Let workers vote on CEO's pay

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 11/20/14

One difference between top executives and worker bees, is that those at the top can lower the pay of those down below, while simultaneously raising their own pay. If you wonder what's causing America's rapidly-widening... [read more]

Validating Marriott's low-wage exploitation

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 11/19/14

As an old popular song asks, what do you get if you "work your fingers right down to the bone?" Boney fingers.

As housekeepers in the sprawling Marriott chain of hotels... [read more]

A General tells the truth about the lies of war

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 11/18/14

In 1918, reflecting on World War I, Sen. Hiram Johnson said: "The first casualty when war comes is truth."

Actually, in America's recent wars, officials have slaughtered truth even before... [read more]

Wall Street sodbusters reap farm profits

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 11/17/14

We know from the childhood song that Old McDonald had a farm – but e-i-e-i-o – look who's got his farm now!

It's groups like American Farmland, Farmland Partners, and BlackRock. These... [read more]

Pity the poor stressed-out rich

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 11/14/14

Here's a random thought that might not have occurred to you: It's not easy being rich.

Well, yes, there are all those things that money can buy to alleviate the burden... [read more]

Silicon Valley Profits From Systemic Labor Exploitation

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 11/13/14

The demigods of Silicon Valley like to present themselves as miracle workers, able to create electronic wonders (and wondrous profits) from nothing but their vaunted imaginations and entrepreneurial prowess.

Well, yes,... [read more]

Reviving the Bush-Cheney torture Policy

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 11/12/14

A bumper sticker from around 2008 offered a stinging, four-word response to the Bush-Cheney regime's enthusiasm for the cruel sport of waterboarding: "Impeach Bush," it urged, "Torture Cheney."

This comes up... [read more]

Exposing the secret corporate coup of our democratic elections

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 11/11/14

A big surprise in this year's elections is that American politics has become dominated by the least likely of participants: Shy people. That's strange, since running for office is an ego game, attracting those at... [read more]

Surrealistic rule in the Silicon Valley

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 11/10/14

Silicon Valley, located somewhere between sensational and silly, has long been led by entrepreneurial billionaires with a surreal relationship to people in the normal workaday world.

Thus, the tech "geniuses" who... [read more]

Florida police swat at barbers

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 11/7/14

When it comes to policing an area, the good people of Orange Country, Florida are lucky, because they've got the astonishing law-enforcement team of DBPR and OCSO on the beat, eager to stop any possible... [read more]