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Comment Archives: stories: Columns: Hightower

Re: “Our Revolution is alive and well

The liberal Colorado Springs and the democrats are working for the people.

Posted by TruB on 09/13/2018 at 9:08 PM

Re: “Fresh hell: Subprime car loans

So true.

Posted by Sal Azzam on 09/02/2018 at 5:32 AM

Re: “Fresh hell: Subprime car loans

Mr. Josef Lewis, if you were truly "a reputable, legitimate & accredited lender" as you claim, you would pay to place an ad in the print version of the Independent, instead of abusing the privilege of using this free blog to save money as you hawk your dubious services. If you really want to treat us "with dignity and respect" you will leave us alone and not waste our time with your tiresome, and likely deceitful, commercial harangues.

Posted by Mr. K-- on 08/31/2018 at 12:54 AM

Re: “Our Revolution is alive and well

#stillsanders #bernie2020

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Posted by Laurie Cestnick Kelly on 07/15/2018 at 7:25 AM

Re: “Our Revolution is alive and well

Alexandria Ocasio won in a 50% hispanic district in a very low turnout primary misrepresenting herself as being raised in a working class area of the Bronx when she wasnt. She beat a Democrat so the seat she will get will still be blue like it was before.

Ben Jealous was the head of the NAACP. Not exactly an unknown.

A huge majority of Our Revolution candidates lost their elections all across the country from Texas to Colorado to Florida and on and on. Our Revolution is a blip on the map hopefully becasue the people behind it gave us Donald Trump and they'll do it again and again and again. Our Revolution's main goal is to subvert the Democratic Party whether they admit it publicly or not. I wouldn't be surprised if a lot of them switch their party affiliation after they get elected like Bernie Sanders does.

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Posted by Warren Hart on 07/12/2018 at 2:35 PM

Re: “Our Revolution is alive and well

#Bernie2020 #FeelTheBern #NotMeUs #Hindsightis2020 #StillSanders.
Thank you Jim

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Posted by Dustin Grant on 07/12/2018 at 10:55 AM

Re: “Smedley Butler and Wall Street’s attempted coup

Who were the Wall Street millionaires? Maybe naming them would be harmful to your career, or health! What happened to Smedley Butler? He died very suddenly of throat cancer, just before U.S. entered WW2. You have done a great service to this man by reminding people of bravery, most decorated U.S. serviceman ever, but you have only told half the story.

Posted by Mat B on 07/06/2018 at 2:23 PM

Re: “The Koch brothers’ plutocracy

King George and the British Monarchy's plutocracy sought to subjugate and enslave the American Colonists for their own aggrandizement. The American Colonists hazarded all that they possessed to cast off the yoke of tyranny to secure their liberty. Following the American Revolution the only aspect that truly changed was the plutocracy seeking to subjugate, exploit and enslave the American people no longer spoke with a British accent.

Our nation's history is a testimonial to the struggles of a free people to vanquish the spread of the tentacles of tyranny that continuously threaten to strangle the live from our once vibrant democracy. The plutocracy has throughout our history attempted to subjugate and enslave the American people by stealing their liberty and guaranteed equality of opportunity and representation.

What is political campaign financing but wealth used as a weapon of oppression to amplify the will of the wealthy and deny the will of we the people? The plutocracy is closer than ever to transforming we the people into a nation of wage slaves stripped of our liberty, our democracy and our Founding Principle of equality of opportunity and representation. Are we to meet our end bleating like sheep our secure our future as Americans as freedom loving Americans roaring like lions?

Posted by Founding Firebrand on 06/24/2018 at 7:09 AM

Re: ““Psychic” income instead of pay?

With any business, the "bottom-line" is usually more important than most of the rest. With large corporations, dealing with billions of dollars, and shareholders, the 'bottom-line' is the only line. The 1983 movie "Trading Places" has parts in there that show this to be very true and factual.

Posted by gregaj7 on 04/13/2018 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Trump’s tax scam pays off (for corporations)

you were all warned..........too bad you dont know how to listen

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Posted by Jay Whynotaskme on 03/14/2018 at 9:11 PM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

Changes are coming. In some ways I do agree with this. There are MANY people who are taking advantage of these benefits. I have seen this first hand where these people get hundreds of dollars in food stamps & drive fancy, new vehicles. They wear "designer clothing " all while getting Government benefits. Time to get to work folks!!! Yes, who are we to judge? On the other hand, the working class are the ones providing these benefits. The drug addicts have their "medication" paid for while they continue to use drugs. C'mon they have money for the dope man but not for medication? Really ?? These and many, many more changes are coming. We must Pray for one another as these changes continue to rollout, they will impact us all in many ways.

