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Articles - July - 2019 Issue

Elect Me President and . . . .

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Vote to have a future

It seems beyond shocking the deterioration in the American political landscape but as a consequence there seems to be room for another 72 year old in the race.  These are the policies I will pursue with serious purpose.

 

College and university graduates could work in approved government programs and see their college debts reduced by 1/7th each year.  The next generation of homeowners won’t control their destinies until this debt is addressed.

 

I would begin a substantial study of the relationship between memory and emotions.  The emotional component of human thought lies buried behind a wall of social preference that encourages SAT type intelligence over emotion.  That’s a shame.  Emotional intelligence is both different and, in many people, far stronger than traditional intelligence.

 

I will start an online .org website and database that will be called a Billion Strong.  It will enumerate the concerns about global warming and encourage citizens across the planet to join  this worldwide organization.  We will identify compliant and non-compliant countries, companies and organizations and encourage members to avoid using or purchasing products based on their position [and actual efforts] to reduce global warming.  Our motto:  vote with your wallet every day.

 

If I’m elected the 10% of highest earners will see a dramatic change in their marginal tax rates with each percent higher paying an increasing percentage.  The top ten wealthiest individuals will have postage stamps in their honor.  The bad news:  they’ll pay for the stamps.

 

Inherited property would be fully taxable beginning with the second generation.  It is tempting to create a barony for each child but one hopes they develop a life style consistent with their income, not their inheritance.

 

There will be national healthcare patterned on Medicare that works well and is, in dollar terms, 10% more efficient than Obama Care.

 

I will eliminate corporate involvement in elections.  Contributions will both be financially penalized, and enumerated on the cover pages of all corporate financial statements and news releases for 2 years.

 

Insider trading will be penalized at 10 times the benefit received and include consideration of all persons who have benefited including foreign nationals who will be barred from entering the United States.  The penalty be assessed on the total.

 

If contributions to social security are not capped the Social Security deficit will be erased quickly.  I’ll eliminate the cap.

 

Presidential collusion with foreign countries will allow for the death sentence.

 

It will be illegal for the difference between the base full time pay of the lowest paid worker in a company to be less than 150 times the highest pay, including deferred income, of any employee, be they on a board or functioning in the operations of a company.  Greed at the top will raise the lowest salaries quickly.

 

Foreign companies that sell stock on the US exchanges will be subject to the same laws and accounting regulations as domestic companies.

 

 

Are we on the same page?  Let’s get started.

 

Bruce McKinney

bmckinney@rarebookhub.com

 


Posted On: 2019-07-03 03:25
User Name: 19531953

I will vote for you, Bruce, when you add the following:

Mandatory 10 years prison (no parole) for the following "Crimes" applicable to all, but tack on 2 years for people in this Trade/Hobby exhibiting the following traits, as in theory, they are intelligent and should know better:

Snobbery
Hypocrisy
Abuse of Power
Cowardice
Dilettantism
Laziness
Elitism
Ignorance
Dishonesty

A Potential Voter,
Eric C. Caren
The Caren Archive


Posted On: 2019-07-15 02:41
User Name: cowboyjack

Bruce ~
Would running for President mean you would have no time for Rare Book Hub? We would miss you so forget it. Besides, i don't think you could take the abuse.
cowboyjack,
Tucson, AZ


