Towing Receipts by One Stop Printers
Posted February 26, 2021
Towing Receipts, Invoices, Work Orders, Road Side Service Receipts, Release of Liability, Check List, Vehicle Inspection Reports – by One Stop Printers – 800-406-0982 or www.1StopPrinters.com.
Driver’s Log & Vehicle Inspection Reports
Posted February 18, 2021
Thank you Shonda from United Motor Lines in Westland, Michigan, for another nice order of Truck Driver’s Log books with vehicle inspection reports. This was a custom order, however we have standard versions available such as, Trucking Drivers Daily Log #TDDL1050 for drivers who stay within 100/150 Air Mile Radius. Log books are an economical way to stay compliant with DOT regulations. They are available in duplicate and triplicate sets and can be booked for easy use and storage.
So, if your trucking company delivers locally in Fayetteville, Arkansas; warehouses in Nevada, Missouri; or is a municipal solid waste hauler in Peoria, Illinois, One Stop Printers can help you with Truck Driver’s Log, and Vehicle Inspection Reports. Log on today at: www.1StopPrinters.com or call: 800-406-0982 to find out how we can help your trucking company.
California Teachers Are the Real Cry Babies
Posted February 15, 2021
California public school children have lost one year of in person instruction and if the union and teachers have their way, it might be two. The complaint is that it’s not safe for in person teaching, yet, private schools have already returned to class. Even our Governor Newsom’s children are back in class. Do teachers really have their students’ best interest at heart?
California school teachers have continued to receive their full pay and benefits during the economic shut down ordered by Newsom, while school children suffer. Remote learning is a complete failure, the dropout rate is skyrocketing. Those hit hardest are low income and minority students. Parents have had to choose between staying home and be the teacher, or go to work (if they were not laid off) to support their families.
The California Teachers Union is using fear (it’s too dangerous) as leverage for not opening schools; demanding more money, elimination of charter schools, and higher taxes. It is silly for them to demand children wear mask all day and social distance, these are children for crying out loud. Not to mention they are in the lowest risk category. Newsom created this mess and needs to stand up to the union if he has any hope of not being recalled, and get children back into the classroom.
Teachers are saying, yes children are not at as much risk, but the teachers are. Why is it that grocery clerks, nurses and doctors are not dropping like flies from COVID-19, yet teachers can’t safely teach all day? Governor Newsom needs to order teachers back into the classroom. If some decide they do not want to take the risk, no problem, terminate their employment. How the teacher’s union has been behaving, highlights why California needs to move to vouchers, so parents have a choice in educating their children.
Orden de trabajo de fontanería en español 2086
Posted: July 27, 2020
La orden de trabajo de plomería One Stop Printers está diseñada para contratistas de plomería que se especializan en remodelaciones de baños y cocinas, reparación y reemplazo de sistemas sépticos y de plomería para clientes hispanos. Protéjase a usted y a su cliente proporcionándoles una orden de trabajo en español. Puede elegir: Términos y condiciones, o Aviso al propietario para la parte posterior. Personalice la información frontal y posterior para reflejar mejor las necesidades de su empresa de forma gratuita. No importa si está remodelando baños en New York, New York, cocinas en Shelbyville, Tennessee, o reemplazando sistemas sépticos en Marshalltown, Iowa, One Stop Printers tiene una orden de trabajo para satisfacer sus necesidades. Llame hoy: 800-406-0982.
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One Stop Printers plumbing work order is tailored for plumbing contractors who specialize in bathroom, and kitchen remodels, plumbing and septic system repair and replacement for Hispanic clients. Protect both you and your customer by providing them with a work order in Spanish. You can choose either: Terms and Conditions, or Notice to Owner for the back. This is our Plumbing, Drain Cleaning & Septic System Invoice #P1067 translated into Spanish. Customize the front and the back information to better reflect the needs of your company for Free. It doesn’t matters if you are remodeling bathrooms in New York, New York, kitchens in Shelbyville, Tennessee, or replacing septic systems in Marshalltown, Iowa, One Stop Printers has a work order to fit your needs. Call today: 800-406-0982.
Standard and custom towing ticket books
Heroes, Icons and Idols
Posted February 12, 2021
Now days everyone is a hero, from firefighter, and police, to teachers, and nurses; for me doing the job you trained for everyday, hardly qualifies a person to be given that title. It has always been someone who finds themselves in extraordinary circumstances and has prevailed, whether through courage, or shear determination.
When I was a teenager in the early 70’s, American Western’s were popular. Alias Smith and Jones was one of them, and never missed an episode. The show’s stars were Pete Duel as Hannibal Heyes and Ben Murphy as Jedediah “Kid” Curry, outlaws who wanted to go straight. They had an agreement with the governor if they stayed out of trouble for a year, they would be pardoned. Each episode had some sort of trouble they seemed to get into and how they extricated themselves.
As a fourteen year old, I idolized Pete; to me he had it all, a great career, talented, handsome, money, and women who adored him. Not only did I like the show, it was the first time I had ever followed the excerpts of a star’s life off screen. All that ended on December 31, 1971 when he committed suicide. I remember reading the newspaper article that said Pete Duel had been critically wounded by a self inflected gun shot to the head. I remember thinking, “Critically wounded, does that mean he is still alive? No, the article makes it sound like he is dead, which he was.”
This bothered me more than I thought. I couldn’t understand why someone who had the world by the tail would take their own life. I took down all the clippings off my bedroom wall, and put them away. My mom saw this and tried to console me. She explained that we don’t really know other people, especially celebrities, or their personal demons they are trying to quiet.
It took quite a few years for me to understand what she was saying. It is easy to idolize someone and put them on a pedestal for their accomplishments; devastating when they don’t live up to your expectations. I came to the conclusion; Pete was an ordinary person, doing a job. It may have been a glamorous one, but a job non-the-less. Even when you see a true hero, the one instance that brought them fame, doesn’t necessarily define who they truly are. No matter how much you admire someone, hero or not, they are just people with human failings.
Recoup all cost related to dropped trailers at terminals
Posted June 4, 2020
Trucking companies, who drop trailers to terminals for loading and unloading need to make sure trailers are not kept out of service too long, returned clean and damage free. If they are, they need to be paid damages, and time out of service. This is where One Stop Printers can help with our comprehensive Dropped Trailer Proof of Delivery #2060 receipt. It has everything needed to record the load and trailer condition. This POD is available in 2 part and 3 part carbonless for trucking companies from Bismarck, North Dakota, to San Antonio, Texas, and as always, you can make changes to fit your needs for FREE. Call One Stop Printers at: 800-406-0982 for assistance.One Stop Printers is your source for towing invoices, and Drivers Vehicle Inspection Reports.
Politicians are Failing Californian’s
Posted February 3, 2021
Politicians have been playing fast and loose this past year, they seem to know, no bounds. From the Federal governments, printing money indebting our children, to Governors’, shuttering businesses destroying people’s lives. Now, petty tyrants in the form of city councils are passing local laws, increasing pay for those whom they deem “Heroes”.
The city of Long Beach has mandated an additional $4.00 per hour, hazard pay for grocery workers. It applies to any national grocery company which employees 300 or more nationally, and 15 or more in a local store. This may be well intentioned but has resulted in Kroger announcing it is closing one Ralphs and one Food 4 Less stores in Long Beach.
There seems to be some backlash from Mayor Robert Garcia saying, he was vary disappointed in Kroger’s decision, with employees and customers expressing their displeasure, too. Long Beach singled out supermarkets, not large retail outlets, or smaller stores that directly compete with them. The Long Beach City Council wants to look like it’s for the worker and little guy, Never mind that even if these marginal stores didn’t close, food prices will go up about $400 per year to offset the higher wages. Just like there is no scientific basis for shutting down outdoor and indoor dining at restaurants, the city has not provided any for the additional pay it is mandating.
We are all entitled to equal protection under the law (even large companies) as guaranteed by the 14th amendment, and protection from government interfering with contracts by both the state and federal constitutions. Just because something seems like the right thing to do, doesn’t mean it is okay to take someone else’s property or deprive them the use of it. Elected officials in all levels of government have forgotten they work for us, and will face us in upcoming elections. They may have forgotten, but we won’t.
Towing Reports and Invoices
Posted February 3, 2021
One Stop Printers has printed towing invoices, business cards and postcards for Domingo of Phelan Towing located in Pinon Hills, California, for quite awhile. Thank you, Domingo for your business.
