Rider fact-checked by Voice of SD. Verdict — “Mostly true”

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 2 Comments


Recently I was “fact-checked” by the Voice of San Diego. Got a “Mostly True” verdict.

Fortunately, Voice also goes into some detail on the San Diego city Walmart ban and efforts to overturn it — a “two fer” as far as I’m concerned.

I missed out on getting the top “True” rating because I did indeed leave out what the Voice of SD concedes is a “nuance.”

Hence I stand corrected.   Sorta.   Kinda.   Almost.

Well . . . you decide.

Fact Check: The Vote-by-Mail Majority

Statement: “Today half the citizens in San Diego routinely vote using a mail ballot,” Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, wrote in an op-ed published Dec. 13 by the San Diego Daily Transcript.

To read the full riveting Voice piece and to see an illuminating chart of mail ballot participation over the years, go to:



Comments 2

  1. We think that although Richard could have been more specific in differentiating between all citizens and those who actually vote, his meaning was implied: More than half of the ballots are cast by mail. But, if we want to be nuanced, look at it this way:

    -What percentage of the citizenry is eligible to vote?

    -Of those eligible, what percentage actually do register?

    -Of those that do take the time to register, what percentage turn out to vote?

    Half of that number decide most elections.

    When it’s all said and done, it’s a safe bet that it’s close to ten to fifteen percent of the citizens are often making the decisions for the rest.

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    Thor Jr’s astute observations make a telling case for super-majority voting requirements. It’s not a cure-all, but it’s a protection against an activist minority hell bent on taxing and regulating us to death.

    Perhaps even better would be a super-majority to pass a law, and a simple majority to rescind it.

    As an alternative, how about tax increases require a simple majority of the REGISTERED voters. I always liked that one!

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