Jim Hightower: Bernie’s authenticity and straight talk have mocked the cynicism of the “wise ones” and shocked the self-assured Clintonites.
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.
Jim Hightower: How about this: Instead of paying $9 million a year to Marriott’s CEO, make him rely on customer tips – and see how validated he feels.
Jim Hightower: This is a disgraceful and embarrassing exercise in corporate feudalism. Come on, Marriott – stop playing Lord of the Manor and just pay a decent wage!
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.”
Jim Hightower: The beauty of our country’s present system of government is that anyone is perfectly free to buy a member of Congress. And isn’t that what democracy is all about?
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.
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.
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.
Jim Hightower: Finally fed up, members of the Oakland Raiderettes cheerleading squad have sued their team’s corporate hierarch for gross labor violations.
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.
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.
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.