Mitch's minimum-wage glitch

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 9/11/14

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

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 9/10/14

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

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 9/9/14

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

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 9/8/14

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

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 9/5/14

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]

Burger King pulls a Whopper on us

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 9/4/14

Burger King, the fast food giant, bills itself as "Home of the Whopper," a name intended to convey to burger eaters that this one is jumbo, chockfull, and a whale of a deal. But "whopper"... [read more]

Scary Perry foments fear that terrorists "could be" coming from Mexico

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 9/3/14

One thing you can say about Rick Perry is that he sticks to his guns. If one of his policy proposals turns out to be dumb – by gollies, he doubles down on dumb.

... [read more]

Perry stands like a rock on border issue

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 9/2/14

Rick Perry is making a grand stand at the Texas-Mexico border. In fact, on the issue of locking down that border, Perry has been like a rock. Only dumber.

He says... [read more]

Labor Day lesson: there's no such thing as a "consumer"

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 9/1/14

In the run-up to this Labor Day, I've noticed several CEOs, political pundits, and so-called economic experts saying they're confused as to why Americans are so down. Consumers should be out buying stuff, they say,... [read more]

Lifting America up by raising the wage floor

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 8/29/14

The good news is that it's not all bad news these days.

Take the federal minimum wage of $7.25 an hour – please! That's a poverty wage, a shameful stain on... [read more]