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Jim Hightower: Mike Johnson’s revolving door

November 8, 2023 – Hear it? What’s that sound? “Whoop-whoop-whoop.” It’s Washington’s revolving door, allowing corporate interests to come directly inside Congress to pervert public policy. That door is now spinning fast, because there’s a new boss operator in Congress. He’s Mike Johnson, who was recently unanimously chosen by Republicans to be their Speaker of […]

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Jim Hightower: The “No Labels” movement doesn’t stand for much, but one issue unites it: getting more money in politics, not less

July 27, 2023 – As John Mellencamp sings: “If you don’t stand for something, you’ll fall for anything.” True. And here’s an equally true twist on that aphorism: “If you stand for everything, you won’t amount to anything.” In a remarkable achievement, a newly formed political organization calling itself “No Labels” has managed to fall […]

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Jim Hightower: The Wall Can’t Keep Out Hurricanes

Sept. 13, 2017 – Donald Trump loves it when crowds at his raucous right-wing rallies stand and chant in red-faced fury: “Build that wall! Build that wall!” So he keeps fanning their fire by promising to wall off Mexico with a multibillion-dollar “big, beautiful” barrier on the border. “We must have THE WALL,” he tweeted in […]

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Jim Hightower: Scott Walker’s Political Magic

Sept. 28, 2016 – In a mindboggling trick, some magicians levitate themselves. But remember, the key word in “magic trick” — is trick. And magicians aren’t the only ones performing. Scott Walker, for example, is quite the political trickster. This right-wing extremist became so unpopular in his first term as Wisconsin’s governor that he faced a […]

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Jim Hightower: Trump’s Tall Tax Tales

Sept. 7, 2016 – An old saying asserts that falsehoods come in three escalating levels: Lies, damn lies, and statistics. But now there’s an even higher category of lies: a Donald Trump speech. Take his recent address on specific economic policies he’d push to benefit hard-hit working families, including an almost-hilarious discourse on the rank […]

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Jim Hightower: The Disney-fication of Our National Parks

Aug. 3, 2016 – It’s summer vacation time and gasoline is quasi-cheap. So why not pile the family into the mini-van and pay a visit to the historic Budweiser Statue of Liberty, or motor out west in your Camry to Toyota’s Yellowstone National Park? That’s right, our thoroughly corporatized Congress mandated a new policy last […]

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