Every towing company is unique in its own way, some may only require one of our standard towing work orders, as is, off the shelf, another may require small changes to better fit its requirements, the latter being the case for Phelan Towing which was edited from our Towing Receipt #TFP20094. As always, all changes are FREE, and guess what, if you need a totally custom towing report, artwork is FREE, too. All you pay for is the printing.
It doesn’t matter if your towing company is located in the High Desert like Phelan Towing, the Inland Empire or the Sacramento area, you will get the same great service from One Stop Printers. Call today: 800-406-0982.
Open California Now!
Posted February 1, 2021
“… that a mere, demarcation on parchment of the constitutional limits of the several departments, is not sufficient guard against those encroachments which lead to a tyrannical concentration of all the powers of government in the same hands.” James Madison, The Federalist No. 49.
Madison knew what he was talking about; we are experiencing just such tyranny under our president and governors’ abusive use of executive orders. It seems that whichever party is in power, it gives the executive just a little more power, never thinking that some day it will be the minority party, and executive orders will be used against them. Governors like Newsom, Whitmer, and Cuomo have shut down their states economies, forcing businesses to close without concern as to how business owners are to survive forcing many into bankruptcy, or employees to feed their families.
Newsom, thinking he knows best and has bungled his response every step of the way. It has resulted in undue suffering, riots and destruction of property. He had no problem shutting down businesses, but can’t seem to tell teachers to get back to work and open in-person teaching; ignoring every child in the state of California is entitled to a free public education. He keeps changing the matrix, moving the goal post for reopening; and under his leadership, we are the last in COVI-19 vaccinations nationwide. When question, what data he is using to base his decisions, we are told, we would only be confused, as if we are children and not smart enough to make our own decisions.It has much easier for our legislature to abdicate its responsibilities to an all too willing governor, than to take them back, which requires a veto proof bill. Our elected state senators and assemblymen must assert their constitutional rights/duties and force Newsom to act within its framework. End the lockdown now and let us get back to work.
Trucking Container Delivery Receipts and Proof of Delivery Receipts Printed By One Stop Printers
Posted January 28, 2021
Our Trucking Container Delivery Receipt #TDR1059 is turning out to be very popular with our trucking customers. Clients like Kelvin from Cooper Transport Inc in Chino, California, Manpreet from ITRACK, Inc in Fremont, California, and Ronnie from Frances Delivery Systems, LLC in Hilliard Ohio have chosen it for its simplicity and ease-of-use. One Stop Printers thanks you for your business.
As you can see One Stop Printers helps trucking companies across America and would like to help you, too, with your bill of ladings, proof of delivery receipts and manifest. Give is a call at: 800-406-0982 to find out how we can help you, or log on to www.1stopprinters.com to view our large selection of trucking receipts. Remember if you see one you like but need to make changes, no worries, all changes are FREE, all you pay for is the printing.
Delivery Receipts for the Trucking Industry
Posted May 4, 2020
It is becoming more common for customers to send me a picture of the invoice, manifest or delivery receipt they have been using when they need more of them. This is what Michael from Pear Logistics LLC in San Bernardino California did, and as you can see we have no problems duplicating it. The back side proved to be a bit more challenging. Because it was printed gray and 5 point type, Michael could not get a clear enough picture for me to reset. Not to worry, instead we combined the disclaimers from One Stop Printers, Trucking Proof of Delivery receipt # 2055 and California Dropped Trailers Proof of Delivery POD #2060 to get Terms and Conditions more relevant to his current operation. Thank you Michael for choosing One Stop Printers.
One Stop Printers is expert at creating delivery receipts, manifest, proof of delivery, and bill of ladings, for the trucking industry. If doesn’t matter if you are located in San Bernardino, California or Ogden, Utah we are here to serve you. So give us a call at 800-406-0982 or text us a picture of your existing receipt to: www.1StopPrinters.com to find out how we can assist you.
Truck Driver’s Daily Manifest, Driver’s Daily Pay Sheet
Posted January 20, 2021
Are you operating a logistic company which has drivers delivering in surrounding states? One Stop Printers has a comprehensive daily manifest for your drivers. Our Truck Driver's Pay Sheet, Daily Manifest #2083 has plenty of room to write and staying in the lines. It is available in duplicate and triplicate carbonless sets; the size is 8.5” x 7”. We will add your company information, logo and change the states (highlighted in red) to reflect your delivery area for Free with your printing order.
Whether you are running freight along the I-80 Corridor from Truckee, California to Cheyenne, Wyoming or the I-15 Corridor from Ogden, Utah, to Barstow, California, One Stop Printers can help you with your driver’s manifest, bill of ladings, or proof of delivery receipts. Contact us today at: 800-406-0982 we would be pleased to assist you.
Septic System Pumping Receipts
Posted April 10, 2020
Attention septic pumping companies, is your logo in color and have you been disappointed you can’t have it on your invoices? Well One Stop Printers has the solution, for a limited time select our Tank Pumping Small Receipt #2061 and we will print it in color. Not only that, on all future reprinting you will get the same deal. Maybe you just want to project a more professional image and use our tank truck instead, no problem. Don’t forget we also offer these in book form with wraparound covers for easy use.
We have helped plumbing companies from Los Angeles, California to Miami, Florida with their work orders, invoices and job tickets. Don’t forget we will customize this or any form to meet your requirements for FREE. So, give us a call to find out how we will assist you: 800-406-0982.
Palm Springs Car Wash Keeping Palm Springs Clean, One Car at a Time
Posted January 4, 2021
I would like to give a great big shout-out and thank you to George of Palm Springs Car Wash for all the printing you have had us do for you throughout the years, including its 2 part NCR (white and yellow sets) detail invoice. Palm Springs Car Wash is a bit of an icon in the desert and is located at 300 N Indian Canyon Avenue, Palm Springs, California. It is one of the few remaining full service hand car washes in Southern California, so if you are in the area and your ride is looking a bit dirty, stop in for a car wash, you will be glad you did. If it needs a bit more, call 760-325-4927 to make an appointment to have you car detailed.
Send Regulators Down the Road
Posted April 3, 2020
One Stop Printers has provided weighmaster certificates to the cannabis industry for several years; it’s ever changing to meet customer demands, along with our greedy state’s confusing regulations. My super power is reading dry government manuals and massaging it into a usable product for my customers. My goal is to get you what you need so regulators leave you alone and move on to the next guy.
Jim from Greenleaf Processors, Inc in Colusa California just had us reprint his California Cannabis Weighmaster Certificate #2054. Some of his products are counted, not weighed, so counting is required to be on his certificates. We made this change and sent Jim the proof, which he forwarded to his regulator in the Department of Weights and Measures for his final blessing.
I always recommend that if you are in a heavily regulated industry, always seek to get approval from the supervising agency. Regulatory agencies really don’t like to do this, but usually will. It slows down the printing process but can save you headaches in the future.
Having an over zealous regulator try and cite you for your receipts not being exactly the way he wants it can be distressing, but if you can show the state gave approval, maybe you will only get a notice to make changes (because he has to show you who is in charge), instead of a violation and paying a fine. I can’t say it always works, but it sure puts them on notice you are doing everything in your power comply with the butthead’s requirements.
Interestingly, I have only printed weighmaster certificates for California customers; however, the regulatory buttheads are located in every state. So even if your company is located in Washington, Colorado, Oregon or any other state we can produce a customized weight certificate, artwork is always FREE with printing, so give us a call at: 800-406-0982.
Dental Lab Slips Available in Pads, 2 ply, or 3 ply
Posted December 17, 2020
Morgan from 1st Choice Dental Care in Woodstock, Georgia needed dental lab slips for their dental practice and couldn’t find exactly what she needed. However, she did find One Stop Printers and sent us rough layouts of the three she needed; we promptly sent back proofs for her approval. In addition, she needed them in pads and color coded making it easier for her staff to identify. Thank you, Morgan for your business.
There is no possible way to have every possibility for a form on our website, because just when we think we have thought of everything a customer asks for something different. So, when they do, for One Stop Printers its no problem, we enjoy assisting customers with their business forms.
One Stop Printers serves dental labs across America. It doesn’t matter if you need our standard Dental Lab Script #2067 or a custom one; if you are located in a big city like New Orleans, Louisiana, or a small town like, Conway, Arkansas, give us a call at: 800-406-0982 to find out how we can assist you with your lab slips.
