IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Mon, 20 Feb 17 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Hallelujah, Trump rushes to aid the needy http://illinoistimes.com/article-18299-hallelujah-trump-rushes-to-aid-the-needy.html Hallelujah, Trump rushes to aid the needy
Of all the economic pain in America that Washington ought to be relieving, what group would you choose as the top priority?Public opinion surveys consistently reveal that the great majority of us say...]]>
Is Trump’s America our America? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18260-is-trump%25E2%2580%2599s-america-our-america.html Is Trump’s America our America?
Who are we?Are we the great America of courage, spunk, openness, inclusion, opportunity and democratic promise – as expressed in the Declaration of Independence, the Preamble to the Constitution, Li...]]>
Why so many people loathe Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-18236-why-so-many-people-loathe-congress.html Why so many people loathe Congress
Uncle Sam wants you.Not the symbolic Uncle Sam, but Sam Johnson. Although he’s been a member of Congress more than a quarter of a century, it’s unlikely you’ve ever heard of him. He’s a lawmak...]]>
We can beat back the reign of Trump http://illinoistimes.com/article-18211-we-can-beat-back-the-reign-of-trump.html We can beat back the reign of Trump
Buckle up, friends. Most Americans are about to be detoured onto a rough and rocky back road called “Trump Way.” The autocratic tycoon was unabashed on the campaign trail in promising his victory...]]>
Searching for integrity in Trumplandia http://illinoistimes.com/article-18179-searching-for-integrity-in-trumplandia.html Searching for integrity in Trumplandia
It’s about time America has a president who will stand up to those greed-headed corporate executives who keep hauling our middle-class jobs out of country. Bring those jobs back home, Donald Trump b...]]>
A political party worth joining http://illinoistimes.com/article-18155-a-political-party-worth-joining.html A political party worth joining
 The best political party in America is not the Dems nor the Repubs. By far, the best political party is a real party named “Fighting Bob Fest.”It’s a daylong, outdoor political festival ru...]]>
Right-wingers, Red Pope and Jesus http://illinoistimes.com/article-18135-right-wingers-red-pope-and-jesus.html Right-wingers, Red Pope and Jesus
‘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 far right’...]]>
What is the ‘Trump Fix’? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18092-what-is-the-%25E2%2580%2598trump-fix%25E2%2580%2599.html What is the ‘Trump Fix’?
In Donald Trump’s presidential campaign, it was his frequent, unbridled slaps at Wall Street elites and arrogant, job-busting corporate executives that gave him the “populistic” patina he needed...]]>
Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be energy secretary? http://illinoistimes.com/article-18075-why-in-the-world-would-trump-tap-perry-to-be-energy-secretary.html Why in the world would Trump tap Perry to be energy secretary?
Perk up, people – for I bring you tidings of great joy: Gov. “Oops” is back! Yes, Rick Perry, the former Texas governor who specialized in putting the “goober” in gubernatorial, is being bro...]]>
Augustus Trumpus http://illinoistimes.com/article-18047-augustus-trumpus.html Augustus Trumpus
 All hail Augustus Trumpus! All hail the American Putin, whom none can criticize! All hail the Great All Knowing One, who reveals “realities” that are not there and finds “facts” that mer...]]>
The new founder http://illinoistimes.com/article-18019-the-new-founder.html The new founder
This past January, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott, the multimillionaire protege of the Koch brothers’ plutocratic kingdom and American Legislative Exchange Council darling, revealed to a startled nation tha...]]>
Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing http://illinoistimes.com/article-17982-bing-bing-bong-bong-bing-bing.html Bing bing, bong bong, bing bing
 What an election year. I feel like I’ve been transported through a cosmic squirrel hole and into a baffling political universe where facts are fiction, bizarre is normal and corruption is a vi...]]>
The Koch connection http://illinoistimes.com/article-17959-the-koch-connection.html The Koch connection
Tug on any right-wing thread in America and you’ll most likely find that it’s tied to the multi-billionaire Koch boys, Charles and David. While the brothers are infamous for funneling hundreds of...]]>
Takeaways from the election http://illinoistimes.com/article-17929-takeaways-from-the-election.html Takeaways from the election
Buckle up, friends. It’s going to be a hairy ride.Start with Day One for President Trump (gotta get used to saying that). He will need to be up-and-at-’em no later than 12:01 a.m., for during...]]>
Why we should reach across borders http://illinoistimes.com/article-17904-why-we-should-reach-across-borders.html Why we should reach across borders
A nation’s border is nothing in and of itself. It’s just an inanimate line on a map, in the dirt, on a riverbank. It has no philosophy, personality, feelings or meaning – beyond what people on e...]]>
