Author Archives: Jim Hightower

Predator of our public lands

The man Trump charged with protecting our public lands doesn’t believe we should have any.

For generations, our country has been Mother Nature’s steward, setting aside and protecting important expanses of public lands for posterity. But what if these lands and natural resources suddenly got a “steward” who was a predator, rather than a protector? Continue reading

Just who got Trump’s farm bailouts?

Rich families cashed in on over half the bailout money set aside for farmers hurt by Trump’s trade policies.

Donald Trump loves farmers. We know this because he says so. “Farmers, I LOVE YOU!” he declared in December. Continue reading

Where’s the beef in NAFTA 2.0?

Trump’s new trade deal would encourage multinational meat packers to abandon America’s family ranchers.

“MAGA,” blusters Donald Trump—Make America Great Again! Continue reading

The other Mexican migration

Thousands of people cross the U.S.-Mexico border for health care every day—and they’re headed south, not north.

You probably haven’t heard about it, but there’s another mass migration coming across the U.S.-Mexico border. Continue reading

What Trump really wants at the border

Trump doesn’t want a wall—he wants a crisis, even if he has to cause it himself.

The most ridiculous thing about Donald Trump’s xenophobic, demagogic assault on Central American amnesty seekers is that his frantic demand to build a $5 billion border wall isn’t his most ridiculous ploy. Continue reading

America’s other desperate caravan

While Trump demonizes Central Americans, he ignores those desperate U.S. citizens also driven north—to Canada—by drug prices.

While Donald Trump fans the embers of xenophobia in our country by demonizing caravans of desperate Central Americans headed north, there are other northern-bound caravans he doesn’t mention. Continue reading

Democrats, grow a spine

Fighting progressive policies most Americans support will lose you ‘centrist’ votes, not gain them.

Unfortunately, an exotic flu epidemic has broken out in Washington, D.C. Dubbed the “Canadian Hot Sauce Flu,” it uniquely afflicts a particular group of Democratic officeholders and operatives. Continue reading

Congress loves socialized health care—for itself

Members can walk straight into a Capitol Hill clinic, get treated without insurance, and count on taxpayers to cover the tab.

For $3.5 trillion a year, shouldn’t we Americans have a world-class health care system? Yet while we spend the most of any advanced nation in the world to get care—more than $10,000 a year per person—we get the worst results. Continue reading

CEOs got an $800k raise last year. Did you?

Ordinary workers now have to work centuries—or even millennia—to make what their CEOs make in a year.

Congratulations on that nice pay raise you got last year. A 7 percent hike—wow! Continue reading

If corporations have rights, so does nature

A whopping 61 percent of Toledo’s voters said ‘yes’ to recognizing legally enforceable rights for the natural world.

From the very start of our nation, the most popular forum for debating and shaping our democratic rights was not stately legislative halls, but rowdy beer halls. Continue reading

Putting Good Samaritans behind bars

Border authorities arrested a Texas woman for stopping to help bedraggled teenagers who desperately needed it.

Let us now contemplate the morality tale of the Good Samaritan. Continue reading

‘Made in America,’ in China

The president pretends to stand up for manufacturing workers while kowtowing to corporations that flagrantly violate Made-in-America laws.

What’s the matter with Donald and The Trumpeteers? Why won’t they stand up for the American workers and business owners who make their products right here in the United States? Continue reading

McData: At McDonald’s, you’re on the menu

The company plans to use AI ordering to gather data on your ‘movement patterns’ and license plate number.

The great thing about corporate giants is that they’re such amazing business innovators. For example, in the category of “wheel-spinning” innovation—i.e., trying to change a corporation’s course without actually changing anything—it’s hard to top McDonald’s. Continue reading

One big problem with the GOP’s campaign against ‘socialism’

The policies Republicans smear as Stalinist are a good deal more popular than their own.

“Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. The obedient crowd of Trumpistas snarled back in unison: So-sh’ll-izz-ummm! Continue reading

Supervillain economics

A new White House report proposes cutting regulations that protect workers and children, while piling on yet more tax cuts for billionaires.

Even if a White House report is just a pack of lies, it still can reveal some awful truths. Continue reading

Trump hates farmers

He tweets odes to America's small farmers, but his actions are tearing them apart.

