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Thursday, July 30,2015

Proud “Partners” corporatize our parks

By Jim Hightower
First in line was Coca-Cola. In 2010, the multibillion-dollar colossus became a “Proud Partner” with NPS by making a mere $2.5 million taxdeductible donation. In return, Coke got exclusive rights to use park logos in its ads — and it also was allowed to veto an NPS plan to ban sales of bottled water in the Grand Canyon park.
Thursday, July 23,2015

Why a New Jersey puffer fish should not be president

By Jim Hightower
The Romneyites determined that the prima donna Christie was wholly unqualified to be vice president, but the rejection didn’t deflate Chris’ puffed-up self-esteem one dot.
Thursday, July 16,2015

A non-corporate, non-fat cat presidential campaign

By Jim Hightower
Republican politicos say that taking unlimited sums of campaign cash from corporations and billionaires is the American way, claiming that money is “free” speech. Democrats disagree, but say they can’t unilaterally disarm, so they join the ever-escalating arms race for fat cat money.
Thursday, July 9,2015

Mighty Monsanto meets its match in musician

By Jim Hightower
The Canadian rocker and master storyteller, Neil Young, says: “Music is a universal language.” Yes, and when created by a people’s champion like him, music can bring down the high and mighty, just as Joshua’s trumpeters brought down the walls of Jericho.
Thursday, July 2,2015

U.S. General salutes a military “hero”

By Jim Hightower
But no, Dempsey’s choice is even more twisted: King Abdullah Bin Abdul- Aziz of Saudi Arabia. Abdullah, who headed the royal Saud family and became the ruling Saudi monarch in 2005, died in January at age 90. Having served as U.S.
Thursday, June 25,2015

Trump tries to put his brand on GOP

By Jim Hightower
He announced his candidacy from, where else?, Trump Tower, the luxury skyscraper on toney Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. The celebrity billionaire who has splashed the Trump brand on casinos, hotels, resorts, condos, neckties, and even steaks, now wants to put it on the Republican Party.
Thursday, June 18,2015

Debt buyers bury hard-hit consumers in lies

By Jim Hightower
Whenever a corporation issues a statement declaring that it is committed to “treating consumers fairly and with respect,” chances are it’s not. After all, if the outfit was actually doing it, there would be no need for a statement. Indeed, this particular claim came from Encore Capital, one of our country’s largest buyers of bad consumer debt, and it definitely has not been playing nice with the people it browbeats to collect overdue credit card bills, car loans, etc.
Thursday, June 11,2015

The real scandal in Denny Hastert’s life

By Jim Hightower
Washington’s gossip mill is spinning furiously over the recent revelations about Dennis Hastert’s long hidden sexual molestation scandal. But what about the filthy, backroom affair he’s been openly conducting with corporate lobbyists for nearly two decades?.
Thursday, June 4,2015

You, too, can be part of Scott Walker’s inner circle

By Jim Hightower
That’s the ticket price for entering Walker’s inner circle, where you can discuss your policy concerns and seek personal favors — straight from your lips to the candidate’s ear! Even if you’re a common working stiff, just give a million dollars and you’re in! Is this a great country, or what?.
Thursday, May 28,2015

Presidential candidates sort of address inequality

By Jim Hightower
Congress had previously paid no attention to the ever-widening chasm between the rich and the rest of us, but it has recently emerged as a central issue for such Republican presidential contenders as Jeb Bush, Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio. They are publicly lamenting the wealth gap and—by gollies—proposing solutions.