Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The paradox of Trump support

New Orleans      There was a time when families followed a careful rule.  When gathering with the blood, avoid talking about religion or politics. Only part of that rule still holds, as America becomes more and…

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Posted in Columns Health Care Health Insurance Hightower

The lie of health care ‘choice’

In our corporate-run health system, consumer “choices” are shaped entirely by profit-seeking monopolists. By Jim Hightower | February 19, 2020 Lyndon Johnson had a saying about special interests trying to get his support to pass some…

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Posted in Analysis Community organizing Military Rathke: Chief Organizer Report War

There’s no Duck-and-Cover with automated warfare

Kansas City      I can still remember my third grade teacher walking us through the duck-and-cover exercise and announcing as we prepared to march to the corner single file that she would be standing on the…

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Posted in Columns Elections Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The irony of the centrist-progressive debate

Moderates consistently warn that progressive ideas can’t win “the middle.” But just look at the polls. By Jim Hightower | February 12, 2020 With dozens of Democratic candidates, scores of televised debates, and swarms of reporters…

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Posted in Columns Infrastructure Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Transportation

The end of automobiles and locals dominating airports

Kansas City  Flying in and out of the Kansas City International airport is like a snapshot back in another time, more specifically a time when automobiles and the convenience of local customers dominated planning and performance….

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Posted in Columns Labor Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Weingarten Rights, the MLBPA, and the Houston Astros

New Orleans         We don’t have a major league baseball team in New Orleans.  Our closest team is a bit more than five hours away in Houston.  In the vast majority of the last several decades,…

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Posted in Affordable Housing Columns economic justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Housing crisis forcing rich cities to get smaller

New Orleans        A reporter, Jed Kolko, with the New York Times seems to be connecting the dots in an interesting and important way.  In a recent article about some of the unintended consequences of geographic…

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Posted in Columns News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Deliberate governmental opaqueness and obfuscation

New Orleans       It’s one thing to feel powerless in the face of government like the Chinese ophthalmologist who died of the coronavirus after being reprimanded for warning colleagues in his hospital.  Poignantly, he said, “every…

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Posted in Columns Film Music Rural America

Drought

By John Whipple Every year, our family would take the day’s long drive to my grandparent’s farm in Western Missouri. It is from these experiences that drought draws its blood. The song speaks to what my…

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Posted in Analysis Banks Columns Community organizing Credit economic justice Housing Policy Neighborhoods Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The Billionaire and Right-Wing’s racist lies about Redlining

New Orleans    With the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency leading the way to gut the Community Reinvestment Act along with some other federal regulators, the last thing we should be doing is having to…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Democracy Minority Voters Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression Voting rights

Field testing voter purges and “drops”

Columbus        As the Voter Purge Project moves forward, we are now analyzing the voter files on more than a dozen states on our way to double that number in coming weeks, many of them include the…

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Posted in Columns Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

The surprising ineptness of liberals and moderates

Houston       Let me start by saying, I have mixed feelings about Senator Bernie Sanders as a candidate for President, not on ideological grounds and not personal to him.  I’m just not sure that I’ve seen the…

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Posted in Business Columns Corporate Influence Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Foundations as “extensions” of corporate reach

New Orleans   Foundations created by corporations and the superrich are multi-headed monster of tax havens and public relations that combine to whitewash a story for the people down below that makes us swallow rather than spit. …

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Posted in Business Columns Courts/justice Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Are big-time CEOs finally facing justice?

New Orleans       Ok, I’ll admit right off the bat that it’s not a movement.  It might not even be a trend, but perhaps we could call it a tendency.  I’m talking about the fact that…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing News Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter suppression

Ohio battles to protect the vote

Columbus        Twenty-five people made their way into the Vanderelli Room in Columbus.  The art, performance, and all-around community space in the Franklinton neighborhood of the city near downtown had been offered to TrustVote and the Columbus…

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Posted in Columns Community organizing Politics Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Don’t mourn, hit the doors!

New Orleans       What a week!  It was pretty much a full-on-Trump-arade!  Rarely have we read or heard so many pundits wringing their hands and tearing their hair since they were forced to walk-back the headlines…

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Posted in Columns Minority Voters Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Running from race is hard in the presidential race

New Orleans       It’s Abraham Lincoln’s birthday, so what better time to talk about the still unresolved, raw issues around race that continue more than 150 years after his death.  Evidence abounds that you can’t run…

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Posted in Columns Communications Community organizing Economy Internet Neighborhoods Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Utilities

Cooperatives need to get broadband to the countryside

New Orleans       How can I say this plainly?  Electric cooperatives have become increasingly less cooperative, and, frankly, not even all that electric.  What was a huge breakthrough in taking electricity the last mile into rural…

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Posted in Columns Rathke: Chief Organizer Report Voter Purge Project Voter registration Voter suppression

Government shouldn’t play gotcha on voting and benefits

New Orleans       Talking to a reporter from Politico about voter purges and why there needed to be supplemental efforts other than failing to answer a letter in the US Mail to determine whether a voter…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Health Care Public Policy Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Choking on the Doughnut Hole: Medicare Part D disasters

Little Rock      Driving through Mississippi back and forth on my regular route from New Orleans to Greenville to Little Rock and then back again, when I hit the long rural stretches since we belong to the…

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Posted in economic justice Hightower Income Equality Opinion

The truth about corporate philanthropists

If they can “give back” so much, it’s probably because they’ve been taking too much. By Jim Hightower | February 5, 2020Our society has coined expressions like “philanthropist” to encourage and hail people’s charitable spirit. Look…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Reading the tea leaves in the Iowa disaster

New Orleans      The best thing to come out of the Iowa caucus disaster is the delay, which continues even now, because it prevents preemptive determination of a winner until the full totals are known, rather…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

Trump is right – the Democrats are a hot mess

Greenville       It’s like the line about a broken clock is still right two times a day. President Trump is right that the Democrats look like the gang that can’t shoot straight and might not be competent enough…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Community organizing Politics Race for the White House 2020 Rathke: Chief Organizer Report

What’s the matter with Iowa?

New Orleans I’m not one of the political junkies that stays up late on the night of the Iowa caucus to see the results. Forty years ago, ACORN organized at the Iowa caucuses. I’ve followed them…

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