His remarks were preceeded by a presentation by Lloyd Marbet who spoke about the upcoming vote to turn Portland General Electric into a Public Utility District and the most recent Campaign Finance Reform initiative |
He led off by saying that he was proud to be in Portland adding to the rebellion against the thieves in high places who are trying to steal our country from us. "Piece by piece they have been stealing our democracy, which is really our ability to make the decisions that control our lives. These days that ability has moved out of our lives into the corporate suites"
Hightower fully supports the citizen Initiative to turn PGE into a PUD, and demonstrated a better grasp of the issues involved than most citizens who live here, at least those citizens who are depending upon PGE and the local media to inform them about the issue. He encourges folks to vote on November 4th and "kick Enron's thieving butt out of Oregon."
Articulate, humorous, witty, Jim Hightower is all of these, blended with a keen perceptive grasp of the political arena, he unfolds the theme of his most recent book, "Thieves in High Places." Hightower speaks to the issue of corporate corruption, especially demonstrated by the polixiwa of the Bush Administration, offers examples of various successful struggles against corporate excessess, as well as sound advice about how the community can unite and take back their democracy