What Powerball Can Teach Liberals About Profits

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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, …

Uber Ruling Illustrates How Government Ruins Good Things

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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 …

Villaraigosa Presides over DNC Platform Trainwreck

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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 …

Fletcher Fails Prop-A Supporters and San Diego Taxpayers with Absent Vote on SB 829

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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 …

SD Occupiers Assault Woman Presumed to be from Tea Party

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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. …

Obama Says Recovery “Takes Time” — Historically Not True With Conservative Tactics

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The result was that in roughly 18 months, the country was out of this economic nightmare. Unemployment fell to 6% in 1922 and to 2.3% by 1923. The country was able to trim their debt by 1/3rd. In short, it kicked off the roaring twenties where many average Americans enjoyed unprecedented quality living highlighted by buying their first car, radio, and telephones.

Dispelling the Public Sector Salary Myth

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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 Full study: http://www.docstoc.com/docs/78892940/pensionstudy

Labor Council’s “Middle Class Taxpayer Association”

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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.

Former Bell City Manager Arrested and School Tax Looks Like It’s Going To Get Crushed

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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 In other news, it looks like …

SD Chief Operating Officer’s Memo Claims That City Has Made “Significant Reductions”

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I’m truly puzzled how one can come to this conclusion. Below are financial figures for the city by several 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.

Great Article on Former Bell City Manager

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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.”  …