Jim Hightower's Common-Sense Commentaries
By Jim Hightower
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National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, co-editor of the monthly "Hightower Lowdown" and author of "Thieves In High Places: They've Stolen Our Country And It's Time to Take It Back," Jim Hightower has spent three decades battling the Powers That Be on behalf of the Powers That Ought To Be -- consumers, working families, environmentalists, small businesses, and just-plain-folks.
||The new loophole that connects Congress to corrupt corporate cash||The counselor advised, "an informal setting," adding that it is "an effective way to build a better relationship." That sounds like advice that a love counselor might offer to couples, but not so. This relationship is about money. The counselor is a lobb||12 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Spy agents turned into peeping Toms||Medical science has long known that the optic nerve runs from the retina of our eyeballs to the visual cortex of our brains, letting us see what's going on around us. Don't look now, but another "optic nerve" has evolved. Rather than running to our brain||11 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Pulling the curtain on an anti-minimum wage front group||In Frank Baum's novel, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the "wizard' turns out to be a phony – just an old guy sitting behind a curtain, using his booming voice to spew nonsense in a vain effort to fool people. But now, a century after Baum's fictional Oz,||10 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Climate change, drought, beer, and me||Okay, climate-change deniers – you’ve gone too far. You've gone from just being annoying know-nothings to now posing a serious threat to an essential good that embodies humankind's finest collaboration with nature: Beer. It's one thing for the scienc||7 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Congress critters can be lovable for a price||A corporate lobbyist recently admitted to the New York Times: "Everybody is embarrassed about it. Although not so embarrassed that they don't do it." "It" is the scandalous copulation between corporate cash and willing legislators that's taking place reg||6 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Wall Street's secret fraternity of pathetic narcissists||Never let it be said that the überrich bankers of Wall Street are too uptight to get down. A recent article by reporter Kevin Roose reveals that some 200 of the elitist financial tycoons turn into party animals at least once a year. The occasion is the||5 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||A middle-finger salute for the fracking king||Rex Tillerson is mad. In fact, Fracking Mad. This 61-year old farmer from Bartonville, Texas is another victim of Big Oil's fracking boom that has invaded people's homes and lives from upstate New York to Southern California. Polluted air, contaminated w||4 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Ted Nugent brings bigotry and misogyny to Texas governors race||Ted Nugent, the old rocker from the Seventies, is now just plain old… and off his rocker. A political novelty act for the far right and a front man for the National Rifle Association, Nugent regularly spews venomous, vulgar, race-laced, abusive hate sp||3 3 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||The Army makes a pizza for the ages. Literally||From the Gatling gun to the nuclear bomb, from hot air balloons to drones, the military has enlisted scientists to develop evermore-effective war technologies. But now comes a long-sought scientific breakthrough that the military brass considers the ulti||28 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|
||Trying to pervert consumer protection into corporate protection||The giants of food manufacturing are very concerned about you. They fear you could come down with a terrible plague called "consumer confusion" – and these selfless corporate entities are going all out to save you from it. The altruistic corporations s||27 2 14||Free||View In iTunes|