IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Mon, 27 Apr 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Corporate thieves steal workers’ comp http://illinoistimes.com/article-15394-corporate-thieves-steal-workers%25E2%2580%2599-comp.html Corporate thieves steal workers’ comp
They say there’s honor among thieves, but I say: That depends on the thieves.Your common street thief, yes – but not those princely CEO’s of corporate larceny. America’s working families have ...]]>
Presidential hopefuls address inequality http://illinoistimes.com/article-15364-presidential-hopefuls-address-inequality.html Presidential hopefuls address inequality
 At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.Congress had...]]>
Imagine Cruz as president http://illinoistimes.com/article-15324-imagine-cruz-as-president.html Imagine Cruz as president
And away we go – off on another crazy cruze with Ted.Cinch up your seatbelts, for Sen. Ted Cruz (fueled by his raw ambition and flaming jet-powered ego) has come screeching out of the GOP’s presid...]]>
Government by sucker punch http://illinoistimes.com/article-15293-government-by-sucker-punch.html Government by sucker punch
 Once again, the American people are being victimized by a hush-hush blanket of official secrecy, rhetorical dodges and outright lies. This time it’s not about wholesale spying on us by our own...]]>
Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15266-debt-buyers-bury-hard-hit-consumers-in-lies.html Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies
 Good news, people: The “boom” is back! Yes, good times are here again, thanks to an economic boom that’s being generated by (of all things) bad times.As you might know from your own experi...]]>
Subsidizing corporate crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-15226-subsidizing-corporate-crime.html Subsidizing corporate crime
“Do the crime, do the time,” the old saying goes. Unless, of course, the criminals are corporate executives. In those cases, the culprits are practically always given a “Get out of jail free”...]]>
GOP gang of Supremes attack Obamacare http://illinoistimes.com/article-15210-gop-gang-of-supremes-attack-obamacare.html GOP gang of Supremes attack Obamacare
 Look out – the Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far-right ideologues are rampaging again! The five-man clan is firing potshots at Obamacare – and their political recklessness endangers...]]>
The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule http://illinoistimes.com/article-15178-the-kbparty-of-plutocratic-rule.html The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule
 Shouldn’t America have at least one major party that isn’t beholden to the corporate elite?Well don’t look now, but such a party has recently popped up, raring to roar into the 2016 presid...]]>
Chicagoans are reclaiming their city http://illinoistimes.com/article-15140-chicagoans-are-reclaiming-their-city.html Chicagoans are reclaiming their city
Chicago! City of broad shoulders. Plutocratic hog butcher. Toolmaker for progressive change. Stacker of the wheat of grassroots power, wheat separated from the chaff of corporate politicians. Stormy,...]]>
Aetna’s common sense wage lift http://illinoistimes.com/article-15120-aetna%25E2%2580%2599s-common-sense-wage-lift.html Aetna’s common sense wage lift
 Business schools and Wall Street banks preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEO’s must be idiots. By that I mean the original Greek word “id...]]>
A corporate coup d’etat http://illinoistimes.com/article-15094-a-corporate-coup-d%25E2%2580%2599etat.html A corporate coup d’etat
 When I was a tyke, Momma warned me not to eat anything unless I knew where it came from. That advice is so sensible that even Congress acted on it in 2002, passing a straightforward law called C...]]>
A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity http://illinoistimes.com/article-15069-a-whining-wall-street-banker-pleads-for-pity.html A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity
 J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators who levied yet another multi-billion dollar fine against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.Well, not a fine aga...]]>
How tacky can the golden arches get? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15036-how-tacky-can-the-golden-arches-get.html How tacky can the golden arches get?
