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How Things Work: Big Pharma Price Gouging

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Corporate and governmental hucksters intentionally cloak their schemes in convoluted obfuscations so that we commoners can't really know what they're saying -- or doing -- to us.

That's why our Hightower Lowdown team takes pride in regularly trying to deconstruct their arcane jargon, translating it into plain language. Recently, for example, ...Read more

Labor Day Is Over, but Labor's Day Is Just Starting

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Last week, I wrote about how Labor Day was created in the 1880s by rebellious workers, but I'm celebrating the spirit again this week because a momentous new energy has been building in today's union movement. Indeed, renewed union rebelliousness has put labor back in Labor Day!

Previously cast as "a day off," it's now a day "on," rallying ...Read more

Yes, We Can Stop Drug Price Gouging! Here's How!

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

We human beings sometimes do some terrible things in pursuit of the almighty dollar. But to our credit, one moral line we humans don't cross is to profiteer by gouging sick people on the price of medicines their lives depend on.

Unless, of course, you count executives of giant pharmaceutical corporations as human beings. Gouging patients is ...Read more

Vapid GOP 'Debate' Reveals Why Big-Money Politics Sucks

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Peggy Lee struck a mournful chord with her hit song, "Is That All There Is?"

It was about the vapidity of life, and I found myself subconsciously singing along last week as I pondered the GOP presidential debate. Of course, these made-for-TV spectacles are more akin to mud-wrestling than actual policy debates. Still, I dared hope for some ...Read more

Consumer Alert: Your Phone Company Wants Into Your Bank Account!

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Last week, T-Mobile (my cellular provider) pinged me with a rude message: Henceforth we will screw you out of an extra $5 a month.

WHAT?! Had I done something wrong? No. Would I be getting some added benefit for my five bucks? No. It seems that T-Mobile bean counters have just arbitrarily decided that we customers who use credit ...Read more

Why the GOP is Becoming a Clique of Rabid Political Veterinarians

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Ohio voters scored a big election victory for women's rights last week! It was a tricky vote, too -- deceptively couched as a statewide referendum to approve a little technical change in the procedure for approving statewide referendums. How boring.

But Ohioans figured out that it really was a BIG vote on an underhanded ploy by right-wing ...Read more

Breaking News: New Life for Local Newspapers

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

How about a little bit of good news for a change? Specifically, good news about news.

The demise of local newspapers has been a very depressing story in the last few years, with several thousand of them gobbled up by Wall Street profiteers. Those money powers loot the publications' assets, then callously shut down each community's ...Read more

Would Someone Please Wake Up Sen. Tom Cotton?

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Sen. Tom Cotton, a far-out right-winger, is to good public policy what a boll weevil is to a good cotton crop: totally destructive.

But he is politically candid: Rather than disguising his racial bigotry, for example, Tom flaunts it, as he did last month in an open letter to the retail giant, Target. While the senator is usually a devoted ...Read more

A 'New' Political Party That's the Same Old Business as Usual

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

As John Mellencamp sings: "If you don't stand for something, you'll fall for anything." True. And here's and equally true twist on that aphorism: "If you stand for everything, you won't amount to anything."

In a remarkable achievement, a newly formed political party calling itself "No Labels" has managed to fall into both traps, standing up ...Read more

Why You Can't Believe a Word Anti-Abortion Politicos Say

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Unfortunately, it's 1984 again in America.

Not the year. The book. George Orwell's classic novel tells of a far-right totalitarian clique that uses "newspeak" and "doublethink" to impose their rigid, antidemocratic doctrine on society. Their regime held power through mind control: They had a "Ministry of Truth" for perverting language and ...Read more

Stay Hydrated, They Say -- Unless You're a Construction Worker

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

About 150 years ago, Gen. Philip Sheridan was sweltering in the relentless heat of a Texas summer. He was not happy: "If I owned Texas and Hell," he groused, "I would rent out Texas and live in Hell."

Summer has always been hot here, but 2023 has been something else, thanks to a hellish "heat dome" that has been baking us since late spring, ...Read more

Grassroots Action Is Shoving States Into Action on Child Care

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

Two pieces of good advice: "Never sign nothin' by neon," and "Never negotiate with snakes."

But President Joe Biden violated both rules this year, getting out-negotiated by Senate Republicans (and their tag-along Democrat, Sen. Joe Manchin). As a result, Biden completely surrendered an urgently needed program for America: universal child care...Read more

The Secret History of 'Wokeness'

From the Left / Jim Hightower /

In Lewis Carroll's "Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There," Humpty Dumpty scornfully declares that "When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean."

So, what does "woke" mean? It's become the pet political aspersion that today's kooky right-wing hucksters hurl at liberals, but the hurlers would be whopperjawed to ...Read more



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