About Jim Hightower

National radio commentator, writer, public speaker, and author of the book, Swim Against The Current: Even A Dead Fish Can Go With The Flow, 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.

Twice elected Texas Agriculture Commissioner, Hightower believes that the true political spectrum is not right to left but top to bottom, and he has become a leading national voice for the 80 percent of the public who no longer find themselves within shouting distance of the Washington and Wall Street powers at the top.

Hightower is a modern-day Johnny Appleseed, spreading the message of progressive populism all across the American grassroots.

He broadcasts daily radio commentaries that are carried in more than 150 commercial and public stations, on the web, and on Radio for Peace International.

See more here: http://jimhightower.com/jim

Corporations Shift Their Tax Burdens to You

Corporate Tax Burdens

Jim Hightower: I really didn’t mind paying what I owe – but I hate having to pay the taxes owed by the likes of JPMorgan Chase, Mitt Romney, Exxon, and Amazon.

Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Hedge Fund Managers

Jim Hightower: If it’s a big payoff you want from a job, go for what my Uncle Emmett called “soft hands work.” I recommend hedge-fund huckstering! Those guys (and they’re nearly all guys) never get a callus and do nothing of social value, yet they make the biggest haul of anyone.

Don’t Shut the Post Office, Expand Their Services

Expand Post Office Services

Jim Hightower: Put a coffee shop in it, a public internet facility, a library and museum, a one-stop government services center – and, as USPS employees have suggested, a public bank offering basic services to the thousands of neighborhood people ignored by commercial banks.

Let’s Cheer for NFL Cheerleaders

Raiderettes Sue Raiders

Jim Hightower: Finally fed up, members of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad have sued their team’s corporate hierarch for gross labor violations.

The Psychic Pain Borne by the Rich


Jim Hightower: One thing about the tea party Republicans in Congress is that they do know who butters their biscuits. Several have recently rushed forward with an anguished plea in defense of Wall Street barons, CEOs, and billionaires: “Stop the vilification of wealthy people,” is their cry.

US Postal Service Selling Out workers and…America

Staples Post Office

Jim Hightower: Right-wing government haters in Congress, along with the corporate executives now sitting atop the US Postal Service, claim that in order to “save” this icon of Americana, they must decimate it.

Moral Monday North Carolina


Jim Hightower: The protestors kept coming and their numbers kept growing, for Moral Monday had struck a chord, and the protest spread across North Carolina. A rally in February drew more than 80,000 people, and public approval ratings for the governor and state assembly have tanked.

Wall Street’s Secret Fraternity of Pathetic Narcissists


Jim Hightower: The bankers’ idea of hilarity included sexist and homophobic jokes about Hillary Clinton and Rep. Barney Frank.

Psychic Pain Borne by Rich


Jim Hightower: Perhaps you didn’t know, but the average household income for the 1 percent as a whole is a mere $1.26 million a year.

Why Keep an Expensive, Illegal, Invasive, Spy Program That Doesn’t Even Work?


Illegal Spy Program: The 5-member panel of legal experts concluded that NSA’s bulk data collection is illegal and probably unconstitutional.

Why Are NFL Cheerleaders Booing Their Teams?


NFL Cheerleaders — Astonishingly, these glamorous, athletic, and very-hard-working ladies are paid less than the beer hawkers on game day

The Walmartization of Higher Education


Poorly Paid Adjunct Professors — The sneaky cut in hours means that these poorly-paid professors will also suffer a pay cut.

Free Internet Journalism from Corporate Advertising


Corporate Advertising — The best ethical response by online publishers would be to draw a bright line around all “branded content”.

A Curse, a Blessing, and a Good Food Movement


Good Food Movement — The Good Food rebellion has since sprouted, spread, and blossomed from coast to coast.

The California GOP’s Fake Health Care Website


Fake Health Care Website — If the lawmakers’ blatantly political ploy convinces some people to forgo the ACA’s benefits, who does that hurt?

Supersizing McDonald’s

Labor (33)

Low Paid Fast Food Workers — Taxpayers together contribute day-in and day-out to a very big global cause: Supersizing McDonald’s.

Daddy’s Philosophy


Spirit of Giving – We’re a people who believe that we can make our individual lives better by contributing to the common good.

Rabbits, Endangered Rhinos, and the Dallas Safari Club


Endangered Rhinos — The safari club will offer the chance to go to Namibia and shoot one of the magnificent, endangered creatures dead.

Congressional Victims of Alcoholism…and Hypocrisyitis


Republican Hypocrites — Advisors to right-wing bad boys have invented a new defense: Just claim to have been “in a drunken stupor”.

Geithner’s Magical Trip Through the Revolving Door


Tim Geithner — Yes, the guy who was responsible for rescuing and regulating Wall Street’s financial casinos is now president of one.

Slapping the Poor Just for the Hell of It

Taxes (16)

Food Stamp Program Cuts — The GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year, complaining that more people are getting food assistance.

Let’s Drug Test Lawmakers Who Force the Poor to Take Drug Tests

War on Drugs6

Jim Hightower: Pandering at all costs to the tea party fringe that dominates Republican elections, state lawmakers won’t let go of this demonstrably-bad idea of trying to humiliate people in need of a helping hand.

Walmart’s Idea of Thanksgiving Charity


Jim Hightower: This corporate colossus, with an annual income greater than 140 countries, wants its poorly-paid employees to buy food for fellow employees whose paychecks leave them in deep poverty.

A Milk-Carton Campaign for “Missing Workers”


Jim Hightower: In December 2007, when Wall Street’s reckless greed crashed our economy, the unemployment rate was only about 5%, the average length of being unemployed was half of today’s, and far fewer people were forced into part-time work or had to find multiple jobs to make ends meet. Plus, family income was much higher back then.

Sanity Test for Congress Critters?


Jim Hightower: I know you don’t have to be smart or logical to be in Congress, but surely a lawmaker ought to be more tightly-wrapped than this bunch.

Idaho’s Wacho Cage


Jim Hightower: This will be a walled, heavily-fortified, one-square-mile settlement of some 7,000 armed & angry, ideologically-pure, anti-government extremists drawn from cities, towns and gopher holes all across America. Lucky you, Idaho!

Monsanto Buys Food Prize


Jim Hightower: An Iowa group announces that the “World Food Prize” will go to Monsanto for pushing its patented, pricey, genetically-tampered Frankenseeds on impoverished lands as an “answer” to global hunger.

Slapping the Poor Just for the Hell of It


Jim Hightower: In a gratuitous act of callousness, the GOP slashed $4 billion-a-year out of the food stamp program, complaining that even though our economy is recovering, more and more people are getting food assistance.

Sleaze Birds Flock to Chris Christie


Jim Hightower: Christie’s trying to sack up big bucks to finance what he hopes will be a huge re-election victory this November, thus positioning him to go after the GOP presidential nomination in 2016. So he definitely has the will to take tainted money from fat-cat New Jersey contractors who’re forbidden to give it.

Poor Tortured Tomatoes of Agribusiness

hot tomato

Jim Hightower: Warning: Agribusiness is in the lab again, molesting the “molecular machineries” of Mother Nature’s tomatoes.

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