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Far from a loser, post office is a money-making operation

Thursday, September 18, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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One public service that people really like and count on is the post office – which literally delivers for us.

Antigovernment ideologues and privatization dogmatists, however, hate the very word "public,"... [read more]

Help wash formaldehyde out of baby's hair

Wednesday, September 17, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Who says we're not making progress in battling the senseless greed of corporate profiteers? Look at the big change won earlier this year when the labels on Johnson's Baby Shampoo announced: "Improved Formula."

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A Billionaire's sound advice to the Billionaire's Club

Tuesday, September 16, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Here's an unusal über-rich guy with an unusual message for his fellow one-percent-of-the-one-percenters.

Nick Hanauer, who made billions as an internet entrepreneur, recently wrote in an open letter to other über-richies... [read more]

What job creation numbers don’t tell us

Monday, September 15, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Have you noticed that The Powers That Be employ an entirely different standard for measuring the health of America's job market than they use for the stock market?

They're currently... [read more]

Standing up to post office privatizers

Friday, September 12, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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"Boss," spelled backwards, is double-S-O-B, and that's how most of the employees of the US Postal Service feel about their top boss.

America's postal employees – from mail clerks to letter... [read more]

Mitch's minimum-wage glitch

Thursday, September 11, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Sen. Minority Leader Mitch McConnell wanted to share his long-repressed feelings about a traumatic event. "It was," Mitch confided, grim-faced, "the worst day of my political life."

Was it the... [read more]

Cosmetic giants wage non-stop make-up war

Wednesday, September 10, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In the US alone, the cosmetics industry pulls in some $70 billion a year in sales of what's commonly called "make-up." But lipsticks, mascara, eye shadow, etc. are not the only kind of make-up the... [read more]

Bezos buys a big piece of power

Tuesday, September 9, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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An old cowboy aphorism says: "Speak the truth. But ride a fast horse."

From the 1970s into the 1990s, there was a proud truth-telling newspaper of national importance. At the... [read more]

"Tough Texas" wimps out in Pentagon giveaway

Monday, September 8, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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I'm a dyed in the wool, fourth generation Texan, so let me just say that I am shocked and amazed, dazed and dismayed by the failure of my state's present collection of wimpo political leaders... [read more]

Let's turn Pope Francis loose on Wall Street

Friday, September 5, 2014   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Amazing! Some people who've long enjoyed a lifestyle of old-money elegance, are suddenly trying to downscale their lives and show a bit more of the common touch.

They're not corporate chieftains,... [read more]

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