IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Mon, 25 Sep 17 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 How to get a health care system for people http://illinoistimes.com/article-19151-how-to-get-a-health-care-system-for-people.html How to get a health care system for people
Believe it or not, we can get Congress to enact a new program providing good quality, lower-cost health care for your family and (what the hell, let’s think big here) for every man, woman and (espec...]]>
The gaping hole in Trump’s border wall http://illinoistimes.com/article-19130-the-gaping-hole-in-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-border-wall.html The gaping hole in Trump’s border wall
How much of our money does Donald Trump want to pour into his xenophobic fantasy of erecting an impenetrable wall on our Mexican border?The big-businessman-turned-president insists that costs be damne...]]>
Sand: the endangered natural resource http://illinoistimes.com/article-19094-sand-the-endangered-natural-resource.html Sand: the endangered natural resource
 As evermore people migrate to cities, sand follows to accommodate them. Mountains of sand are poured into constructing new homes. “A typical American house requires more than a hundred tons of...]]>
Trump versus the words of Robert E. Lee http://illinoistimes.com/article-19078-trump-versus-the-words-of-robert-e-lee.html Trump versus the words of Robert E. Lee
 I hate to say this, but I’m starting to feel sorry for Donald Trump. He’s only been in office for half a year, and already he’s running out of Americans to attack.Of course, he came into o...]]>
A hailstorm of special-interest legislation http://illinoistimes.com/article-19050-a-hailstorm-of-special-interest-legislation.html A hailstorm of special-interest legislation
 Just days after last November’s election, jubilant members and top staffers of the notorious corporate front group called the American Legislative Exchange Council gathered for a celebratory l...]]>
Wall Streeters find new ways to steal http://illinoistimes.com/article-19007-wall-streeters-find-new-ways-to-steal.html Wall Streeters find new ways to steal
 The self-described “Geniuses of Wall Street” are being stupid. Again.In 2007, their stupid schemes and frauds crashed our economy, destroying middle-class jobs, wealth and opportunities. Far...]]>
A Deere in the spotlight http://illinoistimes.com/article-18990-a-deere-in-the-spotlight.html A Deere in the spotlight
When I was a boy, I loved spending time with my Uncle Ernest and Aunt Eula on their small northeast Texas farm. They pulled a frugal living from their 50 acres, raising a little bit of everything. Doi...]]>
Do-It-Yourselfers unite http://illinoistimes.com/article-18960-do-it-yourselfers-unite.html Do-It-Yourselfers unite
 Chances are you’ve bought an Apple iPad, Chevy Malibu, Amazon Kindle, Samsung TV, GE Frigidaire or some other brand-name consumer product equipped with a dazzling array of digital doodads. And...]]>
Partisan use of preemption is surging http://illinoistimes.com/article-18936-partisan-use-of-preemption-is-surging.html Partisan use of preemption is surging
We the People are being burgled. Again. The latest hit is just the latest in a long string of political robberies, a nationwide crime wave being pulled off by moneyed elites and their political henchm...]]>
Dare we entrust our students to corporate profiteers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18912-dare-we-entrust-our-students-to-corporate-profiteers.html Dare we entrust our students to corporate profiteers?
 While the Koch brothers have stayed out of the national limelight since the White House was acquired by Trump and Company, that doesn’t mean the two right-wing billionaire brats are any less a...]]>
Amazon buys out Whole Foods Market http://illinoistimes.com/article-18865-amazon-buys-out-whole-foods-market.html Amazon buys out Whole Foods Market
 As an Associated Press article joyously put it, “The U.S. job market has settled into a sweet spot of steadily solid growth.” At long last, the American dream is back for working families, r...]]>
Donald Trump’s puny approval rating http://illinoistimes.com/article-18842-donald-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-puny-approval-rating.html Donald Trump’s puny approval rating
What’s the matter with these people? The Trumpsters in the White House and Congress, I mean.Start with The Donald himself, a guy who can’t pass a mirror without casting an adoring eye at his own r...]]>
The GOP will free you from having health care http://illinoistimes.com/article-18819-the-gop-will-free-you-from-having-health-care.html The GOP will free you from having health care
When I think of freedom, I think of it in positive, aspirational terms – our First Amendment freedoms, for example, or FDR’s “Four Freedoms” or the uplifting songs of freedom sung by oppressed...]]>
Will you enlist in Trump’s war? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18792-will-you-enlist-in-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-war.html Will you enlist in Trump’s war?
 Donald Trump missed the opportunity to become a General Patton-style military commander and glorious war hero back in the Vietnam era. He surely would’ve been the greatest ever in history!But,...]]>
Where does inequality come from? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18761-where-does-inequality-come-from.html Where does inequality come from?
