IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Sat, 22 Nov 14 00:00:00 -0600 en hourly 1 Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits http://illinoistimes.com/article-14733-net-neutrality-in-the-way-of-corporate-profits.html Net neutrality in the way of corporate profits
When it comes to Internet Service Providers and high-speed Internet, the consumer marketplace has hardly been a model of competitiveness. Some of us are lucky enough to be able to choose from two prov...]]>
Election 2014: The rise of a stealth oligarchy http://illinoistimes.com/article-14702-election-2014-the-rise-of-a-stealth-oligarchy.html Election 2014: The rise of a stealth oligarchy
 A stunning surprise coming out of this year’s elections is that the most dominant contenders were not glad-handing braggarts, but the least likely of participants: shy people. Indeed, these we...]]>
In Big Beer we do not trust http://illinoistimes.com/article-14672-in-big-beer-we-do-not-trust.html In Big Beer we do not trust
OK, that’s it – no more Mr. Nice Guy from me when covering the avarice and arrogance of corporate power! The monopolistic grabfest has now turned personal. It’s about beer, the nourishing nectar...]]>
From one bad war to a worse one http://illinoistimes.com/article-14634-from-one-bad-war-to-a-worse-one.html From one bad war to a worse one
 In 2004, Stuart Bowen of Texas was asked by a friend to take on a difficult and important job, which he did. Bowen’s friend was George W. Bush, and the job was to investigate corruption and wa...]]>
Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14620-dumb-and-dumber-political-fearmongers.html Dumb and dumber: Political fearmongers
 One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb, by golly, he will double down on dumb.For example, in his current re-ru...]]>
Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam http://illinoistimes.com/article-14592-marriott%25E2%2580%2599s-shameful-hotel-tipping-scam.html Marriott’s shameful hotel tipping scam
 As an old popular song from the 1970s asks, what do you get if you “work your fingers right down to the bone?” Bony fingers.As the hardworking housekeepers for the sprawling Marriott chain o...]]>
GOP nightmare reveals secret corporate donors http://illinoistimes.com/article-14564-gop-nightmare-reveals-secret-corporate-donors.html GOP nightmare reveals secret corporate donors
Some people have a myriad of recurring nightmares about being publicly embarrassed, such as rising to give a speech and realizing you know nothing about the topic – then realizing you’re naked.You...]]>
Wall Street walls off young farmers http://illinoistimes.com/article-14533-wall-street-walls-off-young-farmers.html Wall Street walls off young farmers
 We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm – but e-i-e-i-o – look who’s got his farm now!It’s groups like American Farmland and Farmland Partners. These aren’t dirt f...]]>
America’s natural politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-14507-america%25E2%2580%2599s-natural-politics.html America’s natural politics
My father, W.F. “High” Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn’t know it. Didn’t know the word, much less the history or anything about populism’s democratic ethos. My father was not philos...]]>
Help wash formaldehyde out of baby’s hair http://illinoistimes.com/article-14465-help-wash-formaldehyde-out-of-baby%25E2%2580%2599s-hair.html Help wash formaldehyde out of baby’s hair
 In the U.S. alone, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what’s commonly called “makeup.” But lipstick, blush, mascara, etc. are not the only kind of makeup t...]]>
Sound advice to the Billionaire’s Club http://illinoistimes.com/article-14443-sound-advice-to-the-billionaire%25E2%2580%2599s-club.html Sound advice to the Billionaire’s Club
I’ve noticed several CEOs, political pundits and so-called economic experts saying they’re confused as to why Americans are so down. Consumers should be out buying stuff, they say, for the economy...]]>
Rick Perry’s clown show http://illinoistimes.com/article-14415-rick-perry%25E2%2580%2599s-clown-show.html Rick Perry’s clown show
 Trial lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.Well, meet that ham sandwich! Here in my burg of Austin, Texas, the grand jury has just ...]]>
What we’ve paid for war http://illinoistimes.com/article-14387-what-we%25E2%2580%2599ve-paid-for-war.html What we’ve paid for war
War is hell.Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that – but, sadly, he’s dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier to die in our unfathom...]]>
GOP’s ‘hell no’ faction http://illinoistimes.com/article-14354-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-%25E2%2580%2598hell-no%25E2%2580%2599-faction.html GOP’s ‘hell no’ faction
 Ah, August – that time of year when the going gets tough ... and Congress gets going.On vacation that is. And, to be fair, maybe Congress needs a vacation. All the stress of not passing laws a...]]>
Post office is a money-making operation http://illinoistimes.com/article-14318-post-office-is-a-money-making-operation.html Post office is a money-making operation
One public service that people really like and count on is the post office – which literally delivers for us.Antigovernment ideologues and privatization dogmatists, however, hate the very word “pu...]]>
Do-nothing Congress takes a vacation http://illinoistimes.com/article-14289-do-nothing-congress-takes-a-vacation.html Do-nothing Congress takes a vacation
 Gosh, has it already been three weeks since Congress took a vacation? Those poor stiffs must be pooped from trying to catch up on all the heavy lifting that piled up while they were away from th...]]>
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...]]>