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"Dave Johnson is a fantastic grandfather of the blogosphere." -- Mike Stark, BraveNewFilms.com


Dave Johnson is a Fellow with Campaign for America's Future and a Senior Fellow with Renew California.


Dave is founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest, and a blogger at Speak Out California. He is a frequent public speaker, talk-radio personality and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community.


Before starting Seeing the Forest, Dave had over 20 years of technology industry experience. Recently he helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., the company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. He previously held senior industry positions including CEO and VP of Sales and Marketing. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic, and he was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. Send e-mail to Dave. Twitter: http://twitter.com/dcjohnson

Entries by Dave Johnson

Backed By China? House Republicans Block Critical 'Make It In America' Bill

(1) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:33 PM

Far-right groups said that the American government securing necessary materials for American companies to manufacture is "interference with the free market." Seriously, are they funded by China?

Last week one more example of Republican obstruction occurred -- blockage of an important "Make It In America" bill -- and one more...

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A Simplified Way to Tax Multinational Corporations

(2) Comments | Posted July 15, 2014 | 10:40 AM

You've been hearing a lot about corporations "renouncing their U.S. citizenship" through "tax inversions." This is when a company buys or merges with a non-U.S. company and claims to no longer be based in the U.S. to get out of paying certain taxes. The company does, however, keep the...

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The Democrats' Agenda Should Be to Fix the Trade Deficit

(11) Comments | Posted June 26, 2014 | 12:34 PM

There is no way around it: There are three issues on people's minds as we go into the midterm elections: jobs, jobs and jobs.

Since the 2008 financial crash -- actually, since Reagan was elected -- most of the gains from our economy have gone to the 1 percent...

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Will We Let Congress Hand Billion$ More to Big Corporations?

(16) Comments | Posted June 11, 2014 | 2:56 PM

This one is simply outrageous. Corporations currently owe up to $700 billion in unpaid, "deferred" taxes. The country needs the money -- partly because these companies owe so much in taxes. Which of the following choices should the country make?

1. Tell the companies to pay up what they owe,...

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From Bundy to Benghazi: WTF?

(12) Comments | Posted May 2, 2014 | 9:12 PM

Republicans aren't for things. Instead they run from one hysterical anti-something scream to the next. They have shifted from the "noun-verb-911" of the Bush years to "Obama said you didn't build this" road and bridge, then to "Obamacare failed" and after Obamacare succeeded it was "Bundy" then it...

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Balancing Trade -- Remember the 'Buffett Plan'

(0) Comments | Posted May 1, 2014 | 10:04 PM

The enormous, humongous trade deficit is doing incredible damage to our economy. Our country's elites used to care about that.

In 2003 Warren Buffett wrote a highly-influerntial article, America's Growing Trade Deficit Is Selling The Nation Out From Under Us. Here's A Way To Fix The Problem--And We Need...

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Democrats Who Move Right Lose Elections -- There Is No "Center"

(102) Comments | Posted April 24, 2014 | 11:03 PM

Mainstream Democratic campaign consultants and pollsters typically tell candidates they should "move to the right" and campaign to the "center" with positions that are "between" the "left" and the "right." This is the way, they say, to "attract swing voters" who would be "scared off" by a candidate who takes...

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Nullification, the Bundy Ranch and Right-Wing Lawlessness

(0) Comments | Posted April 21, 2014 | 3:25 PM

Does the right get a free pass to ignore laws? Is armed intimidation the way we decide which laws should be followed? Is conservative media whipping up the conditions for another Oklahoma City bombing? These questions are popping up with more and more frequency in light of recent events.

Armed...

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Tell Your Member of Congress to Vote for the 'Better Off Budget'

(0) Comments | Posted April 9, 2014 | 11:01 AM

Tell your member of Congress (MOC) to vote for the Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) "Better Off Budget' (BOB). Click to call.

This week the House of Representatives is scheduled to vote on the "Ryan"/Republican corporate/conservative budget and the CPC "Better Off Budget." This is a chance to...

