Jim Hightower from Creators Syndicate https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower Creators Syndicate is an international syndication company that represents cartoonists and columnists of the highest caliber. en Sun, 24 Jun 2018 21:57:10 -0700 https://www.creators.com/ http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss Jim Hightower from Creators Syndicate https://cdn.creators.com/features/jim-hightower-thumb.jpg https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower 4b56e3dba00a2bc9cafe7e4a4c3362d0 What Do Those People Want? for 06/20/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/06/18/what-do-those-people-want Wed, 20 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Where is the Democratic Party? The Party of the People is stuck in the status quo&#8212;- the still reigning, old-line hierarchy of the Democratic party is unwilling to just be dedicated to well, to the democratic interests of its own political base. People know from real-life experience that the economy has been rigged against them for the benefit of the uber-rich and the political system has been totally corrupted by the bipartisan pay-to-play ethic that protects the status quo from interference by us commoners. While Republicans are a wholly-owned corporate subsidiary, unabashedly dedicated the narrow interests of the moneyed elites, the Dems' congressional elders, key party officials, entrenched consultants and corporate funders continue to push bland, business-as-usual candidates running on a pusillanimous policy agenda of vague "reforms" that don't actually change anything. Then the party establishment wonders why such people stray or stay home in November!</p> <p>What do those people want?</p> <p>Progress! Meaning a national commitment to advance the economic, political and social circumstances of the American majority of workday families and poor people. Yes, that requires major change, and that will definitely make powerful enemies among wealthy elites plotting to impose Koch-style plutocratic rule over our society. Nonetheless, most voters want BIG populist changes in government policy that will lift up average Americans and hold down corporate greed and abuse.<p>Updated: Wed Jun 20, 2018</p> 2e29b9a5e938e40a3f01641e173b26de Keep Resisting! for 06/13/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/06/18/keep-resisting Wed, 13 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>"Progress is a nice word," said Bobby Kennedy. "But change is its motivator. And change has its enemies." Over the decades, that sobering reality has confronted every group of Americans who've endeavored to advance our society's democratic ideals of fairness, justice and opportunities for all. From the revolutionaries of the 1770s to today's grassroots rebels engaged in multiple struggles for democratic rights, every inch of progress has been vehemently opposed by entrenched enemies of change. Invariably, the upstart activists of democracy movements find themselves trivialized as unworthy and uppity by elite protectors of the status quo &#8212; "What is it those people want, anyway?" they ask with dismissive sneers.</p> <p>In the early 1900s, that question was answered succinctly and eloquently by Samuel Gompers, the founding president of the American Federation of Labor. Union organizers were routinely being oppressed and literally brutalized by rapacious corporate barons, hired thugs and corrupt politicians and judges &#8212; yet they kept organizing, protesting and challenging the power structure. Why? Not just for themselves, Gompers explained, but for the Common Good: </p> <p>"What does labor want? We want more schoolhouses and less jails; more books and less arsenals; more learning and less vice; more leisure and less greed; more justice and less revenge; in fact, more of the opportunities to cultivate our better natures."<p>Updated: Wed Jun 13, 2018</p> f3a857ea81c0926b788e224a71ac256f How Bad Public Policy Happens for 06/06/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/06/18/how-bad-public-policy-happens Wed, 06 Jun 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Question: If you inject a stream of raw ignorance into a vat of gaseous arrogance, then jolt the mixture with 1,000 megawatts of malevolence ... what does it produce? Answer: Donald Trump's Executive Order of April 12.