Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is Founder and principal author at Seeing the Forest (www.seeingtheforest.com). Dave is a frequent public speaker and talk-radio guest and a leading participant in the progressive blogging community. He does a regular weekly segment on the popular Fairness Radio radio show. Currently Dave is a Fellow at Campaign for America’s Future, where he writes about issues involving American manufacturing, trade, and industrial policy. Recently Dave helped co-found Carbon Tracing, Inc., the company developing the desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US. Before starting Seeing the Forest, Dave had over over 20 years of technology industry experience and has 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.

Whoppers Big and Small in Trump’s Speech

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This is classic dumb guy wedding speech writing: “The chorus of their dating became an earthquake of their love.” – Samantha Bee on Trump’s speech Donald Trump just gave a fact-free, and detail-free, speech to a joint session of Congress.  Early on in the evening, the president – who has loaded his cabinet with billionaires and his administration with former Goldman Sachs executives – earned audible guffaws from the assembled lawmakers when he Continue Reading...

Holocaust Denial and Religious Persecution, Courtesy of the White House

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Friday was Holocaust Remembrance Day. As you may have heard, the White house marked the occasion with this statement: It is with a heavy heart and somber mind that we remember and honor the victims, survivors, heroes of the Holocaust.  It is impossible to fully fathom the depravity and horror inflicted on innocent people by Nazi terror. Yet, we know that in the darkest hours of humanity, light shines the brightest.‎  As we remember those who Continue Reading...

Kansas And Puerto Rico Show How Trump’s Tax Cuts Will Hurt Us

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The business-oriented media are loudly proclaiming that president-“elect” Donald Trump’s proposed tax cuts for the rich and corporations will “boost” the economy. ● WSJ: Trump’s Proposed Tax Cuts Could Boost U.S. and Global Growth, Says World Bank ● CNBC: Trump tax cuts could boost earnings by 20 percent next year: Yardeni ● Fortune: OECD Says Trump Tax and Spending Plans Will Boost Global Economy ● Fox Business Video: Why Trump’s tax Continue Reading...

Trump Punch Down Strategy Endangers Local Union Leader

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“You better keep your eye on your kids. We know what car you drive.” That’s the kind of threats a local union official is getting after President-presumed-Elect Donald Trump tweeted something bad about him. “You gonna die. Death is coming to you real soon.” A Florida woman is arrested for threatening the parents of a child killed at Sandy Hook. Trump-tied “fake news” sites claim the shootings there were a “hoax” intended to push gun Continue Reading...

The Damage From Free Trade Helped Elect Trump

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It seems that lots of media/political/business people “on the coasts” don’t get how big a deal trade played in Tuesday’s election. Sold On Free Trade In the late 70s the country was told that “protectionism” — protecting wages and key industries and — is bad for the economy and was sold “free trade” as a way to bring prosperity and jobs. “Trade” in this usage meant one and only thing: close a factory here and lay off the workers. Open a Continue Reading...

Watch Out For The Coming Corporate Tax-Break Trickery

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One of the biggest fights coming up in the newly elected Congress next year will be “corporate tax reform.” If you follow policy news you’ve been hearing that Congress wants to “reform” corporate taxes (again).  When you hear talk of “reform” from our corporate-captured Congress it means you need to run as fast as you can — and organize.  The way they use the word, it always means give them more and We, the People get less. Continue Reading...

Republicans ‘Working The Ref’ With War On IRS

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IRS Commissioner John Koskinen was forced to testify on Wednesday before a Republican impeachment committee.  Republicans are doing this because the IRS (under a previous commissioner) dared to check whether organizations applying for special IRS nonprofit status were following the law or illegally promoting candidates. Continue Reading...