Death of the Lush, Green Lawn

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Jim Hightower: A pioneering 2003 turf-removal rebate program in Las Vegas, for example, has now pulled 165 million feet of thirsty lawn grass out of the area, saved more than 9 billion gallons of water, and cut water use by a third, even as the population has mushroomed.

Militarizing America’s Police Forces

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Jim Hightower: The most explosive gas in this case is coming from police officials who have tagged their own peaceful citizens as “terrorists.” And the real threat to our security is DHS, which keeps shoveling our tax dollars into the militarization of police forces all across the country.

How Dare D.C Demand Fair Wages from Walmart!

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Jim Hightower: This Mother Teresa of Global Retailing is now wailing that its generosity has been spurned by an impudent city council that says it’s not interested in corporate pretensions of “charity,” but in tangible fairness.

Falling Through America’s Cracks

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Jim Hightower: Today’s turbulent economic waters are sweeping millions of Americans downstream from the middle class into poverty – and that’s our nation’s true economic crisis.

She’ll Be Gone, But Her Spirit Will Linger

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Jim Hightower: So perkily quirky, so ridiculously right-wing, so piously hypocritical, so incoherently pontifical – the Minnesota Congresswoman, tea party sparklie, and flash-in-the-pan presidential pretender was a gusher of good news for the progressive cause every time she opened her mouth.

The Hopping Hypocrite of Frog Jump

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Jim Hightower: I’ll bet that Mark Twain, who wrote “The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County,” would’ve loved a current saga that I call: “The Jumping Congress Critter of Frog Jump, Tennessee.”

The GOP, Corporate Money, and Sticky Blood Platelets

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Jim Hightower: I had assumed that Republican attacks on even the meekest of proposals to restrict the tsunami of secret corporate cash slamming into our elections stemmed from a hallucinogenic mix of partisan self-interest and Koch-induced plutocratic ideology.

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