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Thursday, June 5,2014

Fast food chains stealing from low-wage workers

By Jim Hightower
No matter how small the haul is, a thief is a thief, right? If a poverty-wage fast-food worker sneaks out a couple of burgers to take home to the kids, the bosses yell: “Thief!” But what do you call it when the bosses steal from those same workers?...
Thursday, May 29,2014

Bernanke’s cut of bankers’ bailout loot

By Jim Hightower
In one week in May, Bernanke was in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, Johannesburg on Wednesday and Houston on Friday, speechifying to global bankers and hobnobbing with hedge fund billionaires and economic titans. Each of these private chats put $200,000 or more into Ben’s pockets.
Thursday, May 22,2014

Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street’s culture

By Jim Hightower
Both the head of the New York Fed and the Comptroller of the Currency are at least grasping one basic reality, namely that the tightened regulations enacted to deal with the “too big to fail” issue do nothing about the fundamental ethical collapse among America’s big bankers.
Thursday, May 15,2014

Look out — the yummies are coming!

By Jim Hightower
“We needed a kind of fresh look,” says the head of Zenga, a men’s fashion purveyor. By “fresh, ”he’s talking about silken coats that resemble bathrobes, shirts with yard-long sleeves that you scrunch up — oh, and narrow pants are in, very in. As one retail executive explained, “[it’s about] the way a narrow trouser makes you feel.
Thursday, May 8,2014

Corporate lobbyists challenged by a growing ‘Populist lobby’

By Jim Hightower
Imagine a headline blaring, “An Army of 1,500 Lobbyists Swarms Capitol Hill.” But that wouldn’t be news, since it happens every day. In fact, an occupying army of Gucci-clad corporate lobbyists is permanently encamped in Washington, numbering not a mere 1,500 — but more than 12,000. Yes, that works out to nearly 22 lobbyists for every member of the House and Senate, and they come armed with explosive levels of campaign cash to keep lawmakers toeing the corporate line.
Thursday, May 1,2014

Perry’s mess

By Jim Hightower
Gosh, the 2016 presidential primaries are a long way off, but look out — for here comes Rick Perry of Texas, riding his state’s taxpayer dollars into the GOP primary.
Thursday, April 24,2014

Florida official can’t seem to get the hang of running elections

By Jim Hightower
It’s our civic duty to vote, right? Well that depends on who you are. The disgusting reality is that many of the power elites don’t want certain people to vote, so they go to extremes to discourage and even harass those people to prevent them from exercising their civic right.
Thursday, April 17,2014

Let’s cheer for NFL cheerleaders

By Jim Hightower
The National Football League is continuing to run an off-field power play against its valuable female team players. Women on NFL teams? Yes—not running plays, but on the sidelines running the synchronized gymnastics and precision dance routines of professional cheerleaders.
Thursday, April 10,2014

U.S. Postal Service selling out workers and… America

By Jim Hightower
Not Walmart-style “jobettes,” but real jobs, stable ones with a good salary and benefits, union jobs so workers have a say in what goes on, jobs that have strong protections against discrimination. A job you could make a career, do useful work, take pride in it, earn promotions, and be respected for what you do.
Thursday, April 3,2014

The mobsters of Wall Street

By Jim Hightower
Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating U.S. trade laws and bilking American soldiers. Can you even imagine the punishment you’d get?.