Helping Texas Trucking Companies Succeed
Posted March 26, 2020
Robert from STRTR Logistics, LLC, in Irvine Texas recently ordered One Stop Printers', Trucking Proof of Delivery Receipt #2055, we would like to thank him for the order and as always are appreciative for every order we receive. While it was in production he inquired about how much it would cost to do artwork for a driver’s daily pay sheet. I told him the artwork is always FREE, send me a rough idea of what you want and I will send you back a proof. Above is the final product, and Robert had them in one week.
One Stop Printers serves shipping and trucking firms throughout Texas
from cities like Austin, to Corpus Christi, so if you are tired of
getting the runaround when you need to make changes to your receipts
from your current printing company, give us a call at: 800-406-0982 to
find out how we can assist you.
Bill of Ladings by One Stop Printers
Posted December 1, 2020
Sometimes a customer likes One Stop Printers’, delivery receipts, manifest, and proof of delivery forms in our online catalog, but want something different and have the skill to design and set up the receipt themselves. Such was the case with George, from MNG Transportation, Inc, located in Nashua, New Hampshire; he designed his own Straight Bill of Lading base on his years of experience in the trucking industry and had us print it.
It doesn’t matter if you have the graphic design abilities like George and provide us with a print ready document, provide a rough draft and we typeset it, or make changes to one of our trucking receipts like: Trucking Container Bill of Lading #2090, the cost is always the same, FREE. We only charge for printing and $20.00 shipping.
One Stop Printers enjoys working with independent truckers and will ship to you whether you are based out of Augusta, Maine, Rochester, New York, or Allentown, Pennsylvania. So give One Stop Printers a call at: 800-406-0982, we will be please to assist you.
One Stop Printers is Your Solution for Dental Lab Script Receipts
Posted: March 25, 2020
One Stop Printers just added a new Dental Lab Script #2067 to our library of business forms. This comprehensive dental lab slip has everything the dentist needs to communicate to your lab what is needed to denture repair or place a new order. This script is available in duplicate and triplicate carbonless sets, which you can order on our website, if you need it in pads of 50’s please call our office: 800-406-0982. Don’t forget to send us your logo, and we make all changes to this form for FREE.It doesn’t matter if you own a dental lab in New York or Merrimack, New Hampshire and want to use one of our standard scripts or you have been using the same lab slip for years and don’t want to change, send it to us and we will redo the artwork for FREE with you printing order. We keep all artwork on file for our customers and include a handy reorder form for when you run out.
Introducing Septic System Service Work Order #2091
Posted October 27, 2020
Introducing One Stop Printers newest septic system service invoice, it is available in 2 part NCR (white, and yellow sets), and 3 part NCR (white, yellow and pink sets). It includes sequential numbering to assist with your bookkeeping. Finish size is 11” x 8.5” with a tear-out size of 10.5” x 8.5”, making it ideal to book in sets of 50 with wraparound covers, for easy use out in the field.
This septic receipt has a cross-section of a two-compartment septic tank illustration making it easier to explain to your customer how the system works and the issues encountered. One Stop Printers understands that a septic service company located in Orlando, Florida may have different requirements then ones located in Mason City, Iowa or Topeka, Kansas, which is why all changes to our plumbing invoices and work orders are FREE. Call today: 800-406-0982 to find out One Stop Printers can assist you.
California Cannabis Weighmaster Certificates and Manifest by One Stop Printers
Thank you Matthew from HEB Management LLC, in Whitethorn, California for having One Stop Printers print our Cannabis Weighmaster Certificate #2054 and Cannabis Sales Invoice Shipping Manifest #2074 for your company.
As long as our state continues to regulate and tax the cannabis industry, forms like this are necessary. What I have seen happen is growers are constantly under scrutiny by regulators and if their paperwork is not in good order they get fined (revenue enhancement). This is where we can help. The aforementioned receipts are based on the templates from the California State regulators’ samples which makes it harder for them to say something is missing or incorrect. We make it easy to make changes that fit your operation and recommend that they submit a proof to the regulators before we print. This will save a lot of headaches in the future. All alterations are made quickly and FREE.
It doesn’t matter if your grow operation is in Willow Creek, or Mariposa, California, One Stop Printers is here to assist you with your duplicate and triplicate receipts. Give us a call at: 800-406-0982 to find out how we can help.
Posted July 31, 2020
No on the Town of Apple Valley’s 1% sales tax increase!
The Town of Apple Valley has voted to put before the voters a 1% sales tax increase to paper over it recklessly shutting down businesses and destroying its tax revenue base. According to Doug Robertson its town manager FY 2019-20 will have a revenue shortfall of $1.27 million and FY 2020 -21 will be about $3.5 million, this amount is due to its response to COVID-19.
The town arrogantly shut down local business and drove sales online, moving the point of tax collection out of the area, all in the holy name of COVID-19. Could nobody in our local government figure this out? After all we pay some pretty high wages to these smart guys; Mr. Robertson earns a cool $296,000 per year!
There have been four deaths in four months in our town attributed to Covid-19, which amounts to $317,500 in lost revenue per month to the town. This doesn’t count the economic damage it has wroth down on it businesses and citizens.
As far as the town spending $16.3 million for the Sheriff’s Department services in FY 2020-21, the county gave the sheriff’s union a 3% annual wage increase for the next five years for its employees. Since the Town of Apple Valley is on the hook for these increases, why doesn’t it along with other cities that contract to the county, have a seat at the table when these negotiations are being held? These contracts are not sustainable, and the town council is missing in action.
Sheriffs are already grossly overpaid; don’t tell me it because their jobs are so dangerous. If that were true, city tree trimmers and street maintenance workers would be earning what safety personal receive; and safety personnel would be earning what tree trimmers and street maintenance workers earn. Heck safety personnel don’t even make into the top 20 most dangerous jobs.
We are not the town council, and its employees subjects, they work for us! They need to remember this, if the town wants to fix it budget, it needs to stand down in its abuse of businesses, and citizens, get out of the way, and become business friendly! With that said throw the bums out and clear out town hall of deadwood! Oh, and NO on sales tax increase!
Flooring Store, Tile and Carpet Contract for California #2031
Posted August 4, 2020
Miguel, owner of Cabrera Floor Covering in San Diego called me to say he liked our Carpet Company Contract #2031, but needed to add a Notice of Right to Cancel to the back of the yellow copy of a two part NCR, and could he add his logo. My answer to both questions was, “No problem.” The logo he sent was in color, so we added color to the contract making it more attractive, which also communicates a professional look to his clients. Thank you Miguel for your business!
This flooring contract disclaimer pertains to California, but can be modified to fit any state’s requirements. We will make these changes and any other to better fit your company’s needs, and we do it for FREE. So, whether your flooring company is in Bakersfield, California, Denver, Colorado, or Atlanta, Georgia, One Stop Printers has the solution. Call us today at: 800-406-0989.
Posted June 5, 2020
Voting the lesser evil
By Brian Ryman,
Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance
I have been admonished that if I don't like what is going on in the country, I should vote for Biden.
What, if anything does Biden bring to the table that is palatable for a libertarian? He is a proud architect of the 1994 Crime Bill and has been the author of or advocate for some of the worst authoritarian legislation to come across the Washington beltway in the last 40 years. His paternalistic racism (while overblown by Republicans seeking to deflect from their own) is apparent in just about every statement he has made about the current unrest. Like Trump, he sees no relation of his actions to the disenfranchisement felt by so many in our culture.
Yes, Trump is disgusting and dangerous and should never have been president much less be reelected. As things progress, it becomes less likely that he will be. But Biden is not an acceptable alternative.
If Trump is somehow reelected, he will come into office under a cloud of his own making. Many legislators who have supported him to assuage the ire of their MAGA constituents will feel less of a need to do so this time and his power will be effectively reined in. Biden, on the other hand, would be seen as a savior after the years of desolation under Trump and will have license to propel his alternate authoritarian agenda.
Some people would say, "At least he is the lesser evil" but I contend that he is simply a repackaged evil. The lesser evil argument is the soft sell approach to implementing evil.
I myself will back the Libertarian ticket. Perhaps Jo Jorgensen doesn't have a chance at winning, but I have a chance to vote my conscience and for a person in whom I believe. The establishment parties have never given me that opportunity.
Posted June 4, 2020
Voting for a third party candidate is not a wasted vote.
I hear all the time, I like the libertarian candidate for president, but if I vote for Jo Jorgensen I will be wasting my vote, the evil blue or accursed red team will get elected and we all will be doomed. This election is to important, libertarian candidates don’t stand a chance to get elected, maybe the next election, or the one after that I could consider it. Or my favorite, I am an independent and it looks like I will vote for the lesser of two evils. Then there is, I align with libertarians but there are some policies I can’t get behind, as if the democrats and republicans don’t have them.
