IllinoisTimes - National - Jim Hightower http://illinoistimes.com/articles.sec-48-1-national-jim-hightower.html Wed, 28 Sep 16 00:00:00 -0500 en hourly 1 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...]]>
How to make a political platform http://illinoistimes.com/article-17476-how-to-make-a-political-platform.html How to make a political platform
 Last weekend in Orlando, Fla., I spent two hot, muggy days wrangling over policy issues as one of the members of the Democratic Party’s national platform committee. The worst development at th...]]>
It’s getting hot in Indianapolis http://illinoistimes.com/article-17452-it%25E2%2580%2599s-getting-hot-in-indianapolis.html It’s getting hot in Indianapolis
If the chieftains of industry and their political henchmen want to know what’s roiling the riffraff, they could read Thomas Piketty’s landmark 1,000-page book on inequality, Capital in the Twenty-...]]>
Why Brexit shocked global elites http://illinoistimes.com/article-17422-why-brexit-shocked-global-elites.html Why Brexit shocked global elites
 The most shocking thing about “Brexit” – the British people’s resounding vote to pull their country out of the European Union – is that it came as such a shock to the British establish...]]>
Souring Chicago’s sweet treat http://illinoistimes.com/article-17389-souring-chicago%25E2%2580%2599s-sweet-treat.html Souring Chicago’s sweet treat
In May 2015, bakery workers in Nabisco’s monumental 10-story plant in Chicago’s Marquette Park neighborhood had been expecting some sweet news from their corporate headquarters. Rumor had it that...]]>
Is there an iota of courage in the GOP? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17372-is-there-an-iota-of-courage-in-the-gop.html Is there an iota of courage in the GOP?
 This year’s freakish presidential election has now devolved into an ethnic brouhaha between two foreigners: A Mexican and a German.The “Mexican” is Gonzalo Curiel. He’s a federal judge w...]]>
Bringing back Bill http://illinoistimes.com/article-17336-bringing-back-bill.html Bringing back Bill
 What’s past, as Shakespeare has told us, is prologue.2016 has been a wild political season. This year, despite the unnerving presidential freak show the Republicans are putting on, Hillary Cli...]]>
A new species of jumping beans http://illinoistimes.com/article-17316-a-new-species-of-jumping-beans.html A new species of jumping beans
 It isn’t trickery, but an odd twist in the natural world that creates the novelty of “Mexican jumping beans.” They’re not beans – they’re brownish seedpods from a desert shrub in nor...]]>
The fury beneath the phenomena http://illinoistimes.com/article-17296-the-fury-beneath-the-phenomena.html The fury beneath the phenomena
2016 has certainly been an odd year for the political and corporate elites. They certainly couldn’t predict (and then subsequently stayed in denial about) the groundswell from the masses in terms of...]]>
Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord http://illinoistimes.com/article-17266-meet-glencore-rapacious-global-lord.html Meet Glencore, rapacious global lord
 The beatings of American workers (wage slashing, axed benefits, union busting, mass firings, offshored factories and brutish abuse of worker rights) have been increasing in frequency, intensity...]]>
What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17244-what-does-it-mean-to-%25E2%2580%2598gig%25E2%2580%2599-american-workers.html What does it mean to ‘gig’ American workers?
Pouty, whiney, spoiled-bratism is not nice coming from a four-year-old – but it’s grotesque when it comes from billion-dollar corporate elites like Uber and Lyft.The two internet-based ride-hiring...]]>
Who says crime doesn’t pay? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17198-who-says-crime-doesn%25E2%2580%2599t-pay.html Who says crime doesn’t pay?
 Hey, can we all just stop complaining that our government coddles Wall Street’s big money-grubbing banks?Sure, they went belly-up and crashed our economy with their frauds, rigged casino games...]]>
Why Bernie must stay in the race http://illinoistimes.com/article-17171-why-bernie-must-stay-in-the-race.html Why Bernie must stay in the race
Surprisingly, this week’s prize for “Stupidest Political Comment in the Presidential Race” doesn’t go to Donnie Trump or Ted Cruz.Rather, the honor goes to the clueless cognoscenti of conventi...]]>
Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy http://illinoistimes.com/article-17130-panama-papers-reveal-hypocrisy.html Panama Papers reveal hypocrisy
 It’s always educational to observe the behavior of wildlife in their natural habitat. For example, we learn that there’s nothing more vicious than a wild animal that’s cornered. I would ad...]]>
How do you make change happen? Show up http://illinoistimes.com/article-17110-how-do-you-make-change-happen-show-up.html How do you make change happen? Show up
In my travels and conversations this year, I’ve been encouraged that grassroots people of all progressive stripes (populist, labor, liberal, environmental, women, civil libertarian, et al.) are well...]]>
Hurricane Donnie hurls GOP debris http://illinoistimes.com/article-17067-hurricane-donnie-hurls-gop-debris.html Hurricane Donnie hurls GOP debris
 Elites tend to be ... well, elite. As in, “clueless” about what your everyday working stiff is thinking.Cluelessness about the masses can become a major occupational hazard for political eli...]]>
Where does the GOP’s right-wing grouchiness come from? http://illinoistimes.com/article-17037-where-does-the-gop%25E2%2580%2599s-right-wing-grouchiness-come-from.html Where does the GOP’s right-wing grouchiness come from?
I’ve found it! I’ve discovered the original document from which today’s tea party pontificators have drawn their political creed.Tea-infused Republicans are the “anti” party – anti-science...]]>
Who are our rescuers? Us! http://illinoistimes.com/article-17011-who-are-our-rescuers-us_.html Who are our rescuers? Us!
 Six years after the Supreme Court’s malignant Citizens United ruling, nearly every American plainly sees how our nation’s historic, political ethic of citizen equality – “one person one...]]>
Airline fee fleecing http://illinoistimes.com/article-16961-airline-fee-fleecing.html Airline fee fleecing
 If you take the word f-r-e-e and rip the “r” out of it, what do you get? Two things, actually: One, instead of “free” you get “fee” – and then you get mad.This is happening to mill...]]>
How to make billboards uglier http://illinoistimes.com/article-16935-how-to-make-billboards-uglier.html How to make billboards uglier
OK people, we need to discuss billboardsBillboards must be living creatures for they appear to propagate, spreading everywhere growing to enormous size, shouting corporate messages at us – and even...]]>
In favor of the financial transaction tax http://illinoistimes.com/article-16914-in-favor-of-the-financial-transaction-tax.html In favor of the financial transaction tax
 The financial transaction tax is not an idea whose time has just now come; it simply has returned. From 1914 to 1966, our country taxed all sales and transfers of stock. The tax was doubled in t...]]>
‘Do Nothing’ Mitch’s squirrelly stall tactic http://illinoistimes.com/article-16891-%25E2%2580%2598do-nothing%25E2%2580%2599-mitch%25E2%2580%2599s-squirrelly-stall-tactic.html ‘Do Nothing’ Mitch’s squirrelly stall tactic
 Antonin Scalia is gone. The nastiest and noisiest of right-wingers on the Supreme Court is dead.But he can’t be any more brain dead than Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader of the U.S. Sena...]]>