GAW! in the News

Washington Post
January 8, 2015
Editor's note:  In this article Charles Krauthammer, a conservative concerned about US reliance on imported oil, makes the case for a gas tax increase to be used to cut payroll taxes. He notes,  "It’s win-win. Employment taxes are a drag on job creation. Reducing them not only promotes growth but advances fairness, FICA being a...
CSR Wire
January 7, 2015
Editor's note:  In this article, economist and journalist Hazel Henderson points out the diverse political forces that "want taxes shifted away from incomes and payrolls to all kinds of pollution and other activities harming human health and community wellbeing." The incoming Republican Congress in the United States, elected by the smallest...
Washington Post
January 5, 2015
Editor's Note:  Former Treasury Secretary and Harvard Economist L. Summers argues the reduction in oil prices "makes it possible to impose a substantial carbon tax without burdening consumers" and suggests "a meaningful reduction in the payroll tax" as an option for using the revenues.       The case for carbon taxes...
Triple Pundit
September 24, 2014
As citizens and world leaders converge on New York City seeking a way to address climate change, across the U.S. tens of millions are also out of work. The political challenge of achieving a climate policy consensus is hard. There is no broad agreement that the U.S. even has a climate problem. But there is bedrock consensus that we have an...
LinkedIn Influencer
September 1, 2014
Editor's Note:  In this blog post Get America Working's Senior Economic Adviser makes the case for increasing working American's wages by giving them a rebate against their payroll taxes -- a measure that would also boost job creation.  Today marks 120 years of celebrating Labor Day as a national holiday, acknowledging the contributions...
Businessweek
July 24, 2014
Editor's Note - We would note that many Americans laid off in the Great Recession who were eligible for Social Security took that "retirement" as a lifeline, not a preference for not working. So, the number of of adults not working or looking for work is worse than even this article assumes. In 2007, 66 percent of American adults were either...
New York Times
March 18, 2014
Editor's Note: In this piece Mr. Friedman suggests a revenue neutral tax shift -- imposing a tax on carbon to reduce payroll or corporate taxes -- as part of a clean energy strategy. We would note that this shift with a payroll tax offset is also a job creation strategy. There are a lot of people who seem intent on restarting the Cold War — in...
LinkedIn Influencer
March 11, 2014
What would you do as a leader if the costs of your workforce went down 17 percent? And if, at the same time, the cost of all your other inputs (energy, materials, land, pollution) went up by roughly the same amount? Together these two shifts would change the relative price of people versus things, any economy’s most basic tradeoff, by roughly 35...
Washington Examiner
February 27, 2014
 When Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney infamously wrote off much of the electorate at a 2012 fundraising event, he argued that, “47 percent of Americans pay no income tax. So our message of low taxes doesn't connect.” Given that attitude, it isn't surprising that President Obama trounced Romney...
National Public Radio: Marketplace
February 12, 2014
Editor’s Note: NPR’s Marketplace is 25 years old. They are doing a series called 25 for 25. This is the first – looking at economic indicators points out the undercount of the BLS "unemployment" statistic.  The article below is much condensed from the full interview which you can listen to using the link above.    There's a...