The GOP’s Big Gay Secret

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 7 Comments

Just what exactly went down at the GOP Convention last weekend? I’m glad to see the media taking an interest in the GOP. Just imagine the coverage if they stuck around for the acid-dropping, naked chandelier swinging parties. Look folks, it’s not hard to believe Republicans know how to party. The way most of them dress tells you right away …

CA drops from world’s 5th to 10th largest economy in 10 years

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Leave a Comment

California’s troubling decline vs. other nations by Richard Rider Frequently we hear the boast that California’s economy is bigger than most countries. And indeed, that is quite true. But there are two problems with this Golden State boosterism: 1. Too often the proclaimed rank of California vs. the other countries is outdated — and too high. 2. California’s rank has …

The onerous $800 CA business franchise tax

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 1 Comment

http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2011/03/02/the_onerous_800_ca_business_franchise_tax California has a nasty business tax that is seldom discussed.  Imagine this: The annual CA state income tax on a corporation (no matter how tiny) that makes only $800 profit? $800. Yes, they take it all. But wait.  It gets “better.” The tax on a corporation that barely makes a one dollar profit? $800. The tax on a personal …

Statewide Report Reinforces San Diego Pension Reform

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The Little Hoover Commission just released a bipartisan report on public employee pensions. The data is sobering to say the least.   ·         The 10 largest public pension plans in California faced a combined shortfall of more than $240 Billion in 2010.   ·         Major cities in California including San Diego are or will be spending 1/3 of their operating …

The Bogus “CA Budget Challenge” Survey

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 8 Comments

written by Richard Rider Phone: 858-530-3027 From the Richard Rider Blog:   www.RiderBlog.NotLong.com The left wing, big government group Next 10 has for some time touted their clever online survey – “The California Budget Challenge — How will YOU balance the budget?” It is a sophisticated scam. It is based on a logic fallacy – in this case, what logicians …

CA vs the other states — updated 1/30/11

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Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Version 1.754 Revised 30 January, 2011 Updated version online at: www.RiderBlog.NotLong.com Phone: 858-530-3027 Email: RRider@san.rr.com Here’s a depressing but documented comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this …

Four-fold increase in CA business departures

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 13 Comments

The numbers are in. Our departure rate for California businesses QUADRUPLED in 2010, compared to 2009. And there’s little sign of this trend reversing. Below is a brief summation from the Carpe Diem website. I strongly recommend you get their free daily email update. In the short Carpe Diem article below is a link to the more detailed story. — …

UPDATED: Breaking Bad – CA vs. the Other States

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REVISED: Breaking Bad – CA vs. the Other States by Richard Rider on Saturday, January 22, 2011 Here’s the URL to my latest “Breaking Bad” fact sheet. Not good. “HIGHLIGHT”: Last month, CA moved up into a tie with Michigan for the 2nd highest state unemployment rate. The only “good” news? — we are no longer tied by Michigan. In …

Governor SHOULD commute sentences, but NOT Nunez

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I thought today’s San Diego U-T editorial (“The action hero exits with a shameful act” ) condemning Arnold’s decision to commute the sentence of a political crony’s murderous adult son best reflected (well, at least touched on) my thinking. There are plenty of people in our HUGE prison system that have FAR better cases for commuting their sentences, or for …

CA vs other states fact sheet rev. 12-17-2010

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Here’s the link to my latest dreary updated CA comparison. Please don’t read and drive. http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2010/12/17/breaking_bad_ca_vs_other_states_-_revised_121710 Three items of note: 1. A major tort reform organization rates CA the 2nd worst “judicial hellhole” in America — extremely anti-business. 2. Our net domestic CA out-migration continues, slowed only by our depressed CA housing market. 3. We are now tied with Michigan …

WSJ: HSR subsidy trains to nowhere

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 1 Comment

The flow of studies and editorials excoriating the California High Speed Rail train wreck come at us at ever-increasing speed and frequency. There’s only one description for this disaster that fits — FRAUD!!! Read the latest WALL ST JOURNAL editorial below. Note particularly the lies used to sell this gigantic hoax to the gullible voters, compared to more real world …

Education: A Money Pit?

Erica Holloway Erica Holloway 2 Comments

“A cohesive education bureaucracy isn’t necessarily a good thing – not if that cohesion serves to preserve an unsatisfactory status quo at a time when school districts and states across the nation are climbing on the reform bandwagon.” – A Chance for Education Cohesion @sdut Frankly, that statement doesn’t go far enough when you look at once-failing school districts in …

Brown may be a surprisingly good governor

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 1 Comment

Brown may be a surprisingly good governor by RICHARD RIDER North County Times – Californian | Tuesday, November 9, 2010 12:00 am Granted, Jerry Brown is crazy. Proof positive is that he ran for governor of California, a doomed state. But he just might be crazy in a good way. Who knows what Gov. Brown will do? I don’t. I …

Start Getting Used to It

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 10 Comments

Wa-a-a-y back when Election Day 2010 was a distant mirage, I predicted in the October 9, 2009 post titled “Moonbeam Shining Bright In Governor’s Race” that as crazy as his chances seemed, former Governor Jerry Brown would succeed Arnold Schwarzenegger. Today, poll results released by the Public Policy Institute of California, show Jerry Brown leading challenger Meg Whitman by eight …

Beating a dead Golden Bear — California vs. Texas

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Leave a Comment

California is the benchmark that every state west of the Mississippi loves to compare itself to. Probably every one of these states’ business development agencies has a chart with “California vs. us” criteria. Guess who wins every time? Here’s a detailed study that just came out comparing CA with TX. The research firm is headed by Arthur Laffer. The results? …

End Run, Touchdown!

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The quarterback gives the play in the huddle. Just after the snap, the defenders push to the center and the quarterback gets plowed from the side. The reason: the line decided to go with another play. In case you’re wondering, the public is the quarterback in this end run on the tax cap increase for the Centre City Development Corp. …

Private library company in San Diego

Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters 15 Comments

With our San Diego city council slashing local library hours and services — cutting the library budget 24% — perhaps it’s time for our wise leaders to look at what Riverside County did over a decade ago. The county, with 34 branches, contracted out the operation of their libraries to a private firm (LSSI), and today the county supervisors are …

Don’t Let the Media Start a Civil War

Christine Rubin Christine Rubin 2 Comments

The media frenzy surrounding Arizona’s immigration law is nothing less than the press inciting a civil war. There is no shortage of hypothetical outcomes of the new law and these scenarios are repeated as if they are already “fact.” The new Arizona law does not take effect until the end of July, and no one has been stopped or questioned …

Taxpayers Association Issues Ballot Recommendations

The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal The Libertarian Lass, Gayle Falkenthal 3 Comments

One of the most important functions of groups like the San Diego County Taxpayers Association (SDCTA) is educating the rest of us. Providing voters with ballot recommendations that satisfy its criteria for accountable, cost-effective and efficient government has got to top the list. SDCTA has just completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures …