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Dave has more than 20 years of technology industry experience. His earlier career included technical positions, including video game design at Atari and Imagic. He was a pioneer in design and development of productivity and educational applications of personal computers. More recently he helped co-found a company developing desktop systems to validate carbon trading in the US
(19 comments) Tuesday, July 18, 2017 Progressives Should Focus On The Russia Story
All the talk about Russia gives us the opportunity to tie Republican anti-government policies to the ways Russia hoped to benefit from their interference in our democracy. Russia helped put them there in an effort to hurt the country and Republican policies hurt the country.
(1 comments) Wednesday, March 29, 2017 Did You Vote For Unfair Pay and Unsafe Workplaces?
This Trump/Republican government does not care if companies that have "a satisfactory record of integrity and business ethics." In fact, repealing this rule signals to companies that it is OK to "save money" by stealing pay from employees, violating their civil rights and threatening their safety. This is the Republicans, not just Trump. This is who they are.
Monday, March 20, 2017 Immigration Crackdown Sparks Silicon Valley Protests
In Silicon Valley, these tech workers are all too often treated as little more than commodities to exploit and throw away. Now, with a little help from Tech Stands Up and Silicon Valley Rising, this may start to change.
(2 comments) Tuesday, March 14, 2017 Should We Pay the Rich to Build Infrastructure, Then Pay Them to Use It?
Trump's plan is to have We the People pay businesses, through tax breaks, to build infrastructure that they then own. Then they make us pay again through tolls and fees to use the infrastructure we just paid to build, if we want to use it. Nice work, if you're rich enough to get it.
(3 comments) Saturday, March 4, 2017 Trump's Spectacle Misdirects Us From Our Government's Destruction
The public is being misdirected by the spectacle thus far of Trump's presidency. While we recoil from his latest nasty tweet, count how many lies he put into a speech or wonder if the teleprompter will keep him from biting the head off a bat, Trump's loyalists are busy rushing to roll out his far-right agenda, destroying our government out from under us.
(8 comments) Thursday, March 2, 2017 Stop Trump's Privatization Agenda
"Privatization" means taking public wealth and assets that benefit us all, and turning them over to the private sector, where only a few reap the reward. When you "privatize" a road or a bridge, people have to pay a toll to use it, so the new "owners" of the road can make a profit.
(3 comments) Friday, February 17, 2017 This Isn't Just Trump. This Is Who the Republicans Are.
It's not just Trump, Republicans as a party are using Trump to engage in a general assault on protections from corruption, pollution, corporate fraud and financial scams. This is who they are. This is the end result of a decades-long effort by the corporate-and-billionaire-funded "conservative movement" to capture the Republican party, and through them to capture the country -- for profit.
(2 comments) Monday, January 9, 2017 Postal Service Drops Staples Privatization Effort
The Postal Service's experimental "pilot program" in privatizing the retail end of the USPS using Staples outlets has failed and ended. The "Grand Alliance to Save Our Postal Service" has forced the USPS to back off from partnering with Staples in their effort to privatize and undermine the wages and jobs of USPS employees.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017 Trump Nominates Non-Free-Trader Robert Lighthizer to Trade Office
Trumps appointments have been sending mixed signals and Trump has been giving the public very little information on what to expect from his administration (and refusing to hold press conferences). But at least so far his trade appointments give the appearance of lining up with his campaign promises.
Friday, December 16, 2016 "Corruption" Then And Now
Media "coverage" of the 2016 campaign was almost entirely devoid of discussion of the important issues. Climate change? Housing policy? Instead it consisted of media coverage of anything Donald Trump said -- including repeatedly giving free time to air entire Trump rallies -- insinuations about the activities of the Clinton Foundation and insinuations that Clinton did something illegal with her emails.
(1 comments) Friday, December 2, 2016 Tea Leaf Reading Forecasts A Coming Assault On Working People
This is not quite the crowd you would think would usher in a new age of good jobs with good wages and benefits for working people. The tea leaves -- and that's all we have from this already-secretive administration -- are telling us that things are going to be very, very bad for America's workers under a Donald "wages are too high" Trump administration.
Friday, December 2, 2016 The "Buy America" Trump Test
The "Buy America" fight goes to the core of Trump's campaign promises to working-class voters. He promised to boost American manufacturing and American jobs. The corporations and billionaires that back the Republicans (and make up Trump's cabinet so far) want just the opposite.
(1 comments) Tuesday, November 22, 2016 Trump's Infrastructure "Plan" Is Really Just A Privatization Scam
Trump's plan does not call for public investment in public infrastructure, nor does it call for hiring local construction companies using American suppliers and creating jobs for American union workers. Trump's plan is for the government to spend money giving tax breaks to giant, multinational corporations and calling it infrastructure investment.
(4 comments) Friday, November 18, 2016 Today's Broken Trump Promise: "I Won't Cut Medicare"
When they say it "saves money" to privatize, the reason it "saves money" is the vouchers will not be enough to purchase an insurance policy that covers all the things that Medicare covers. It saves the government money by shifting the costs from the government to individuals.
(1 comments) Wednesday, November 16, 2016 TPP Is Dead. What Did We Learn From This Great Progressive Victory?
We must insist that labor, environmental, consumer, LGBT, human rights, health and other "stakeholder" groups from each country have a seat at the table along with business interests. We must insist that it be demonstrated how any benefits outweigh costs.
(1 comments) Wednesday, November 9, 2016 The Damage From Free Trade Helped Elect Trump
Pick a former manufacturing area, and look at how that area voted in Tuesday's election. Key "swing" states like Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan and Wisconsin were hit hard by deindustrialization and little to nothing was done to help the people there. And they voted for Donald Trump because he promised to "fix" it.
Friday, November 4, 2016 Enormous, Humongous $36.4 September Trade Deficit Helps Trump
In normal times a trade deficit of $36.4 billion in a single month would be met with outrage, headlines, speeches, torches and pitchforks. It represents a transfer of fulfillment of our economy's "demand" out of the country at a time when we need jobs here. More goods are coming in than are going out. Our economy has to borrow to make up the difference.
(1 comments) Saturday, October 29, 2016 TPP "Partner" Jails Human Rights Blogger
TPP advocates try to manufacture consent by telling us that the deal will improve human rights, labor rights and environmental protections. They also tell us it will bring jobs. Because that's what people want to hear. But it is not what will happen.
(2 comments) Saturday, October 22, 2016 Watch Out For The Coming Corporate Tax-Break Trickery
Corporations used to shoulder 32 percent of the total tax burden. It has fallen to only 10 percent of the burden. That is a drop of two-thirds. See if you can guess who pays that two-thirds difference. (Hint: it isn't corporations or their wealthy owners. It is cuts to schools, infrastructure, health care and all the things that used to make our lives better. This is one part of the economic squeeze everyone feels.)