For me, I don’t accept voting my conscience is a waste. The libertarian party is the only third party that has ballot access in all 50 states, well, not so much since the pandemic shut it out of about a dozen states. The democratic and republican parties have work very hard to make it as difficult as possible for third party ballot access. Independent candidates have some success at the city level, but Independent’s have no way of putting a candidate on the state and federal ballots. So when people say they are independent and vote for the best candidate it is always one of the two flavors above.
Candidates don’t own voters or their vote, it has to be earned, and as far as I can tell we will only get more of the same by voting for more of the same. Jo Jorgensen is the only candidate who vows to bring our troops home, end the war on drugs which hurts minorities the most and end qualified immunity. So, I choose to vote my conscience, and for change, I support Jo Jorgensen for President 2020.
Truckers from San Francisco to Cleveland Ohio choose One Stop Printers, Carrier Bill of Lading #2065 and California Dropped Trailer Proof of Delivery POD #2060 to keep their companies running smoothly. Call Today: 800-406-0982
Posted May 14, 2020
Time for a Little Gardening
I was only going to do a small garden this year with just some salad items, tomatoes, and some flowers, thought it might be a better idea to use all three beds. Tomatoes for canning and drying, spaghetti squash to use in place of pasta. Zucchini, and yellow summer squash along with green beans for freezing. Let’s not forget cucumbers for pickles, salsa, and relish. The middle bed has garlic, green peppers, onions, beets, lettuce and spinach. This small area will produce more veggies than I will know what to with.
Posted: May 13, 2020
All Jobs are Essential
Governor Newsom along with other governors around the country seems to think there are two classes of businesses, and jobs, namely essential and non-essential. Nothing could be further from the truth. I bristle every time I hear a TV commercial espousing the virtues of all our front-line and essential workers, as if everyone else is second class and expendable.
The division of labor along, with ownership of the means of production are the two main components of a free market, I don’t think our elected governor even know what that means. I truly believe Newsom thinks you can just throw a switch to turn off the economy, and then just flip it back on with no repercussions. He has no clue that all jobs and businesses are interrelated and $54 billion deficit is a result of his arrogance. Businesses depend on a stable government and fulfilling customer wants to succeed, of which neither is present at this time.
Businesses don’t dictate to it employees or customers. It’s the other way around, the consumer reins supreme and vote with their dollars which entrepreneur and business succeeds or fails. The definition of consumer is everyone, from the housewife, to employees and customers. Any business or product which consumers deem non-essential is eliminated, and those which satisfies the consumers wants, succeeds. One need only think of how consumers snapped up smart phone and killed off Fotomat Corporation to understand this concept.
Socialism in action is what Newsom is giving us, dictating what we can or cannot do, or buy. He as mandated companies shut down, leaving many small business owners with no options but to starve, and if they reopen endure the full wraith of Newsom and the state. If you have a Hair Solon or Bar and require a license he will send in his thugs, close you down, and revoke your license to operate. It that is not a despotic tyrant, I don’t know what is. I would like to think that the damage Newsom has done to the state budget and economy will wake people up, in particular public employee unions and demand his resignation, but I don’t think so.
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Posted: May 6, 2020
Despotic tyrants are in every level of government
I never thought I would ever see the day when a Judge in the United States, would sentence a person to jail for working. This is exactly what happened on May 5, 2020 when Judge Eric V Moye of the Texas 14th Civil District Court of Dallas sentence Shelly Luther to seven days in jail for opening her business, Salon A La Mode, and Hot Mess Enterprises in defiance of Governor Abbott order to close non-essential businesses.
Luther was not sent to jail because she violated the governor’s unlawful order, but because she refused to comply with the courts cease and desist order and close her Salon. Judge Moye said if she apologized to the court and elected officials, Luther could avoid jail but still have to pay the fines. Luther refused, saying she had no choice, it is either close the shop and starve, or open against the stay-at-home order and feed her family. In my mind Shelly Luther is a hero!
The officer who arrested her, Judge Moye, and Governor Abbott who swore an oath to protect our constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic along with every government regulator should be ashamed of themselves! Now, Governor Abbott is saying the judge overstepped his authority, yet it is Abbott who put it in motion with his illegal stay-at-home order. Correct me if I am wrong, but Abbott has the authority to order Luther’s release; why hasn’t he done so?
All these government officials and employees have not missed one paycheck, yet have the arrogance to demand business owners shut down and starve! Remember, the Auschwitz Concentration camp guards and workers under Commandant Rudolf Höss were just doing their jobs. Budget revenue at every level of government is in a freefall, I won’t shed one tear when these tyrants start loosing their jobs. We are getting a first hand look at what socialism looks like and it isn’t pretty. I hope Shelly Luther sues everyone involved and gets a million dollar payday!
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End the Shut Down Now!
Your right to irrational fear does not negate my right to engage in commercial activity, nor any other. It never has, but somehow COVID-19 hysteria has unleashed a tirade of despotic actions by every level of government. Libertarians believe it is the individual’s responsibility to ensure their safety first, not the governments.
None of us think that a person should be reckless and put others in danger and we recognize this virus spreads quickly and is dangerous to people with underling health issues. We think it is the government’s responsibility to provide transparency, which it has not, and to get out of the way of the free market so it can quickly provide solutions. Not hinder it with agencies like FDA, which stopped companies from providing testing kits, face mask, respirators and such.
Instead of our government at all levels providing immediate medical and finical support to the victims. It shut down businesses throwing over 10 million out of work creating panic by ordering its citizens to stay home. On one hand it says going out and exercising is good, then closing down beaches, trails and other recreational areas because people are trying to relax. One size doesn’t fit all, ignoring some may be in abusive homes and their only escape is school or work.
We are adults and are capable of making our own decisions as to the risk we wish to expose ourselves to, like we have done every other flu season. It is time for Trump, our petty governors and mayors to lift business closures and stay at home order NOW, or I advocate civil disobedience!
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Posted April 2, 2020
Working with horses has taught me more about human nature then any book learnin’ ever did. Horses are prey animals…Mountain Lion food. When confronted with danger it panics and has only two responses, the first is to run because by nature they are cowards, or when cornered fight and are as lethal as the Mountain Lion. With good training most of its re-activeness can trained out. The majority of horses when left alone are at best “civil.”
So when you’re at the store and all ticked off at the other person hoarding something you need, keep in mind: When a horse is trapped and panics; fight or flight takes over. It doesn’t matter whether the danger is real, or imagined, the out come is always the same, that horse intends to live another day. Happy Trails.
Posted March 27, 2020
Newsom is crushing us under his despotic boot!
On the Town of Apple Valley’s Facebook page it encourages its citizens to snitch on your neighbor for gathering in to large of groups, and non-essential businesses still open. I am here to tell you my non-essential business, is essential to the wellbeing of my family. Is the town going to pay my bills? Am I to remain civil while by business is bankrupted and I am sent to the welfare line? Just who does our town think donates to our local charities, ball clubs and churches? I know there is a pandemic and we need to do everything we can to stop it; Mr. Nassif, show me the bodies, how many people have come down with Covid-19 in our town? You have driven a wedge between businesses and the town which will not be soon forgotten. Shame on you!
Instead of providing a measured response to get medical attention and financial support to those affected by the Covid-19 virus, Mr. Newsom decided it best to devastate state, county, city and school budgets. The damage will be breathtaking. One twelfth of California’s budget of $222 billion is $18.5 billion, Newsom has virtually pissed away our $21 billion reserve in four weeks. Then there is Calpers $69 billion loses to pension funds, and we haven’t gotten to how we will fund massive unemployment and Medical claim because of him shutting down the private sector.
Our state budget is in freefall from Mr. Newsom recklessness, and I would not be surprised to see the state’s revenue shrink by 40%, about $88 billion, this is a yawning gap to bridge, in addition too the looming financial tsunami for meeting pension, unemployment and Medi-Cal obligations for the poor. Not to mention our county, city, school and safety budgets.
Mr. Newsom must rescind his order to close businesses NOW, because many won’t make through today, and our elected officials need to get a grip, or we are all doomed!
Make California Legislature Part Time
Back in 2008 when I ran for the California State Assembly I learned that our state legislature annually enacted 800 to 1000 laws. To my knowledge not much has changed, which means in the last 12 years there are now somewhere around 11,000 laws or crimes now on the books. This doesn’t include regulations created by over 200 state agencies which mirror the legislature pace and have the force of law.
