IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Mon, 06 Jul 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 ‘The Donald Show’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15817-%25E2%2580%2598the-donald-show%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘The Donald Show’
Oh, joy! Oh, goody! Oh, happy day! For those of us who love the loopy side of American politics, our dream of some serious loco for 2016 has arrived: Donnie Trump in the race. For president. Of the Un...]]>
How the grassroots derailed the TPP train http://illinoistimes.com/article-15768-how-the-grassroots-derailed-the-tpp-train.html How the grassroots derailed the TPP train
 White House spokesperson Josh Earnest dismissed it as a procedural snafu, and it was – but not in the way he meant. The “it” was the stunning June 12 vote last week in the House of Represe...]]>
Food, hotel giants peddle plastic authenticity http://illinoistimes.com/article-15748-food-hotel-giants-peddle-plastic-authenticity.html Food, hotel giants peddle plastic authenticity
 Near my home in Austin, Texas, there is a great, old refurbished motel that I recommend to people when they come to visit our fair city. It not only is right on the famed Congress Avenue but als...]]>
The real scandal in Denny Hastert’s life http://illinoistimes.com/article-15614-the-real-scandal-in-denny-hastert%25E2%2580%2599s-life.html The real scandal in Denny Hastert’s life
 Washington’s establishment of politicos, lobbyists and media sparklies are shocked – shocked to their very core! – by the scandalous sexual revelations about Dennis Hastert.The portly Repu...]]>
A letter carrier’s special delivery to Congress http://illinoistimes.com/article-15584-a-letter-carrier%25E2%2580%2599s-special-delivery-to-congress.html A letter carrier’s special delivery to Congress
Neither rain nor sleet nor snow – nor even the likelihood that he’d be killed en route – could stop this letter carrier from making his appointed rounds.Doug Hughes is one gutsy and creative mai...]]>
Obama’s ugly show of presidential petulance http://illinoistimes.com/article-15550-obama%25E2%2580%2599s-ugly-show-of-presidential-petulance.html Obama’s ugly show of presidential petulance
 When the going got tough, Barack got in a huff and then he got gruff.President Obama has worked himself into such a tizzy over the TPP that he’s lashing out at his progressive friends in Congr...]]>
Postal workers take a stand on National Day of Action http://illinoistimes.com/article-15525-postal-workers-take-a-stand-on-national-day-of-action.html Postal workers take a stand on National Day of Action
When a big-name retailer finds its sales in a slow downward spiral, the geniuses in the executive suite often try to keep their profits up by cheapening their product and delivering less to customers....]]>
CNE syndrome strikes state governments http://illinoistimes.com/article-15485-cne-syndrome-strikes-state-governments.html CNE syndrome strikes state governments
 It’s well-known that harsh climate conditions can mess with your mind – from cabin fever to heat delirium. But America is now experiencing an even more dangerous mind-numbing disease called...]]>
ISDS: A corporate cluster bomb http://illinoistimes.com/article-15456-isds-a-corporate-cluster-bomb.html ISDS: A corporate cluster bomb
The Powers That Be are very unhappy with you and me. They’re also very unhappy with senators like Elizabeth Warren, activist groups like Public Citizen, unions like the Communications Workers of Ame...]]>
‘Dr. Evil’ turns out to be ‘Dr. Silly’ http://illinoistimes.com/article-15428-%25E2%2580%2598dr-evil%25E2%2580%2599-turns-out-to-be-%25E2%2580%2598dr-silly%25E2%2580%2599.html ‘Dr. Evil’ turns out to be ‘Dr. Silly’
 Big Oil, labor exploiters, industrial food factories, frackers and other corporate profiteers have been paying a lot of money to a man that celebrates himself as “Dr. Evil” – the scourge o...]]>
Corporate thieves steal workers’ comp http://illinoistimes.com/article-15394-corporate-thieves-steal-workers%25E2%2580%2599-comp.html Corporate thieves steal workers’ comp
They say there’s honor among thieves, but I say: That depends on the thieves.Your common street thief, yes – but not those princely CEO’s of corporate larceny. America’s working families have ...]]>
Presidential hopefuls address inequality http://illinoistimes.com/article-15364-presidential-hopefuls-address-inequality.html Presidential hopefuls address inequality
 At last, America’s political leaders indicate that they now hear the voices and feel the pain of the poor and of the millions of working families slipping out of the middle class.Congress had...]]>
Imagine Cruz as president http://illinoistimes.com/article-15324-imagine-cruz-as-president.html Imagine Cruz as president
And away we go – off on another crazy cruze with Ted.Cinch up your seatbelts, for Sen. Ted Cruz (fueled by his raw ambition and flaming jet-powered ego) has come screeching out of the GOP’s presid...]]>
Government by sucker punch http://illinoistimes.com/article-15293-government-by-sucker-punch.html Government by sucker punch
 Once again, the American people are being victimized by a hush-hush blanket of official secrecy, rhetorical dodges and outright lies. This time it’s not about wholesale spying on us by our own...]]>
Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies http://illinoistimes.com/article-15266-debt-buyers-bury-hard-hit-consumers-in-lies.html Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies
