GAW! in the News

Huffington Post
With official U. S. unemployment at 10.2% and with Congressional debate on a climate bill sputtering, last week the Senate Finance Committee held a hearing on how climate legislation might help fix the economy and create jobs. At the same time, President Obama announced he would hold a White House forum next month to gather new ideas for...
The Huffington Post
I'm no economist, though I've worked with plenty of them.  As a public interest and public policy PR consultant, the economic indicators I notice most are perceptual and rhetorical:  things like the steady uptick in comparisons to the Great Depression, and the new CNN/Opinion research poll that says concern over unemployment has...
Newsday.com
William Drayton is board chairman of Get America Working!, a nonpartisan, nonprofit policy group that seeks to create jobs through structural changes in the U.S. economy. Many analysts view the news of spiking unemployment as evidence that the economy is in recession. They talk about a "perfect storm" of rising unemployment, anemic growth and...
Barrons
Proposals for energy taxes and carbon taxes have been around since the 1970s, but a carbon tax recently has become more admired in the American political dialogue. Some believe it would be a powerful tool to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Others see it as the most economical and efficient means of reducing those emissions. Former Vice...
San Francisco Chronicle
Testifying before the House Energy and Commerce Committee on global warming this week, former vice president and now climate-change evangelist Al Gore urged Congress "to reduce taxes on employment and production and make up the difference with pollution taxes," principally on carbon dioxide emissions. Like the predictions of climate change,...
Commentary
Al Gore gave a speech at New York University recently in which he proposed lowering the payroll tax and substituting a "carbon tax" to make up the lost revenue. Conservatives and progressives, tax-cut hawks and Inconvenient Truth tellers alike should pay attention. Viewed from the right or left, tax shifting is an idea whose time has come. The...
Washington Post
This article stresses the importance to eoconmic growth of a growing labor force.  It closes with a quote from the Anthony Carnevale, Director of Georgetown University's Center on Education and the Workforce, "In the end, what an economy is depends upon how many bodies you have." See also the comments section, including points by our...
Investor's Business Daily
President Obama was elected on a broad call for change. The new administration says it wants to give Americans a tax cut. The new President also says he wants to stop global warming and reduce our dependence on foreign oil. Here's a way to link all three objectives. The largest tax paid by more than 80% of Americans, the regressive and...
Innovations Magazine
When we think about fighting climate change, we naturally focus first on its direct causes. If it is caused by carbon build-up, our first thought is to cut or offset greenhouse gas emissions. Our thinking then glides logically on to finding ways of doing so, especially adopting new energy techonolges and launching carbon trading markets (...
New York Times
The payroll tax cut being debated in Congress is one of our last, best hopes to break the spell of unemployment that continues to hang over the economy. If both parties fail to reach an agreement, the economic and political consequences will be devastating. There is a way out, but it requires an understanding of why payroll taxes are...