Limited Editions Club books

Limited Editions 1990–94

Limited Editions 1990–94 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I like to add autographed editions of books to my library when I can afford them. I recently discovered the Limited Editions Club. On their website, there are books  in limited print runs of 1500 to 2000 copies at prices generally ranging from $1500 to $5000. Much too rich for those of us not members of the 1%. Very true. However, used copies of some editions are available on eBay at prices ranging from $20 to $80. I recently purchased a copy of The Sea Wolf by Jack London, handsomely illustrated and bound in burlap.The books are slip cased and signed by the illustrators, rarely by the author too. Use this search term to find items offered for sale, “limited editions club signed books.” Happy shopping.

Job creators

Map of USA highlighting states with no income ...

Map of USA highlighting states with no income tax on wages (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

How many jobs could a job creator create
If a job creator could and would create jobs?

The GOP definition of a job creator is an employer, but employers do not create jobs, they just employ the real job creators. Real job creators are those who produce the goods and services that customers demand, and customers, willing and able to purchase, are the real job creators. Strip away all regulation and all income taxes, and employers will still not create any jobs if there is no demand for what they sell. Today in the US, our problem is not employers without incentive to create jobs, our problem is consumers without the ability to purchase and consume goods produced in the US by well-paid American workers.

 

Weakest link

English: Cayman Islands National Museum in Geo...

English: Cayman Islands National Museum in George Town, Grand Cayman (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. Regulations and taxes are only as effective as the weakest taxing and/or regulatory body. That is why the GOP are so supportive of competition at the state and international levels.

Why else are there so many individuals and companies making their homes in post office boxes in the Cayman Islands?

Why else do the GOP advocate allowing healthcare insurers to compete across state boundaries, making regulation by the states more difficult?  In my experience, the insurers compete only to take in premiums and then deny claims in whole or part.

Why else do the GOP support reciprocity between states in issuing concealed-carry gun permits, that would allow states with weak laws to overrule states with stricter controls?

Why else is there outsourcing and offshoring if not to escape environmental and safety laws here in the US and to pay lower wages?

Why else does the GOP exist except to further the aims of the 1% against welfare of the 99%?

Share the work

Employment Exhibition

Employment Exhibition (Photo credit: Modern_Language_Center)

I believe that we must stimulate the economy to end the Great Recession and put people back to work. Beyond that, I think that we should consider sharing the work that remains to create full employment. To do that, I would reduce the work week from 40 hours to 30 hours and continue to pay workers for 40 hours of work. Employers would be forced to hire additional workers to make up for the reduced output of 30 hour work weeks. The 30 work week could be accomplished by five 6 hour days or three 10 hour days or four 7.5 hour days depending on the staffing needs of various industries. It was about 100 years ago in the decades between 1901 and 1921 that the US reduced the average work week from six 10 hour days to six 8 hour days.

Inflation

 

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English: image edited to hide card’s owner name. author: Arturo Portilla (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

My wife and I both have high plan supplemental insurance for our Medicare part B insurance. After deductibles, it is supposed to pay for the 20% of our medical bills that Medicare part B does not cover. We have just been informed by our insurer that our monthly premiums will rise 16+% in September. And as the effects of the drought are reflected in food prices, the average food bill is expected to rise 5%. Personally, I believe that we will be extremely lucky if food prices only rise 5%. Corn is used in many foods beyond snack foods and meat and poultry. America brace yourself.