 Good news, people: The “boom” is back! Yes, good times are here again, thanks to an economic boom that’s being generated by (of all things) bad times.As you might know from your own experi...]]>
Subsidizing corporate crime http://illinoistimes.com/article-15226-subsidizing-corporate-crime.html Subsidizing corporate crime
“Do the crime, do the time,” the old saying goes. Unless, of course, the criminals are corporate executives. In those cases, the culprits are practically always given a “Get out of jail free”...]]>
GOP gang of Supremes attack Obamacare http://illinoistimes.com/article-15210-gop-gang-of-supremes-attack-obamacare.html GOP gang of Supremes attack Obamacare
 Look out – the Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far-right ideologues are rampaging again! The five-man clan is firing potshots at Obamacare – and their political recklessness endangers...]]>
The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule http://illinoistimes.com/article-15178-the-kbparty-of-plutocratic-rule.html The KBParty of Plutocratic Rule
 Shouldn’t America have at least one major party that isn’t beholden to the corporate elite?Well don’t look now, but such a party has recently popped up, raring to roar into the 2016 presid...]]>
Chicagoans are reclaiming their city http://illinoistimes.com/article-15140-chicagoans-are-reclaiming-their-city.html Chicagoans are reclaiming their city
Chicago! City of broad shoulders. Plutocratic hog butcher. Toolmaker for progressive change. Stacker of the wheat of grassroots power, wheat separated from the chaff of corporate politicians. Stormy,...]]>
Aetna’s common sense wage lift http://illinoistimes.com/article-15120-aetna%25E2%2580%2599s-common-sense-wage-lift.html Aetna’s common sense wage lift
 Business schools and Wall Street banks preach a strict, anti-social doctrine of corporate management that comes down to this: CEO’s must be idiots. By that I mean the original Greek word “id...]]>
A corporate coup d’etat http://illinoistimes.com/article-15094-a-corporate-coup-d%25E2%2580%2599etat.html A corporate coup d’etat
 When I was a tyke, Momma warned me not to eat anything unless I knew where it came from. That advice is so sensible that even Congress acted on it in 2002, passing a straightforward law called C...]]>
A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity http://illinoistimes.com/article-15069-a-whining-wall-street-banker-pleads-for-pity.html A whining Wall Street banker pleads for pity
 J.P. Morgan was recently socked in the wallet by financial regulators who levied yet another multi-billion dollar fine against the Wall Street baron for massive illegalities.Well, not a fine aga...]]>
How tacky can the golden arches get? http://illinoistimes.com/article-15036-how-tacky-can-the-golden-arches-get.html How tacky can the golden arches get?
McDonald’s is scrambling, and I’m not talking about eggs. You know your business has what image consultants call “quality perception issues” when you have to launch a PR initiative that public...]]>
Cannabis: America’s common sense crop http://illinoistimes.com/article-14995-cannabis-america%25E2%2580%2599s-common-sense-crop.html Cannabis: America’s common sense crop
 In 1914, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst mounted a yellow-journalism crusade to demonize the entire genus of cannabis plants. Why? To sell newspapers, of course, but also because he wa...]]>
College bowl games become corporate money games http://illinoistimes.com/article-14976-college-bowl-games-become-corporate-money-games.html College bowl games become corporate money games
Growing up in Texas, I learned that God and guns were important, but football – well, football was the real religion, the essence of life itself.So I can understand the hyperbolic exuberance of a ra...]]>
Populist proposals won in 2014 http://illinoistimes.com/article-14940-populist-proposals-won-in-2014.html Populist proposals won in 2014
 There’s no denying that Democrats took a drubbing at the polls in 2014. Running cautious campaigns and shying away from Obamacare, Wall Street regulation, the anti-fracking movement, immigrati...]]>
Citigroup becomes its own lawmaker http://illinoistimes.com/article-14909-citigroup-becomes-its-own-lawmaker.html Citigroup becomes its own lawmaker
Congress, which has long been so tied up in a partisan knot by right-wing extremists that it has been unable to move, suddenly sprang loose at the end of the year and put on a phenomenal show of acrob...]]>
Think of the Amazon workers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14899-think-of-the-amazon-workers.html Think of the Amazon workers
 During the hectic holiday shopping season, Jeff Bezos’ Amazon.com may seem like a great option, especially for us procrastinators. Anything you want can be shipped directly to your doorstep. A...]]>
The pain of inequality among yacht buyers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14852-the-pain-of-inequality-among-yacht-buyers.html The pain of inequality among yacht buyers
In this season of mass commercialism, let’s pause to consider the plight of simple millionaires.Why? Because we now share a common cause: Inequality. You don’t hear much about it, but millionaires...]]>
Police militarization: your towns, your tax dollars http://illinoistimes.com/article-14824-police-militarization-your-towns-your-tax-dollars.html Police militarization: your towns, your tax dollars
 It can be tough policing the mean streets in these days of desperation, when drug cartels and other hardened criminals are out there ... somewhere.But the good people of Orange County, Florida,...]]>