Jim Hightower



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Big Oil’s New Darling

John McCain built his maverick image in part by being a Republican senator who’s willing to go against Big Oil. As recently as June 13, he had this to say about the petro giants: “I am very angry, frankly, at … Read More

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More Tinkle-down Economics

Great news for you Horatio Algers! There are more than 10 million people in the world who are millionaires or better. Those of you at the other end of the economy can take heart, too. The good news is that … Read More

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Vets, or Lab Rats?

Time for another Gooberhead Award, presented periodically to newsmakers who’ve got their mouths going 100 miles an hour, but forgot to put their brains in gear. There are so many gooberheads in today’s story it’s hard to tell who’s the … Read More

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Private Parks, Corporate Perks

To find “the common good” in action, look to our nation’s extraordinary network of public parks-spaces open to all and available for everything from recreation to the exercise of free speech. But boneheaded politicians have starved them of funds and … Read More

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Crime Pays for Blackwater

If a gang shoots down 17 people, its members are headed to jail … or worse. But if the gang belongs to a corporation, the perpetrators don’t even get charged. Instead, the corporation gets a multimillion-dollar government contract. Welcome to … Read More

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Cleaning Up with the Filthy Rich

Time for another peek into the Lifestyles of the Filthy Rich. Few of us hoi polloi realize that it’s not easy being one of the hoity-toity. For example, let’s talk bathtubs. To us regular folks, the tub is … well, … Read More

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If Terrorists Had Matches . . .

Once again, DHS-the Department of Homeland Security-is showing why it’s worth the megabillions in tax dollars we pour into it. DHS has funded an academic study to determine which U.S. cities are most vulnerable to terrorist attacks. Of the 132 … Read More

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Freebies, Failures, and Delusions

WHEN PERKS PAY FOR PERKS You know what really makes me mad? Having to pay taxes on the free personal trips I take on my company’s corporate jet. Oh … wait. We don’t have a corporate jet. Still, I empathize-as … Read More

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Hidden Facts, Apocryphal Tales

HORSE THIEF GEORGE We’ve learned the hard way over the past seven years that George W. lives in his own world-a place in which reality is whatever he wants it to be and facts aren’t allowed to intrude. We should … Read More

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