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Last week I sat through the billion dollar blockbuster hit, Jurassic World. While not a complete waste of my time (“he’s just being over-dramatic!”), the film had all the annoying attributes found in a big budget Hollywood movie. Most irritating was the not so subtle message that corporate profits were the root of evil. Watching a film that demonizes profits, despite being specifically produced with the goal of seeking record high box-office profits, requires an especially strong tolerance for hypocrisy.
With the recent ruling from the California Labor Commission declaring that Uber’s drivers must be treated as W-2 employees, California residents will have front-row seats to watch government ruin innovation and a thriving market. While many costs created by government go unnoticed, the inevitable hike in prices and decline in services will be an eye-opening experience for millions of Uber customers.
Uber’s rise in popularity is a textbook example of how free markets can improve society. For decades, citizens simply assumed expensive and elusive taxis were an inevitable way of life. This paradigm shifted in 2008 when two gentlemen, frustrated by a cab ride in Paris, envisioned something better. Fast forward to today and their idea is now one of the world’s most successful startups with valuations as high as $50 Billion.
If you’re like me, you haven’t been watching the DNC at all. However, I did come across some news and was surprised it hadn’t hit Rostra yet. Quite the controversy and is certain to make strong Isreal supporters think twice about their party affiliation. Former CA Republican Chair Ron Nehring summarizes it well, complete with video:
From San Diego Republican Party Executive Committee Member Ron Nehring…
With Villaraigosa Presiding, DNC Convention Flies Off the Rails With Platform Fight
Amid three separate votes over amending Jerusalem, God back into DNC Platform, the LA Mayor looks lost.
Partisan-Republican-turned-something-else Nathan Fletcher failed San Diego taxpayers yesterday by missing the Assembly floor vote on a labor union bill specifically designed to punish the City of San Diego financially. If Fletcher is truly in favor of Proposition A, and protecting taxpayer interests, he could have done no greater service to the Prop A effort and the San Diego taxpayers by voting NO on this bill.
This is apparently from November 8 when our own San Diego Occupiers assault a woman who films them (on a public street). Anyone who thinks these people truly do have a peaceful agenda are terribly mistaken. The Occupy movement is based on anger, envy, and mob righteousness. The number of videos surfacing of Occupiers spewing hate and vulgarities is never-ending. Trying to conduct reasonable dialogue with these people is a lost cause. Why the media don’t report on what this group truly represents is disturbing, especially when looking back at all the concern that was aired over the Tea Party’s purported racist, violent agenda.
In today’s radio address, Obama said economic recovery “is going to take time.” With the tax and spend policies liberals continue to push, this is actually an understatement. More accurately worded would be, “won’t happen at all.”
We are all familiar with The Great Depression, mostly because of how long it went. What’s not discussed frequently is the drastic, yet quite brief, depression of 1920.
Quick history lesson:
In 1920 the country elected Warren G. Harding as president (yes, this is right where season one of Boardwalk Empire ended). Like Obama, Harding was inheriting a TERRIBLE economy. Unemployment had sky-rocketed from 4% to 12%. GNP declined 17 percent. The stock market had lost roughly half of its value. Top tax rates were at 77%. The nation was accumulating debt at unprecedented levels.
Here is an absolute first rate commentary by Daniel Borenstein dissecting the myth that public employees are compensated less than private sector folks. Included in this article is an amazing 100+ page study that should serve as a reference for many debates to come when having this discussion.
Borenstein’s article: http://bit.ly/mdCIFO
A colleague sent me a link today to an event posted on Facebook by a group calling itself the “Middle Class Taxpayers Association.” I thought I was acquainted with all the tax activists groups in San Diego and this was a new one on me, so I checked it out with interest.
What a joke. If ever a group assembled under a more inaccurate name, I’d be interested to see it. The “Middle Class Taxpayers Association” isn’t a new voice for responsible stewardship of our tax dollars. It’s a front group shilling for the San Diego Labor Council. The Labor Council doesn’t even try to hide its involvement. It seems silly to use this name, but I suppose there are people or news media who might confuse it with a real taxpayers advocacy group.
