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]

Cargill's GMO hypocrisy

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 8/28/14

Can you have your hypocrisy and eat it, too?

I don't think so, but Cargill Inc. is doing its damndest to get away with its version of the old admonition that... [read more]

Police… or combat soldiers?

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 8/27/14

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]

Rick Perry's Clown Show

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 8/26/14

Political candidates should avoid getting defensive – as old-timers put it, any candidate who's explaining, is losing.

So it's a hoot to watch Gov. Rick "Oops" Perry try to explain away... [read more]

Texas Grand Jury Indicts a Ham Sandwich

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 8/25/14

Lawyers will tell you that any good prosecutor could convince a grand jury to indict a ham sandwich.

Well, meet that ham sandwich! A Texas grand jury has just indicted Gov.... [read more]

First class for superrich high flyers

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 8/22/14

With so many things to worry about in our world, I'm glad that one of my big concerns has finally been resolved.

My worry was that, as a global society, we... [read more]

The militarization of "Officer Friendly"

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 8/21/14

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]

Looping Big Money around democracy's neck

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 8/20/14

The beauty of our country's present system of government is that anyone is perfectly free to buy a member of Congress. And isn't that what democracy is all about?

Take the... [read more]

Masters of war

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 8/19/14

Ready or not, here we go again. Our military has been hurled back into the chaos of Iraq. Apparently, "Mission Accomplished" is "Mission Never-ending."

We're told that, for now, America will... [read more]

The lesson from Ferguson, Missouri

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 8/18/14

The story exploding out of Ferguson, Missouri, is doubly infuriating.

First, there is the obvious outrage of yet another unarmed black teenager, Michael Brown, being stopped by one of the town's... [read more]