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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hightower

Re: “Paul Ryan’s spoonful of snake oil

So you're calling the same party that enacted TARP, and found it did nothing to help the economy out over saying no to more spending on nothing? So it's ok to simply not allow something to come up and be discussed but hear it out and have a vote is bad ? Under Harry Reid that's what happened, and he even put in to actuon the rule you are complaining about. What are you really upset about? That you can't get a spending pass to do what ever you want or that you have no other solutions to the problems facin the country.

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Posted by Steven Calleiro on 07/12/2016 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Paul Ryan’s spoonful of snake oil

Hightower? Is that nasty old bullshit artist really still alive?

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Posted by John Howell on 07/06/2016 at 2:46 PM

Re: “At least we dodged Ted Cruz

that looser gets elected and you might well grab yer combat boots and fatigues cuz china has said they will not take it sitting down. yes I expect a war plain and simple....they will say something and trump will shoot his mouth off like he does and that will be the end.

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 05/12/2016 at 1:57 PM

Re: “Hiding from the tax man

any idea where Philip Anschutz hides his money?

Posted by Rubia Rowell on 05/06/2016 at 7:41 PM

Re: “Why Bernie can’t quit

Bernie still has a chance to influence the race, even if he doesn't win, like you said, he has energized the populace who want his policies enacted. I still think he has the best chance to beat the republi-cons in the fall.

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Posted by Ed Sanders on 05/03/2016 at 8:36 AM

Re: “Sanders’ people-powered presidential run

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Posted by Jah Dave on 02/08/2016 at 10:06 PM

Re: “Your go-to Wisconsin whore

coke whores...Koch whores same difference

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Posted by happyfew on 09/08/2015 at 2:18 PM

Re: “TPP threatens U.S. sovereignty

TPP & other Global Treaties/”Arrangements’

Grassroots America & overly polite global neighbors & need to know; Is it Impolite to Compare Corporate ‘America’s’ Desperation to ‘Share’ & Expand its $17 Trillion Debt via its flurry of Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ to the ‘bitchy’ (post Nixon PMS bullying) Desperation of Zza Zza Gabor when she slapped a cop for giving her a traffic ticket (for stepping out of her ‘land of the shrinking mirror’)?

Corporate America, after its 2008 ‘Tactical Probe’ into Deregulation & Its Sub sequential Buying Short on its Global Recession, is Anxious for Its Legitimized & Globalized (TPP/TTIP/CETA) ‘Full Invasion’; HSBC’s money laundering, Enron’s insider trading, Chase Bank’s fraud, etc.

Corporate Canada & its Traditional Big 3 Political Parties are desperate to increase its play time under the ‘skirts’ of Corporate U.S. in the International Glitter Game.

TPP, TTIP, CETA; Roll-back NAFTA, et al, Tribunal Penalties (ISDS) paid by Canadian lil’ guy; $125 M & $25 M legal fees to Reneging Corporate America. U.S. Pays ‘0’. ‘You Should have Known’; President Bush. Prohibit Future TPP, et al, ISDSs.

Corporate ‘U.S.’ is Leaving Grassroots America, et al, Fatally Vulnerable; China can Kill TPP, et al, by Offering its Trade Partners Alternative to citizen Punishing Dispute Settlements (ISDS) & few other ‘Hearts & Minds’ choices? CHINA too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.? Is a Kinder & Wiser CHINA too ‘Humbling’ for Corporate America & Assocs.?

ANTI-Globalists (GREENs) PROHIBITED from ‘Corporate Canada’s Election’ DEBATE…
Can the Canadian, et al, voters even debate the Pros & Cons of the TPP & other Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ when the CBC & Corporate Canada’s media have Decided that the TPP is NOT a CHOICE, but, merely a matter of ‘Choosing the best negotiator..’ of their ’Arrangements’?

How long have Global Corporate Associates been ‘Passing’ Legislation in Anticipation of Suing Once Ratified? ‘Trickle’ Up & Out Economics.

Do Harmless, Individual Taxpayers Needs Direct, Cash Dividends from Corporate America & Global Assocs. for Secret Corp. Benefits Paid for by the Harmless Taxpayers?

TPP & Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements Not about How Much Trade, but, How to ‘Vichy’ Profits, Who to Trade with to 'Undermine' AIIB & more about Tort ‘Abolishment’ than Tort ‘Reform’?

TPP nations, et al, need ‘good corporate citizens’ that respect our legislation & need to ‘out’ bad corporate voters via shareholder meetings?
Americans, Japanese, et al, look forward to working with Savvy Slave Trading Malaysians & Slick Cultural ‘Genociding’ Canadians. ‘But, we didn’t know’.
Traditional Canadian Parties Demanding Supplicance to Corporate Canada & its Global Corporate Assocs. is an unholy sin?