According to various news sites, Obama’s upcoming budget will consist of spending cuts equating to 775 million dollars. Considering that the proposed deficit is expected to be 1.5 trillion dollars, auditors wouldn’t even consider this material.
Sometimes people have a hard time imagining these #’s, so allow me to illustrate: With a deficit of 1.5 trillion dollars, 775 million dollars amounts to being .0517% of the amount.
Thus the proposed cuts would equate to an individual with a credit card debt of one thousand dollars, reducing their spending by 51 cents.
As a fiscally conservative Republican, I think it’s especially important to recognize Martin Luther King Day this year. While not all fiscal conservatives may be able to relate to the racial hatred and prejudice Dr. King endured, we can appreciate his struggle to get his message out.
“People should be judged by the content of their character, not their color of their skin.” His message was simple, righteous, and most importantly, true. Yet he continually struggled with people trying to portray his message and his intentions as something different than reality. Sound familiar?
Obviously it’s doubtful that the Mayor will actually resign, but let’s not forget that the last time Richard called out for a mayor to resign, it happened two weeks later! Here’s hoping. Maybe Sanders will at least concede that Prop D isn’t about public safety or that he doesn’t buy into the GOP’s platform of less spending and less taxes.
Mayor Jerry Sanders is a liar. There’s no way to sugarcoat this sad fact.
The Mayor has lied before, but it’s his most recent set of lies that should send him packing. Yes, that’s right –Mayor Jerry Sanders should resign forthwith.
The first part of post this speaks for itself regarding the former Bell city manager Rizzo. Here’s an article I posted a few weeks ago regarding Rizzo which I have no doubt was the driving force that compelled law enforcement to carry out this morning’s events… Full Story On Bell City Manager Arrested Today
Poll Shows San Diego Unified’s Tax Increase Set to Be Crushed by Voters
Coalition’s Poll Shows District that Has Failed on So Many Levels Has Mountain to Climb to Pass Massive Tax Increase
I’m curious to know how Jay Goldstone, the Chief Operating Officer of the City of San Diego, can state that the city has had “four years of significant budget reductions.”
This quote is taken from a memo that went around to city department heads on Monday. Full memo can be found here (quote is in first paragraph).
Below are financial figures for the city by departments over the course of 2003 to 2009. A few occasional departments show a sporadic reductions, but one doesn’t have to be financial wizard to recognize that they general trend is clearly increased spending year over year. Such inaccurate language from someone so high up in the private sector would end their career.
NJ Governor Chris Christie is beyond refreshing to watch if you’re sick of hearing about government spending running out of control. Below is a fantastic example of him facing hostile opposition and confronting it head on, without being hostile himself, and taking apart their arguments bit by bit. In a mere 7 minutes, Christie delivers a very comprehensive outline of the causes of their fiscal problems and the decisions that have led them to where they are. It’s hard to argue with a guy who is so logical. In the end, his antagonist can only criticize his tone. Incidentally, according to the NEA, NJ teachers are the 5th highest paid teachers in the nation at 66k per year, not 55k as Christie suggests (CA teachers rank #2 in US at $68k).
As most San Diego U-T readers have probably seen, this morning had another great piece highlighting opulent retirement compensation by the city. This SD U-T’s “Watchdog” group is proving to be a very refreshing read, digging beyond what politicians and labor union media outlets spin as “the truth.”
This LA Times Article does an exceptional job of illustrating what kind of lifestyle Robert Rizzo, the City Manager of Bell was indulging in. Opulent habits including horse racing, drinking, golfing, and who knows what else not included in the article. The ultimate insult is that one of his horses is named “Depenserde l’argent” which is French for “Spend Money.” While I’m sure he is on the extreme end for lavish government benefits and living, it’s important to recognize that if government compensation spending is not closely monitored and open for private competition, employees will take every taxpayer dollar they can pocket.