Have you noticed how often Donald Trump prefaces his comments and tweets with phrases like “frankly,” “to tell the truth,” and “believe me”? Continue reading

Silicon Valley’s next target: America’s farmers

They're building robots to siphon farm profits out of local communities and into the pockets of rich investors.

How’re you gonna keep ‘em down on the farm after they’ve seen… Angus? Not the cattle breed, but the 1,000-pound “farmer of the future.” Continue reading

Never stop pushing elected officials

If you don't keep on them once they're elected, you can be sure special interests will.

Sometimes we forget that the progressive movement’s political goal is not just to elect good officials, but to enact good public policy. Continue reading

The city that refused to play Amazon’s game

San Antonio told Jeff Bezos to beat it over a year before New York sent him packing.

The richest man in the world, who heads one of the world’s largest and richest corporations, is also filthy rich in arrogance and pomposity. Continue reading

Foxconn bilked Wisconsin and the GOP helped

After pocketing a huge taxpayer bribe from former Gov. Scott Walker, the manufacturer all but canceled plans to build a factory in the state. Jim Hightower

A newspaper photograph last summer portrayed three guys in suits and ties shoveling dirt. They were Donald Trump, then-Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, and the chairman of Foxconn, the Taiwanese electronics conglomerate. Continue reading

Don’t listen to billionaires who complain about taxes

When the U.S. last had a top tax rate of over 70 percent, it was a period of unparalleled prosperity.

Once upon a time, there was a place where the prevailing ethic of the very richest people was that monetary self-indulgence was tacky. Wealth, they believed, was a matter of good fortune, carrying with it an obligation to the Common Good. Continue reading

Build that wall (around Mar-a-Largo)

Time for a pop quiz on Trump’s Wall. Continue reading

AI wants to reprogram you

Driverless cars cost jobs and threaten pedestrians. Investors' advice? Just get out of the way!

With chaos in the White House, worsening climate disasters, more wars than we can count, and a wobbling economy here at home, the last thing we need is another big challenge. But—look out!—here comes a doozy! Continue reading

Extraplanetary extravagance

Maintaining our bloated machine on earth costs over $700 billion a year. Trump wants to blast those costs into space.

If you think our government’s war policy has become out-of-this world cuckoo, consider the spaciness being proposed by the cosmonauts on Spaceship Trump. Continue reading

Don’t let them take your post office away

America’s most popular public service literally delivers for its people. Anti-government zealots want to sell it off.

Last spring, President Trump created an inter-agency federal task force to propose structural reforms in the U.S. Postal Service. Continue reading

The progressive promise of ‘Trump Country’

The left can offer much of what Trump voters say they want: health care, fair wages, education, clean water, and a government uncorrupted by big money.

If you despair that a mysterious plague of incurable political knuckle-headism has swept our country, turning previously progressive white working-class people into mindless Trump worshipers, then I want to tell you about a new report. Continue reading

Free the free press from Wall Street plunder

Our right to a free press is meaningless if hedge funds can gobble up and gut the community newspapers that exercise it.

A two-panel cartoon I recently saw showed a character with a sign saying: “First they came for the reporters.” In the next panel, his sign says: “We don’t know what happened after that.” Continue reading

Did you hear? Poverty ended

Trump's advisers say there's no more need for anti-poverty programs. Let's see them raise a family of four on $25,000.

Someone needs to buy a Grassroots USA tour package for the members of Donald Trump’s Council of Economic Advisers, so they can at least visit the real world once in their lives. Continue reading

White House economists are obsessed with socialism

A new White House report links the idea of Medicare for All with Mao. Really?

Trump’s White House seems to be both spooked . . . and spooky. Continue reading

Stealing the vote

The GOP isn't out to 'win' elections anymore. They're just trying to make sure anyone who might vote against them can't.

At last, November 6 is coming: Time to vote! Let’s all join the majestic panorama of democracy in action! Continue reading

Cowboys for climate action

A new group is naming and shaming the people bankrolling climate change denial.

Shame is that queasy feeling you get when you realize you’ve done something improper, ridiculous, or just flat-out contemptible. But it’s socially invaluable, for feeling ashamed is a built-in jerk alarm, keeping most of us from doing the same embarrassing thing again. Continue reading

Amazon is making workers tweet about how great it is to work there

They even get bathroom breaks, they say. Doesn't sound suspicious at all!

In Corporate World, when trouble pops up and things get sticky, CEOs don’t wring their hands and try to dodge the issue. Continue reading