The vast inequality that’s rending our society is not a natural, inevitable or accidental phenomenon – it’s caused intentionally by policy-decisions that corporate and political officials make,...]]>
What is worse than being poor? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18729-what-is-worse-than-being-poor.html What is worse than being poor?
 These are hard times for America’s gold miners. They’re struggling to haul wealth out of the land while seeing their pay drop further and further down.Take Bob Mercer. He’s been a top mine...]]>
Stop blaming workers for this mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-18712-stop-blaming-workers-for-this-mess.html Stop blaming workers for this mess
 Anti-immigrant eruptions are older than the U.S. itself, and they’ve flared up periodically throughout our history, targeting the Irish, French, Italians and Chinese, among others. Even Donald...]]>
Trumpty Dumpty http://illinoistimes.com/article-18678-trumpty-dumpty.html Trumpty Dumpty
Comandante Trump, El Jefe, the gringo strongman!That’s the image our current Commander in Chief seems to be cultivating. He has surrounded himself with generals, he cavalierly threatens war with all...]]>
Populism is not about angry mobs http://illinoistimes.com/article-18652-populism-is-not-about-angry-mobs.html Populism is not about angry mobs
 I’ve observed that the true political spectrum in our society does not range from right to left, but from top to bottom. This is how America’s economic and political systems really shake out...]]>
Keep our Postal Service public http://illinoistimes.com/article-18608-keep-our-postal-service-public.html Keep our Postal Service public
 Journalism, which is supposed to help make sense of our turbulent world, can’t seem to make sense of itself.In addition to “news,” we’re now getting “fake news” (stuff that’s compl...]]>
The people must build the people’s government http://illinoistimes.com/article-18589-the-people-must-build-the-people%25E2%2580%2599s-government.html The people must build the people’s government
In high school, I had a girlfriend who was involved in student government and all sorts of good works. While she paid attention to all that was happening in those years of the early 1960s, she essenti...]]>
How can we stop banksters from robbing us? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18564-how-can-we-stop-banksters-from-robbing-us.html How can we stop banksters from robbing us?
 In an insightful song about outlaws, Woody Guthrie wrote this verse: “As through this world I travel/I see lots of funny men/Some’ll rob you with a 6-gun/Some with a fountain pen.”The foun...]]>
Activism is the only hope of restoring America’s democratic principles http://illinoistimes.com/article-18537-activism-is-the-only-hope-of-restoring-america%25E2%2580%2599s-democratic-principles.html Activism is the only hope of restoring America’s democratic principles
Homelessness, we’re told by pious politicos, is impossible to cure, and so more and more cities are resorting to criminalizing people struggling to live on the streets. But wait, say proponents of a...]]>
A clueless dealmaker’s deal goes down http://illinoistimes.com/article-18490-a-clueless-dealmaker%25E2%2580%2599s-deal-goes-down.html A clueless dealmaker’s deal goes down
 Question: What do you get when you mix together a barrel of fables, a sack of mendacity, a gross of hyperboles, a bucket of spite and a jar of venomous vituperation – all covered with a thick ...]]>
Real news http://illinoistimes.com/article-18464-real-news.html Real news
A decade ago, some barons of the media establishment designated themselves America’s official arbiters of political truth. One of their tools is PolitiFact, a project of the Tampa Bay Times and seve...]]>
How magical is Donald Trump? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18439-how-magical-is-donald-trump.html How magical is Donald Trump?
 Trump & Company claim they have a sweeping mandate from voters to remake America –but wait, it is just a magic trick – almost half of the electorate chose not to vote in last November’...]]>
What to do about a mentally ill president? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18410-what-to-do-about-a-mentally-ill-president.html What to do about a mentally ill president?
It’s time to face up to the obvious: The President of the United States is deranged.I don’t mean that he’s merely idiosyncratic or pushing policies that I think are crazy, nor do I say this as j...]]>
The chicken and the egg http://illinoistimes.com/article-18385-the-chicken-and-the-egg.html The chicken and the egg
 Those who say that we ordinary people can’t have any effect on today’s corporate behemoths should check out two breakthroughs last year by a group the establishment has long derided as somew...]]>
Wall Street plowboys http://illinoistimes.com/article-18355-wall-street-plowboys.html Wall Street plowboys
Every decade or so, the public is shocked by yet another discovery that migrant farmworkers are being horribly abused by the wealthy masters of the corporate food system. And here we go again.Last Nov...]]>
It’s time to put food policy back on the table http://illinoistimes.com/article-18330-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-put-food-policy-back-on-the-table.html It’s time to put food policy back on the table
 Remember last year’s presidential debates? Trump and Clinton talked about the needs of hard-hit working-class families, veterans and coal miners among others. But, hellloooo, where were farmer...]]>