</p> <p>Let's start with the arrogance. King Donald the First has been in a deep pout over negative articles about him in the Washington Post newspaper, which is owned by Jeff Bezos, King of the Amazon.com empire. Trump has fired off several rounds of angry tweets assailing Bezos, including a potshot claiming that Amazon is ripping off the post office by underpaying for the millions of its packages that the postal services ships. </p> <p>Well, tweets are one thing, but King Donald has the firepower of the federal government at his beck and call, so he is arrogantly using the government power to escalate his personal spat with Bezos. By executive order, he set up a federal task force to conduct a pernicious political inquisition into "our money losing post office," particularly looking at the "pricing of the package delivery market." <p>Updated: Wed Jun 06, 2018</p> 1ded21951d324aa9bc6367046e558ac4 A Wall Street Sin Tax for 05/30/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/05/18/a-wall-street-sin-tax Wed, 30 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>The moneyed populace is adroit at getting Congress to shift America's tax burden to workers, consumers, small businesses &#8212; anyone but them. Sen. Russell Long, the former chair of the finance committee, used to quote a little back-country ditty on this point: "Don't tax me, don't tax thee, tax that fellow behind the tree."</p> <p>Some extremely rich fellows who've been hiding behind the tree to avoid taxation for years are the global financial speculators engaged in the high-rolling, computer-driven, fast-buck, multi-trillion dollar, casino gambles that now define Wall Street. Unbeknownst to most people, the dominant investment banks today have been converted into casinos. Rather than amalgamating capital to finance the real economy, the bulk of Wall Street transactions are purely speculative &#8212; such as gaming foreign currency exchanges, collateralized debt obligations, credit default swaps, crude oil and farm commodity futures and more.</p> <p>These transactions create nothing but quick profits for those few big traders who can afford to play, with most of them using automated tracking systems and superfast computers to invest millions of dollars at a time into these exotic financial instruments. They buy into a scheme one day and sell it the next &#8212; or even turn the transaction around in a matter of minutes. And we're talking about huge sums of money every year &#8212; a mindboggling $700 trillion according to the Wall Street Journal.<p>Updated: Wed May 30, 2018</p> a648d31011fec768fc50b8847ab43f8b Goons in Gucci for 05/23/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/05/18/goons-in-gucci Wed, 23 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>In the fierce labor wars of the last century, industrial barons employed Pinkertons and other goons to bloody the heads of laborers or simply gun down those struggling for a share of economic and political power. It was brutal, but organized workers persevered and eventually gained a share of economic and political power. From their sweat and blood, America's middle class flowered.</p> <p>Today, the bands of nouveau corporate royalists (with coats of arms bearing such names as Mercer, DeVos and Koch) are determined to take back those middle-class gains of yesteryear. They are working to achieve this through a coordinated, long-term campaign to crush the ability of working people to unionize, bust America's middle-class wage structure, eliminate job security and emasculate government as a force capable of controlling corporate avarice and arrogance.</p> <p>These latter-day royalists are employing a more sophisticated thuggery than brute force (though don't think they wouldn't resort to it). Instead, their goons are more likely to be in Gucci than brogans, using dollars and computers rather than clubs and guns. They have been recruiting, financing, training, deploying and coordinating thousands of political operatives to work through hundreds of front groups, law firms, think tanks, PACs, lobbying offices, media and PR consortiums, faux academic centers, astroturf campaigns and, of course , compliant politicians.<p>Updated: Wed May 23, 2018</p> 3d8d14649000db8d8e78c4062c07f03e Trump's New War for 05/09/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/05/18/trumps-new-war Wed, 09 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Get ready, America &#8212; here we go... to war! This kind of war is an affront to the values that most of us hold dear, and this war is truly nasty and evil:<span class="column--highlighted-text"> A war on the poor.</span> </p> <p>Generalissimo Trump (whose nom de guerre is "El Donaldo," the mucho macho presidente of the USA) is personally directing the hostilities in this assault on &#8212; surprise! &#8212; the U.S. Well, obviously not every American. He's specifically mounting a war on our country's poor people, though he euphemistically calls it a war of liberation. The purpose, he says, is to "free" poor families from food stamps, Medicaid, housing assistance and America's other programs that alleviate poverty.