Dave Johnson

Exposing Trump’s Trade Appeal to Working-Class Voters for What It Is

Donald Trump is selling himself as the champion of working-class voters. He says Democrats and their presumptive presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, are selling them out with trade deals. But Trump is just a fraud.

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In Not Opposing the TPP, Democratic Platform Committee Gives Trump a Big Gift

The Democratic Party’s elites must not think that trade and jobs will be big issues in the coming election. Apparently, they’ve never listened to a Donald Trump speech, and didn’t notice that working-class people in the United Kingdom just voted to “Brexit” from the European Union (EU) over these issues.

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Will Voter Suppression Skew Wisconsin Primary Results?

Republican voter suppression turned Arizona’s primary into a fiasco that forced people to wait in five-hour-long lines to vote. Many were turned away.

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What the Mainstream Media Won't Tell You About Bernie Sanders' Economic Plan

“When you dare to do big things, big results should be expected. The Sanders program is big, and when you run it through a standard model, you get a big result.”
– James K. Galbraith

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A Huge Labor Fight Just Shifted: How Scalia’s Death Affects Key Supreme Court Case

With the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia’s death Saturday, the court’s ideologically conservative 5-4 majority is no more. One big case this affects is Friedrichs v. California Teachers Association, which the conservative ideological majority on the court was prepared to use to bankrupt public-employee unions. Now they can’t do that.

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Why Clinton's Attack on Bernie's Crusade for Universal Health Coverage Is Terrible Politics

As the Iowa caucuses draw near and as Bernie Sanders closes in on Hillary Clinton in the polls, Clinton has started “attacking” (media word) Sanders’ proposals for providing universal health care through a Medicare-for-All plan. 

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Why Ted Cruz Got 'Golden Grinch' Award from Senate Cafeteria Workers

Chanting “No justice, no peace,” dozens of federal food service contract workers on Tuesday marched out of the Dirksen Senate Office Building cafeteria and went to stage a sit-in at the office of Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas). They also gave the senator a “Golden Grinch” award. 

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Clinton vs. Sanders: How Their Infrastructure Plans Measure Up

“Investing in infrastructure makes our economy more productive and competitive across the board.”
– Hillary Clinton

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Bernie Sanders' Big Idea to Spread the Wealth -- Let Workers Own a Piece of the Business They Work for

Businesses are run for a profit that goes into the pockets of the business’ “investors.” To be an investor requires that you have money. This is a rigged system that by definition channels the returns and gains of our economy to the people who have money in the first place.

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The New Economic Rules for the 21st Century Are Being Written in Secret - And We Can Stop It

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, “What they [Muslims] needed to see was American boys and girls going house to house from Basra to Baghdad and basically saying ‘Which part of this sentence don’t you understand?’ … Well, Suck. On. This.” He is also known among the blogger set for what Duncan Black coined as the six-month “Friedman Unit,” because he claimed for years that the Iraq war would be “turning a corner” in another six months’ time.

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9 Photos That Reveal America's Obscene Division of Wealth

Many people don’t understand our country’s problem of concentration of income and wealth because they don’t see it. People just don't understand how much wealth there is at the top now—so much that it's beyond most people’s ability to comprehend.

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8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive in America

It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the money pie that half of us are poor or almost poor now. According to the US Census Bureau, half of Americans are poor, or just on the edge. Fifteen percent (46.5 million) are in poverty, while half of Americans are in or near poverty." On top of that 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

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Three Charts to Send to Your Right-Wing Relatives, Guaranteed to Make Their Heads Spin

Problem: Your right-wing relative is plugged into the Fox-Limbaugh lie machine, and keeps sending you emails about “Obama spending” and “Obama deficits” and how the “stimulus” just made things worse.

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5 Giant Un-American Corporations Trying to Bolt U.S. to Avoid Taxes

Corporations get enormous benefits that regular “persons” do not. One of the biggest is limited liability. This means that the shareholders are not liable for the debts of the corporation. A corporation can get in a lot of trouble, financial and otherwise, and then just close up shop, divide its assets to its creditors, and the shareholders can just walk away losing only the money they originally put in. While it might be a “person” to certain members of the Supreme Court, there is no person to be made to work off the debt or to put in jail.

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Another Atrocious Corporate Trade Scheme Planned in Secret Comes to Light

Another secret trade deal has leaked to WikiLeaks and it looks as if it is one more effort to lock into law the interests of certain already-huge corporations above the interests of governments, their citizens and potentially competing businesses.

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8 Reasons Some CEOs Make 331 Times As Much As Their Employees

Here are some depressing statistics: In 2013, CEOs of S&P 500 companies made 331 times as much as their employees. Your average American worker not in a supervisory role made $35,239, while the average CEO made $11.7 million, according to the AFL-CIO Executive Paywatch website.  CEO pay has increased a whopping 937 percent since 1978, according to a new report by the Economic Policy Institute.

