jim hightowerNational 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.

Time for a Trust-Busting Beer Bust

Beer Brewing Monopoly

Jim Hightower: Beware, ye who love local beer – do not just sit on your duffs, doing 12-ounce elbow bends, for here come the Big Brew Bastards again, bigger and more menacing than ever.

A Frightening Cruise Through Ted Cruz’s Head

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Jim Hightower: The first right turn on our road trip brings us to a sweeping view of Ted’s Energy Renaissance Act, a proposal so studded with fossil fuel favors that it should be titled the “Exxon Mobil Relief Act.”

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.

The Psychic Pain Borne by the Rich

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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.

Moral Monday North Carolina

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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

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

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