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Good Lord, Republicans Still Pretending There Is an 'IRS Scandal'

(0) Comments | Posted April 8, 2014 | 12:58 PM

It has become a "truth" on the right that the IRS "targets" conservative "political" groups. Here is what is going on.

Sea Of Smear Ads From Anonymous Donors

Who is providing the sea of anonymous money behind the nasty smear-campaign ads in local, state and national elections? You might (not)...

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FL-13 -- Did Dems Have a Reason to Show Up and Vote?

(2) Comments | Posted March 12, 2014 | 4:23 PM

Republicans won in Florida's 13th district special congressional election on Tuesday. What does this mean?

Here is the key point about why the Republican candidate: More Republican voters went to the polls and voted than Democrat voters. The Republican won by about 3,400 votes out of about 183,000 votes cast....

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Jobs Proposals in the President's Sure-To-Be-Obstructed Budget

(3) Comments | Posted March 6, 2014 | 10:33 AM

The president's 2015 budget proposal "pivots" away from the 2010 "pivot" to austerity, pushes modestly for jobs and prioritizes infrastructure repair. Republicans will obstruct this -- just like they have obstructed every jobs plan since the stimulus. But the public fully supports what the president is trying to...

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No Fast Track to TPP: Fix NAFTA First

(14) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 12:30 PM

The big corporations and the Obama administration are trying to push through a giant new trade treaty that gives corporations even more power, and which will send even more jobs, factories, industries and money out of the country. This is the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and they are pushing something called...

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Are 'Globalization's' Costs Inevitable?

(28) Comments | Posted January 31, 2014 | 9:33 AM

You hear often that we "live in a global world now." You hear that "globalization" means we have to drop our wages and standards to match those in impoverished, third-world countries. You hear that the "cost" of controlling pollution makes us uncompetitive in the world. Etc. Etc. Etc. It's inevitable...

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Will the GOP Get Away With Its Economic Sabotage?

(6) Comments | Posted January 23, 2014 | 2:12 PM

Republicans smell an election opportunity -- but only if they can keep the economy down, jobs down and wages down. Most recently to keep people and the economy miserable, they filibustered long-term unemployment assistance, and are working to cut back from the meager 26 weeks of assistance the states offer.

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Campbell Brown's Ridiculous Attack on Teacher Unions

(6) Comments | Posted January 18, 2014 | 1:39 PM

Today's ridiculous attack on teacher unions is one that accuses them of supporting sexual predators in schools. Let's see if we can figure out what's behind it.

In a Wall Street Journal hit-piece, Campbell Brown -- you may remember her as a former television news personality -- accuses teacher unions...

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Senate Democrats: Change Filibuster Rules, Make Them Talk

(2) Comments | Posted January 16, 2014 | 9:56 AM

Republicans filibustered the extension of unemployment benefits on the Senate floor Tuesday. Why? Because they can get away with it. Look at how the press reported what happened.

If the public doesn't know that filibusters are occurring, how can democracy hold Republicans accountable for doing it? Instead they hear from...

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A Moral and Economic Imperative to Extend Unemployment Benefits

(4) Comments | Posted January 3, 2014 | 12:27 PM

Federal unemployment assistance for 1.3 million people who have been unemployed longer than 26 weeks expired last Saturday, after Republicans blocked efforts to extend them. 3.6 million more people will lose these benefits over this year. Restoring these benefits is a moral, economic and political imperative.

On Monday the Senate...

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Who Will Fight to Help the Unemployed?

(19) Comments | Posted December 20, 2013 | 10:26 AM

At the beginning of November, the poor went over the "hunger cliff" as Food Stamps were cut. Now long-term unemployment assistance will run out at the end of December. Regular people think the government has given up on them. They have been hit by one blow after another, with little or...

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Want to Cut Food Stamp Spending? Raise the Minimum Wage

(81) Comments | Posted December 3, 2013 | 5:11 PM

Wednesday President Obama will give a speech on his plan to grow the economy and the middle class. Thursday fast-food workers will strike in 100 cities and stage protests in 100 others to demand $15 an hour and the right to form a union without interference from employers. Here's...

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