Let's turn Pope Francis loose on Wall Street

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 6/26/14

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]

Police… or combat soldiers?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 6/25/14

From 1776 forward, Americas have opposed having soldiers do police work on our soil, but in recent years, Pentagon chiefs have teamed up with police chiefs to circumvent that prohibition, How? Simply by militarizing police... [read more]

"Pitchfork" Lloyd Blankfein

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 6/24/14

Lloyd Blankfein is very concerned about income inequality. With his face reflecting both worry and perplexity, he recently called inequality "very destabilizing."

Lloyd's concern doesn’t come from the perspective of one... [read more]

The militarization of "Officer Friendly"

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 6/23/14

Let's check our weaponry: 93,000 machine guns, 533 planes and helicopters, 180,000 magazine cartridges, and 432 mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles. Okay, let's roll!

Only, this is not the US military. It's... [read more]

Citigroup "wins" but loses; Rakoff "loses" but wins

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 6/20/14

Believe it or not, one public official has actually stood up to the finagling banksters of Wall Street.

Three years ago, Jed Rakoff, the US District Judge in Manhattan, stunned Citigroup... [read more]

What job creation numbers don’t tell us

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 6/19/14

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]

In Oklahoma, "conservative" means serving corporate power

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 6/18/14

Oklahomans have been socked with a surprise from their own, supposedly "conservative" state officials.

It seems that thousands of Sooners have been putting solar panels on their homes to save... [read more]

Economists find creative solution to US unemployment

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 6/17/14

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]

The NRA ducks a shot of common sense

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 6/16/14

Whoa, that was close! The National Rifle Association came dangerously close to shooting itself in the foot recently with a common sense editorial it posted online.

The group of rootin'-tootin', bullet-spittin',... [read more]

A chicken coop as a monument to greed

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 6/13/14

If you're an upper-class, über-rich Brit, the price of being blessed with such wealth and social standing is that you're expected to be at least slightly amusing to the general public, offering some combination of... [read more]