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. You know your business has what image consultants call “quality perception issues” when you have to launch a PR initiative that public...]]>
Cannabis: America’s common sense crop http://illinoistimes.com/article-14995-cannabis-america%25E2%2580%2599s-common-sense-crop.html Cannabis: America’s common sense crop
 In 1914, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst mounted a yellow-journalism crusade to demonize the entire genus of cannabis plants. Why? To sell newspapers, of course, but also because he wa...]]>
College bowl games become corporate money games http://illinoistimes.com/article-14976-college-bowl-games-become-corporate-money-games.html College bowl games become corporate money games
Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football – well, football was the real religion, the essence of life itself.So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a ra...]]>
Populist proposals won in 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14940-populist-proposals-won-in-2014.html Populist proposals won in 2014
 There’s no denying that Democrats took a drubbing at the polls in 2014. Running cautious campaigns and shying away from Obamacare, Wall Street regulation, the anti-fracking movement, immigrati...]]>
Citigroup becomes its own lawmaker http://illinoistimes.com/article-14909-citigroup-becomes-its-own-lawmaker.html Citigroup becomes its own lawmaker
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrob...]]>
Think of the Amazon workers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14899-think-of-the-amazon-workers.html Think of the Amazon workers
 During the hectic holiday shopping season, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com may seem like a great option, especially for us procrastinators. Anything you want can be shipped directly to your doorstep. A...]]>
The pain of inequality among yacht buyers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14852-the-pain-of-inequality-among-yacht-buyers.html The pain of inequality among yacht buyers
In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires...]]>
Police militarization: your towns, your tax dollars http://illinoistimes.com/article-14824-police-militarization-your-towns-your-tax-dollars.html Police militarization: your towns, your tax dollars
 It can be tough policing the mean streets in these days of desperation, when drug cartels and other hardened criminals are out there ... somewhere.But the good people of Orange County, Florida,...]]>
Thanksgiving: from the White House to Wal-Mart http://illinoistimes.com/article-14795-thanksgiving-from-the-white-house-to-wal-mart.html Thanksgiving: from the White House to Wal-Mart
Thanksgiving – a time of grace and family sharing – will start with an extra-graceful act from the White House this year.Just as every president since Lincoln has done, Barack Obama will grant cle...]]>
Amazon threatens community vitality http://illinoistimes.com/article-14763-amazon-threatens-community-vitality.html Amazon threatens community vitality
 It’s that time of year – Thanksgiving holiday will be here soon. And then we’ll get to celebrate Black Friday and Cyber Monday. And, if we’re shopping online, odds are good that we’ll...]]>
Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14733-net-neutrality-in-the-way-of-corporate-profits.html Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits
When it comes to Internet Service Providers and high-speed Internet, the consumer marketplace has hardly been a model of competitiveness. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to choose from two prov...]]>
Election 2014: The rise of a stealth oligarchy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14702-election-2014-the-rise-of-a-stealth-oligarchy.html Election 2014: The rise of a stealth oligarchy
 A stunning surprise coming out of this year’s elections is that the most dominant contenders were not glad-handing braggarts, but the least likely of participants: shy people. Indeed, these we...]]>
In Big Beer we do not trust http://illinoistimes.com/article-14672-in-big-beer-we-do-not-trust.html In Big Beer we do not trust
OK, that’s it – no more Mr. Nice Guy from me when covering the avarice and arrogance of corporate power! The monopolistic grabfest has now turned personal. It’s about beer, the nourishing nectar...]]>
From one bad war to a worse one http://illinoistimes.com/article-14634-from-one-bad-war-to-a-worse-one.html From one bad war to a worse one
 In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen’s friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and wa...]]>
Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14620-dumb-and-dumber-political-fearmongers.html Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers
 One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb, by golly, he will double down on dumb.For example, in his current re-ru...]]>
Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam http://illinoistimes.com/article-14592-marriott%25E2%2580%2599s-shameful-hotel-tipping-scam.html Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam
 As an old popular song from the 1970s asks, what do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Bony fingers.As the hardworking housekeepers for the sprawling Marriott chain o...]]>
GOP nightmare reveals secret corporate donors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14564-gop-nightmare-reveals-secret-corporate-donors.html GOP nightmare reveals secret corporate donors
Some people have a myriad of recurring nightmares about being publicly embarrassed, such as rising to give a speech and realizing you know nothing about the topic – then realizing you’re naked.You...]]>
Wall Street walls off young farmers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14533-wall-street-walls-off-young-farmers.html Wall Street walls off young farmers
 We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm – but e-i-e-i-o – look who’s got his farm now!It’s groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. These aren’t dirt f...]]>