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Wall Street regulator replaced by Wall Street conciliator

Monday, December 16, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The scandalous saga of the Wall Street bailout continues, for bank regulators are now watering down Congress' pathetically weak reforms.

However, during the past four years, one fellow has shown some... [read more]

Congressional victims of alcoholism… and hypocrisyitis

Friday, December 13, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Right-wing political operatives deserve credit for their impressive inventiveness.

In particular, they have created the "Rob Defense" for public officials who get caught engaging in bad personal behavior, such as... [read more]

The highly-educated working poor: Adjunct professors

Thursday, December 12, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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There's a growing army of the working poor in our USofA, and big contingents of it are now on the march. They're strategizing, organizing, and mobilizing against the immoral economics of inequality being hung around... [read more]

Who came up with the idea of Obamacare?

Wednesday, December 11, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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A "message of the week" is handed out, talking points (including "lines of attack") are distributed, "social media tactics" are taught, new messaging tools like "digital fliers" are deployed, "opinion articles" are pre-written, and a... [read more]

Spymaster wants to outlaw reporting on NSA spying

Tuesday, December 10, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In the movie plot of a spy thriller, our hero gets captured by agents of a repressive government, and they take him into a dark interrogation room, where the sadistic spymaster hisses at him: "We... [read more]

Geithner's magical trip through the revolving door

Monday, December 9, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Timmy Geithner has landed.

The Secretary of the Treasury in President Obama's first term resigned early this year, and we lost track of him for months. But in November, Geithner reappeared,... [read more]

Slapping the poor just for the hell of it

Friday, December 6, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The bluebirds of happiness are chirping away in our nation's treetops, for America is now in the fifth year of economic recovery, with stock prices at record highs, corporate profits soaring, and employment is even... [read more]

A curse, a blessing, and a good food movement

Thursday, December 5, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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In 1972, I was part of a nationwide campaign that came close to getting the US Senate to reject Earl Butz, Richard Nixon's choice for secretary of agriculture.

A coalition of... [read more]

Coca-Cola's fat-headed front groups

Wednesday, December 4, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Irony is dead. It has been garroted by reality.

For proof, check out the Beverage Institute for Health & Wellness. Sounds like a spa in Arizona where you might enjoy... [read more]

Lawmakers who force the poor to take drug tests should be drug-tested

Tuesday, December 3, 2013   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Tenacity can be an admirable trait in a leader – except when it's stupid.

Stupid tenacity has afflicted several right-wing governors and legislators who grabbed hold of a bad idea... [read more]

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