IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Fri, 25 Apr 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 NSA spying is here to stay http://illinoistimes.com/article-13800-nsa-spying-is-here-to-stay.html NSA spying is here to stay
 On Monday, April 14, the Washington Post and the Guardian U.S. newspapers received the Pulitzer for Journalism Public Service for their reports on NSA spying. In light of their hard work, let’...]]>
Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street’s culture http://illinoistimes.com/article-13771-sniffing-the-ethical-rot-in-wall-street%25E2%2580%2599s-culture.html Sniffing the ethical rot in Wall Street’s culture
 Not too many years ago, any news story about bonus money would’ve been about some 20-year-old baseball player – an up-and-coming superstar getting $100,000 or so on top of his salary as an e...]]>
Let’s re-fund America http://illinoistimes.com/article-13733-let%25E2%2580%2599s-re-fund-america.html Let’s re-fund America
 The powerhouses of Wall Street have tunneled directly into the cloistered backrooms of Washington deal making, extracting trillions of dollars worth of government bailouts, special tax breaks an...]]>
The symbolism of one adjunct professor’s death http://illinoistimes.com/article-13699-the-symbolism-of-one-adjunct-professor%25E2%2580%2599s-death.html The symbolism of one adjunct professor’s death
 If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference? If you’re Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes.Margaret Mary died last summer at age 83 – and her death has turned her name into an e...]]>
Finding populism today http://illinoistimes.com/article-13668-finding-populism-today.html Finding populism today
 Mass movements don’t just appear out of the fog, fully grown, structured and mobilized. They emerge in fits and starts over many years, just as the American Revolution did, and as did the Popu...]]>
Employment Policies Institute flimflam http://illinoistimes.com/article-13627-employment-policies-institute-flimflam.html Employment Policies Institute flimflam
 In L. Frank Baum’s novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the wizard turns out to be a big phony – just an eccentric old guy sitting behind a curtain, using his booming voice to spew nonsense in...]]>
A tax on high frequency traders http://illinoistimes.com/article-13599-a-tax-on-high-frequency-traders.html A tax on high frequency traders
Have you heard about High Frequency Trading? HFT is sweeping, purely speculative financial transactions that have been made possible by huge leaps in technology. Done by super-fast computers, using ma...]]>
Don’t close our post offices http://illinoistimes.com/article-13567-don%25E2%2580%2599t-close-our-post-offices.html Don’t close our post offices
 You know what America needs? More jobs, that’s what.Not Wal-Mart-style jobettes, but real jobs – stable ones with good salary and benefits, union jobs so workers have a say in what goes on,...]]>
The what-abouts of Sen. Pat Roberts http://illinoistimes.com/article-13540-the-what-abouts-of-sen-pat-roberts.html The what-abouts of Sen. Pat Roberts
 In “The Wizard Of Oz,” Dorothy assessed the odd things she was experiencing and said to her little dog, “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”Lately, Sen. Pat Roberts ha...]]>
The mobsters of Wall Street http://illinoistimes.com/article-13511-the-mobsters-of-wall-street.html The mobsters of Wall Street
Assume that you ran a business that was found guilty of bribery, forgery, perjury, defrauding homeowners, fleecing investors, swindling consumers, cheating credit card holders, violating U.S. trade la...]]>
The educated poor: adjunct professors http://illinoistimes.com/article-13480-the-educated-poor-adjunct-professors.html The educated poor: adjunct professors
 There’s a growing army of the working poor in our U.S. of A., and big contingents of it are now on the march. They’re strategizing, organizing and mobilizing against the immoral economics of...]]>
Congress critters can be lovable for a price http://illinoistimes.com/article-13458-congress-critters-can-be-lovable-for-a-price.html Congress critters can be lovable for a price
 A counselor recently advised, “an informal setting,” adding that it is “an effective way to build a better relationship.”That sounds like advice that a love counselor might offer to coup...]]>
The millionaires’ Congress vs. the people http://illinoistimes.com/article-13426-the-millionaires%25E2%2580%2599-congress-vs-the-people.html The millionaires’ Congress vs. the people
 The rich truly are different from you and me – they tend to hold seats in Congress. Our nation purports to be a representative democracy, yet you don’t find many plumbers, mineworkers, dirt...]]>
What if antibiotics no longer work? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13389-what-if-antibiotics-no-longer-work.html What if antibiotics no longer work?