The Cannon Ball saga http://illinoistimes.com/article-17868-the-cannon-ball-saga.html The Cannon Ball saga
 The Dakota Access Pipeline is a massive 1,172-mile-long pipeline being constructed by Energy Transfer Partners. It will cut through North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa and Illinois. This pipeline,...]]>
A tale of two pipes http://illinoistimes.com/article-17860-a-tale-of-two-pipes.html A tale of two pipes
A dramatic new chapter is unfolding this year in a volatile confrontation on a remote stretch of the northern Plains in rural North Dakota. It’s a “Battle of Two Pipes,” pitting the cultural pow...]]>
The ethical rot of Wells Fargo http://illinoistimes.com/article-17820-the-ethical-rot-of-wells-fargo.html The ethical rot of Wells Fargo
 Just when you thought that Big Banker greed surely bottomed out with 2008’s Wall Street crash and bailout, along comes Wells Fargo, burrowing even deeper into the ethical slime to reach a prev...]]>
‘Our Revolution’ is on the move http://illinoistimes.com/article-17796-%25E2%2580%2598our-revolution%25E2%2580%2599-is-on-the-move.html ‘Our Revolution’ is on the move
Revolutions R Us! From the big one in 1776 that created our nation to Bernie Sanders’ 2016 political uprising against America’s new plutocratic elites, democratic change comes when workaday people...]]>
Laboratories of democracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17784-laboratories-of-democracy.html Laboratories of democracy
In a 1932 dissenting opinion, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis noted that the benefit of America’s federal structure is that “a single courageous state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a...]]>
Donnie is a Trumpist, not a populist http://illinoistimes.com/article-17755-donnie-is-a-trumpist-not-a-populist.html Donnie is a Trumpist, not a populist
 To many hard-working people, this is a time of economic uncertainty. Thus, it is important to point out that America’s superrich are intentionally and brazenly knocking down the middle class a...]]>
What 47 cents buys these days http://illinoistimes.com/article-17731-what-47-cents-buys-these-days.html What 47 cents buys these days
Although most of us take it for granted, the U.S. Postal Service is an amazing bargain. For only 47 cents, you can purchase a “Forever” postage stamp.Buy one 47-cent stamp, and postal workers will...]]>
Cleaning up after pundits http://illinoistimes.com/article-17684-cleaning-up-after-pundits.html Cleaning up after pundits
 Being a muckracking political writer often makes me feel like a custodian in a horse barn, constantly shoveling manure. Indeed, I’m now a certified Equine Excrement Engineer, having developed...]]>
How does a CEO feel good about being vile? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17659-how-does-a-ceo-feel-good-about-being-vile.html How does a CEO feel good about being vile?
 Corporate price gouging is never nice. But gouging people on the price of medicines they rely on to stay alive is worse than not nice – it’s predaceously evil.And if you think corporate mora...]]>
Why can’t our economy promote equality? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17639-why-can%25E2%2580%2599t-our-economy-promote-equality.html Why can’t our economy promote equality?
Instead of griping about the greedheads of Wall Street and the rip-off financial system they’ve hung around our necks – why don’t we “Take On Wall Street”?You don’t have to be in Who’s W...]]>
Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge http://illinoistimes.com/article-17591-donnie%25E2%2580%2599s-little-lies-are-huuuuuge.html Donnie’s little lies are huuuuuge
An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: “Lies, damn lies and statistics.” Now, however, we’ve been given an even higher level of intentional deception: Policy spee...]]>
Legalized highway robbery http://illinoistimes.com/article-17576-legalized-highway-robbery.html Legalized highway robbery
Some corporations engage in such abusive consumer rip-offs that they’re just plain evil. But then there are some profiteers that dig even deeper into the dark void of their corporate souls to achiev...]]>
The populist insurgency is ratcheting up http://illinoistimes.com/article-17551-the-populist-insurgency-is-ratcheting-up.html The populist insurgency is ratcheting up
What an amazing Democratic primary season it was. And we now have this happy result: We won!“We” being the millions of young people, mad-as-hell working stiffs, independents, deep-rooted progressi...]]>
Campaigns end on Election Day http://illinoistimes.com/article-17530-campaigns-end-on-election-day.html Campaigns end on Election Day
 The fervent prayer of old-line Democratic operatives and corporate funders is that the Sanders Storm will dissipate now that Hillary Clinton will get the nomination, thus allowing politics-as-us...]]>
What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17493-what%25E2%2580%2599s-next-for-the-bernie-sanders-revolution.html What’s next for the Bernie Sanders revolution?
Outside of Bernie Sanders’ circle, a multitude of Bernie supporters are not waiting on a smoke signal from headquarters. With the primaries over, a mushrooming, percolate-up creativity has already b...]]>