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  • <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Francis Scott Key, <i>Star Spangled Banner,</i> first printing, c. 1814-16. $8,000 to $12,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> William Sydney Porter, a.k.a. “O. Henry,” archive of drawings made to illustrate a lost mining memoir, c. 1883-84. $30,000 to $40,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> [Bay Psalm Book], printed for Hezekiah Usher of Boston, Cambridge, c. 1648-65. $50,000 to $75,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Book of Mormon, first edition, Palmyra, 1830. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Noticia estraordinario,</i> probable first announcement in Mexico City of the fall of the Alamo, 1836. $40,000 to $60,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Patrick Gass, first edition of earliest first-hand account of the Lewis and Clarke expedition, Pittsburgh, 1807. $6,000 to $9,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Diploma from the Princeton Class of 1783, commencement attended by Washington & Continental Congress. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>Sprague Light Cavalry!</i> color-printed broadside, NY, 1863. $5,000 to $7,500.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> <i>The Lincoln & Johnson Union Campaign Songster,</i> Philadelphia, 1864. $3,000 to $4,000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Lucy Parsons, labor organizer, albumen cabinet card, New York, 1886. $800 to $1,200.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Daniel L.F. Swift, journal as third mate on a Pacific Whaling voyage, 1848-1850. $3,000 to $4,0000.
    <b>Swann Auction Galleries Mar 10:</b> Two photos of Thomas Moran, Grand Canyon, silver prints, 1901. $1,500 to $2,500.
  • <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Helvelius. Two Autograph Letters Signed to Francis Aston, Royal Society Secretary, noting his feud with Robert Hooke, 5 pp total, 1685. $70,000 to $100,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Newton, Isaac. Autograph manuscript on God, 4 pp, c.1710, "In the beginning was the Word...."?$100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Beethoven's Ninth Symphony. First edition, first issue. Untrimmed copy in contemporary boards. $30,000 to $50,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Lincoln, Abraham. Signed photograph, beardless portrait with Civil War provenance. $80,000 to $120,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> IMPEACHMENT. Original engrossed copy of the first Andrew Johnson impeachment resolution vote. $120,000 to $180,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Mucha, Alphonse. 11 original pencil drawings for?<i>Andelicek z Baroku,</i> "Litte Baroque Angel," Prague, 1929. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Einstein, Albert. Annotated Galley Proofs for <i>The Meaning of Relativity.</i> 1921. $25,000 to $35,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Silverstein, Shel. Original maquette for <i>The Giving Tree,</i> 34 original drawings. $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Roth, Philip. Typed Manuscript with substantial autograph corrections for an unpublished sequel to <i>The Breast.</i> $10,000 to $15,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> Taupin, Bernie. Autograph Manuscript, the original draft of lyrics for Elton John's "Candle in the Wind," 2 pp, 1973. $100,000 to $150,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> HARVEY, WILLIAM. <i>De Motu Cordis et Sanguinis in Animalibus Anatomica Exercitatio.</i> Padua: 1643. $12,000 to $18,000.
    <b>Bonhams, Mar. 6:</b> CESALPINO, ANDREA. <i>Peripateticarum Quaestionum Libri Quinque.</i> Venice: 1571. $30,000 to $40,000.
  • <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Leon TOLSTOÏ. <i>Anna Karenina.</i> Moscou, 1878. First and full edition of the Russian novel, in the author’s language.<br>Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Mark TWAIN. <i>Adventures of Huckleberry Finn (Tom Sawyer's comrade).</i> New York, 1885. First American edition.<br>Est. 5 000 / 6 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Walt WHITMAN. <i>Leaves of Grass.</i> Brooklyn, New York, 1856. Second edition gathering 32 poems. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Karen BLIXEN. <i>Out of Africa.</i> Londres, 1937. First edition in the UK, before Danish translation and American release.<br>Est. 1 500 / 2 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Ernest HEMINGWAY. <i>A Farewell to Arms.</i> New York, 1929. First edition with $2.50 on the dust and A on the copyright page.<br>Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Ulysses.</i> Paris, Shakespeare and Company, 1922. First edition published by Sylvia Beach. Est. 3 000 / 4 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> James JOYCE. <i>Dubliners.</i> Londres, 1914. First edition. Nice copy in publisher’s cardboard. Est. 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> Franz KAFKA. 8 novels in German first edition, published in München, Leipzig and Berlin 1916-1931. Est. from 300 / 400 to 2 000 / 3 000 €
    <b>ALDE, Feb. 26:</b> David Herbert LAWRENCE. <i>Lady Chatterley's Lover.</i> Florence, 1928. Privately printed first edition. Est. 4 000 / 5 000 €
    John STEINBECK. <i>The Grapes of Wrath.</i> New York, 1939. First edition. Nice copy with $2.75 on the cover. Est. 1 000 / 1 200 €

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