IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Thu, 31 Jul 14 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 Can a $7 billion penalty be a good deal? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14263-can-a-%25247-billion-penalty-be-a-good-deal.html Can a $7 billion penalty be a good deal?
Media outlets across the country trumpeted the stunning news with headlines like this: “Citigroup Punished.”At last, went the storyline, the Justice Department brought down the hammer on one of th...]]>
History is calling http://illinoistimes.com/article-14227-history-is-calling.html History is calling
 Most of us celebrated July Fourth by barbecuing and setting off some fireworks. Some of us might have paused for a moment to reflect on that thing Jefferson wrote about 238 years ago: The Declar...]]>
Walgreens ploy to tax dodge http://illinoistimes.com/article-14199-walgreens-ploy-to-tax-dodge.html Walgreens ploy to tax dodge
How would you react if one of your neighbors announced that while he obviously benefits from having clean water, highways, Medicare, police protection, parks, schools, and other public services, he wa...]]>
Koch boys killing democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14172-koch-boys-killing-democracy.html Koch boys killing democracy
 The Koch boys, Charles and David, live in their own little world. It’s a special world, enshrouded in a rarefied atmosphere created by the fumes emanating from their family’s enormous stockp...]]>
The militarization of ‘Officer Friendly’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-14145-the-militarization-of-%25E2%2580%2598officer-friendly%25E2%2580%2599.html The militarization of ‘Officer Friendly’
 Let’s check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns – check! – 533 planes and helicopters – check! 180,000 magazine cartridges – check! 44,000 night-vision goggles – check! 432 mine-resist...]]>
What job creation numbers don’t tell us http://illinoistimes.com/article-14117-what-job-creation-numbers-don%25E2%2580%2599t-tell-us.html What job creation numbers don’t tell us
 Have you noticed “the powers that be” employ an entirely different standard for measuring the health of America’s job market than they use for the stock market? They’re currently telling...]]>
A bold shift in America’s minimum wage debate http://illinoistimes.com/article-14091-a-bold-shift-in-america%25E2%2580%2599s-minimum-wage-debate.html A bold shift in America’s minimum wage debate
At last, our political leaders in Washington are taking action for low-wage workers and the middle class, striking a bold blow for America’s historic values of economic fairness and common good.Gosh...]]>
Wall street rewards Ben and Tim for stiffing you http://illinoistimes.com/article-14065-wall-street-rewards-ben-and-tim-for-stiffing-you.html Wall street rewards Ben and Tim for stiffing you
 Not only has the Wall Street bailout restored the banksters who wrecked (and are still wrecking) our economy to full prosperity but it’s also paying off very handsomely for the bank overseers...]]>
Has America gone crazy? http://illinoistimes.com/article-14034-has-america-gone-crazy.html Has America gone crazy?
 It might appear that the U-S-of-A has gone bonkers. So let me clear up any confusion that you might have: Yes, it has!Yet, it hasn’t. More on that in a moment.First, though – whether looking...]]>
Koch brothers demand more http://illinoistimes.com/article-14006-koch-brothers-demand-more.html Koch brothers demand more
Hypothetical conundrums can provide some valuable learning experiences for students of corporate management and ethics, so let’s study one.Suppose you’re a corporate chieftain who’s an adamant a...]]>
The power of organizing http://illinoistimes.com/article-13956-the-power-of-organizing.html The power of organizing
 Hard work, we’re told, always pays off. Sure it does – ask a farmworker, a roofer or a home health aide. In our economy, those doing the hardest work get the worst pay, the weakest job prote...]]>
Growing ‘populist lobby’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-13939-growing-%25E2%2580%2598populist-lobby%25E2%2580%2599.html Growing ‘populist lobby’
 Imagine a bold headline blaring, “An Army of 1,500 Lobbyists Swarms Capitol Hill.” But that wouldn’t be news, since it happens every day. In fact, an occupying army of Gucci-clad corporate...]]>
Rick Perry’s bespectacled mess http://illinoistimes.com/article-13910-rick-perry%25E2%2580%2599s-bespectacled-mess.html Rick Perry’s bespectacled mess
 He’s back. And, this time, he has eyeglasses. Yes, Rick “Oops” Perry, is back, pitching himself for another presidential run. What fun! Who can forget the Texas governor’s nationally tel...]]>
From farm workers to cheerleaders http://illinoistimes.com/article-13826-from-farm-workers-to-cheerleaders.html From farm workers to cheerleaders
It doesn’t take an IQ much higher than room temperature to realize that it’s way past time to raise America’s sub-poverty minimum wage of $7.25 an hour. But let’s also pay attention to the mil...]]>
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...]]>