IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sat, 16 Dec 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Why net neutrality is an important democratic virtue http://illinoistimes.com/article-19463-why-net-neutrality-is-an-important-democratic-virtue.html Why net neutrality is an important democratic virtue
We’re told by politicos, pundits and internet providers themselves that access to the net is crucial to our educational achievement, future prosperity and ability to be self-governing. Yet while thi...]]>
Why so many Americans hate Trump’s tax reform http://illinoistimes.com/article-19434-why-so-many-americans-hate-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-tax-reform.html Why so many Americans hate Trump’s tax reform
 Sam Rayburn of Texas, who was a legendary Speaker of the U.S. House in the 1940s and ’50s, offered this piece of ethical advice for lawmakers who were conflicted over whether to vote for the p...]]>
Why Al Franken should not resign http://illinoistimes.com/article-19413-why-al-franken-should-not-resign.html Why Al Franken should not resign
Jim Hightower is on vacation this week.The chorus of loud demands for Senator Al Franken’s resignation began from the moment that Leeann Tweeden accused him of sexual harassment. Those calls intensi...]]>
Donald Trump’s strange bromances http://illinoistimes.com/article-19378-donald-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-strange-bromances.html Donald Trump’s strange bromances
 “We’ve had a great relationship,” exulted a giddy Donald Trump, following his two-day schmoozefest in Manila with the thuggish president of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte.Duterte, a self...]]>
Why reward bad corporate behavior with more tax breaks? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19362-why-reward-bad-corporate-behavior-with-more-tax-breaks.html Why reward bad corporate behavior with more tax breaks?
 As anyone who has ever been to any of the many cities that are graced with a Trump hotel, casino, golf resort, etc. likely knows, Donald Trump insists that his name be gaudily displayed in giant...]]>
Why does Amazon get corporate welfare? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19330-why-does-amazon-get-corporate-welfare.html Why does Amazon get corporate welfare?
 No one has imagined corporate domination more expansively nor pushed it harder or further than Jeffery Preston Bezos, and his Amazon stands today as the most advanced and the most ambitious mode...]]>
Trump’s wars http://illinoistimes.com/article-19297-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-wars.html Trump’s wars
 So, President Trump makes what was to be a condolence phone call to the young widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of the four American soldiers killed on a military patrol in Niger – and all o...]]>
We are Luddites http://illinoistimes.com/article-19265-we-are-luddites.html We are Luddites
 Today’s proliferation of industrial robots is an advanced generation of powerful, autonomous machines driven by artificial intelligence. The profiteers and techies propelling us into the deep...]]>
Think your job is safe from the robot invasion? http://illinoistimes.com/article-19234-think-your-job-is-safe-from-the-robot-invasion.html Think your job is safe from the robot invasion?
 Industrial automatons have been on the march for years, devouring the middle-class job opportunities of factory workers. But this time is different. This mass-scale deployment of robots has alre...]]>
Do better than a rip-off health care system http://illinoistimes.com/article-19214-do-better-than-a-rip-off-health-care-system.html Do better than a rip-off health care system
News flash: Republican congressional leaders have come up with yet another grand scheme to fix America’s health care system. So, look out – because when they say “fix,” they mean it in the sam...]]>
Populist victory in a conservative town http://illinoistimes.com/article-19190-populist-victory-in-a-conservative-town.html Populist victory in a conservative town
 Since the 1990s, Colorado Springs has been shaped by an inordinate number of right-wing institutions. Yet the Springs also is home to a hardy band of progressives.With Bernie Sanders bringing ne...]]>
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...]]>