In a busy show, tax expert and Trumpologist, David Cay Johnston joins us to discuss the President-elect’s fitness for office, the “Deal Professor” Steven Davidoff Solomon unveils corporate shenanigans in Silicon Valley, and ocean conservationist, David Helvarg, tells us how Marco Rubio and Rick Scott deny climate change while their state of Florida sinks.
David Cay Johnston is an investigative reporter who won a Pulitzer Prize while at The New York Times for his work reporting on the US tax code. He teaches Business, Tax and Property Law of the Ancient World at the Syracuse University College of Law. Professor Johnston is also the best-selling author of Perfectly Legal, The Covert Campaign to Rig Our Tax System to Benefit the Super Rich–and Cheat Everybody Else. Professor Johnston has been covering the now President-elect’s business dealings since the early nineties and comes back to offer us a perspective on how those business dealings may conflict with his new job as President of the United States. His new website is DC Report, “covering what the federal government does, not what politicians say.”
Steven Davidoff Solomon is a professor of law at the Berkeley Center for Law, Business and the Economy. His research focuses on financial regulation; hedge funds and private equity; mergers and acquisitions; deals and deal theory; and jurisdictional competition. He writes a weekly column for The New York Times as The Deal Professor, which primarily focuses on corporate issues. Professor Davidoff Solomon’s book “Gods at War: Shotgun Takeovers, Government by Deal and the Private Equity Implosion,”an exploration of modern-day deals and deal-making, was released in 2009.
David Helvarg is Executive Director of Blue Frontier, an ocean conservation and policy group. His latest book is The Golden Shore — California’s Love Affair with the Sea, which has just been released in paperback. And his recent op-ed in the Los Angeles Times, which we’re going to talk about today, opens with the line “When Floridians narrowly voted for Donald Trump on Nov. 8, they might as well have elected to drown themselves.”