Perry's mess

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 8/1/14

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]

Boney Fingers v. Soft Hands Work

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 7/31/14

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]

The GOP's minimum wage nuttiness

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 7/30/14

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]

Corporations shift their tax burdens to you

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 7/29/14

Did you scramble to get your taxes done this year, dashing to the mailbox at the last minute? Yeah, me too.

I really didn't mind paying what I owe – but... [read more]

What job creation numbers don’t tell us

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 7/28/14

Have you noticed that The Powers That Be employ an entirely different standard for measuring the health of America's job market than they use for the stock market?

They're currently... [read more]

Can a $7-billion penalty be a good deal?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 7/25/14

Media outlets across the country trumpeted the stunning news with headlines like this: "Citigroup Punished."

At last, went the storyline, the Justice Department brought down the hammer on one of the... [read more]

Economists find creative solution to US unemployment

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 7/24/14

Excellent news, people. Let me put it to you as a number: 8.7 million.

That's how many new jobs the American economy has generated since the "Great Recession" officially ended in... [read more]

Do-nothing Congress takes a vacation

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 7/23/14

When I heard that our congress critters are taking an extended vacation for all of August and part of September, I had two incongruous reactions: Anger… and gratitude.

Gratitude, because their... [read more]

Wall Street thieves should be ashamed… and shamed

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 7/22/14

When Wall Street wrongdoer Citigroup accepted what the media hailed as a whopping $7-billion penalty for defrauding its own investors and wrecking our economy, the bank's CEO just shrugged, saying: "We believe that this settlement... [read more]

Warning: Boehner at work!

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 7/21/14

Gosh, has it already been two weeks since Congress took a vacation?

Those poor stiffs must be pooped from trying to catch up on all the heavy lifting that piled... [read more]