All transportation subsidies are NOT the same

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FROM MY BLOG: A common argument for High Speed Rail (indeed ALL passenger rail) taxpayer subsidies is the childish excuse that “everybody’s doing it.” All transit is subsidized, so why not rail? There are two glaring problems with this lame reasoning: 1. All transportation is NOT necessarily subsidized. User fees more than cover the federal cost of roads. 2. The …

The failure of the Vallejo, CA bankruptcy

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From my blog: http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2010/03/30/the_failure_of_the_vallejo_ca_bankruptcy Below is a depressing WALL ST. JOURNAL article detailing the Vallejo, CA bankruptcy as a possible solution to local government fiscal problems — and how it’s not working as hoped. The writer, Steven Greenhut, is the author of “Plunder!” — a terrific if infuriating book describing our public employees’ stranglehold on California. As California’s unsustainable public …

CA vs. other states — revised 3-26-10

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A number of you have seen my fact sheet “Breaking Bad — California vs. the other States.” If you have not, ingest your preferred recreational drug of choice and then open this URL for the latest version: http://tinyurl.com/CA-Breaking-Bad-3-26-10 Since I continuously update this fact sheet, it’s hard for my regular readers to spot what’s been changed or added. Here’s the …

California’s outrageous cost of electricity

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While I’m not yet adding this electricity cost analysis to my “Breaking Bad” fact-sheet (hard to condense), it’s a situation my California readers need to know about. Our residential electricity rates are often outrageous compared to the rest of the nation. And, to get to the bottom line, under AB32, these lofty rates are predicted to go up ANOTHER 30% …

Dem Assembly Speaker gives 10% raises

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SACRAMENTO BEE http://www.sacbee.com/2010/03/04/2583810_former-speaker-handed-out-staff.html Former Assembly Speaker Karen Bass quietly promoted 20 members of her Democratic caucus staff and gave them 10 percent salary increases that took effect her final days as Assembly leader. Click on above link for full story RIDER COMMENT: I love it! It cost us a pittance in the great scheme of things, but demonstrates the imperial …

Terrorists Will Love California’s High Speed Rail

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My following column ran in the NORTH COUNTY TIMES on 11 February http://www.nctimes.com/news/opinion/columnists/rider/article_f1be33a0-da4e-5162-800a-1b9f3da58c64.html Terrorists Will Love California’s High Speed Rail 11 February, 2010 by Richard Rider Phone: 858-530-3027 Email: RRider@san.rr.com On behalf of terrorists everywhere, let me say that high speed rail (HSR) is a Godsend to the Jihad (or whatever cause lights their fire). A speeding “bullet train” will …