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Thanks for allowing a scruffy Texas populist to join you here at “The Summit” for this uptown, down-to-earth, back-to-basics populist-palooza. It makes me happier than a mosquito at a nudist colony to be looking out at you unabashed, untamed progressives. Thank you for fighting on behalf of America’s workaday majority, who’re being kicked out, knocked down and stomped on by the bosses, bankers, big shots, bastards and bullshitters.
By Jim Hightower and Steve Cobble
There’s a great band in Austin called “Asleep at the Wheel,” a name that jumps to mind when we consider the current mayoral race in Washington, D.C.
Are national progressives asleep at the wheel right now, missing a rare chance to help elect a very strong progressive as D.C. Mayor? Are we collectively missing a second “de Blasio moment” in Washington?
Last week, I had a chance to discuss America's populism in a great interview on Ring of Fire Radio with Mike Papantonio. Here's the video segment of that interview. Enjoy! http://www.ringoffireradio.com/2014/02/papantonio-time-right-populist-movement-video/
I very much enjoy talking with Thorne Dreyer, host of Rag Radio on KOOP-91.7 FM in Austin. This interview is from Friday, September 13th. Thorne and I talk about quite a few things, including money in politics and grassroots folks fighting the good fight. You can listen at http://archive.org/details/RagRadio2013-09-13-JimHightower.
I had the privilege to go the 12th Fighting Bob Fest in Madison, WI this past weekend. It's a spirited gathering of grassroots folks, and I'm proud to be a part of it. Here's my speech from this year. I hope you enjoy it! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MI3XYHIKIOw&feature=youtu.be
Big thanks to our friend Bill Moyers, who mentions Hightower's line of thinking from the June issue of the Lowdown: we shouldn't ask why people fall through the cracks, but why there are cracks to begin with.
When the US Postal Service announced it was eliminating Saturday delivery, our media repeated the myth that our Postal Service was broke.
To use Joe Biden's phrase: Malarkey.
Our Postal Service hasn't taken a dime of taxpayer money since 1971. In fact, it's quite profitable, which is why the privatizers can't wait to get their hands on it. To learn more, check out the March 2012 issue of the Hightower Lowdown at http://www.hightowerlowdown.org/node/2927#.URQhxqW5fHg.
Wow, so many "facts," so little insight.
I've been factoided! As might be the case with your newspaper, the Austin daily uses a feature that's quite the fad in revenue-strained papers, especially the chain operations (ours is a Cox product, based in Atlanta). The feature is called PolitiFact, which immodestly claims to be "sorting out the truth in politics."