TWC Chairman visits Iowa to discuss U.S. manufacturing

More than six hours before former Ronald Reagan staffer and Texas Workforce Commission Chairman Tom Pauken was to speak on the Newton Campus of Des Moines Area Community College, members of the Boone Rotary Club were given a preview as Pauken spoke to the group about the task of bringing manufacturing jobs back to the United States.

Pauken was in Iowa for the talk in Newton Wednesday evening, where he was on a panel discussion along with Newton Mayor Chaz Allen, Iowa State University economist Mark Edelman, Iowa Business Council member Elliot Smith and Jasper County Treasurer Doug Bishop. Speaking to Rotarians at their noon meeting that day, after a brief introduction by Eric Woolson, a long-time Iowa political strategist, Pauken began by mentioning that he hadn’t known Boone was the birthplace of Mamie Eisenhower and spoke a bit of his time working in the Reagan administration for the ACTION Agency, as well as a bit about meeting President Eisenhower when he was young. (Read the entire article here)

Tom discusses Ronald Reagan’s leadership traits on the Jim Bohannon Show

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Tom returns to The Fairness Doctrine program to discuss the 2012 election

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Walt Nett: Tax plan could give private job growth traction – if Congress can find some courage

By Walt Nett
April 24, 2011
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal

I wonder how many folks at the Workforce Solutions South Plains luncheon had the same “A-ha!” moment I had at lunch a couple of weeks ago as Tom Pauken talked about a rather radical revision of the nation’s corporate tax laws, which he points to as a major “job killer.”

Pauken, chairman of the Texas Workforce Commission, is an ardent supporter of what’s known as the Hartman Plan, a proposal put forth by Austin businessman David Hartman that calls for doing away with the nation’s corporate tax rate and the 6.2 percent payroll tax businesses pay on their employees, in favor of a business consumption tax of 8 percent adjusted at the border, so that the 8 percent would be collected from all imported goods and services, and U.S. companies would get an 8 percent tax credit or abatement on exported goods and services.

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Tom talks with Chad and Rex on Lubbock’s First News KFYO 790AM

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Tom Pauken: How to Bring Manufacturing Jobs Back to America

(Originally appeared in The Des Moines Register)

April 1, 2011

A front page story in Sunday’s Des Moines Register addresses the closing of the Electrolux plant in Webster City and the loss of 850 manufacturing jobs which will be moved to Juarez, Mexico. As the article points out, “the four counties in the Webster City area…have experienced a 32.1% drop in manufacturing jobs” since 2000. That mirrors what’s taken place across the U.S. which has lost one-third of its manufacturing jobs during the same period of time. That’s more than 5.6 million good American jobs that have been shipped overseas, outsourced, or simply gone away.

In the words of the late German economist Kurt Richebacher, “Essentially all (U.S.) jobs losses are high-wage manufacturing, and most gains are in low-wage services. In essence the U.S. economy is restructuring downward, while the Chinese economy is restructuring upward.” Continue reading

Tom’s keynote address before the Michigan Conservative Political Action Conference on March 26

Part 1
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