Will Pope Francis & other leaders Intercede with Prayer against PM Harper, Corporate Canada, The Canadian Establishment, et al, for Continuing to Blame & Punish those who are continuing to be Deprived of the Due Diligence Info and Continuing its Cultural Genocide? Protecting the Human Rights of Unborn Native Canadians, et al.
Making the leaders of TPP, Shareholders, et al, 'Persona non Grata'; Shareholders' Meetings I.D. Toxic Neighbors, In-laws, et al?
by David E.H. Smith, ‘Qui tam…’

• After New Zealand’s PM admitted that medicines will cost more, have the citizens of New Zealand & other TPP nations also noticed similar moves like Canadian Prime Minister Harper below? ‘To help pay for the harmless taxpayers ‘guilty transgressions’ against Global Corporations in Canada, Prime Minister Harper has recently cut the funding for health care by $36 billion dollars’. (please see article below)

But, will the lil' guy get 10 years to read, consider, discuss & improve upon (with lawyers paid by Global Corporate Assocs.)?
FULL Article, see;
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Posted by David Smith on 08/19/2015 at 1:21 PM

Re: “TPP threatens U.S. sovereignty

TPP, TTIP, CETA & Global Corporate Treaties/’Arrangements.

There is absolutely no ethical reason for hyping a mountain of corporate ‘arrangements’ to screw the harmless, lil’ guy by espousing the legitimate benefits of reducing tariffs & referring to the arrangements as ‘trade’ treaties?

The fact of the matter is the TPP, TTIP, CETA & other Global Treaties/”Arrangements’ are not about how much trade, but, who the signatory corporations prefer to trade with & how to ‘Vichy’ their profits while ‘undermining’ the AIIB, et al. And, if one understands the basic economic law that
there is only a finite amount of global value & that it does not grow, or, shrink, it just moves around, then, one might be able to understand that the TTIP, CETA & the other Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ are the means for just such moves; they are just attempts to move the value of the signatory nations to the (‘global’) corporations that are presently located in these nations. These ‘moves’ only make economic sense if the value that is moved to the global corporations is at the expense of the non-shareholders (via ‘their’ governments), whether the non-shareholders are citizens of the signatory nations, or, not.

And, while the aforementioned reorganization will cause an increase in employment in some sectors of the signatory Global Corporations it will be off-set by:
1) the devaluation of the operational costs as jobs move to the signatory nations with the lowest cost of employment,
2) the decrease of jobs in other sectors which will be lost entirely to non-signatory nations which have un competitively low wages.

Other ‘secret’ cost shifts from the corporations to the harmless, individual tax payers include:
1) the systematic move from one corporation suing another corporation, to both corporations suing the harmless taxpayers in secret (‘Death-Star’) Tribunals; but, with no defense, nor, appeals for the harmless taxpayers (see; ‘The MERKEL Letter’*),
2) the prohibition of governments to sue the signatory corporations; ie. what was previously (prior to the treaties) illegal, &/or, unethical is now ‘legal’ in the new jurisdiction of the cyber Tribunals (the U.S., et al, Corporations that have craved for Tort Reform are getting Tort Abolishment),
3) the provisions to make more secret add-ons at later dates with no public consultations,
4) et al.

To help pay for the harmless taxpayers ‘guilty transgressions’ against Global Corporations in Canada, Prime Minister Harper has recently cut the funding for health care by $36 billion dollars. Not only do these funds reward the Global Corporations (to pay for present-future punitive developmental costs, penalties, etc.), but, it gives the Corporations the funds to purchase national health care systems of Canada & the other signatory corporate states whose health care functions are being deliberately exacerbated in anticipation of the secret intent of the Treaties/’Arrangements’; acquisition of national health care & pharmaceutical systems. Other public services are similarly being made vulnerable in preparation for corporate take-overs. Surprisingly, the Canadian province of Saskatchewan seems to be particularly resilient to the pressures from Corporate Canada & its Global Corporate Associates, at least for now.

However, where the real money is to be made in the secret
Treaties/’Arrangements’ is not in the ‘three card Monte’ (ie. Zero net effect) trade area of the treaties, but, in the moves in finance. Perhaps the most significant move here is from a system that is barely accountable in open courts, such as:
1) the money laundering of HSBC, et al, on behalf of drug & terrorist groups,
2) Enron’s unregulated (fraud, insider trading**, etc.) manipulation of electrical power-services,
3) the unregulated & fraud induced (Chase bank; ‘fine before no crime, nor, time’, et al) melt-down of Wall St. in the 2008 (the ‘tactical probe’ before the ‘invasion’ of the Global Treaties/’Arrangements’)
4) et al,
to a system of secret tribunal ‘arrangements’. In other words, the illegal practices that were barely detectable due to the deliberate underfunding of the regulators
the political interference of the investigations by the Dept. of Justice (U.S.),
will enable the practices of HSBC, Enron, Chase, et al, to not only live on but, expand exponentially & internationally.

The advocates of the Global corporate economy can warmly point out that the lil’ guy will no longer have to pay for the costs of the governments regulating, policing, investigating, prosecuting & incarcerating (?) financial felonies & misdemeanors as these duties will fall under the new cyber-jurisdiction.

This ‘cost savings’ begs the questions:
1) what are the various different ways that these costs savings can be made contractually binding in an agreed upon reduction of taxes of the harmless taxpayers,
2) what constitutes a ’good corporate citizen’ in the post treaty ratification world
3) how many pieces of legislation have Corporate Canada & its Global Associates encouraged, sponsored, &/or, paid a consideration to have passed in anticipation of suing the harmless individual taxpayers for windfall profits after the Treaties/’Arrangements’ have been ratified &
4) et al?

