Tuesday, November 27, 2012

#Obamacare and the Naive Public

I have to chuckle at all of the people whining about corporate America announcing layoffs in the wake of the 2012 election. When they pulled the lever to continue the failed policies of this administration did they really think that it was going to be “business as usual” in the good ole US of A?

Bigger government is an extra layer of expense. The environment for those trying make a buck in this country right now is not very friendly. If you don’t think so, then try going into business. What do you think a lot of entrepreneurs are going to do over the next four years? I’ll tell you what they are going to do. They are going to pack up and call it a day. Why take on extra expenses and added risk?

The employer / employee relationship to which we have grown accustomed is going to change drastically. Many workers will become independent contractors. What does that mean? It means that if you want a job then you’ll sign a contract to work for a short specified period of time with no guarantees that your work will continue after the term of the agreement expires. That also means that benefits will be altered or become non-existent. Try getting a home loan or credit with that employment uncertainty hanging over your head.

The voters who think it is the responsibility of corporate America to continue to hand out benefits really must live in a fairy tale world. When they pushed the lever did they really think that the “haves” were going to sit around and allow the “have-nots” dictate to them how their money was going to be spent?

This country is going to stay massively divided. Big business will stagnate. Tax dollars that are generated when either a product or service is sold will dry up as people become unemployed. This abysmal spiral that is being perpetuated by current government policies is going to drive the great business leaders of this country to take a backseat.

In my opinion, we should be prepared to hunker down. Times are going to get awfully difficult in the days ahead. A fiscally out-of-control government may very well drive this nation into a depression that we haven’t experienced in over eighty years.

When they speak about corporate America the delusional voters and whiners complain, “They can’t do that!” Big business will say, “Watch me!”
Need last minute holiday gifts? Try my latest release, PABBY'S SCORE, on 12/12/12. It has innocence, greed, corruption, and sex as well as a few laughs and several surprises.

Mark Your Calendar for the PABBY'S SCORE Amazon Blitz on 12/12/12 (paperback and Kindle format) Your participation is greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 19, 2012

Moving Skyward in #Book Rankings

One way an author can promote one of his book titles is to encourage many potential readers to buy the book on the same day.

The increase in daily sales shows a steep spike in online activity and this anomaly does not go unnoticed. If I suddenly have hundreds of people purchase a book through Amazon on the same day, that revenue will be recongized by the online giant. My book may find itself on the "Bestsellers" list for that week.  And, with the title now highlighted, additional sales are likely to be the result.

We have a promotion coming up in a few weeks that hopes to accomplish the very effect I just stated. The date is December 12, 2012, or in terms that make the day very easy to remember -- 12/12/12. We are trying to get as many people as possible to buy Pabby’s Score from Amazon on this very unique Wednesday.

In this novel, two special needs teenagers take part in a program at Prairie Winds Golf Course that introduces them to the maintenance of the course and helps them to develop both practical and interpersonal skills. What happens when they break away from their sheltered existence and enter mainstream society? The answer that unfolds is one that is not intended to keep the readers comfortable.

Please mark your calendars. Spread the word to fellow readers. E-mail this article to friends, acquaintances and book lovers. Direct everyone to 12/12/12 with instructions to buy a copy of Pabby’s Score from Amazon.

This is the fifth in the Prairie Winds Golf Course series and is published by Nightengale Press. I hope to see you participate on the second Wednesday in December this year. Thank you!

Monday, November 12, 2012

The GOP and the Vagina

The presidential election of 2012 has the pundits scratching their heads. The second guessing will go on for the next four years as all of the Republicans who guaranteed a solid victory for their candidate, Governor Mitt Romney, looked at numbers that proved otherwise. What went wrong?

With unemployment numbers still high and a chronic feeling of discontent in the country, the election was a major coup for the incumbent Democrat. President Obama’s staff correctly played the geography and demographics and an amazing GOTV strategy. They maximized their ability to garner a super majority of votes in the major metropolitan urban areas and just enough votes beyond that.

The analysts stated that a phenomenon of contradiction existed in this election. The exit polls indicated that the voters were deeply concerned about the direction of the country, but stayed the course. The exit polls also revealed that many of the voters thought that Mitt Romney would be better for the economy, but the voters stayed the course. So, was this election nothing more than a very expensive popularity contest?

Obama’s re-election was especially beneficial for many groups. Black voters, gays and lesbians, abortion activists, Muslims, unions, welfare recipients, feminists and illegal immigrants came out winners.

During a phone call with a good female friend just after the election, I was told, “The GOP needs to learn how to stay away from a woman’s vagina. We want to do what we want with our bodies in 2012. We’ll decide if we want to have an abortion or not.”

But what about morals? What about what is stated in the Bible?

“We’ll decide what is best for us. We don’t need some conservative politician telling us what to do and making decisions for us.”

Hmmmm. Thanks for being blunt. In a close election maybe the moral majority isn’t as strong as once believed. A few more female votes certainly could not have hurt the Republican cause in 2012. It might be time for that party to alter its stance to accommodate the modern woman.

PLEASE Mark Your Calendars

Internet dating. Teens with special needs. Court corruption. Insurance fraud. An unethical attorney. A secret society and more ---

James Ross has designated 12/12/12 as a specific date to buy his latest book - PABBY'S SCORE - from Amazon in an attempt to move up the Best Seller list. Please purchase it here!

Check out this YouTube trailer about the novel!

Available in paperback and eFormat.

All participation is greatly appreciated!

Monday, November 5, 2012

Mark #12_12_12 as a Date for #Book Lovers

Pabby's Score

Numbers play a significant role in our lives -- anniversaries, birth dates, holidays, and more are marked by certain dates on our calendar. Some of us have a lucky or favorite number and even make decisions based on these affiliations.  This year we have a date that only comes around once a century and I’d like to take advantage of this quirk in the calendar. 12/12/12 is rapidly approaching.

December 12 is the second Wednesday in December this year and falls almost exactly between two of our most cherished holidays – Thanksgiving and Christmas. And, to be blunt, right in the middle of our annual shopping rush.

This year I want to market 12/12/12 as a special date for one of my books and ask that everyone mark their calendars to get a copy of Pabby’s Score from Amazon on that date. The effect of having a push for this particular novel, the fifth in my series to take place on the Prairie Winds Golf Course, to be bought on a single day will get it noticed in the way that could have long-lasting effects.  To accomplish this, I need your help.

In Pabby's Score, two teenagers with special needs become unwittingly entangled in a web of bogus lawsuits, unethical lawyers, a corrupt court, thoroughbred horse racing, savage falcons and Native American customs. Aren't you curious to learn how these distinct details work together to create a storyline?  Turn the pages, connect the dots, and a well-protected secret is revealed.

Please help to push this book to the best seller lists. Mark your calendars and spread the word to friends, relatives, e-mail lists, reading groups, book clubs and anyone else who might have an interest in my story about two kids whose time on a golf course give them an education in areas they never imagined.

Get Pabby’s Score, published by Nightengale Press, from Amazon on 12/12/12.