<p>Updated: Wed May 09, 2018</p> 5ce87bbe5f6681ee22f246bbdbbba94b Patience and Secrecy in the Kochs' Complex Conspiracy for 05/02/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/05/18/patience-and-secrecy-in-the-kochs-complex-conspiracy Wed, 02 May 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>In 1933, a handful of wealthy Wall Streeters were upset that the newly elected president, Franklin D. Roosevelt, had dared to tax the rich in order to fund programs to lessen the painful poverty people were experiencing due to the Great Depression. They were so upset that they came up with a ridiculous plan to overthrow Roosevelt and install a military government. Due to their own ineptitude and hubris, their plan failed, and important poverty-busting programs of the New Deal like Social Security, the Works Progress Administration and the Tennessee Valley Authority put people to work, pulled them out of desperate poverty and propelled the country into the 20th century.</p> <p>It's tempting to brush off 1933's bumbling fat cats &#8212; we can just picture them cloistered in their posh private club, smoking $100 cigars, grumping about Roosevelt and whispering about hiring a private army to overthrow the whole damn democratic process. However, our nation's common good is constantly under attack from plutocrats, kleptocrats and kakistocrats who want to line their pockets at the expense of workaday Americans. <p>Updated: Wed May 02, 2018</p> 595050a6c6ee92b45aec6a234c5637dc A Plutocratic Coup for 04/25/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/04/18/a-plutocratic-coup Wed, 25 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Many Americans are reluctant to accept that coup conspiracies are part of country's history. We tend believe that plots to overthrow the government are totally foreign to our national character. But we do do coups. In fact, the country itself was founded on an armed coup to replace the legal ruler, King George III, with a gang of revolutionary upstarts. One coup that most of us haven't heard of is The Wall Street Putsch of 1933. The financial establishment &#8212; along with its media and political henchmen &#8212; rushed out to bury the story and protect the gentlemen of Wall Street implicated in the part. It's a heck of a story about capitalist skullduggery by a few Lords of Wealth trying to overthrow the government and enthrone a fascist regime friendly to them.</p> <p>In 1933, the Great Depression was in full force, spreading mass unemployment, waves of bankruptcies and abject poverty. The people's boiling political anger was scaring the aloof denizens of Wall Street, as more and more people joined in open rebellion against all things the plutocrats considered sacrosanct: unfettered capitalism.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 25, 2018</p> 3f27dc6d4f4583f6b84fa2fe0766a946 Examining the Kochtopus for 04/18/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/04/18/examining-the-kochtopus Wed, 18 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Multibillionaires Charles and David Koch want nothing less than to supplant America's core democratic principle of majority rule &#8212; the will of The People &#8212; with their core plutocratic principle of inviolable property rights, also known as domination by the wealthy minority. Their notion is that "property" (accumulated wealth and the means to get it) is sacrosanct and cannot be restricted by the pesky majority for the Common Good. Cloaking their efforts with layers of dark-money front groups, the Koch brothers have used their enormous assets to mount a far-ranging, ultrasophisticated assault on American democracy.</p> <p>From their early involvement in The John Birch Society (daddy Fred Koch being an early member), they continued their rightward march, and by the 1970s, both had plunged into the abyss of a laissez-fairyland plutocracy. With the fervor of religious cultists, they've devoted themselves to the cause of "liberty" &#8212; by which they mean the government's only proper role is keeping the avaricious pursuits of the wealthy owner class free from any interference by you, me and the democratic "us." They believe that We The People can neither tax the riches of the owner class nor set rules on how it treats workers, consumers, nature ... and society as a whole.</p> <p>Even more shocking than their arrogance is just how far they've come and are willing to go with this scheme. For nearly 40 years, they and their uber-rich allies have been battering the legal structures and mechanisms that give ordinary people some chance to control their own destinies. Among the brothers' goals are the following:<p>Updated: Wed Apr 18, 2018</p> 0695f900de9045fc1e8958bd9db925db Learning from DeMarco for 04/11/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/04/18/learning-from-demarco Wed, 11 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Some are born with good luck, but I was 30 years old before Lady Luck smiled on me with full radiance. She arrived in the form of a petite bundle of feistiness, inherent smarts, political savviness, personal warmth, playfulness and beauty both inside and out, named Susan DeMarco.