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Election 2020 - 7 - Getting Better Employment Data

By Jim Pickerell | 996 Words | Posted 9/13/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Getting Better Employment Data - In the previous story I discussed my theory that the Unemployed and Under-employed are being Under-Counted. Currently, we have a very complex and costly system for estimating the number of unemployed. I suggest that every individual who files an income tax return be required to answer 12 Yes or No questions. In the case of those filing joint returns, each person listed on the return would be required to separately answer the 12 questions.

Election 2020 - 5 - Returning Manufacturing Jobs

By Jim Pickerell | 1097 Words | Posted 9/13/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Returning Manufacturing Jobs - The Trump administration's focus on bringing manufacturing jobs back from overseas is counter productive and an outdated approach to employment in the U.S. While heavy industry manufacturing in the U.S. was a very important part of the nations strength in the 40s, 50s and 60s the world has changed dramatically in the last few years. Manufacturing of products no longer plays as significant a role in our total economy as it once did.

Election 2020 - 6 - Undercounting Unemployed

By Jim Pickerell | 1492 Words | Posted 9/13/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Unemployed And Under-employed Are Under-Counted - In the previous story I discussed the need for manufacturing workers relative to those who do other types of work. One of the big problems is that our leaders in the U.S. have no clear idea of the workers who are Under-Employed – who have a job and are paying taxes, but don’t earn enough to support a family and whose general economic state is steadily declining.

Election 2020 - 4 - Climate Change

By Jim Pickerell | 1311 Words | Posted 9/13/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Climate Change - We must immediately re-join the Paris Climate Accord and work with all countries in the world to find as many ways as possible to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions. The U.S. needs to set an example and not measure our efforts by those made by other nations that may not be able to do as much. We should encourage and help others to be more responsible, but not demand parity.

States Can Use Your Copyrighted Photos For Free

By Jim Pickerell | 1020 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
Did you know that U.S. States can sometimes use your copyrighted photos for free? The case of Allen v Cooper heading to the Supreme Court in November will test this right. Rick Gell, interim Executive Director of the DMLA has interviewed the association’s  Senior Legal Counsel Nancy Wolff of CDAS to try to understand how the state of North Carolina could claim this right and why the case has gotten all the way to the Supreme Court.

House Judiciary Committee Passes CASE Act

By Jim Pickerell | 255 Words | Posted 9/11/2019 | Comments
On September 10th the House Judiciary Committee unanimously passed by voice vote the Manager's Amendment to H.R. 2426, the Copyright Alternative in Small-Claims Enforcement Act of 2019 (CASE Act). This legislation will provide U.S. creators with a viable means for defending their copyrighted works through the creation of a small claims tribunal within the U.S. Copyright Office.

Election 2020 – Overview

By Jim Pickerell | 1667 Words | Posted 9/10/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: During the last few months I’ve been giving a lot of thought to what I might want in the way of political leadership after the 2020 election. None of the presidential candidates seen to be focused on many of the issues I feel are important. I will vote, but increasingly it looks like my vote will not be for someone I positively favor, but rather for the candidate least likely to do serious, long term harm to our country and economy.

Election 2020 – 2 - Debt

By Jim Pickerell | 1287 Words | Posted 9/10/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Reducing The Debt - Candidates running for public office tell us is that we need “New Big Ideas.” And they’ve all got them. The “New Idea” this country needs is to “Pay For” what we want and need rather than expecting someone else to bail us out. The number 1 issue of the next election should be finding a way to reduce the debt and get the country on a sustainable economic path.

Election 2020 – 3 – Social Security

By Jim Pickerell | 1048 Words | Posted 9/10/2019 | Comments
FREE Story: Social Security - One of the latest White House proposals is to temporarily reduce the FICA payroll payments leaving more money in workers pockets and hopefully avoiding an economic slowdown. (This idea is on again, of again and who knows where it will be tomorrow or five minutes after that.) Such an action would reduce the amount paid into the Social Security Trust Fund which means it will be necessary to either significantly draw down even more than planned on the assets of the Trust Fund, or add to our $22.5 trillion debt, or both, in order to send those over 65 their monthly Social Security checks and pay for Medicare and Medicaid.

Making Money With RF

By Jim Pickerell | 333 Words | Posted 9/4/2019 | Comments (2)
In response to my story RM Licensing No Longer Makes Sense Peter George Unger commented, “I have 9,200 images with Getty and every single one is RM. I am making on average $15,000 per year from them. Can you honestly tell me I can make more money than that on pathetic RF prices? for which they pay $0.25 cents per download. Which library would pay more then 15K on RF prices?