There is not one single tax proposal which our legislature doesn’t get behind, and will stop at nothing to keep taxes from being repealed by the voters, through the initiative process, case in point Proposition 6 the gas tax repeal. The ballot statement written by California State Attorney General Xavier Becerra was intentionally misleading, it was intended to sway just enough uninformed voter to keep the tax, and the handmaiden public employee unions carried the ball with it political advertising. The legislature had no intention of using the taxes for what was stated, it has mostly been used to prop up the underfunded pensions. If I as a business owner mislead my customers to this extent through my advertising, I would be sitting in a jail cell right now.
The California legislature, Governor’s office, and leadership are owned by the top three; public safety, teachers, and classified, public employee unions. We have tried term limits, which have failed miserably, elected officials play round robin with elected offices and if one fails to be elected and is favored, they are appointed to a well paying board position on a regulatory agency.
A good start on fixing California dysfunctional state government is to return it to part-time, preferable meeting every two years!
No on Prop 13
It will only fund about 60% of a project and will require the local school district to float bond issues to provide its matching funds. This puts lower income areas at a disadvantage, because not only are property values less, voters are less inclined to raise their property taxes. If Sacramento did away with this requirement money would flow to the areas most in need.
The one requirement in this Proposition 13 is too limit overhead to 5%. This raises a interesting question: If Sacramento politicians can operate this program with a lean 5% overhead, why not for all of its programs? In particular, the education department. Less than a third of spending actually makes its way to the district level. That means only about $5,400 of the $17,964 spent gets to your local school district, notice it hasn’t gotten to the class room yet, more will be skimmed before that happens.
It is time we demand we get our moneys worth and demand education limit its overhead to 5%, this would make $50 billion immediately available in the classroom. No more need for bond issues!
All this does is highlight a bigger problem, which is that Sacramento politicians’ are owned by public employee unions and do its bidding. It is time to throughout Prop 98 which guarantees minimum funding for education, and move to a voucher system where parents have a choice where to educate their children.
Socialism verses Capitalism verses Corporatism
I have a friend who is a big Bernie Sanders fan and wants to tax away the wealth of the top 1% because they have too much money, and it should be spread around to those with less (pretty much everyone else). This sounds like a noble cause; although she didn’t realize others may be envious of her, too. Even though her family isn’t a 1%er’s, they do own several rental properties, their income and wealth put them in the top 25%. She was taken aback when attacked on Facebook for being hypocritical and not advocating spreading her own wealth around to the less fortunate. She didn’t understand why people would be envious of what she and her husband had worked so hard for (which they have).
Envy is such an ugly thing and brings out the worst in people, making them do things they normally wouldn’t. I hear things like; this person didn’t earn what they got, and if they did, they don’t need that much money, tax it and give it to me. Yet, in a free market every penny, nickel… dollar has a vote, and consumer vote daily which entrepreneur is successful or fails. If enough consumers are buying a product in overwhelming numbers because it is what they desire, then the entrepreneur deserves the money. If they think different, then don’t buy the product.
If social justice warriors are concerned with the welfare of those less fortunate, they would do well to work on breaking down the barriers to full employment erected by corporatism and leave capitalism alone!
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To my knowledge no refinery has been built in California in the last 40 years (same with water infrastructure), even though our population has more that doubled. Refineries have been working at near capacity for years and any interruptions whether planned or not, spike prices. Why would oil companies welcome additional refinery capacity, when it can sit back and let our state government restrict supply, ensuring higher profits, at least here in California.
A quick look at Chevron's current financial report shows a profit margin of 8.45%, so even if Chevron is reaping the benefit of the surcharge, when added to its profit, taxes are still three times higher. Who is greedier the oil companies or our government?
Our governors and legislature have been meddling in the economy for years, it is time they started to listen to us and stop driving up the cost to live here, whether it is by driving up prices by restricting supply or taxing us to death.
Posted: May 3, 2019
Flexing your power doesn't pay unless you own the power company!
I listen to a classic country music station over the internet located in Houston Texas and hear commercials all the time from electric companies which are competing for costumers. One comes to mind, TXU Energy advertising free electricity for your seven highest usage days a month, and rates as low as 9 cents per kWh. So, I did a little research and found Texas deregulated its power industry back in 2002 and Texans have 41 power providers to choose from.
Meanwhile here in the High Desert we only have good ol' Southern California Edison (SCE) and no other choices. I have a business in the High Desert and remember California's failed attempt at deregulation back in 2000. I recall my electric bill in a very short period of time going from about $350 per month to $1,300 for the same usage (kinda like my AVRW bill, too). Having the power go out in the middle of the workday and washing up presses by hand before ink dried rock solid on the rollers. Californians are still paying off the bonds from this fiasco, somehow Texas succeeded where our politicians failed! Article continued below:
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Now California power companies along with the California Public Utilities Commission just forced time-of-use on us so we will conserve even more. We have been told all these years to "Flex Our Power", use major appliances after 7:00 pm and turn up the thermostat, which a lot of Californian's have done. Conveniently for SCE High Peak time-of-use charges kick in roughly around the time when people are getting home from work. Greedy Californian's better not turn up the AC and try to relax, or maybe do some chores before going to bed, unless they want to pay dearly for the privilege.
Looking at my latest bill there are Mid Peak charges of 14.5 cents per kWh, and Off Peak charges of 12.8 cents per kWh and by the time all the adding is done the total comes to 15.2 cents per kWh. There are so many different charges on my power bill trying to decipher it gave me headache, and we have not even got to the summer months... boy I can hardly wait.
No wonder my friends and family are leaving California for greener pastures.
Posted: March 27, 2019
It's Time To Eliminate Corporate Welfare
There is a lot of political noise about welfare and its recipients should work for any benefits received, yet nary a word is said about corporate welfare. Here is the High Desert we got to witness it first hand when the Mojave Air Quality Management District (MDAQMD) gave $323,000 grant (welfare) to a multinational Cement Corporation which has a mine located in San Bernardino County.
The news release in the Daily Press stated it would be used to replace old equipment with a new Viking Trackmobile which is used to move rail cars at is facility. MDAQMD officials touted that replacing the outdated equipment will significantly improve air quality in the surrounding area of operations at its Highway 18 location in Lucerne Valley.
This sounds all well and good, until you consider this corporate welfare's grant money was raised by a $4.00 a year fee which is taken from each and every vehicle owner in the MDAQMD's service area. Keep in mind that over half of its residents are on some kind of aid. This is clearly a transfer of wealth from the poor to a corporation that can well afford to pay for its own equipment replacements.
Our out-of-touch Sacramento politicians see this as only $4.00, who couldn't afford that? It's for a good cause: Who doesn't want clean air to breath? Except it's 12 cents more a gallon gas here, 7.75% sale tax there, 13.3% income tax... with no end in sight. This out of control tax and spending has resulted in California having some of the highest taxes in the country.
No doubt, the proverbial Maria-the-maid with her anchor baby is chuckling, "And they think I'm the problem!"
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Posted: March 1, 2019
Why the post office is will never be self self-sufficient and why I really dislike dealing with them.
I have been in the printing industry for over 43 years. Before I purchased One Stop Printers I like most of you had very little contact with the Post Office other than paying bills and mailing first class and occasionally going to the post office to buy stamps. That all changed 24 years ago, when I purchased One Stop Printer and starting doing direct mail marketing. In addition we had a contract post office for the first nine years.
As long as congress has its finger in the pie, the USPS will always be subjected to political will and will never have adjust to market forces and be a true competitor in the Free Market.
Let me give you a little background on the post office:
The post office was changed to a quasi- private company by congress back in 1971 and became the United States Postal Service. From the USPS website it states: The Board of Governors of the US Postal Service is comparable to a board of directors of a private corporation. The board includes nine governors, who are appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.
509 Million mail pieces are delivered each day by 315,950 carries and each carries delivers an average of 1,611 pieces of mail to, anywhere from 500 to 1000 mail boxes. It is obvious that they do a lot right. But with the internet things have changed dramatically, USPS First Class mail volume has dropped from 104 billion pieces to 62 billion pieces by 2016 a 40% drop. Advertising mail has dropped about 21% since 2008 most of it happening during the recession, the post office is not going away.