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5 Companies Ripping Off America and the Simple Tax Change That Could Make Them Pay Up

Believe it or not, all four of the statements below are currently being made in Congress and in the hallowed halls of elite opinion:

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Let's Stop Searching For A "Messiah" And Build A Movement

After Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) gave her rousing speech at the New Populism Conference Thursday, she, of course, was asked if she was going to run for President. (The crowd was chanting “Run, Elizabeth, Run!”)

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The Privatization Scam: 5 Horror Stories of Gov't Outsourcing to Greedy Private Companies

For decades we’ve been subjected to constant propaganda that government is inefficient, bureaucratic and expensive. We’re told that the answer is to “privatize,” or “outsource” government functions to private businesses and they will do things more efficiently and everyone comes out ahead. As a result we have experienced decades of privatization of government functions.  

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5 of the Worst Cities to Be a Renter Unless You're Fabulously Wealthy

The housing market is supposedly recovering, yet the homeownership rate is dropping. Meanwhile rents in urban areas were already high but now are absolutely skyrocketing. What’s going on? As millions lost their homes many of the houses were and are being bought up by large investors. And what do these investors want? They want rent and lots of it. According to a NY Times report, In Many Cities, Rent Is Rising Out of Reach of Middle Class, “In December, Housing Secretary Shaun Donovan declared ‘the worst rental affordability crisis that this country has ever known.’ ”

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Meet the Billionaires Using Their Immense Wealth to Make Life Miserable for Ordinary Americans

Here is how it works these days: You start hearing about a big, national problem and then it becomes a drumbeat. First there are a few articles and columns mentioning that such-and-such is a problem. Then a number of articles appear, then a “study” from a “think tank” confirms the problem and sounds the alarm about how terrible it is, and then just as the issue seems to be the only thing you are hearing about a solution is presented. Of course, the solution always involves taking something away from you and giving it to some company or industry standing in front of a billionaire or three. The right question to start asking when you hear about these “problems” is which billionaire is driving this.

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8 Ways Being Poor Is Wildly Expensive in America

It takes money to make money, they say, but if you don’t have money you lose money. Those with the money have been cutting themselves so much of the money pie that half of us are poor or almost poor now. According to the US Census Bureau, half of Americans are poor, or just on the edge. Fifteen percent (46.5 million) are in poverty, while half of Americans are in or near poverty." On top of that 76% of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck.

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5 Right-Wing Myths About Raising the Minimum Wage, Debunked

If the 1968 federal minimum wage had kept pace with inflation it would be $10.75 today. But it is only $7.25, an amount so low that many full-time workers need government assistance such as food stamps, Medicare, etc., just to get by.

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8 Phony GOP Solutions for Poverty That Will Only Bring More Economic Pain

On the 50th anniversary of the war on poverty, Republicans are whipping out "compassionate conservatism" again, in an attempt to rebrand themselves as something other than the harsh, anti-poor, anti-women, anti-minority, anti-gay, anti-everything wingnuts they have been showing us they are. It's a strategy Republicans default to when they've taken things to such an extreme that the country is revolted. And here we are with Republicans pretending to have proposals geared toward fighting poverty instead of just boosting the fortunes of those who already have huge fortunes.

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'Horror Stories' Show How Privatization Loots Taxpayers

This article originally appeared on Blog for Our Future, and is reprinted here with their permission.

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The New Financial Scam Driving Workers Deep Into Debt

If you can lure people into borrowing then you own them, sometimes literally—it’s a game as old as money itself.  

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6 Reasons There's No Such Thing As Compassionate Conservatism

The word is out that Republicans are attempting to rebrand themselves as compassionate conservatives (again). “Compassionate conservatism” is a term that typically comes up after Republicans have taken things to such an extreme that the country is revolted and tries to push them and their nasty ideology of greed and hate aside. George W. Bush famously resorted to using this term to campaign for president after Republicans disgraced themselves with anti-Clinton conspiracy theories, witch hunts and the unpopular impeachment.  Of course, Bush is best known for Iraq and Katrina. And now we have a budget “deal,” courtesy of Paul Ryan,  that drops unemployment benefits for 1.3 million long-term unemployed. Earlier in the week, Senator Rand Paul said helping the unemployed does them a “disservice” because it keeps them from getting jobs.

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5 Signs the Rich Have Way Too Much Money

Here's something to read after you get done trying to figure out how to make the mortgage or the rent or the car payment this month. It's a little story about how the other half lives. Well, maybe not the other half, exactly. More like the obscenely wealthy .01%.

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10 Things Republicans Hate and Would Likely Go After Next If Dems Give In

Remember how Republicans “won” the 2000 election? Remember how they tricked the country into going to war in Iraq? They used non-democratic means to get what they couldn’t get legitimately, and it worked, so they did it more. They got used to getting their way using bullying, so they did it more. Now it’s flat-out hostage-taking. And they’re doing it more.

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