IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sun, 26 Jun 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Is there an iota of courage in the GOP? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17372-is-there-an-iota-of-courage-in-the-gop.html Is there an iota of courage in the GOP?
 This year’s freakish presidential election has now devolved into an ethnic brouhaha between two foreigners: A Mexican and a German.The “Mexican” is Gonzalo Curiel. He’s a federal judge w...]]>
Bringing back Bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-17336-bringing-back-bill.html Bringing back Bill
 What’s past, as Shakespeare has told us, is prologue.2016 has been a wild political season. This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Cli...]]>
A new species of jumping beans http://illinoistimes.com/article-17316-a-new-species-of-jumping-beans.html A new species of jumping beans
 It isn’t trickery, but an odd twist in the natural world that creates the novelty of “Mexican jumping beans.” They’re not beans – they’re brownish seedpods from a desert shrub in nor...]]>
The fury beneath the phenomena http://illinoistimes.com/article-17296-the-fury-beneath-the-phenomena.html The fury beneath the phenomena
2016 has certainly been an odd year for the political and corporate elites. They certainly couldn’t predict (and then subsequently stayed in denial about) the groundswell from the masses in terms of...]]>
Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord http://illinoistimes.com/article-17266-meet-glencore-rapacious-global-lord.html Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord
 The beatings of American workers (wage slashing, axed benefits, union busting, mass firings, offshored factories and brutish abuse of worker rights) have been increasing in frequency, intensity...]]>
What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17244-what-does-it-mean-to-%25E2%2580%2598gig%25E2%2580%2599-american-workers.html What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers?
Pouty, whiney, spoiled-bratism is not nice coming from a four-year-old – but it’s grotesque when it comes from billion-dollar corporate elites like Uber and Lyft.The two internet-based ride-hiring...]]>
Who says crime doesn’t pay? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17198-who-says-crime-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-pay.html Who says crime doesn’t pay?
 Hey, can we all just stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street’s big money-grubbing banks?Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their frauds, rigged casino games...]]>
Why Bernie must stay in the race http://illinoistimes.com/article-17171-why-bernie-must-stay-in-the-race.html Why Bernie must stay in the race
Surprisingly, this week’s prize for “Stupidest Political Comment in the Presidential Race” doesn’t go to Donnie Trump or Ted Cruz.Rather, the honor goes to the clueless cognoscenti of conventi...]]>
Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17130-panama-papers-reveal-hypocrisy.html Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy
 It’s always educational to observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, we learn that there’s nothing more vicious than a wild animal that’s cornered. I would ad...]]>
How do you make change happen? Show up http://illinoistimes.com/article-17110-how-do-you-make-change-happen-show-up.html How do you make change happen? Show up
In my travels and conversations this year, I’ve been encouraged that grassroots people of all progressive stripes (populist, labor, liberal, environmental, women, civil libertarian, et al.) are well...]]>
Hurricane Donnie hurls GOP debris http://illinoistimes.com/article-17067-hurricane-donnie-hurls-gop-debris.html Hurricane Donnie hurls GOP debris
 Elites tend to be ... well, elite. As in, “clueless” about what your everyday working stiff is thinking.Cluelessness about the masses can become a major occupational hazard for political eli...]]>
Where does the GOP’s right-wing grouchiness come from? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17037-where-does-the-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-right-wing-grouchiness-come-from.html Where does the GOP’s right-wing grouchiness come from?
I’ve found it! I’ve discovered the original document from which today’s tea party pontificators have drawn their political creed.Tea-infused Republicans are the “anti” party – anti-science...]]>
Who are our rescuers? Us! http://illinoistimes.com/article-17011-who-are-our-rescuers-us_.html Who are our rescuers? Us!