</p> <p>I apologize for turning inward for a personal commentary today, but DeMarco (as she's called by all who have known her) is an admirable example of the virtue of citizen activism. She didn't dwell in the media limelight, yet she's one of our country's everyday people who consistently works to make a positive difference in all they do, accomplishing so much more good than the bulk of politicos and other sparklies who are perpetually in the public eye. She's been a teacher, a leader of public interest groups, an investigative journalist, the author of three books, a government official, a public policy innovator and a mentor, as well as a lifelong champion of economic fairness, social justice and equal opportunity for all. In other words, as one activist put it, "she's a firecracker." For some 45 years, it's been my good fortune to team up with this woman in assorted progressive populist battles against the big shots trying to run roughshod over the democratic values of workaday people.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 11, 2018</p> f0e0b455bc62c3cccc57032a1316b011 A Regime of Austerity Versus the Common Good for 04/04/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/04/18/a-regime-of-austerity-versus-the-common-good Wed, 04 Apr 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Sometimes, it's useful to state the obvious. Here's a fact, for example, that we all know to be true: America's economy is enormous. It's worth saying that out loud and repeating it to ourselves and others, because today's Powers That Be (economic, political and media) are wrongly forcing a regime of austerity on our nation. They're insisting that we hoi polloi must downsize our middle class dreams, claiming that America no longer has the wherewithal to do big things.</p> <p>Their narrow and pessimistic prescription for our future is not only at odds with the American spirit, but also at odds with the facts. The wealth of this nation is naturally huge and expansive &#8212; thanks to such fundamentals as the sheer size and diversity of our land, the breadth and depth of our natural resources and especially the can-do attitude of our enterprising and hardworking people. Far from shrinking down, we have the economic strength today to be spreading the middle class and advancing the historic, egalitarian ideals that were planted at America's founding.<p>Updated: Wed Apr 04, 2018</p> ae75fe9c59f4f1ebc860808e08f8cb23 How Low Can the Barons of High Finance Go? for 03/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/03/18/how-low-can-the-barons-of-high-finance-go Wed, 28 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>Question: What do you get when you combine ignorance, ideological know-nothingism, imperiousness and incompetence? Answer: Betsy DeVos.</p> <p>She is Donald Trump's multi-billionaire Education Secretary who hates the very idea of public education and loves the plutocratic idea of corporate rule over Democracy. DeVos presently holds first place in the contest for worst member of Donald Trump's cabinet (a little like winning the title of ugliest toad in the swamp). Her claim to be first among the worst has been buttressed by her bizarre eagerness to shill for one of the ugliest parts of the financial services industry &#8212; the Wall Street-backed corporations that lure people into high-interest, financially-ruinous student loans to attend rip-off for-profit colleges.</p> <p>All across the country, 5 million students &#8212; largely single moms, veterans and other low-income people targeted by this nefarious network of colleges, lenders and collection agencies &#8212; have defaulted on their student loan debt and have had their credit ratings and job improvement prospects destroyed by the profiteering private education system that DeVos carelessly promotes. Her latest favor for them is an insidious new policy she issued unilaterally asserting that her agency can pre-empt any state laws designed to stop the blatant lies and abuses of these loan-servicing corporations. Her bureaucratic claim is that such a state effort to protect student borrowers "undermines uniform administration" of student loans. In her shriveled world laissez-fairy values, you see, program efficiency trumps such basic human values as economic fairness and social justice.