Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson is a contributing blogger for the Campaign for America's Future.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015 - 3:15pm
The Fast Track Fight Begins In The Senate
The final fight to stop fast track begins this week. The new trade promotion authority (“fast track”) bill could be released in the Senate at any moment. (It might be out by the time you read this.) Hatch and Wyden Poised to Introduce Bill With literally zero reporting from the national TV networks...
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015 - 8:15am
Fast-Track Fight Accelerates As Vote Approaches
As Congress prepares to consider fast track legislation to essentially pre-approve (without reading) the still-secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) opponents are working to get the word out and register opposition. Seattle’s city council is preparing to vote on a resolution opposing fast track,...
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Friday, March 13, 2015 - 7:30am
Will Media Continue Its Blackout Of Progressive Budget?
Next week, progressives in Congress will release their annual budget proposal. They do this every year, and every year the national news media largely ignores it. Will the elite media report on it this year? Make some noise, and maybe they will. There are alternative ways to run a government budget...
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015 - 11:45am
Obama’s Trans-Pacific Partnership Promises Echo Clinton’s On NAFTA
NAFTA – the North American Free Trade Agreement – was sold with promises of jobs and prosperity on all sides of the border. What really happened was that an increased trade deficit sucked demand and jobs out of the U.S. economy; workers lost bargaining power, resulting in pay and benefit cuts; and...
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015 - 6:45am
Obama Budget Signals End Of Austerity, Return Of Sanity
President Obama has submitted a budget proposal that (finally) signals a break from cuts and austerity. It largely pushes in the right direction. Republicans will oppose it — even the parts they agree with. Signals Dividing Line Between Cutbacks And Public Investment President Obama is using his “...
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Thursday, January 29, 2015 - 9:00am
Let's Take Apart the Corporate Case for Fast Track Trade Authority
U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) Michael Froman appeared before Congress Tuesday to make the corporate argument for “fast track” trade promotion authority. The USTR and President Obama are pushing fast-track pre-approval for the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) and other big “trade” agreements they...
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Wednesday, December 24, 2014 - 8:00am
Holiday Bright Spots For Progressives
The midterm elections were a wake-up call. Voters had given up on the Democratic party as irrelevant – not really on their side, so they didn’t bother to show up at the polls. But there are end-of-year holiday season bright spots for progressives as we think about the coming year’s fights. People...
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Wednesday, December 17, 2014 - 8:30am
How "Citibank Budget" Push Foreshadows "Fast Track" For Trade Deals
It is worth examining how the process was rigged to push that budget deal through Congress over the weekend that contained Citibank-written derivative deregulation and all kinds of other goodies for the rich and powerful. That’s because the “cromnibus” formula will be formalized in the next big...
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Friday, December 12, 2014 - 3:00pm
Take Action: Stop The Citibank Budget – No More Rigged Backroom Deals
The “Citibank budget” has not passed the Senate. There is time to fight this giveaway to Wall Street. Call your senators today and tell them take the Citibank bailout part out or block the budget. Tell them to let Wall Street know that their days of controlling our government are over. Tell them, “...
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Wednesday, October 15, 2014 - 8:15am
Budget Cuts Don’t Save Money
Cutting federal spending doesn’t “save money” – certainly not the way conservatives in Congress and in the states have been doing it. If you cut the Internal Revenue Service budget, that obviously increases the deficit because it lowers the government’s ability to collect tax revenue. If you cut...
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