IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Fri, 28 Aug 15 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 It’s time to free students from debt http://illinoistimes.com/article-16049-it%25E2%2580%2599s-time-to-free-students-from-debt.html It’s time to free students from debt
Butch Hancock, one of Austin’s finest singer-songwriters, grew up in the Texas Panhandle, out among dry-land farmers and strict fundamentalist Christians. Butch once told me that he felt he’d been...]]>
Our democracy is now their plutocracy http://illinoistimes.com/article-16020-our-democracy-is-now-their-plutocracy.html Our democracy is now their plutocracy
 Once upon a time in our Good Ol’ US-of-A, presidential contenders and their political parties had to raise the funds needed to make the race. How quaint.But for the 2016 run, this quaint way o...]]>
Marijuana: demonization to legalization http://illinoistimes.com/article-16000-marijuana-demonization-to-legalization.html Marijuana: demonization to legalization
Earlier this year, music legends Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard teamed up to make a pro-marijuana video titled “It’s All Going to Pot.”And, apparently they were right, for I’ve now learned th...]]>
Partners corporatize our parks http://illinoistimes.com/article-15974-partners-corporatize-our-parks.html Partners corporatize our parks
Our presidents are good at praising America’s magnificent national park system, but they’re lousy at maintaining it. Bill Clinton-the-candidate, for example, spoke of how lucky he was to have Hot ...]]>
The rebellion against big money politics http://illinoistimes.com/article-15940-the-rebellion-against-big-money-politics.html The rebellion against big money politics
If you are one of those cynics who think that none of today’s presidential candidates for the White House care about people like you and me, check out Republican wannabe Scott Walker.The Wisconsin g...]]>
The venality of the 2016 presidential election http://illinoistimes.com/article-15907-the-venality-of-the-2016-presidential-election.html The venality of the 2016 presidential election
 Already, results of the first election of the 2016 presidential race are in!It’s the Money Primary, controlled not by voters, but by super-wealthy donors. In this exclusive election, Jeb is wa...]]>
Why Christie should not be president http://illinoistimes.com/article-15875-why-christie-should-not-be-president.html Why Christie should not be president
When Mitt Romney’s campaign was investigating potential choices to be his 2012 running mate, they gave each prospect a fish-themed code name, such as Lake Fish, Filet-O-Fish, etc. Their name for New...]]>
Marriage equality moves from taboo to justice http://illinoistimes.com/article-15842-marriage-equality-moves-from-taboo-to-justice.html Marriage equality moves from taboo to justice
 From 1956 until 2010, CBS television’s daytime lineup included America’s longest-running soap opera: “As the World Turns.” But times change, and now a real-life human drama of profound i...]]>
‘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...]]>