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 28, 2018</p> 8d8a470587ccd3d8e597d092ca96242d Thieves in the Suites for 03/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/03/18/thieves-in-the-suites Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p></p><p>Today's captains of corporate capitalism like to think of themselves not as mere businesspeople, but as modern society's genius "innovators." </p> <p>Sounds positive... until you ask the key question: Innovation for what purpose? After all, some of society's most inventive minds are flimflammers, Ponzi-schemers, gamers and embezzlers. Sure enough, an inordinate amount of the innovation comes out of corporate suites these days, amounting to shameless schemes to dupe and rip off rank and file workers.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 21, 2018</p> 913b04b71651cef204f0123f556ee184 Everybody Does Better When Everybody Does Better for 03/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/03/18/everybody-does-better-when-everybody-does-better Wed, 14 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0700 <p>My father, W.F. "High" Hightower, was a populist. Only, he didn't know it &#8212; didn't know the word, much less the history or anything about populism's rich democratic ethos.</p> <p>But he knew about bankers who regularly squeezed small-business families like ours with usurious interest rates. He knew how rough it was for a local business to fight off deep-pocketed chain stores that use predatory pricing and sledgehammer advertising budgets to seize local markets. And he saw with his very own eyes that the governor and legislature in faraway Austin operated as subsidiaries of Big Oil, the utility monopolies, and the other giants that were allowed to profit by picking the pockets of the general public.</p> <p>He and my mother, Lillie, knew one other thing, too: There was once a Democratic Party that stood up for regular folks and actively promoted the ethic of the common good. Having been raised on hard-scrabble Texas farms and come of age in the Depression, they didn't see the New Deal through ideological glasses, but simply as the help they and the rest of America needed &#8212; a path out of both depression and the Depression.<p>Updated: Wed Mar 14, 2018</p> 194bbe98cae9a0dbdee362bd5514a916 We're Told the Dow Jones Average... for 03/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/03/18/were-told-the-dow-jones-average Wed, 07 Mar 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Language matters. For example, the way our society's leaders choose to comment on the health of America's economy can either make clear to us commoners what's going on &#8212; or obfuscate, hide and even lie about the reality we face.</p> <p>Consider that the most common measurement that the media, politicians and corporations use to tell us whether our economy is zooming or sputtering is Wall Street's index of stock prices. The media literally spews out some number every hour indicating that the Dow Jones Average of stock prices is up, down or sluggish &#8212; as though everyone is waiting breathlessly for that news.</p> <p>But wait &#8212; nearly all stock is owned by the richest 10 percent of Americans, so the Dow Jones Average says nothing about the economic condition of the 90 percent majority of Americans. For us &#8212; and for the true economic health of America as a whole &#8212; we need to know the Doug Jones Average. In plain language, the question leaders should ask every day is: How're Doug and Delores Jones doing?<p>Updated: Wed Mar 07, 2018</p> f604399a1a7399871e5d841c0faaa4df The Zeitgeist, It Is A-Changing for 02/28/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/02/18/the-zeitgeist-it-is-a-changing Wed, 28 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Last year's grassroots progressive runs for office laid to rest much of the Democratic Party's orthodoxy about who is "electable," and how it's essential that candidates &#8212; in hopes of attracting moderate "swing" voters &#8212; run big-money campaigns on small-bore, middle-of-the-road issues. For example, meet these eight big-issue/low-dollar candidates who rejected party orthodox and won:</p> <p>&#8212;Danica Roem &#8212; Virginia House of Delegates</p> <p>&#8212;Andrea Jenkins &#8212; Minneapolis City Council<p>Updated: Wed Feb 28, 2018</p> 7be61e3f8ef59d072e2d247015c3830d What Will the Trump Mob Kill Next? for 02/21/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/02/18/what-will-the-trump-mob-kill-next Wed, 21 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Breaking news: Trump & Company are a murderous mob!</p> <p>From the start of his White House tenure, the Trumpsters have plotted, stalked and serially killed vibrant members of the English Language. </p> <p>The word "Fact" was the first to go. Robust and universally respected, Fact was assassinated last year when one of Trump's hired killers poisoned it with an unknown substance nicknamed: "Alternative Fact." <p>Updated: Wed Feb 21, 2018</p> 382381c62d55243ffbe2ae64d800c752 The South is Rising Again for 02/14/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/02/18/the-south-is-rising-again Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>In the past year, we've seen a burst of audacious political assertiveness coming out of Old Dixie, and I'm not talking about those Trumpeteering, tiki-torch-brandishing, tinhorn KKKers the media focuses on. The real story is that a fresh, "Reclaim the South" movement of young African-American populists is emerging, kindling long-suppressed hope in the racially scarred Deep South and offering the possibility of real economic and cultural progress.