Jim Hightower

(James Allen Hightower)

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America doesn’t need a third party; it needs a second one. Political Parties & Machines
Congresscritters Nicknames
Corporations which use this scam [inversion] should be called out for what they are: Unpatriotic Ingrates. Taxes
Do something. If it doesn't work, do something else. No idea is too crazy. Policy & Policy Making ;Work, Workers & The Labor Force
Elections are not really about political choices. The choice is usually between tweedle-de-dum and tweedle-de-dummer. Voters, Voting & Elections
Even a Dead Fish Can Go with the Flow.” Political Parties & Machines
Even the smallest dog can lift its leg on the tallest building. Equality & Equal Opportunity
George W. Bush was born on third base and somehow got the idea that he hit a triple. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
If the Gods Wanted Us to Vote, They Would Have Given Us Better Candidates Voters, Voting & Elections
If you're getting a lot of flack, you're right on target. Miscellaneous
Look out: The Supreme Court’s black-robed gang of far right ideologues are rampaging again! Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Middle men are paying farmers less, charging consumers more and pocketing the difference.... For the first time in history consumers have gotten soaked by a drought.
Money is like manure. If it's concentrated in a big pile it really begins to stink, but if it's spread around a lot, it can do a lot of good. Money, Coins & Minting
No President or Congressional leader has offered a coherent or credible answer, much less a compelling one, for why our troops have been made to sacrifice so much for so little for so long. War & Peace
Orrin Hatch has a five pound tongue in a four pound head. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Our nation’s political spectrum is not left to right, but top to bottom. People can locate themselves on this rich-to-poor pole for this is not a theoretical positioning: It’s based on our actual experience with money and power. Economics, The Economy & Fiscal Affairs
Perry’s Texas has created more minimum wage jobs … than any other state, and his super-rich state now has more families in poverty and without health coverage than any other. Compliments, Insults & Rebukes
Rather than graciously accommodating your need and making you a satisfied customer, the pick your pocket .... Airlines pocketed nearly $3 billion last year from fees they charged passengers who needed to alter their flights.... By dividing up the market, colluding on fares and fees and effectively bribing Congress [with "campaign donations", airlines hauled off a record $33 billion in profits last year—–an increase of nearly 90 percent over the previous year.
Rather than graciously accommodating your need and making you a satisfied customer, the pick your pocket .... Airlines pocketed nearly $3 billion last year from fees they charged passengers who needed to alter their flights.... By dividing up the market, colluding on fares and fees and effectively bribing Congress [with "campaign donations", airlines hauled off a record $33 billion in profits last year—–an increase of nearly 90 percent over the previous year. Business, Commerce & Finance
Some people say we Democrats have to nominate a moderate in 1988, someone who doesn't say much, who says it with a slightly southern accent, who espouses strong conservatism with just a little dash of compassion thrown in. They've described a liberal Republican basically, sort of a George W. Bush with chest hair. Liberals & Conservatives
There is nothing in the middle of the road but yellow stripes and dead armadillos. Miscellaneous
There’s only 4 cents of wheat in Wheaties and you can get more fiber by eating the box. Nutrition, Food, Starvation, Farming & Agriculture
We can’t leave the job of leadership to the leaders. Leaders & Leadership
When I buy a $3 pack of toilet paper …, I pay an extra 8.25 percent in sales tax. But if a high roller in the high frequency [stock] trade game buys $10 million worth of corporate stock, he or she pays zero tax on the sale. That’s why we need a financial transaction tax. Taxes
You and I have to pay more to cover their tax avoidance. Taxes
But the good news is that out in the countryside, just about every place that's got a zip code has somebody or some group of people battling the economic and political exclusion that Wall Street and Washington are shoving down our throats.
But, as my mother used to tell me, two wrongs don't make a right. But I soon figured out that three left turns do.
Democracy is not something that happens, you know, just at election time, and it's not something that happens just with one event. It's an ongoing building process. But it also ought to be a part of our culture, a part of our lives. Time
If you can't be a populist in Arkansas, you ain't going to be a populist in Washington.
If you don't speak out now when it matters, when would it matter for you to speak out?
It's hard for the donkeys to win the race if they're going to carry the elephants on their backs.
It's hard to believe President George Bush gave a speech in New Orleans about disaster recovery and failed to mention the word 'farm' or the word 'rural.'
Little ol' boy in the Panhandle told me the other day you can still make a small fortune in agriculture. Problem is, you got to start with a large one.
Politics isn't about left versus right; it's about top versus bottom. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
Populism is not a style, it's a people's rebellion against the iron grip that big corporations have on our country - including our economy, government, media, and environment. Government
Populists have always been out to challenge the orthodoxy of the corporate order and to empower workaday Americans so they can control their own economic and political destinies. This approach distinguishes the movement from classic liberalism, which seeks to live in harmony with concentrated corporate power by trying to regulate excesses. Power
So now is the time, more than ever, for those who truly value all the principles of democracy, especially including dissent, to be the most forceful in speaking up, standing up and speaking out. Time
The Bible declares that on the sixth day God created man. Right then and there, God should have demanded a damage deposit. Religion & God
The corporations don't have to lobby the government anymore. They are the government. Government
The good news, though, is that I find in my political travels that people, as regular citizens, are more interested than ever in getting together and having discussions. They want to hear about other viewpoints that differ entirely from what the administration is putting out.
The issue isn't just jobs. Even slaves had jobs. The issue is wages.
The middle of the road is for yellow lines and dead armadillos.
The only difference between a pigeon and the American farmer today is that a pigeon can still make a deposit on a John Deere.
The opposite for courage is not cowardice, it is conformity. Even a dead fish can go with the flow.
There's enormous progressive activism and, more often than not, success at the grassroots level - everything from living wage campaigns to efforts to finance our elections are having terrific success. Success ;Business, Commerce & Finance
There's nothing in the middle of the road but a yellow stripe and dead armadillos.
This is a matter of public health. The public was sick and tired of DeLay and his corruption. Health, Healthcare & Medicine
Well, I've been in the political arena all of my life, and 10 years of that as a candidate and elected official, and that's about enough. Life
What created democracy was Thomas Paine and Shays' Rebellion, the suffragists and the abolitionists and on down through the populists and the labor movement, including the Wobblies. Tough, in your face people... Mother Jones, Woody Guthrie... Martin Luther King and Caesar Chavez. And now it's down to us.
What's new is that the White House itself has now been corporatized. It's not politicians working for the corporate interests. They are the corporate interests. That's where Bush came from, and Cheney and Rumsfeld.
When I entered politics, I took the only downward turn you could take from journalism. Politics, Politicians & Political Campaigning & Fund Raising
You can't do progressive government from the inside. You have to rally those outsiders and make them a force. Government