PBS Goes Commercial

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 6/29/94 Bookmark and Share

Big institutions, governmental and corporate, love to play the game of Doublespeak -- using arcane or flowery phrases to try to hide what they're really doing.

For example, the thousands of employees that corporations are dumping in the streets... [read more]

Insurance Giants: The Blockage in Health Care

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Tue., 6/28/94 Bookmark and Share

A Boston Globe editorial cartoon shows a worried-looking Uncle Sam in a doctor's examining room. The doc is pointing to an x-ray of Uncle Sam's intestinal tract and saying, See, there's a blockage right here in your health-care... [read more]

Clinton Stands with Vets

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Mon., 6/27/94 Bookmark and Share

From the Revolutionary War forward, "Uncle Sam wants you!" has been a slogan that didn't much apply after you had been used-up by the military.

Just call the roll of rank & file soldiers who've had to go to war with... [read more]

Inescapable Telephone Technology

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Fri., 6/24/94 Bookmark and Share

In 1865, the Boston Globe wrote, "Well-informed people know it is impossible to transmit the voice over wires and that were it possible to do so, the thing would be of no practical value."

Today now we've gone from the impossibility... [read more]

U.S. Paper Companies Use Clorine Instead of Common Sense

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Thu., 6/23/94 Bookmark and Share

"Uh-oh, I'm in trouble now," a guy said. "I called my boss an ignoramus . . . and someone told him what it means."

Well, someone please explain it to the paper industry, because their insistence that they [quote] "MUST"... [read more]

NAFTA: I Told You So

Cowboy hat By Jim Hightower - Wed., 6/22/94 Bookmark and Share

Well, I hate to be one who says "I told you so," but I did say: "NAFTA . . . We Shouldn't Hafta."

But Washington and Wall Street insisted we did hafta -- shoving the North American Free Trade Agreement... [read more]