Congress has carved out its own little benefit for itself, have you ever heard of “Franking Privileges?” Well the short explanation is congressmen get to mail to constituents, officials and supporters at the governments expense… or for FREE. They can send correspondences, press releases and questionnaires with their signature in lieu of postage applied and dates back to 1775. The post office keeps track of postage due and sends a bill to congress. So if you ever wondered why you get questionnaires before and election, it is just free campaign money.
The same can be said for non profit mailing. It mandates that the non-profit rate be about half of what marketing mail postage cost. What looks like a saving in postage in reality is the taxpayer footing the bill. This buys a lot of support from Non-Profit Corporations.
Karl Marx's vision for a socialistic society use the post office as a model for efficiently operating private companies, this alone dooms socialism. No private company that faces competition in the free market would survive very long operating like the USPS and how it treats it’s customers, and if we ever reach this point, god help us all.
The post office is supposed to be operated like a private company with a profit motive. However, as Mises stated: The profit motive is of little value without the corresponding component of loss. With out the possibility of loss, profit becomes nothing more than entitlement.
The USPS has a protected market where no competitors are allowed. No other entity can deliver mail to your home, whether it is first class or junk mail. An exception being newspapers which home delivery is protected by law, too. Packages delivered by companies like UPS and FedX rates are mandated to be double what the USPS charges. If the USPS is not making enough money, it can simply increase its prices, and UPS and FedX gets a raise.
Starting at the top, the USPS board of directors may be set up like real board of directors but it is subjected to political winds. The post office can’t make changes to its system without a congressman getting involved, even though mail volume has dropped, reducing the number of delivery days from 6 to 3 will never happen, consumers will complain, not to mention the postal union, and it won’t even consider closing post offices.
For example 10 years ago to save money the post office started to consolidate bulk mail entry units, locally it started in San Bernardino which has an Sectional Center Facility (SCF) facility and large bulk mail unit. Every post office which had a bulk mail entry unit within 10 mile radius was closed and bulk mail customers were transferred to the SCF, this worked well and in my opinion saved money and improved service. Up here, Victorville was chosen to be the mail entry point. Even though the always treated the bulk mail entry as the redheaded stepchild (I can say this, redheads run in my family), they fought this change because they figured out real quick they lost claim to the postage, which was significant, and it took another 5 years to make the transition.
The clerks I work with are pretty knowledgeable and pleasant, but collectively the post office is insane!
Changes to the postal system are made by committee and what doesn’t make sense in our world is perfectly acceptable in its. When we had the contract post office UPS had a strike and I was told by the Hesperia Postmaster not to accept any packages we thought might be from UPS's customers. When we had a contract post office UPS went on strike and I was told by my supervising Postmaster that if a shipping customer came into our store and we suspect that they were a UPS customer we were to refuse shipping there package. I was quite taken aback by this. I told him our contract was based on our volume of postage and why was he restricting our income? He could not give me a straight answer. I accepted packages anyway, most were from my printing company and I was not going to make them angry, as far as I was concerned the post office own the packages once I accepted them and it was there problem.
I would never be able to treat my customers like this and stay in business. But then again I would never offer discounts for mail perpetration and presorting like the post office does, I am not aware of UPS or FedX offering such things.
The post office operates in a competitive vacuum and doesn’t have to compete like the rest of us, or do they? Email decimated its person-to-person correspondence very few people send a letter anymore, and business-to-business is down, too. I print very little letterhead anymore that doesn’t apply to direct marketing. I think you will see a dramatic drop in advertising mail pretty soon, too, because SEO is taking that market share. InfoUSA and Dunn & Bradstreet are the major compiler of mailing list, which are based on models and credit reports (except list like homeowners, etc which are derived from tax rolls), yet Facebook and Google are targeting their ads using facts about consumer searches. I have not done a personal business mailing in about a year and am relying on SEO.
Does it really cost 55 cents to send a letter cross county in 2 to 3 days, we don’t know foresure, the same thing applies to the rates the UPS and FedX charges for delivering packages, because the USPS has a monopoly on home delivery.
Until the board of directors have skin in the game and the possibility of a personal loss exist, and it is able to set its own rates and products to sell. Its postmasters are responsible for the profit and loss of each post office and the very real possibility of losing his job if it doesn’t perform and that post offices will close if they are not profitable, and route deliveries can be changed to fit the market without congress interfering, there is no hope for the post office.
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Posted: January 7, 2019
Who writes this stuff?
"The Dollar Store backlash has begun" article by Tanvi Misra is a very interesting read. The first paragraph starts out with a semi-complement regarding dollar stores locating in under served low income areas, then states they are responsible for trapping residents in poverty and ill-health. The rest of the article drones on about how these companies don't provide the products that residents need and deserve.
What is failed to mentioned, is prior to the dollar stores opening stores in depressed areas, usually the only choice was a liquor store, with way higher prices and way fewer selections. Or, in the cases of areas such as Watts, small family owned store which were destroyed in the riots and never able to recover or rebuild.
Lawrence Brown at Baltimore's Morgan State University calls them subprime groceries, which maybe true. However, when you don't have transportation to get to a store of any kind, but can walk to a dollar, there is a savings. In addition, the management of these corporations have risked there own capital to locate in these areas with the expectation for making a profit. The one thing I have learned about free markets is it is very hard to keep secret, high profits. High profits brings competition, competition improves service and drives down prices. Will other competitors enter the market, will they offer other scarce items (such as fresh produce) for sale in these areas in order to different themselves? Only time will tell.
This article is nothing but propaganda disparaging companies for just doing business, if these intellectuals are so concerned, it might be wise for them to pull there resources and open a store to provided just such products they laminate are not being provided by those who are risking there money. As far as local governments subsidizing big corporations to locate in its community, we have found common ground to agree on, however when zoning requirements are put in place to inhibit competition because someone doesn't like something, then it is simply un-American.
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Posted: December 10, 2018
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Posted: November 20, 2018
There is no such think as income equality
There is a lot of talk these days about income equality and a living wage. The figure that politicians bandy about is $15.00 per hour. This all sounds well and good, but the market place is fluid and as soon and everyone making minimum wage reaches this benchmark the target gets moved.
The next thing I hear is from industries effected that it will cost jobs. In the short term they are correct, however this is fluid, too. In effect, what happens is workers at the bottom of the scale will get a few extra dollars in their paychecks and will notice the difference in being able to afford some extra's for awhile. So will the tax man, (this is something that is never mention) and some jobs will be lost, so those at the bottom who are lease employable are hurt the most. However it doesn't stay this way for long.
This puts upward pressure on wages for those who have learned something a little extra and worked hard to advance. They are right in the bosses office demanding to be paid more than the person at the bottom who just got a raise courtesy of Uncle Sam or in California's case Uncle Jerry. And of course most union contracts have a provision when minimum wage goes up so does the union workers'. This is where the tax man really makes out.
If our politicians were really concerned for the poor (poor is a state of mind) they would work to reduce redundant regulations and in the case of California it massive regulatory machine who's tentacles which wraps around every businessman's neck and reach into his pocket. Real wage growth comes from a growing economy, educated employees bringing something to the employers table other than a warm body, and not taking so much of the business person money which inhibits them from investing in future growth.
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Posted: November 16, 2018
What the heck is income equality?
My first real job, you know, where they actually withhold taxes, was with TG&Y as a stock clerk. I was making a whopping $2.25 per hour minimum wage. It was part-time after school and weekends. It got me a little spending cash and gave me my first glimpse at the working world.
The one lesson I will always remember from that job, is when I asked for my payroll check one hour early on Thursday from the girls in the accounting office and got by butt chewed. I was told, "Checks are not available until after noon, period!" Now mind you, Ed the assistant manager who ran the sporting goods store a couple doors down got his check earlier all the time, with these same office girls laughing and joking with him.
It got me to thinking, what did he do different than me? After watching him for a couple of weeks, it was quite obvious. Whenever he saw the girls in the office he always talked nice and had a complement or two, never over done though, took time to acknowledge the hard work they did. And, if they need something, he would take care of it, even if it was not a task he would normally do. So, I though I would give it a try, too.
You know what, it worked! After about a month of following Ed's lead I got up enough nerve to ask for my check early, I said, "I normally would not ask, but I'm not scheduled to work today and I have to go out of town, would it be possible to get my check a little early?" I braced for the worst, there was a pause, then they whispered, "Okay, just don't tell anyone else."
When I got that job I basically had no experience, other than to know to work hard, be nice and do whatever job I was give to the best of my ability. I never intended to stay with TG&Y, nor at that pay, I was studying printing and wanted to get into that industry where I knew I could advance faster and grow my pay. TG&Y gave me the opportunity.
