate lobbyists take over Congress

By Jim Hightower
Oh, wait… my mistake. Members now have staffs to do all that, including telling the esteemed legislators how to vote. Few people are aware that con gressional staffs have mushroomed and gained far-reaching control over legislation.
Thursday, February 26,2015

Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies

By Jim Hightower
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman found that Encore, based in San Diego, filed nearly 240,000 lawsuits against debtors in a recent four-year period, using our courts as its private collection arm. Problem is, Encore’s bulk filing of lawsuits are rife with errors, out-ofdate payment data, fabricated credit card statements, etc.
Thursday, February 19,2015

Reclaim Chicago challenges ‘Mayor 1-Percent’

By Jim Hightower
The people of Chicago are presently grappling with a big question that nearly every urban place faces: Can anyone really govern such a sprawling, brawling city? Reclaim Chicago — an upstart populist coalition that has become a major force in the city — says the answer is a great big “NO.” Moreover, asserts this grassroots group, no one should. Rather, the many should, and if they’re organized through a democratic network, the people can be their own government, producing egalitarian policies that improve the lives of everyone, advancing the whole city.
Thursday, February 12,2015

Aetna lifts the national standard for ‘competitive wages’

By Jim Hightower
good. That selfish ethos is what prevails in today’s corporate suites, where it’s claimed that the only responsibility of executives is to maximize profits for the “family” — i.e., themselves and major shareholders. Idiotes are free to stiff workers, sidestep environmental rules, shaft consumers, etc.
Thursday, February 5,2015

Explaining congressional morality

By Jim Hightower
It’s always interesting to see Congress in action — though “interesting” can also be appalling. For example, what a sight it is to watch Republican leaders as they gleefully try to repeal Obamacare — the law extending health care coverage to all Americans.
Thursday, January 29,2015

Death of the lush, green lawn

By Jim Hightower
“High,” as everyone called him, was dedicated, body and soul, to the Sisyphean task of trying to maintain a lawn full of lush St. Augustine grass in hot, dry Texas. He planted, watered, fertilized, watered, mowed, watered, fought bugs and brown patch, watered, re-planted, watered… ad nauseum.
Thursday, January 22,2015

New GOP Congress rushes big favors to Wall Street

By Jim Hightower
If members of the brand-spanking new, Republican-controlled Congress are at all confused about why We the People consider them just another load of bovine excrement, they should look at their bill called “Promoting Job Creation and Reducing Small Business Burdens.
Thursday, January 15,2015

Bezos buys a big piece of power

By Jim Hightower
But then it devolved into just another corporate media property, focusing more on cutting newsroom costs than on its watchdog role. Finally, the Post.
Thursday, January 8,2015

Citigroup becomes its own self-serving lawmaker

By Jim Hightower
No bill was filed, no public hearings were held, no debate or even a vote. Just — BAM! — there they were, a thicket of benefits were secretly slapped into the 1,600-page budget bill by… well, by whom? Corporate lobbyists (though they get one of their for-hire congress critters to do the actual dirty deed).
Wednesday, December 31,2014

A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

By Jim Hightower
The 51 to 44 Senate vote was so close because we were able to expose Butz as... well, as butt-ugly. We brought the abusive power of corporate agribusiness into the public consciousness for the first time. We had won a moral victory, but it turned out to be a curse and a blessing.