</p> <p>Guess who's mayor of Jackson, Mississippi, the state's capitol city? Chokwe Antar Lumumba &#8212; a black, 34-year-old lawyer who was raised in Jackson in a family and community of longtime Black Power activists. Last June, backed by Our Revolution and Working Families Party, Lumumba was elected with 93 percent (!) of the vote, and he promptly pledged to make Jackson "the most radical city on the planet." By radical, he means aggressively innovative in developing policies and programs focused directly on lifting up Jackson's middle-class and poor residents, rather than adopting the failed trickle-down model of nearly every other city. For example, instead of giving away government subsidies to lure rich corporations, Lumumba is trying to make the city a national showcase of home-grown cooperative enterprises owned by the people themselves.</p> <p>In August, the incumbent mayor of Birmingham, Alabama &#8212; an old-style, don't-rock-the-boat politico favored by the city's power brokers &#8212; thought he was cruising to an easy re-election. Then wham! &#8212; an underdog populist challenge by 36-year-old African-American attorney, Randall Woodfin, stunned the city powers with a first-place showing that forced the mayor into an October runoff. Woodfin, a city prosecutor and school board member, went on to defeat Birmingham's corporate and political establishment by winning the mayorship with 58 percent of the vote. He did it by proposing an all-out populist agenda, building a broad coalition of local progressive activists and running a dogged ground game with the full support of Our Revolution, Working Families Party, and other national groups. Our Revolution, for instance, deployed some 70 volunteers to help in the runoff and sent more than 11,000 text messages to voters urging support for Woodfin.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 14, 2018</p> 98372ef98ecd42c114ff0cc724cc0e1a Exposing Our 'Populist' President as a Naked Plutocrat for 02/07/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/02/18/exposing-our-populist-president-as-a-naked-plutocrat Wed, 07 Feb 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Why does Donald Trump constantly preface his outlandish lies with such phrases as: "To be honest with you," "To tell the truth" and "Believe me"?</p> <p>Because even he knows that as a lifelong con-man, his voice takes on the tone of a snake-oil salesman when he starts exaggerating and prevaricating, so he reflexively tries to puff up his credibility with an extra dose of bluster: "No really, trust me, I never lie..." In fact, just in the past year, Trump's documented whoppers rank him as the lyingest president in U.S. history. And that included Nixon!</p> <p>It's not the volume of his fabrications that is so gross, but their enormity. Most damnable of all has been his masquerading as a golden-haired billionaire "populist" who's standing up for America's hard-hit middle class against Wall Street, corporate lobbyists and moneyed elites &#8212; a carefully crafted PR pose that has duped many working stiffs into thinking he is their champion.<p>Updated: Wed Feb 07, 2018</p> 6ea9f954df2399c5dfb012cd1ec29ff6 Why the American Majority Despises Trump's Washington for 01/31/2018 https://www.creators.com/read/jim-hightower/01/18/why-the-american-majority-despises-trumps-washington Wed, 31 Jan 2018 00:00:00 -0800 <p>Donald Trump, never lacking in self-esteem, bragged in 2016: "I know words &#8212; I have the best words." </p> <p>Well, sometimes he does put together a coherent sentence, using some very fine words that convey great promise, such as this one: "I'm going to fight for every person in this country who believes government should serve the people &#8212; not the donors and special interests." And, if those words are too highbrow for you, Trump made the same promise with some punchier words, declaring he would "drain the swamp" to rid Washington of those creepy, crawly corporate lobbyists. </p> <p>Excellent words! But words only matter if the speaker actually means them, backing their rhetorical promise with action. As we've seen though, far from draining the swamp, this president proceeded immediately to convert the White House itself into a fetid cesspool of self-serving corporate executives, lobbyists, and banksters.<p>Updated: Wed Jan 31, 2018</p>