Some weekend reads…worth reading

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RNC scheme to block candidates from debate should be repealed

When someone asks me to name the seven dwarves invariably I fall short. Let’s see, there’s Grumpy, Bashful, Sleepy, Happy, Dopey….Darn it, there are a couple more.

That’s kind of how it is when I try to actually write out a list of the 16, 17 (or is it 18?) legitimate Republican candidates running for the Republican nomination for president.

Read it all, by Jon Fleischman in Breitbart

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Proposition 13, Lady Godiva and historical tax facts

For crying out loud, not again! Proposition 13 tax limits may be irrevocably changed by an amendment to the state Constitution in a bill introduced by Democrat senators in their insatiable hunger for ever more taxes.

Former Councilman Fred Schnaubelt, in The San Diego Daily Transcript

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Understanding Short Term Rentals in San Diego – a panel discussion

For the better part of the last year I’ve found myself involved – mostly through Airbnb – in the City of San Diego’s short term rental issue.  First as a host, then a guest, and most recently as an attorney representing clients on all sides of the issue, I have come to know the ins and outs of the dynamic well.  A local political group, the Point Loma Democratic Club, has asked me to moderate a panel on Sunday July 26, 2015, and I wanted to add some information to inform that discussion. You can read specific background about some of the legal issues specific to the City of San Diego here, which is a personal food and travel blog I keep as a hobby. In preparation for the Sunday panel discussion, though, I wanted to offer a few specific notes to help frame the conversation about this relatively new phenomenon.

Omar Passons lays out much of the issue on his local blog

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What Hillary Doesn’t Know (Or Want To Understand) About The Bush Tax Cuts

Predictably, Hillary – I want to topple the top 1% – Clinton has started her campaign attacking George Bush’s tax cuts. It’s no surprise that Hillary is making “tax the rich” a central theme of her campaign. While I don’t expect Hillary to understand the why of economics – it would be nice if a candidate did – at a minimum, she should know the facts.

by Tom Del Beccaro, writing for Forbes

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The F-35: Throwing Good Money after Bad

The F-35 program could cripple U.S. defense for decades to come. “You could argue it [the F-35] was already one of the biggest white elephants in history a long time ago,” stated former U.K. defense chief Nick Harvey in a May interview. Harvey then doubled down, saying there is “not a cat in hell’s chance” the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) would be combat-ready by 2018. While it is noteworthy that a person of Harvey’s stature would level such harsh criticisms, his statement merely reflects the conclusions of reports by the U.S. Defense Department’s Director of Operational Test & Evaluation (DOT&E), the Government Accountability Office (GAO), the Congressional Research Service, and various independent air-power analysts: The F-35 program is a mess; it is unaffordable and will not be able to fulfill its mission.

Local writer Mike Fredenburg, taking on the issue in National Review

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  1. Thanks for sharing this. Given that the City published its draft rule changes last week, I did another post translating them into English and including some policy considerations. Same website.

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