David Cay Johnston

David Cay Johnston, a Pulitzer Prize winner, is the author of The Fine Print: How Big Companies Use "Plain English" to Rob You Blind.

He is president of the journalism organization Investigative Reporters & Editors Inc. and teaches at Syracuse University College of Law. His other bestsellers are Perfectly Legal and Free Lunch.

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Thursday, February 04, 2016
The Trans-Pacific Partnership Threatens Our Liberty
Economic theory holds that removing trade barriers among nations should increase global wealth. But the proposed 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership that Congress must soon give a straight up-or-down vote threatens our liberties as Americans and is likely to add almost nothing to U.S. economic...
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Wednesday, December 04, 2013
A Hard Lesson from Motown: They Will Steal Your Pension
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Wednesday, September 12, 2012
A Tale of Two Healhcare Plans
No issue affecting taxes so clearly divides the two parties in the U.S. election as healthcare. The two parties, in their platforms, describe very different approaches to healthcare economics. Both use political plastic surgery to cover up ugly truths.
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Sunday, September 09, 2012
Romney and Ryan’s Dangerous Tax Roadmap
Together Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have put human faces on how the super-rich game the tax system to pay less, pay later and sometimes not pay at all. Both want to expand tax favors for the already rich, like themselves.
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Thursday, June 21, 2012
America's Long Slope Down
A broad swath of official economic data shows that America and its people are in much worse shape than when we paid higher taxes, higher interest rates and made more of the manufactured goods we use. The numbers since the turn of the millennium point to even worse times ahead if we stay the course. Let’s look at the official numbers in today’s dollars and then what can be done to change course.
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Saturday, June 02, 2012
How Corporate Socialism Destroys
A proposal to spend $250 million of taxpayer money on a retail project here illustrates the damage state and local subsidies do by taking from the many to benefit the already rich few. Nationwide state and local subsidies for corporations totaled more than $70 billion in 2010, as calculated by Professor Kenneth Thomas of the University of Missouri-St. Louis
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Saturday, May 05, 2012
Social Security Is Not Going Broke
Which federal program took in more than it spent last year, added $95 billion to its surplus and lifted 20 million Americans of all ages out of poverty? Why, Social Security, of course, which ended 2011 with a $2.7 trillion surplus.
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Friday, April 13, 2012
Corporate Socialism: How Employers Skim Workers' Tax Dollars
Across the United States more than 2,700 companies are collecting state income taxes from hundreds of thousands of workers – and are keeping the money with the states’ approval, says an eye-opening report published on Thursday.
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
The Siren Call of Austerity
The World Economic Forum opened in Davos amid choruses of central bankers and economists calling for governments to cut spending. This message of austerity is like the call of the ancient Sirens, whose music lured sailors to shipwreck.
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Tuesday, December 20, 2011
The Corporations That Occupy Congress
Some of the biggest companies in the United States have been firing workers and in some cases lobbying for rules that depress wages at the very time that jobs are needed, pay is low, and the federal budget suffers from a lack of revenue.
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