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.

Larry Summers Gets This Right: We Really Need An Infrastructure Decade

Here we are in “Infrastructure Week” and here we are with a new argument for a massive infrastructure investment project – worldwide. Last week Peter Coy wrote at Bloomberg, in “How to Pull the World Economy Out of Its Rut,” about economist Larry Summers’ argument that we need massive public investment.  Coy writes that Summers has been “jetting around the world” trying to convince central bankers “to reach out to the governments they work for Continue Reading...

Are Fair Trade Policies “Extreme?” Is Clinton Ready For Trump On Trade?

Is it really “extreme” to think we should have fair trade policies? The New York Times on Tuesday published a story by Nelson D. Schwartz and Quoctrung Bui, “Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes,” reporting that, “research to be unveiled this week by four leading academic economists suggests that the damage to manufacturing jobs from a sharp acceleration in globalization since the turn of the century has contributed Continue Reading...

Are Fair Trade Policies “Extreme?” Is Clinton Ready For Trump On Trade?

Is it really “extreme” to think we should have fair trade policies? The New York Times on Tuesday published a story by Nelson D. Schwartz and Quoctrung Bui, “Where Jobs Are Squeezed by Chinese Trade, Voters Seek Extremes,” reporting that, “research to be unveiled this week by four leading academic economists suggests that the damage to manufacturing jobs from a sharp acceleration in globalization since the turn of the century has contributed Continue Reading...

Important Study Looks At Silicon Valley’s “Invisible” Low Wage Workers

“We knew the tech industry was booming, but we weren’t seeing that translate into an abundance of jobs for our communities – until we looked at the low-wage jobs in contracting industries.  Those are growing fast, just like tech profits are.  It’s no wonder that one in three working households in Silicon Valley can’t make ends meet when these growing industries pay wages that barely cover rent.” – Derecka Mehrens, Executive Director of Working Continue Reading...

What’s The Problem With “Free Trade”?

Our country’s “free trade” agreements have followed a framework of trading away our democracy and middle-class prosperity in exchange for letting the biggest corporations dominate. There are those who say any increase in trade is good.  But if you close a factory here and lay off the workers, open the factory “there” to make the same things the factory here used to make, bring those things into the country to sell in the same outlets, you have Continue Reading...

Is Bernie Sanders Promising ‘Free Stuff’ To Buy Votes?

Corporate conservatives have taken notice of the Bernie Sanders campaign, and has started accusing him of “buying votes” by “promising” “free stuff.”  Is it true? Here are some examples of what the corporate/billionaire-funded right is saying: ● American Thinker, “Surprise: Bernie Sanders’s free stuff will be very expensive for you!” Avowed socialist, pretend independent, wannabe Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders is promising Continue Reading...

Government Run Like A Business Led To Lead In Flint’s Water

“If the kids in a rich suburb of Detroit had been drinking contaminated water, we would have done something about it.” – Hillary Clinton “There are no excuses.  The governor long ago knew about the lead in Flint’s water.  He did nothing.  As a result, hundreds of children were poisoned.  Thousands may have been exposed to potential brain damage from lead.  Governor Snyder should resign.” – Bernie Sanders You might have heard that there is Continue Reading...

Sanders’ Corporate Tax Reform Plan Pays For His Infrastructure Plan

In the recent post, “How The Clinton and Sanders Infrastructure Plans Measure Up," I mistakenly wrote that candidate Bernie Sanders does not yet have a corporate tax proposal: Clinton’s infrastructure plan says only that it will be paid for through “business tax reform.”  It does not detail the nature of the reforms that would pay for this spending.  Similarly, Sanders does not yet have a specific individual and corporate tax proposal, but he Continue Reading...

Corporations Demand Budget Cuts, Owe Government $660 Billion

How MANY times have we heard corporate-funded conservatives and “centrists” whine about “deficits” and demand cuts in the things government does to make people’s lives better?  How many times? “We’re broke.”  “Taxpayers can’t afford these…(pensions, health programs, infrastructure repair, food stamps, high-speed rail systems, scientific studies, you name it).”  Over and over we are subjected to demands that our own government cut back on the Continue Reading...

Exxon’s Funding Of Climate Denial Turned Americans Against Their Own Government For Profit

Exxon and other fossil fuel companies may have committed a crime of enormous proportions, and more and more elected officials and others are demanding an investigation. The charge is that Exxon scientists and management knew since the late 1970s that the company’s product was helping cause our planet to warm “catastrophically,” but management responded by covering this up and disseminating disinformation – joining with other companies to Continue Reading...

Still No Democratic Debates. What’s Going On?

The second Republican Presidential candidate debate was last night.  The ratings for the first one (24 million viewers) were through the roof and last night’s (20 million) was also a ratings blockbuster.  People are interested and tuning in to the campaign and the Republicans are getting all the “eyeballs.” Continue Reading...