 Six years after the Supreme Court’s malignant Citizens United ruling, nearly every American plainly sees how our nation’s historic, political ethic of citizen equality – “one person one...]]>
Airline fee fleecing http://illinoistimes.com/article-16961-airline-fee-fleecing.html Airline fee fleecing
 If you take the word f-r-e-e and rip the “r” out of it, what do you get? Two things, actually: One, instead of “free” you get “fee” – and then you get mad.This is happening to mill...]]>
How to make billboards uglier http://illinoistimes.com/article-16935-how-to-make-billboards-uglier.html How to make billboards uglier
OK people, we need to discuss billboardsBillboards must be living creatures for they appear to propagate, spreading everywhere growing to enormous size, shouting corporate messages at us – and even...]]>
In favor of the financial transaction tax http://illinoistimes.com/article-16914-in-favor-of-the-financial-transaction-tax.html In favor of the financial transaction tax
 The financial transaction tax is not an idea whose time has just now come; it simply has returned. From 1914 to 1966, our country taxed all sales and transfers of stock. The tax was doubled in t...]]>
‘Do Nothing’ Mitch’s squirrelly stall tactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-16891-%25E2%2580%2598do-nothing%25E2%2580%2599-mitch%25E2%2580%2599s-squirrelly-stall-tactic.html ‘Do Nothing’ Mitch’s squirrelly stall tactic
 Antonin Scalia is gone. The nastiest and noisiest of right-wingers on the Supreme Court is dead.But he can’t be any more brain dead than Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Sena...]]>
How Big Pharma is trying to improve its image http://illinoistimes.com/article-16853-how-big-pharma-is-trying-to-improve-its-image.html How Big Pharma is trying to improve its image
Big news, people! Especially for those of you upset by the skyrocketing prices of the essential prescription medicines you take – including thousands of patients who were hit last year with a 5,000...]]>
Corporate cons and widening inequality http://illinoistimes.com/article-16822-corporate-cons-and-widening-inequality.html Corporate cons and widening inequality
 The basic problem facing the corporate and political powers that want you and me to swallow their Trans-Pacific Partnership deal is that they can’t make chicken salad out of chicken manure.But...]]>
What really poisoned the water in Flint? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16794-what-really-poisoned-the-water-in-flint.html What really poisoned the water in Flint?
The mantra of every Koch-headed, right-wing politico is that government should be run like a business, always focused on cutting costs.Welcome to Flint, Mich. This impoverished, mostly African-America...]]>
Take the movement to the White House http://illinoistimes.com/article-16762-take-the-movement-to-the-white-house.html Take the movement to the White House
 At a recent dinner with my work team, I was reminded that I had said I wanted to travel less for work this year so I could focus on other projects. Instead, I find myself bouncing across the cou...]]>
Something is happening http://illinoistimes.com/article-16731-something-is-happening.html Something is happening
 When I crossed paths with a Democratic Party campaign consultant in Austin last March, I suggested he come out to the local International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers hall to hear Bernie Sa...]]>
Why the GOP’s fence fantasy is a farce http://illinoistimes.com/article-16674-why-the-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-fence-fantasy-is-a-farce.html Why the GOP’s fence fantasy is a farce
A long time ago, in a not so faraway land, a civilization existed that was governed through a fairly rational political system. Even conservative candidates for high office had to have a good idea or...]]>
Should corporations pay their taxes? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16647-should-corporations-pay-their-taxes.html Should corporations pay their taxes?
 Carl Icahn, noted corporate predator and takeover specialist who made billions of dollars in corporate deals, has recently begun pushing a charitable cause involving a group of people who, throu...]]>
Right-wingers, the Red Pope and Jesus http://illinoistimes.com/article-16569-right-wingers-the-red-pope-and-jesus.html Right-wingers, the Red Pope and Jesus
 Aah, ‘tis the season for family, friends, eggnog, chipmunks singing Christmas carols – and all-out, no-mercy, blow-’em-all-to-hell war.Not war like in Afghanistan. No, no – this is the f...]]>
Exxon’s weapons of mass confusion http://illinoistimes.com/article-16550-exxon%25E2%2580%2599s-weapons-of-mass-confusion.html Exxon’s weapons of mass confusion
 InsideClimate News revealed in an investigative series released this fall that the oil superpower Exxon was briefly a paragon of scientific integrity. From 1978 through the ‘80s the corporatio...]]>
Don Blankenship guilty http://illinoistimes.com/article-16522-don-blankenship-guilty.html Don Blankenship guilty
Don Blankenship didn’t get what he deserves in his federal trial, but he definitely deserves what he got.“Guilty,” declared all 12 West Virginia jurors who pondered the charge that this arrogant...]]>
Building monopolies, merger by merger http://illinoistimes.com/article-16492-building-monopolies-merger-by-merger.html Building monopolies, merger by merger
 Corporate world is experiencing a surge in the urge to merge.Control of market after market – from cable TV to chickens, banking to washing machines – has been seized by less than a handful...]]>
Let’s get on board with high-speed rail http://illinoistimes.com/article-16467-let%25E2%2580%2599s-get-on-board-with-high-speed-rail.html Let’s get on board with high-speed rail
Practically every wealthy nation today is making major investments in building high-speed rail networks to transport their people: Japan, Canada, France, Russia, India, England, Morocco, Korea, Saudi...]]>
Let’s break away from Black Friday syndrome http://illinoistimes.com/article-16425-let%25E2%2580%2599s-break-away-from-black-friday-syndrome.html Let’s break away from Black Friday syndrome
 Here comes the holiday season. It’s a monthlong season of friends, family and spiritual reflection, and a time to decompress from our usual helter-skelter lives. It kicks off with Thanksgiving...]]>