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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?.
Thursday, March 27,2014

Shouldn’t natural foods actually be natural?

By Jim Hightower
PepsiCo has quietly dropped the volatile “natural” claim from its snack packages, rebranding them with just the word “Simply.
Thursday, March 20,2014

Millionaire lawmakers can rise above their financial handicap

By Jim Hightower
The news that more than half of congress are now millionaires helps explain why it has been striving ceaselessly to provide more government giveaways to Wall Street, while also striving to enact government takeaways from middle-class and poor families.
Thursday, March 13,2014

The flim flam of the Employment Policies Institute

By Jim Hightower
The Employment Policies Institute has recently run full-page newspaper ads alerting the public and policymakers that an impressive group of some 650 economists who are supporting an increase in America’s minimum wage are “radical researchers.