GAMES THAT GUBERNATORIAL GOOBERS PLAY

Friday, July 24, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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The word "glitch" apparently is derived from a Yiddish term meaning "a slippery place." We Texans know right where that place is: our governor's office

Gov. Rick Perry, a rather low-watt... [read more]

THE NUMBERS BEHIND WASHINGTON'S BANKER BAILOUT

Monday, July 20, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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You'd think that Wall Street bankers – who have caused a national economic collapse and cost taxpayers $12 trillion just to keep banks in business – would be pariahs in Washington.

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MADOFF IS NOT THE PROBLEM

Thursday, July 9, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Well, they sure nailed Bernie Madoff, didn't they?

The 71-year-old Ponzi schemer was sentenced to 65 years in the federal pokey for fraud, 50 years for money laundering, 20 years for... [read more]

A SOFT LANDING IN ROUGH TIMES

Friday, July 3, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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These are rough times. How rough, you ask? So rough that even the relative roughness of toilet tissue has arisen as a question of economic and political fairness.

This pressing issue... [read more]

ECONOMIC LESSONS FROM AMERICA'S "BOOZE INDICATORS"

Friday, June 26, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Jack Welch, what a guy! The former-CEO of General Electric – who paid himself a fortune while slashing jobs and busting the wages of GE's workers – had an epiphany in 1995. Actually, what he... [read more]

You Can Always Bank on the Greed of Wall Street Bankers

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 5/20/09
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No doubt you're going to feel terrible about this. Top executives of Goldman Sachs, the Wall Street powerhouse, are in a pout about how they're being treated by you and me — i.e., the public.

Look Who's Begging for Regulation

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 5/13/09
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"Regulate the health insurance giants," chanted the reformers.

"Stop denying coverage to sick people," they demanded. "Stop jacking up premiums," they cried. "Health coverage for all," they bellowed.

It was an impressive show that the health care reform movement put on last week at a hearing before the Senate finance committee. It was especially impressive because those doing the chanting, demanding, crying and bellowing were not aggrieved outsiders, but the ultimate insiders — the health insurance giants themselves!

DOPING RACEHORSES TO WIN FAST BUCKS

Tuesday, May 12, 2009   |   Posted by Jim Hightower
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Remember the old folk song about a horse named Stewball? "Stewball was a race horse/ and I wish he were mine/ He never drank water/ He always drank wine."

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U.S. Senate Stiffs the People, Cheers Wall Street

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 5/6/09
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Sam Rayburn, a longtime speaker of the U.S. House, once said, "Every now and then, a politician ought to do something just because it's right."

Last week, 45 U.S. senators dodged an excellent chance to do just what Mr. Sam advised. At issue was a straightforward, common-sense amendment proposed by Dick Durbin, D-Ill. It would have allowed bankruptcy judges to help hundreds of thousands of financially strapped homeowners who now find themselves trapped by exploding, exorbitant interest rates that bankers had attached to their loans.

Bank Profits, Banker Pay and Other Banker Tricks

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 4/29/09
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I'd like nothing more than to give the bailout scandal a rest — but the bankers won't let me! They just keep coming at us with ever-more-clever inventions of greed and deceit.

Their latest bit of hocus-pocus, accompanied by big puffs of smoke, is a dazzling show of profits. Yes, Goldman Sachs, Citigroup, Bank of America, JPMorgan Chase and other financial giants that only yesterday were insolvent basket cases now report that — poof! — in the first quarter of this year, they magically produced blockbuster profits. Absolutely A-mazing!

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