Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 5/14/14

An old cliché says: "Hard work always pays off."

Really? Ask a farm worker about that, or talk to a McDonald's fry cook working three shifts to piece together an income... [read more]

How income inequality happens

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 5/13/14

Where's Charles Dickens when we need him? The novelist, who laid bare the shame of gross income inequality in 19th century England, came up with some perfectly-fitting names for his fat cat characters, including Scrooge,... [read more]

The GOP's minimum wage nuttiness

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 5/12/14

Anyone who works full time, ought not live in poverty. Period.

Raising the minimum wage above the poverty level, is not a question of economics (even though it would be a... [read more]

Trying to pervert consumer protection into corporate protection

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

The giants of food manufacturing are very concerned about you. They fear you could come down with a terrible plague called "consumer confusion" – and these selfless corporate entities are going all out to save... [read more]

In death Margaret Mary Vojtko reaches out to the Pope

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 5/8/14

If one obscure college professor dies, does it make any difference?

If you're Margaret Mary Vojtko, yes. In life, she was just another adjunct teacher at Duquesne University being grossly underpaid... [read more]

Corporate lobbyists challenged by a growing "Populist lobby"

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 5/7/14

Imagine a headline blaring, "An Army of 1,500 Lobbyists Swarms Capitol Hill."

But that wouldn't be news, since it happens every day. In fact, an occupying army of Gucci-clad corporate... [read more]

Koch brothers stunned to find some non-rich people in their lobby

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 5/6/14

The gabillionaire Koch brothers feel entitled to occupy the people's elections, barging in with sacks full of corporate cash. So, how would the brothers feel if the people barged into their political affairs?

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Some Congress critters deserve a permanent vacation

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 5/5/14

They're back. They're rested. They're ready!

Our Congress critters, that is. They've returned to their workplace after enjoying a badly-needed, two week, Easter vacation. After all, it had been a full... [read more]

The Army makes a pizza for the ages. Literally

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 5/2/14

From the Gatling gun to the nuclear bomb, from hot air balloons to drones, the military has enlisted scientists to develop evermore-effective war technologies. But now comes a long-sought scientific breakthrough that the military brass... [read more]

Perry's mess

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 5/1/14

Gosh, the 2016 presidential primaries are a long way off, but look out – for here comes Rick Perry of Texas, riding his state's taxpayer dollars into the GOP primary.

Technically,... [read more]