When I started in the prep department at A to Z Printing at a higher rate of $2.65, Wu-hoo. I learned the industry from the ground up and now own a printing company where I swear some weeks I'm not sure after all my efforts I am making more than what I did at A to Z Printing.
All kidding aside, I have made a good living in printing and never drawn a day's unemployment. I can't figure out why people think everyone should be earning the same amount of money, no matter the job. We all bring different abilities and skills to the table, in the past if the boss gave someone better pay than me and I was higher skilled and worked harder, I moved on to greener pastures. In our somewhat free market economy where we have a system of division of labor, we have equal opportunity, but equal outcome can't be guaranteed. If those who want equal income or the correct term, higher income, I suggest you learn what you can from that crappy entry level job, learn life skills, never stop learning. Find something you enjoy doing and build your career, money will follow.
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Posted: November 8, 2018
It is okay to lie to voters if it is for their own good!
California's Prop 6 illustrates how deceiving our elective officials are with the failure of this measure. The deceptive ballot subtitle which reads: Eliminates Certain Road Repair And Transportation Funding. Requires Certain Fuel Taxes And Vehicle Fees Be Approved By The Electorate. Initiative Constitutional Amendment, belongs in the arguments not the title. This ballot initiative was to repeal a very unpopular gas and vehicle registration tax increase forced on us by the state legislature and governor.
Our California Attorney General Xavier Becerra knew that most voters don't look beyond the title when deciding which way to vote, taking advantage of voters who have not educate themselves about propositions on the ballot. If a private company mislabeled a product to the same extent as Mr. Becerra, its would be sued and have criminal charges filed against it and its management, resulting in at the very least, large fines. Yet, our elected officials' can lie to us and get a free, get out of jail card.
Statewide, Prop. 6 failed, 55% to 45%, yet in San Bernardino it passed 57% to 43%. I tend to think the voters are more aware of how Sacramento picks our pockets, yet 43% who voted against the measure in San Bernardino is till a significant number. My guess is that 15% were fooled and the rest being state union members who will benefit from supporting those in power in Sacramento, and those who have had enough of sitting in Cajon Pass gridlock and believe that Sacramento really intends to fix the roads.
We are suppose to have a representative government, however the only ones represented in Sacramento are those interest such as public unions, tribes, corporations and utilities, who can afford to pay-to-play. The only to fix it, is to cut the size of government at every level. We need to get rid of top two and give voters choices in the general election.
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Posted November 6, 2018
Was there ever a simpler time?
One Stop Printers has been printing political campaign mailers for local High Desert candidates since before I purchased the company back in 1994. One common element has always been that the candidates were quite cordial to one another. And in the beginning for quite a few election cycles it a candidate spent $5,000 on their campaign to get elected, it was quite a lot of money. If a candidate had a difference of opinion with the incumbent, the policy was attacked, not the other candidate, much has changed from those quaint early days in the Victor Valley.
Now it is not unheard of for a candidate for city council in one of our local cities to spend upwards of $100,000 in one campaign and the gloves have come off, and some pretty ugly campaign mailers have hit the street. So, I speculate what has changed? At first glance when Hesperia and Apple Valley were formed back in the late 80's the cities followed in the foot steps of the county in regards to development, and the city of Victorville has always been friendly to both developers and business interest.
The High Desert has always relied on development to drive its economy with affordable housing, which brought many young families to the region seeking the American dream of home ownership. With the influx of people to the valley and the resulting problems that come with a growing population, now affordable housing is synonymous with low income housing, and developers and considered builders of tenements, putting profits above the community, resulting in the local city councils being more polarized than ever.
It has become a long drawn out process to get a housing project, or commercial development from concept, to design and build. For someone who has tired of the commute down-the-hill to work and plans to open a business, the process with each city's planning department is both a terrifying and daunting task, fraught with many dangers. Throw in unions who's only goal is to pack school boards, city councils, governor's office and the legislature with anyone who will support bloated pensions and pay, you have a recipe for contention.
Although, I believe that local government is the best kind, I still think our local cities and town council's are involved way too much in the lives of its citizens. Their focus should be on roads, parks and water when necessary. Contract out services whenever possible, and eliminate exclusive franchises so citizens have a choice. For example in the Town of Apple Valley, if the two major water companies didn't have exclusive franchises, where it is against the law for any other water company to compete in its area, we quite certain would have lower water cost, because we would have a choice and they would have to compete for our business. Keep government small and give us choices.
Posted September 6, 2018
Does anyone really know me?
I thought I knew who I was until I walked into the DMV to renew my driver’s license. Much has changed since I have last graced its waiting lines which snake gracefully back and forth, people waiting with much anticipation as if at Disney Land to board their favorite ride. Things such as getting an appointment online bypassing some of the wait, and registering which I neglected to do. Because of my advanced age, I couldn’t find where too on its website.
No worries, I had gotten there a half hour early and was directed to a computer to register and did so promptly. During the registration I learned that if I wanted a Real ID, I would need additional items to prove who I am, such as a passport, birth certificate, social security card, something like a bill showing residency (although I am not sure why the DMV renewal notice with my name and address would not suffice?) and take a thumb print.
Now mind you, in the 45 years I have had a California Driver’s license, in every instance I had to present it, we all agreed it was me. Now our government says, wait we are not so sure. Yes, when you were 16 and got your drivers license, you presented your birth certificate, social security card, we know your daddy drove you to the DMV office and vouched of you, and in the 80’s we required you provide a thumb print, but now we really, really, really need to know who you are. Since I was not prepared, nor able to really, really, really prove: I, am me. I had to settle for a regular ol’ driver’s license, one where everyone thinks they know who I am, including me!
Posted July 13, 2018
Control Washington DC's Out of Control Spending Repeal the 16th Amendment!
If you have been paying attention, you hear from the tea party republicans talk about a fair tax, which translates into a national sales tax. I could never quite get excited with this concept. It isn't because it might cause the federal government to be fiscally responsible and would require cuts to agency's and programs, although I think this is long overdue. It has more to do with requiring business owners to collect the tax which they have never been compensated for, I though servitude was outlawed in the states long ago. It is also the nickels, dimes, quarters and dollars taken in small amounts the citizen/consumers brush off without a moments thought.
I have friends that are emphatic that all taxes are theft and won't tolerate one penny taken from their pockets, in principle I agree. However, if our federal government is suppose to provide certain functions like national defense (not the nation building we are experiencing now) and to provide there is no force or fraud in the market place, it will require a minimum set of laws, an associated cost. I much favor what the framers of our constitution had in the original document, which is everyone pays the same amount. Basically a head tax. Now most will say this is unfair because the rich pay the same as the poor. I say not so. The poor are currently burdened with all the taxes hidden in the everyday items they purchase to live.
So instead of a flat rate, it could be a percentage of income, the same percentage for everyone, and instead of the employer having to be the tax collector, the federal government collect it own taxes. This way if you have no income you pay no taxes, and the rich will pay more in real dollars. If everyone was responsible for sending there own taxes into the government each year instead of waiting to get their change back every April 15th, they would be more engaged and want to know where all their money is being spent and/or wasted. Maybe we might be able to hold our representatives responsible.
With the passage of the 16th amendment the federal government has found all kinds of way to take billions of dollars from us, nickels, dimes and quarters at a time. For example just look at any of your utility bills, then there are taxes and fees no matter where we turn and agencies who can put you in jail if you don't comply. So when you hear we should have a fair tax, listen to what they are saying and tell them the only fair taxes are equal for everyone and out in the open for all of us to see.
Unless congresses power is constrained by the pocket book with the repeal of the 16th amendment I don't things will ever change in Washington DC. If ever a flat tax is adopted, our representatives will work to undermine it and lobbyist will do everything in their power to influence congress to make changes in their favor. The only to control congress with its endless spending and wars is to repeal the 16th amendment.
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Posted July 11, 2018
Selling Price has Nothing to do With Cost
Enough about rules for business, really there aren't any. What I am illustrating is that you need knowledge about best business practices before you jump in with both feet. Read, take classes and most of all get a mentor who you can call when you get in over your head, because I assure it happens to all of us.
What I would like to talk about now it pricing, after 40 some odd years in the printing industry I have a little bit of experience in this area. Through the years I have used cost plus, used price books and all manner of pricing software, taken classes, read a bunch of books on the subject, along with books on the art of selling. What I have learned is: You have to know what your cost are so you don't sell below your cost and the selling price has nothing to do with cost and everything to do with what a willing buyer and willing seller agree upon. The selling price of a product only reflects what is in front of the customer, not what it took to produce and will the customer will look to buy what is best for them.
