Posted in Columns Coronavirus Hightower OtherWords

Unmasking the mask profiteers

A former Trump staffer with no experience landed a $3 million federal contract for medical masks, masks he couldn’t deliver, so the Navajo people didn’t get the help they urgently needed. By Jim Hightower June 17, 2020 Everyone…

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Betsy DeVos wants to rob poor school districts

Trump’s education secretary is trying to funnel coronavirus aid away from poor public schools to rich private ones. By Jim Hightower May 27, 2020 Times of great adversity not only bring out the best and worst…

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Posted in Columns Democracy Hightower OtherWords

How pro-Trump millionaires robbed small businesses of coronavirus aid

Thanks to a specially carved loophole, one multi-millionaire claimed 339 times more than the average small business received. by Jim Hightower May 20, 2020 Monty Bennett was just another faceless right-wing millionaire on the long list…

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CEOs aren’t Pigs. That’s unfair to — to pigs —

—Pigs are intelligent animals with a sense of social responsibility. CEOs are looting taxpayers funds meant for small businesses.   by Jim Hightower Wednesday, May 13, 2020 There’s a general sentiment today that multimillionaire corporate chieftains…

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Don’t let Trump gut the Post Office

What kind of leader thinks in a pandemic: “Here’s our chance to kill the postal service!” By Jim Hightower May 6, 2020 What’s the gimmick in Trump’s plan to “rescue” the public Postal Service? One thing…

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The real disease is inequality

The forces of greed shoved working families to the edge — all it took was a virus to push them over. By Jim Hightower April 29, 2020 In this horrible time of economic collapse, it is…

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Posted in Analysis Columns Hightower

Why the madman in the White House wants to kill the Post Office amid a pandemic

The entire public system—including our beloved U.S. Postal Service—is now under direct attack by an outbreak of Trumpista vitriolitus, an inexplicable form of personal animosity emanating from the White House. by Jim Hightower Wednesday, April 29…

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Posted in Columns Hightower OtherWords

Most years, the Postal Service is a moneymaker

Most of the agency’s deficits are phony paper losses, manufactured by Congress at the behest of corporate privatizers. By Jim Hightower April 22, 2020 One public service that people really like and count on is the…

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Posted in Columns Coronavirus Hightower Politics

Coronavirus and small government sociopathy

As the devastating impact of Trump’s inaction becomes clear, Americans are discovering a hidden socialist streak. By Jim Hightower April 15, 2020 Amazingly, America has become a nation of socialists, asking in dismay: “Where’s the government?”…

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Posted in Bailout 2020 Columns Coronavirus Hightower OtherWords

Stop the pandemic profiteers

It’s time for indignant citizens today to confront a new breed of shameful greed merchants: pandemic profiteers. By Jim Hightower | OtherWords April 8 Wartime profiteering has been as common in our country as war itself….

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This pandemic can bring us together

The actual disease of our country is not a pathogen, but the widening separation of rich elites from the rest of us. By Jim Hightower | OtherWords March 25, 2020 Suddenly, “social distancing” is our new…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Politics Race for the White House 2020

The opposite of progressivism? Pessimism

Polls show broad support for progressive ideas. So why aren’t more progressives voting for them? By Jim Hightower | OtherWords March 18, 2020 There’s a short-circuit in the political convictions of some progressive-minded voters these days….

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Posted in Columns Hightower Politics War

Trump’s Afghanistan ‘peace deal’ is anything but

Why is there still fighting? Because our leaders don’t understand Afghanistan — and keep using military force when it won’t do any good. By Jim Hightower March 11, 2020 When dealing in matters of war and…

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"Kayaktivists" rally against fossil fuel infrastructure in Portland. (Photo by Rick Rappaport)
Posted in Citizen Power Columns Democracy Environmental Justice Hightower News Politics

Felonious Democracy

The leaders of our democracy don’t actually like it when people participate, but Americans are a rebellious bunch. By Jim Hightower | OtherVoices January 8, 2020 The awful truth about the corporate and governmental power elites…

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Posted in Columns Energy Environment Hightower Op/Ed OtherWords

You’re paying big oil to pollute

Big oil companies are drilling public oil for free, thanks to a “temporary” loophole that’s stayed open for 25 years. By Jim Hightower November 6, 2019 The one thing you never want to hear your dentist…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Immigration OtherWords

The embarrassing fall of Trump’s wall

A climbing group in Kentucky built a replica of Trump’s wall. One climber topped it in 13 seconds. Another did it while juggling. By Jim Hightower | February 26, 2020 Big, high walls can be troublesome….

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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 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 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, 2020. Our society has coined expressions like “philanthropist” to encourage and hail people’s charitable spirit….

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Posted in Columns economic justice Hightower OtherWords Politics Wealth

America’s rich refugee crisis

By Jim Hightower The prospect of a 2 percent tax on wealth over $50 million has rich Americans considering expatriating. This is a make or break year for many migrants seeking to improve their families’ financial…

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Posted in Columns Hightower Income Equality Off the wire OtherWords

Rich and clueless? Buy a $500,000 armored car

By Jim Hightower If you’ve got more money than you can spend, you can spend your extra wealth on… guarding your extra wealth. “Imagine being Mark Zuckerberg, whose social media monopoly, Facebook, put another $27.3 billion…

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