IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sun, 07 Feb 16 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 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...]]>
What’s the price on Jeb Bush’s integrity? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16396-what%25E2%2580%2599s-the-price-on-jeb-bush%25E2%2580%2599s-integrity.html What’s the price on Jeb Bush’s integrity?
If you are a presidential aspirant and you have to tell people that you are a person of integrity – there’s a very good chance that you are not.And those odds at least quadruple if you have to hir...]]>
How much ‘free speech’ can you buy? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16369-how-much-%25E2%2580%2598free-speech%25E2%2580%2599-can-you-buy.html How much ‘free speech’ can you buy?
 In today’s so-called “democratic” election process, Big Money doesn’t talk, it roars – usually drowning out the people’s voice.Bizarrely, the Supreme Court decreed in its 2010 Citize...]]>
My pick for the next Speaker of the House http://illinoistimes.com/article-16332-my-pick-for-the-next-speaker-of-the-house.html My pick for the next Speaker of the House
 If it were under the big top, it would be a hilarious clown show – with pratfalls, wild posturing, tumbling, juggling and a cacophony of comic chaos.But alas, it’s under the Capitol dome, so...]]>
A flagrant liar for president? http://illinoistimes.com/article-16269-a-flagrant-liar-for-president.html A flagrant liar for president?
 We’ve got a new darling in the GOP presidential race: Carly Fiorina!Being the darling du jour, however, can be dicey – just ask Rick Perry and Scott Walker, two former darlings who are now o...]]>
Thieves get richer the old-fashioned way http://illinoistimes.com/article-16231-thieves-get-richer-the-old-fashioned-way.html Thieves get richer the old-fashioned way
 With the 2016 presidential campaigns in full swing, the burdens of the working middle class have taken center stage. And believe it or not, there is bipartisan support from the front-runners on...]]>
Grassroots democracy building in Iowa http://illinoistimes.com/article-16212-grassroots-democracy-building-in-iowa.html Grassroots democracy building in Iowa
As Henrik Ibsen said: “You should never wear your best trousers when you go out to fight for freedom and truth.”Democracy is never given to us, but has to be won through constant struggle against...]]>
Walker gives corporations the gold mine http://illinoistimes.com/article-16181-walker-gives-corporations-the-gold-mine.html Walker gives corporations the gold mine
 Meet Scott Walker, corporate whore and lousy gambler (with taxpayer money, of course).The Wisconsin governor says he should be America’s next president because he’s a proven budget whacker w...]]>
Buying a president for $30 and change http://illinoistimes.com/article-16152-buying-a-president-for-%252430-and-change.html Buying a president for $30 and change
For today’s report, I have a bunch of statistics for you. Wait – don’t run away! Where are you going? Come back here and sit still while I drill these stats into your head. It’ll be fun, and y...]]>
A monument fit for a robber baron http://illinoistimes.com/article-16105-a-monument-fit-for-a-robber-baron.html A monument fit for a robber baron
 Occasionally I see something that is so bizarre, so out of place, so wrong that I have to assume I’m hallucinating. For example, I could have sworn I was delusional when I heard about the Nati...]]>
CEOs favor wage increases for workers http://illinoistimes.com/article-16088-ceos-favor-wage-increases-for-workers.html CEOs favor wage increases for workers
Peter Georgescu has a message he wants America’s corporate and political elites to hear: “I’m scared,” he said in a recent New York Times opinion piece.He adds that Paul Tudor Jones is scared,...]]>
It’s time to free students from debt http://illinoistimes.com/article-16049-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-free-students-from-debt.html It’s time to free students from debt
Butch Hancock, one of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters, grew up in the Texas Panhandle, out among dry-land farmers and strict fundamentalist Christians. Butch once told me that he felt he’d been...]]>
Our democracy is now their plutocracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16020-our-democracy-is-now-their-plutocracy.html Our democracy is now their plutocracy
 Once upon a time in our Good Ol’ US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint.But for the 2016 run, this quaint way o...]]>
Marijuana: demonization to legalization http://illinoistimes.com/article-16000-marijuana-demonization-to-legalization.html Marijuana: demonization to legalization
Earlier this year, music legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard teamed up to make a pro-marijuana video titled “It’s All Going to Pot.”And, apparently they were right, for I’ve now learned th...]]>
Partners corporatize our parks http://illinoistimes.com/article-15974-partners-corporatize-our-parks.html Partners corporatize our parks
Our presidents are good at praising America’s magnificent national park system, but they’re lousy at maintaining it. Bill Clinton-the-candidate, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot ...]]>
The rebellion against big money politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-15940-the-rebellion-against-big-money-politics.html The rebellion against big money politics
If you are one of those cynics who think that none of today’s presidential candidates for the White House care about people like you and me, check out Republican wannabe Scott Walker.The Wisconsin g...]]>
The venality of the 2016 presidential election http://illinoistimes.com/article-15907-the-venality-of-the-2016-presidential-election.html The venality of the 2016 presidential election
 Already, results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are in!It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors. In this exclusive election, Jeb is wa...]]>
Why Christie should not be president http://illinoistimes.com/article-15875-why-christie-should-not-be-president.html Why Christie should not be president
When Mitt Romney’s campaign was investigating potential choices to be his 2012 running mate, they gave each prospect a fish-themed code name, such as Lake Fish, Filet-O-Fish, etc. Their name for New...]]>
Marriage equality moves from taboo to justice http://illinoistimes.com/article-15842-marriage-equality-moves-from-taboo-to-justice.html Marriage equality moves from taboo to justice
 From 1956 until 2010, CBS television’s daytime lineup included America’s longest-running soap opera: “As the World Turns.” But times change, and now a real-life human drama of profound i...]]>
‘The Donald Show’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15817-%25E2%2580%2598the-donald-show%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘The Donald Show’
Oh, joy! Oh, goody! Oh, happy day! For those of us who love the loopy side of American politics, our dream of some serious loco for 2016 has arrived: Donnie Trump in the race. For president. Of the Un...]]>
How the grassroots derailed the TPP train http://illinoistimes.com/article-15768-how-the-grassroots-derailed-the-tpp-train.html How the grassroots derailed the TPP train
 White House spokesperson Josh Earnest dismissed it as a procedural snafu, and it was – but not in the way he meant. The “it” was the stunning June 12 vote last week in the House of Represe...]]>