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

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:

Entries by Dave Johnson

Corporate Courts -- A Big Red Flag on 'Trade' Agreements

(2) Comments | Posted September 15, 2014 | 9:27 PM

Think about everything you understood about our system of government here in the United States. We're  governed under a document that starts with the words, "We the People." Right? When We the People agree that something should done to make our lives better, it's supposed to get done. Right?


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Why Fight for Unions? So We Can Fight an Economy Rigged Against Us

(13) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:20 PM

The other day I wrote about how FedEx has been pretending that their employees are not employees, which gets around labor standards for things like overtime, family leave and the rest.

This misclassification game is just one way that big companies have been rigging the rules to give themselves...

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Now It's Burger King Renouncing US Citizenship -- Let's Eat Somewhere Else

(9) Comments | Posted August 27, 2014 | 4:30 PM

Burger King is the latest company announcing plans to renounce its U.S. citizenship in order to dodge taxes. It plans to buy Tim Hortons and then pretend Tim Hortons bought them so they can claim to be Canadian. (Tim Hortons renounced its own U.S. citizenship in 2009 and moved their...

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Are American Corporations Really Less Competitive Because of Taxes?

(23) Comments | Posted August 20, 2014 | 11:40 AM

Corporate tax rates used to top out at 52.8 percent. Later rates were lowered to 48 percent and then 46 percent. Then in 1986 corporations complained that this (lowered) rate made them "uncompetitive" and demanded "corporate tax reform." Because job creators. So the rate was lowered to 35 percent....

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Three Charts to Email to Your Right-Wing Brother-In-Law (Updated)

(616) Comments | Posted August 9, 2014 | 1:31 PM

Problem: Your right-wing brother-in-law is plugged into the FOX-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about "Obama spending" and "Obama deficits" and how the "stimulus" just made things worse.

Solution: Here are three "reality-based" charts to send to him. These charts show what actually happened.


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Perhaps We Need Corporate 'Loyalty Oaths'

(81) Comments | Posted August 6, 2014 | 1:40 AM

Several American corporations are using a tax loophole scheme called "inversion" to get out of being American corporations obligated to pay American corporate tax rates. They buy or merge with a non-U.S. corporation (usually located in a tax haven), pretend they are a subsidiary to that corporation and renounce their...

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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.


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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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