Dave Johnson

Dave Johnson

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

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Stop Calling the TPP A Trade Agreement – It Isn’t
This is a message to activists trying to fight the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP). Stop calling the TPP a “trade” agreement. TPP is a corporate/investor rights agreement, not a “trade” agreement. “Trade” is a good thing; TPP is not. Every time you use the word “trade” in association with the TPP,...
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Friday, May 22, 2015
Make One More Call To Senators To Stop Fast Track
The fast track trade promotion authority vote in the Senate is itself being fast tracked . The last time fast track was in front of the Senate, members spent three weeks discussing it. This time the Senate gets just a few days. The final Senate vote is coming up. Make a few calls and see if we can...
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Friday, May 01, 2015
Writing The New Rules For The 21st Century – In Secret?
The great Thomas “Mustache” Friedman is perhaps best known for encouraging the invasion of Iraq (and subsequent resistance insurgency, civil war, thousands of American and hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, eventually leading to the formation of ISIS – plus the trillions in costs) by saying, “...
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Tuesday, April 28, 2015
How TPP Increases Corporate Power vs. Government — And Us
Power is the ability to control, to tell what to do, to get your way. Corporations have a lot of power over working people in our country now, and they might be about to get a lot more. The proponents of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) tell us that it will have unprecedented “progressive”...
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Friday, April 24, 2015
A ‘Path To Yes’ On Trade, But Paul Ryan Blocks It
The “fast track” trade bill introduced last week by Sens. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) has a number of problems. It sets aside Article 1, Section 8 of the Constitution and essentially pre-approves the secret Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) before the public and most of Congress even...
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015
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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Friday, March 13, 2015
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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Tuesday, February 03, 2015
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
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
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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