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Entries by Dave Johnson from 02/2010

SOTU - A List Not a Vision

| Posted 02.01.2010 | Politics

In last week's State of the Union speech President Obama talked about jobs. It was a great speech. It was SO satisfying to see him scold the Supreme ...

Cut What?

| Posted 02.02.2010 | Politics

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF). I am a Fellow with CAF. Here's an easy way to win an argument with a conservat...

Obama's Radical Agenda

| Posted 02.03.2010 | Politics

Conservatives are constantly talking about Obama's "radical, far-left agenda." "At last!", I said. Hearing their whines and complaints I became ho...

Roots of Conservative Failure: Bush Called Deficits "Incredibly Positive News"

| Posted 02.04.2010 | Politics

When George W. Bush learned that his budgets had erased the huge surplus his administration inherited, he called deficit spending "a fiscal straitjacket for Congress."

Senator Shelby's "Holds" Show Need For National Industrial Policy

| Posted 02.05.2010 | Business

Sen. Shelby's filibusters show why we need a national industrial policy. Currently, members of Congress are forced to do things like this to try to keep manufacturing in their district or state.

Did Bush Leave Us Bankrupt, Corrupt, Ungovernable?

| Posted 02.06.2010 | Politics

Is predatory monopoly control by the largest corporations the way things are and will be? Does the world now move to governance by a wealthy elite?

Tax Cuts HURT Small And Medium Businesses

| Posted 02.08.2010 | Business

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF). I am a Fellow with CAF. Much of the public believes that tax cuts "create jobs...

Who Is Really "Anti-Business"?

| Posted 02.10.2010 | Business

Why is the president saying he doesn't "begrudge" multimillion dollar bonuses when so many Americans are falling into poverty? Because he doesn't want to be perceived as "anti-business."

Union Values and the Test of Time

| Posted 02.12.2010 | Politics

A couple of weeks ago I bought a hat with "AFL-CIO" written on it. Inside the hat there is a label that reads, "Union Made in the USA." I was thinki...

Valentines Day -- What Would You Think About Without Marketing?

| Posted 02.14.2010 | Healthy Living

It's Valentines Day. Did you buy a card, candy or flowers? It's just marketing. Have you ever wondered what you would think about if your whole li...

News Flash: Nations Compete

| Posted 02.15.2010 | Business

I have a regular spot on the radio show, The Fairness Doctrine, currently in Massachusetts but going national. The show has a liberal and a conserva...

Paying For Tax Cuts At The Top By Cutting Pensions For The Rest

| Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics

The trouble all started when we dramatically cut taxes on the rich, and at the same time raised taxes on everyone else, saying the money would be used to pay for peoples' retirement. However, that money instead was used to defer the damage caused by the tax cuts for the rich.

Huge 2009 Budget Deficit -- Just One More Conservative Failure

| Posted 02.17.2010 | Politics

Basic math: A budget year that ends 8 months into a president's first year wasn't that president's budget.

Yes, Nuclear

| Posted 02.18.2010 | Green

I believe that global warming is the most serious threat humanity faces. So we need to use every possible technology we can to replace energy sources that put greenhouse gases into the air.

Whirlpool Bites Hands Of American Taxpayers That Feed It

| Posted 02.19.2010 | Business

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

Create Real Jobs That Pay Off: Update Our 1970s Infrastructure

| Posted 02.21.2010 | Politics

One legacy of Reagan's tax cuts is that we stopped maintaining our infrastructure. As a result there's a lot of work that needs doing. And there are a very, very large number of unemployed people. Hmmm...

Whirlpool Exec Responds: The System Made Us Do It

| Posted 02.22.2010 | Business

This post originally appeared at Campaign for America's Future (CAF) at their Blog for OurFuture as part of the Making It In America project. I am a ...

Jobs: Bail Out States, Yes or No?

| Posted 02.23.2010 | Politics

In this recession shortfalls at the state level -- and resulting job cuts -- can cancel out federal job-creation efforts. If we want to get out of the recession, we need those jobs!

$108 Million Income = No Taxes

| Posted 02.24.2010 | Los Angeles

Frank and Jamie McCourt, who own the Los Angeles Dodgers, pocketed income totaling $108 million from 2004 through 2009. On that sum, they paid zero federal and state income tax.

NYTimes Owes Us an ACORN Smear Retraction - UPDATED

| Posted 02.25.2010 | Media

The New York Times repeated conservative misinformation that smeared ACORN, and is now refusing to retract their "reporting."