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Thursday, November 3,2011

Occupying Democracy

By Jim Hightower
As our leaders loudly preach, democracy is something that we export to the rest of the world — to certain monarchies and autocratic regimes that rule Arab nations, for example. And it’s understandable though regrettable, they tell us, that there would be eruptions of pent-up anger at aloof upper classes in India, Greece, Spain and Israel. But a genuinely populist uprising to bring democracy, both economic and political, to the U.S.A.?
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Thursday, November 3,2011

The corporate purchase of governmental power

By Jim Hightower
Yes, they do. But was this a nice gesture by a civic-minded citizen — or the purchase of special protection? When Jamie Dimon says keep “us” safe, I doubt he means us hoi polloi. Rather, I suspect he wants police officials to keep Wall Street bankers like.
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Thursday, October 27,2011

Paulson’s plaintive plea

By Jim Hightower
In assessing the spreading public protest against the rampaging greed of today’s financial elite, John Paulson turns out to be as confused as a goat on Astroturf. Oh, he gets it that the people’s anger is directed at hedge-fund profiteers like him, but he claims they are simply confused on the virtue of accumulated wealth.
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Thursday, October 20,2011

Fired CEOs get gilded goodbyes

By Jim Hightower
In these times of nationwide job insecurity, with five applicants lined up for every job opening, CEOs warn workers that they’d better perform — or else. Or else they’ll be unceremoniously booted out the door.
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Thursday, October 13,2011

Malicious merger merchants strike again

By Jim Hightower
Five men suddenly found themselves faced with an all-out attack on their territory. Five men confronted by a hostile power. But these five men looked destiny in the eye — and then they suited up and took care of business.
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Thursday, October 6,2011

Rick Perry's 'truthiness'

By Jim Hightower
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert points out that political statements and even political facts these days don’t have to be true — all they need, Colbert insists, is some element of “truthiness.”
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Thursday, September 29,2011

Playing Washington's inside game

By Jim Hightower
Do you know any of the dozen Congress critters who’re on the superpowerful deficit-reduction supercommittee? I don’t mean do you know their names, but do you really know them — know them well enough that they’ll take your call?
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Thursday, September 22,2011

The GOP's jobs debate

By Jim Hightower
Now, let’s turn the Hubble telescope to the far-away galaxy where Rick, Mitt, Michele and Goofy are contending for the Republican presidential nomination.
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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.
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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.
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