Well you are thinking, "That is not much help." But it is, because the dynamics in the market place (which is just a bunch of buyers and sellers getting together to do business, not a real physical place) is ever changing, vendors and buyers enter and exit all the time and none of them have perfect knowledge of the market. Which means that sellers may find better sources to build their products reducing their cost and selling price and the buyer may require a higher quality or a custom product and is willing to pay more. For example in One Stop Printers case we are highly skilled at altering our existing business forms and setting up artwork for new items such as our Pest Control Service Agreements, #PC1073, Termite Inspection Tag #PC1080 and Pest Control Service Slips PC1072, thereby reducing the cost for a custom business form to our customers.
Posted July 10, 2018
Third Rule is: Don't Outrun Your Cash
Pure and simple you must watch your cash flow. Don't spend more than you make. Don't lock in spending you can't maintain, whether business or personal. Many companies fail not because they were not profitable, but because there was no cash to pay bills and not having a safety net to cover expenses when business is slow.
It is real easy to spend more than you make if you are not paying attention. This is where a good set of financials with a solid chart of accounts comes in handy. Now, I know it is much more fun to go build stuff and leave all the boring details to a later date. Don't. Time must be set aside weekly to get the book work done or you are flying blind. There are several good accounting software's on the market and find yourself a good accountant, it is well worth the money and time. When you have the assistance of an accountant they can help set up your system, teach you how to read the reports and when tax time comes around they are made simple because all the work is done.
When your accounting software is set up and maintained weekly, sometimes daily if necessary, it makes invoicing easy, and you get them out in a timely manner. You are able to check the profit and loss statement whenever you need too (not just when the accountant provides you a printed copy), to see where you stand financially. I cannot stress how important this is to maintaining a healthy company.
I have seen many business owners see there is money in the bank account (not realizing it is spoken for) and think that if I used this money and bought a piece of equipment I could expand my business. No thought is given on how sell the new product or service, and end up with a piece of equipment sitting idle while making the monthly lease payment. It may be better to buy out the service to another vendor and sell at a slightly higher price (which would be less expensive that the monthly payment) or forgo this opportunity at this time.
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Posted July 9, 2018
The Gettin' Rules for Business are Pretty Important!
The next rule is actually three rolled up into one, it's the "Gettin's:" Get the jobs in. Get the jobs out. And Get paid. Seems all so simple. This is where business management skills come in handy.
Nothing gets produced until someone sells something to somebody. Without a solid marketing plan, it could all be for not. It starts with your location and continues through how you market your product and/or services to prospective clients. A good example regarding location is where my company One Stop Printers is located, I don't have to have a great a location, and I can save money on rent, as long as I have a strong marketing plan and execute it. However, it would be foolish for an ice cream shop to locate in the same building, because to be successful it needs a lot of foot traffic. Cheap rent, and no amount of marketing will save an ice cream shop from failure by being in the wrong location.
Now, since I sell direct mail marketing your would think this is where I would pitch using it in all instances to increase business. I will not, because in this brave-new-world of internet sales, direct mail is only one component of a sales and marketing plan and sometimes is not well suited for some companies. If you are in a good location products like Every Door Direct Mail (EDDM) is a great way to drive more traffic to your business or if you have a self generated mailing list postcards can be use to keep customers up on your latest sale events. Even I have a website and work to drive buyers to my site.
The second part: "Get the jobs out," might seem simple for a highly skilled person just opening his first business. This is fraught with dangers, too. You can do the job quickly and efficiently buy, are your skilled in time management? I have seen way too many new business owners try to please everyone all the time, only to tick everyone off. Or start buying equipment without having done a cost analysis and soon find out they are working to make payments instead of providing for themselves and their family.
The last, "Gettin' paid," might seem the easiest but with out doing the hard stuff like having an accounting system in place, they soon find themselves wondering, my sales are great, why don't I have any money?
Posted July 5, 2018
Business Experience is Just as Important as Product Knowledge When Opening a Business
Everyone thinks the first rule of business is: It takes money to make money. While it's important to invest in your product and services to make money in the future, this is more of an obvious adage. The first rule is: Don't lose money.
Having been in the printing industry for over 40 years I have seen time and again how "Don't lose money," is not understood by those in my industry and business owners I have talked to and printed for throughout the years.
The High Desert has some unique aspects, one is about 60 percent of the working population commutes down-the-hill to the Inland Empire to work. What is severely lacking in this area is good high paying jobs. The other is really affordable housing cost compared to the rest of the state. Interesting enough, you may be asking, how this ties into the statement above. The answer lies in that once a person commuted for a few years and has worn out a car or two, they start looking for work in the High Desert, only to find there aren't many. Most are highly skilled in whatever line of work they are involved in, and decide the best course of action is to go into business.
I would never discourage anyone to follow their dream of becoming a business owner (this is exactly how I came to be a business owner), however, a person should be prepared. I have had many tell me, I know how to do the job, I will learn the business end as I go. This is a recipe for financial disaster. Some may catch a ride on an economic upswing and succeed, never really knowing why, most will not. So, in addition to knowing how to do the job, it is also very important to have a background in business management, accounting, employee relations, and sales and marketing before making the plunge.
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Posted June 8, 2018
Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance Awards Enrique Arcilla Its Brush Fire of Freedom $1,000 Scholarship
On Tuesday, May 15th, the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance held its inaugural Brushfire of Freedom Award dinner for best essay on a liberty based theme. In addition to the dinner, the award recipient received a medallion created especially for this event and a cashier’s check for $1000. The VVLA plans to make this an annual event to promote and encourage scholarship among high school students in the High Desert region of Southern California.
This year’s contest winner is Enrique Arcilla of Granite Hills High School for his essay, “Overreach, the Constitution, and Theft of Legislative Power: Tyranny Sprouts Anew“. The essay question was, “Has the U.S. Constitution been successful in restraining federal government overreach?”. Enrique’s essay was judged to be the best of 26 excellent submissions.
Enrique Arcilla is no stranger to essay competitions. Two years ago, at the age of 15 he won a contest sponsored by the Mojave Water Agency and has participated in several others since. He says that competing in essay contests has caused him to delve into topics and gain a greater understanding of the issues surrounding them. He plans to continue this inquisitive approach as he embarks upon studies in international development and economics at the University of East Anglia in Norwich England next year. His winning essay is posted on the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance Facebook page.
The Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance is an activist group that seeks to better the lives of people with a combination of political education and positive community action. It has taken as its mission the advancement of personal liberty through voluntary individual action as well as political means. In addition to the annual essay contest, they will be hosting desert cleanup activities where volunteers get together to pick up trash left in our desert community.
Because it seeks to increase and broaden the scope of its activities - as well as expand its scholarship to more students, the Victor Valley Libertarian Alliance is exploring the idea of shared corporate sponsorship for future events and drives. Please contact them at: VVLibertarianAlliance.com or SBCLP.org if you would like to support these endeavors in your community.
The VVLA encourages you to become a part of positive change. They meet the third Tuesday of every month for dinner and business. The meeting location and meeting topics are posted on their Facebook group. Anyone wanting to participate in a group seeking to advance individual liberty in a civil society or who simply wants to learn more about the libertarian movement is welcome to attend.
Posted May 10, 2018
Sacramento Politicians Don't Care About Small Business Owners
As a California business owner it is imperative too keep up with the current machinations emanating for the emerald city known as Sacramento. One of the most recent is AB 1008 which restricts an employer from asking if an applicant has ever formerly been arrested and/or convicted of a crime. Now, on face value, if your are concerned about helping former convicts becoming gainfully employed, this is a good thing.
Disregarding in this argument that an owner of a business should be able to check out a prospective employee to make sure that they are a good fit, many businesses are regulated by state agencies, and can't even hire a person who was formerly incarcerated. So what is forced on the private sector, doesn't apply in companies with occupational licenses.
California leads the nation in licensing and regulating everything to death, with over 200 occupations license requirements, from 42 government agency's, this law excludes a large portion of companies from complying, while forcing the rest to shoulder the burden.
This is not even counting state government occupations that exclude convicts from employment. There is a total disconnect from those of us who operate a business and what politicians in Sacramento think. However, when you consider that California was just rated as the fifth largest economy, one can understand that Sacramento politicians don't care, campaign contributions keep flowing, so what does it matter?