Tag Archive: Jim Hightower

Oct 24 2011

Manliness in a can

Dr Pepper Ten is low-cal, but none dares call it “diet.” By Jim Hightower If you worry that American corporations have lost the innovative, can-do edge necessary to compete in today’s global economy, you need to spend some time with Dr Pepper. I don’t mean a shrink, but the soft-drink. It’s a brand that, let’s …

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Oct 18 2011

The GOP Loves the Federal Spending it Hates

Sen. McConnell’s tirade about the Solyndra debacle would’ve had a lot more moral punch if it were not for Zap Motors. By Jim Hightower Whatever else you think about tea-party-infused Republican leaders in Congress, at least they’re consistent in their opposition to big government intrusion in the economy, right? Absolutely. Unless you count intrusions of …

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Oct 05 2011

Wendy’s ‘improved’ burger

The company spent two and a half years and millions of dollars of corporate poking and prodding to “improve” a burger that doesn’t compare to a backyard cookout. By Jim Hightower At first blush, you might think that “Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy” is the title of a pornographic movie. Actually, it’s only a hamburger. Well, …

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Sep 13 2011

DuPont’s Herbicide Goes Rogue

By Jim Hightower In the corporate world’s tortured language, workers are no longer fired. They just experience an “employment adjustment.” But the most twisted euphemism I’ve heard in a long time comes from DuPont: “We are investigating the reports of these unfavorable tree symptoms,” the pesticide maker recently stated. How unfavorable? Finito, flat-lined, the tree …

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Aug 31 2011

Mass-marketing goes platinum

By Jim Hightower In today’s fast-moving world of consumer styles, when you’re out, you’re out. Not just out-of-style, but so far out that you no longer interest the big marketers. Thus it is that advertising authorities have deemed the middle class itself (roughly 60 percent of us, depending on where you draw the income line) …

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Aug 23 2011

Dim bulbs in Congress

By Jim Hightower Our problem in Washington is this: we have too many 5-watt bulbs sitting in 100-watt sockets. Any doubt about this was erased in July when House tea partiers joined old-school right-wing ranters to pass a light bulb bill. This was the culmination of a loopy crusade by the billionaire Koch brothers to …

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Aug 16 2011

Illegal foreclosure epidemic

By Jim Hightower Two-year-olds often go running around the house too wildly and crash into something. They get an “ouchie” and fall down crying, but they learn from it. That’s the virtue of the “ouchie” that Bank of America, Goldman Sachs, JPMorgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and other big financiers got last year when they ran …

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Aug 09 2011

America’s real job creators are broke

By Jim Hightower As narrators used to say in Western movies: “Meanwhile, back at the ranch…” Our policymakers in Washington have totally lost sight of what’s happening at the ranch. John Boehner’s GOP-controlled House and Barack Obama’s White House have agreed to slash trillions of dollars from the federal budget, as though that’s America’s most …

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