And, finally, it may be regrettable that nowhere in the discussion of the flurry of Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ has there been any mention about what will be the destabilizing consequences for the signatories due to;
1) the deliberate deprivation of information (particularly, Canada, re; The W.A.D. Accord & its Compensation) that is increasing the unrealistic expectations of the other signatories, potential signatories, et al,
2) the signatories making geopolitical side deals with non-members which have the appearance of being at the expense of the other corporations of the treaty signatories
3) et al?
FULL Article, see;
For more on ‘The MERKEL Letter’, see; ‘The MERKEL (Chancellor of Germany) Letter’; To Sue, or, Be Sued’ ; excerpts from
‘The Submission’ to The Supreme Court of Canada; The SHAREHOLDERS and corporates Canada, America, the EU, the Trans Pacific nations, et al v. the (harmless) non shareholders of the Canada, both; Native & non-Native.
For more on Insider Trading, see; ‘INSIDER TRADING; TPPartnership, CETA & C-CITreaty TRIBUNALS Need to be SECRET;
Corporate Canada fears China may Blow "Arrangements" between Can. Lobbyists' Clients & Parties' Executives (re; The W.A.D. Accord*)?’
Also see; TPP, TTIP, CETA, Global Treaties/’Arrangements’ & Sovereignty

For more Information & Questions re; The Relationship between Human (Nature) Rights & Economics by way of the TTIP, the CET Agreement, TPP, C-CI Treaty, et al, and The WAD Accord
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Posted by David Smith on 08/19/2015 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

I agree... "must focus their attention now on their own party as it is most probably full of scoundrels already." And as it has been since the days of Babylon.

Posted by N101 on 03/19/2015 at 9:05 PM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

The world is full of scoundrels who put self-interest above patriotism, and America, unfortunately, is no exception. Scoundrels looking to gorge themselves at the public trough, having no real convictions, will join the dominant political party of the day, paying lip service to the party line, just to get elected and re-elected.

It is true that Democrats suffered the most when they were in the ascendancy, but the shoe is on the other foot now. Republicans, who won elected offices on promises of ending corruption, must focus their attention now on their own party as it is most probably full of scoundrels already.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/13/2015 at 9:18 AM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

Wait, I just figured it out! The definition of "is." It's, Democrats do it, too!
Just with their pants down.

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Posted by N101 on 03/12/2015 at 9:10 PM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

President Clinton was caught with his pants down. In the Oval Office not less. To get some he has to hassle a college kid. What a Stud! Crappy lair though. Just what is the definition of is?

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Posted by N101 on 03/12/2015 at 8:52 PM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

According to the Republican propaganda machine, Democrats are wrong at best and evil at worst. The Republican Party encourages citizens to reject Democratic Party politics and vote Republican as the best way to put an end to Democratic shenanigans. Yet, whenever Republicans are caught with their pants down, their first line of defense is to bawl, "Democrats do it, too!"

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 03/12/2015 at 7:59 AM

Re: “Lobbyists become GOP staffers

10 to 1 Mr. Hightower believes Democrats do not do the same thing.

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Posted by N101 on 03/11/2015 at 11:21 PM

Re: “McConnell caught on tape

I see Cory was there.

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Posted by Beth3711 on 12/07/2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: “War costs just keep growing

It’s sad to know that our government spends money on war. Instead of making peace and spending money on important and noble things they spend money to proceed and to support war. Also US help other countries to keep wars going, that’s for sure. I wonder how much money they spend for that. And I think that this amount would be enough to fix student loan problem or other important debt. We have very tough economic situation now in the US and there are a lot of problems much more important than a war. Serena from

Posted by Serena Amber on 10/28/2014 at 1:38 AM

Re: “Wall Street targets farmland

There's nothing left to buy in my area. Land is BY FAR the best asset. It's real. An acre is always an acre, and there are many many ways to make income from land.
They aren't making anymore.

(i agree with your point -- only the rich will own farmland in the not too distant future -
a different world is coming, that's for sure. excellent article!)

Posted by Bee Farms on 10/01/2014 at 9:37 PM

Re: “USPS is actually profitable

USPS is one of few things the US got right. But our Republican so called friends are hard at work to make it look bad and eventually disassemble it. All things that help regular people run small business without paying a share to a bid corporations are not welcome. Afterall you know that popular, selfish question everyone asks nowadays, whats in it for me?

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Posted by daWU on 08/21/2014 at 3:56 PM

Re: “Congress takes a vacation

Mr. Wyman, you ask happyfew, "What prompted you to refer to 'the black guy' and not use name or title?" Obviously, he is presenting the point of view of the racists. Perhaps it would have been clearer had he put the entire phrase in quotes, but he does not even bother to capitalize letters where appropriate (and he may have a broken shift key).

"That is one form of racism." Indeed. That only goes to show he got it right.

However, we all know that real racists do not use the term "black" because that would be too respectful. Racists would use the n-word.

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Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/09/2014 at 3:52 PM

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