 Have you had your daily minimum requirement of triclosan today? How about your dosage of triclocarban? Chances are you have, but don’t know it. These two are antimicrobial chemicals, which mig...]]>
MRAP, Maxx and militarization of local police http://illinoistimes.com/article-13345-mrap-maxx-and-militarization-of-local-police.html MRAP, Maxx and militarization of local police
 What a Christmas little Bastrop had! It’s still a mystery how Santa Claus got it down the chimney, but Bastrop got a nifty present that most children could only dream about: A big honkin’, s...]]>
Merry Christmas, right-wingers, the Red Pope and Jesus http://illinoistimes.com/article-13317-merry-christmas-right-wingers-the-red-pope-and-jesus.html Merry Christmas, right-wingers, the Red Pope and Jesus
 Ah, ’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 fa...]]>
Backscratching society http://illinoistimes.com/article-13269-backscratching-society.html Backscratching society
 Timmy Geithner has landed.The Secretary of the Treasury in President Obama’s first term resigned early this year, and we lost track of him for months. But in November, Geithner reappeared, hav...]]>
Coke’s conspiracy against tap water http://illinoistimes.com/article-13253-coke%25E2%2580%2599s-conspiracy-against-tap-water.html Coke’s conspiracy against tap water
Coca-Cola is running a stealth advertising campaign. Stealth? Yes, it’s a nationwide product promotion that’s being run below the public radar! Why would a corporation as ad-depen...]]>
Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash http://illinoistimes.com/article-13221-billionaires-reap-a-cornucopia-of-farm-subsidy-cash.html Billionaires reap a cornucopia of farm subsidy cash
 December is a time of many holiday feasts – which makes it a good time to remember family farmers and the tremendous contributions they make to our country, culture, taste buds and tummies. Bu...]]>
Celebrate agriCULTURE, not agriBUSINESS http://illinoistimes.com/article-13191-celebrate-agriculture-not-agribusiness.html Celebrate agriCULTURE, not agriBUSINESS
 In December 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came tantalizingly close to getting the U.S. Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon’s choice for secretary of agriculture.A coalit...]]>
McDonald’s: Low-Paid Workers, High-Flying Execs http://illinoistimes.com/article-13162-mcdonald%25E2%2580%2599s-low-paid-workers-high-flying-execs.html McDonald’s: Low-Paid Workers, High-Flying Execs
 Sometimes it pays just to go away. You could ask Jim Skinner about that.He was CEO of the hamburger behemoth, McDonald’s, pulling down a hefty $8.8 million in pay. Last year, though, Skinner r...]]>
This year’s election circus http://illinoistimes.com/article-13121-this-year%25E2%2580%2599s-election-circus.html This year’s election circus
Election days can be dizzying – like trying to absorb a three-ring circus with all three acts going at once.In last week’s elections, the national media focused tightly on the center ring, where t...]]>
Can Wall Street buy redemption? http://illinoistimes.com/article-13108-can-wall-street-buy-redemption.html Can Wall Street buy redemption?
 Goldman Sachs churns out enormous profits from its high-rolling, casino investment schemes, while also churning out fat paychecks for its top executives. They literally sack up the gold, even as...]]>
Say ‘no way’ to NSA http://illinoistimes.com/article-13068-say-%25E2%2580%2598no-way%25E2%2580%2599-to-nsa.html Say ‘no way’ to NSA
The very fine public servant, Russ Feingold, cautioned against the steady slippage of our democracy toward autocracy back in October 2001, when he stood tall as the only U.S. Senator to vote against t...]]>
Monsanto buys a food prize http://illinoistimes.com/article-13034-monsanto-buys-a-food-prize.html Monsanto buys a food prize
 As Lily Tomlin has noted, “No matter how cynical you get, it’s almost impossible to keep up.” For example, imagine if a prestigious group announced that this year’s “World Environmenta...]]>
J.P. Morgan – The man and the bank http://illinoistimes.com/article-13005-jp-morgan-%25E2%2580%2593-the-man-and-the-bank.html J.P. Morgan – The man and the bank
 J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators, who levied a fine of nearly a billion bucks against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.Well, not a fine against...]]>
GOP unhinged by Obamacare: Laugh till it hurts http://illinoistimes.com/article-12964-gop-unhinged-by-obamacare-laugh-till-it-hurts.html GOP unhinged by Obamacare: Laugh till it hurts

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Trans-Pacific Partnership: Aka corporate coup http://illinoistimes.com/article-12940-trans-pacific-partnership-aka-corporate-coup.html Trans-Pacific Partnership: Aka corporate coup
 What if our national leaders told us that communities across America had to eliminate such local programs as Buy Local, Buy American, Buy Green, etc. to allow foreign corporations to have the ri...]]>
Voice of morality says oppose ‘cult of money’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-12912-voice-of-morality-says-oppose-%25E2%2580%2598cult-of-money%25E2%2580%2599.html Voice of morality says oppose ‘cult of money’
 The bluebirds of happiness are chirping away in our nation’s treetops these days, for America is now in the fifth year of economic recovery. Let’s all sing “Happy Days Are Here Again,” f...]]>
Corporatizing animals – from cuteness to cruelty http://illinoistimes.com/article-12886-corporatizing-animals-ndash-from-cuteness-to-cruelty.html Corporatizing animals – from cuteness to cruelty
Both the old and new media agree on this: If you need a story that’s guaranteed to be wildly popular – go with animals. “Kute kittens,” for example, are surefire winners, as is...]]>