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Posted by Annie Villanueva on 03/12/2018 at 8:16 AM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor


"Now its like one substantial article and then pages and pages of art shows, bands that are playing and restaurant stories."

Don't forget the MJ ads.

Pam Zubek is still writing the articles of consequence. I think this piece by Jim Hightower is a syndicated article. Hightower is a fine writer, but he's not an Indy employee, as far as I know.

Posted by Bill W. on 03/10/2018 at 11:52 AM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

Hey I remember when the independent wrote stories of consequence and meaning. Now its like one substantial article and then pages and pages of art shows, bands that are playing and restaurant stories. Way to make a fucking difference.

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Posted by Shannon Simmons on 03/10/2018 at 12:22 AM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

I am a recipient of food stamps. My income is $750.00 a month on disability. When I was a kid Welfare was a 4 letter word. I went to work at 13 yrs old and didn't stop until my epilepsy was joined by Parkinson's disease. My heart broke when I was told I just couldn't work any more... I'm grateful for the assistance that I get what with rent, utilities, prescription & Dr. Co pays. But frankly, if I have to eat out of a box... If that's really my value, let me just rest in some kind of peace.

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Posted by Denise Stinson on 03/09/2018 at 4:52 PM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

Damn those poor people!! How dare they want some pleasure in their lives? Why do they think that the money (or "benefits") they receive for food is theirs to spend how they want? They should just be grateful to get anything, the lazy, shiftless good-for-nothings! Okay, okay--there but for the grace of god go I; I could become dependent on some assistance at some point because of a huge medical bill or the loss of a job, but I would never be like those guttersnipes that suck at the government teat. I would be different! I would be an upstanding citizen, not a layabout!
So this is what this country has come to: "I've got mine--screw you!" The so-called christians seem to forget about "your neighbor" and "the least of these my brethren." But you have no problem with pouring taxpayer dollars down the gaping maw of the wealthiest of the wealthy, the hugely profitable corporations. That kind of "charity" is fine. No, it's the single mother with a disabled child that's to blame for our woes; she's a handy target. Disgusting.

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Posted by Paula George on 03/09/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

OK they should keep food stamps but not be allowed to by pop chips candy just meats breads can foods milk soups beans but the box is going to far cause some families don't have nothing little children are involved....america is supposed to be freedom this is wrong...

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Posted by super women on 03/08/2018 at 6:19 AM

Re: “Trump’s food box punishes the poor

This policy goes too far, but I also don't believe people should be given carte blanche on whatever they want to purchase when using tax dollars to supplement their food allowance. They should be required to purchase nutritional, primarily fresh foods and not be allowed to purchase overly processed or high sugar items as they have no actual value and actually contribute to poor health and stymie potential progression towards self reliance.

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Posted by Limbo89 on 03/07/2018 at 1:38 PM

Re: “The truth about corporate tax subsidies

I could be wrong but I think there are instances that it does pay off in the long run. One that comes to mind would be the USOC. The events and tourism it draws to our city are pretty valuable. But I would like to see a breakdown of how this is working out.

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Posted by John Browning on 01/29/2018 at 5:43 PM

Re: “Will you fight in Trump’s War?

Jim you sound like a pathetic screeching child who was never disciplined. Daddy Trump will take care of that. Keep writing this trash it's hilarious.

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Posted by mikeb on 08/30/2017 at 6:39 PM

Re: “The cost of cutting people and pay

I'm sorry, but isn't this the same thing that Whole Foods did to Natural Food Cooperatives and mom & pop markets all over the country? I get that this article is not ultimately about Amazon and Whole Foods, per se. But it's what RedBox and Netflix did to Blockbuster, as well as a whole lot of other independently owned video rental stores. It's what Starbucks and Dunkin' Donuts did to smaller coffee shops, and what the fast food conglomerates did to chicken and fish shacks all over the country.

Companies/corporations of any size are obligated to provide a good customer experience, and that's what makes a customer come back. People like the food at McDonalds, and they like that it tastes the same no matter where they go. People like not having to plan their week around a video rental (when to pick it up, how to decide what to watch, when it has to be returned, etc.), and so Netflix was successful.

If customers truly value the experience of talking to a cashier, then this platform will not succeed. As someone who worked at a video store, I thought people would miss having recommendations. Turns out it's pretty easy to solicit them from Facebook, and build your Netflix queue. Video store clerks are obsolete, like rotary phones and dial-up internet. Get nostalgic all you want, but blaming corporations for keeping up with technology and consumer demand won't give these workers more desirable workforce skills. Let's focus on where jobs are headed, and how to get people trained for the jobs that are sitting unfilled right now.

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Posted by Katie May Snider on 07/17/2017 at 12:20 PM

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