Filling in for Chuck Wilder on CRNtalk.com tomorrow, from noon to 2 pm PT

We’ll be talking guns, money, taxes, and the “war on drugs” used to seize assets from innocent bystander citizens. Dave Workman of The 2nd Amendment Foundation joins us to talk about moves to “Do Something!” now, a.k.a. to save us from the danger of guns out there. And we’ll have our own local CA expert, Chuck Michael, of the CA Rifle and Pistol Association to focus on how fast our CA State legislators are moving to capitalize on the public fear resulting from the horrific tragedy in Newtown, CT this past December.

Richard Rider joins us to talk about the millionaires who are leaving CA because they don’t want to pay 82% taxes on their earnings. Steven Greenhut recently wrote about one such individual, Pro Golfer, Phil Mickelson, and his new 62% tax bracket in CA, but Rider will explain how it’s actually 82%! What happens when the millionaires leave? Yikes.

He’s always loaded for bear, so don’t miss it. Join us live from noon to 2 pm PT on CRNtalk.com as we fill in for the venerable Chuck Wilder who is in recuperation.

Gadfy Radio: Richard Rider, Wayne Lusvardi–Schemes, Theft, Lies, and CA Government

Tuesday September 11, 2012, at 10 AM PT, Martha Montelongo, with Wayne Lusvardi,  contributing writer at CalWatchDog.com, and Ben Boychuk, Associate Editor with City Journal welcome Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters.

Rider will talk with us about his recent post about CA State Assemblyman Ben Hueso’s poison-pill ploy to sabotage pension reform by hurting workers’ in their nest egg for their retirement.   It’s poison and a fallacy.  There is a way to reform pensions using a 401K like structure, and he’s got the goods on how it’s done!

Wayne Lusvardi will talk with us about his latest post at CalWatchDog.com, Lt. Gov. Newsom threatens mortgage eminent domain threateners.

Newsom is threatening to call in the U.S. Department of Justice against any banks, Wall Street investment firms, bond rating agencies or others who may consider “boycotting” any county or joint powers authority that wants to use eminent domain to acquire mortgages that exceed the market value of homes.

Tune in LIVE at 10:00 a.m. PDT on CRNtalk.com on CRN 1 or on USTREAM TV’s CRNStudioLive!”
If you tune in on CRN, give the player a few minutes to pop up and start streaming. Give yourself enough time so you don’t miss the program.

Sometimes the programing display for CRN 1 is not current, and it may say another program is playing. You can be sure Gadfly Radio is from 10 am to 11 am PT, Tuesdays!

Related Links:
Social Security by Choice: The Experience of Three Texas Counties
by Merrill Matthews | Thursday, April 12, 2012 |NCPA.org

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Surprise! Chase Is Refinancing Your Mortgage
By Les Christie | September 9, 2012 |CNNMoney.com

Pension woes backdrop to Chicago teachers’ strike
By Steve Malanga | September 10, 2012 | PublicSectorInc.com

Everything you need to know about the Chicago teachers’ strike, in one post
Byy Dylan Matthews | September 10, 2012 | The Washington Post

‘Cool roads’ AB 296 threatens Southern California’s groundwater
By Wayne Lusvardi | September 10, 2012 CalWatchDog.com

Teacher Claims Sweden Cares More and Spends More on Education Than the U.S.–Richard Rider Responds in Dollars and Sense

Richard Rider, San Diego Tax Fighter, Pens a Letter to the Editor at the Union Tribune–Rejected, he shares it with the public anyway, and I’m sharing it here.  We not only spend more, but he points out what does help Sweden out-perform the U.S.  Sweden supports competition, and empowers their population with school choice, showing real commitment to putting students first:

Dear U-T Editor:

This is an expanded version of a letter I submitted to the SAN DIEGO U-T. Didn’t run, but no need for my research and insights to go to waste. Here ya go.

—–

Dear Editor:

Teacher Sharon Collins’ letter selflessly calls for higher taxes for education, citing socialist Sweden as her shining light.
http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jun/21/letters-sd-schools-teachers-labor-pact/?print&page=all
She didn’t do her homework.

She thinks Sweden values education more than America because they have a 25 percent sales tax (actually a VAT tax). But that high tax tells us nothing.

For a meaningful comparison, look at education spending per student. Of the 32 OECD counties (the economically advanced countries of the world) providing data, in 2008 Sweden ranks 6th in primary school per student spending, the U.S. 5th. Sweden ranks 9th in secondary school spending, the U.S. ranks 4th.

Sweden spent $9,080 per primary school student. The U.S. spent $9,940. Sweden spent $9,940 per secondary school student — the U.S. spent $12,007.
http://dx.doi.org/10.1787/888932463593

Think that’s not a fair comparison? Compare spending as a percent of GDP. Sweden spends 4.0% of GDP on K-12 education. The U.S. spends 4.1% — without a 25 percent “sales tax.” The OECD average is 3.8%.
http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/education-at-a-glance-2011/what-proportion-of-national-wealth-is-spent-on-education_eag-2011-17-en

But here’s the kicker — since 1993 Sweden has had a full-blown school voucher system. ANY parent can take the money spent on public schools and use it for sending their kids to private schools — religious or secular.

All Swedish schools compete for students, making the kids’ education a higher priority than the welfare of the school employees. While controversial when first adopted, education vouchers are now a non-issue in Sweden, as almost everyone supports the common sense choice and competition that this option offers.
http://open.salon.com/blog/richard_rider/2011/01/30/swedens_school_voucher_system_is_a_model_for_america

Inadvertently, teacher Collins picked an interesting subject on which to “school” us. Class dismissed.

Richard Rider

Richard Rider calls Prop 29 a new high speed rail

California’s high-speed rail is a massive spending boondoggle from the 2008 ballot.  Its cost nearly doubled to about $100 billion while not a single mile of track has yet been laid?

Well, if you liked high-speed rail, you’ll love Proposition 29, coming to the California ballot this June.
High speed rail, said Richard Rider, Chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, at a recent appearance on San Diego’s NBC affiliate, “promised in writing that it was going to operate under certain restrictions and now does not.”

That’s because special interests, with no accountability to voters or to taxpayers, hijacked the process doling out favors to political cronies and driving up the cost. It’s a reminder, Rider explained that “the idea that we should be budgeting money at the ballot box has not worked well for us.”

Like high-speed rail, Prop 29 creates an unaccountable commission packed with political appointees. The decisions this commission makes over the nearly $1 billion in annual new taxes it will administer are untouchable for 15 years, not even in cases of waste, fraud or abuse. That means that even though California schools are laying off teachers, this special interest spending commission can dole out favors as it pleases, with no strict controls over spending. The fact is Prop 29 does nothing to fix California’s $10+ billion budget deficit but does everything to make sure that the reckless spending that got California into the fiscal mess it’s in will continue unabated.

Californians have a choice this June. Hopefully they’ll come to realize that decades of unsustainable spending on questionable projects put California in the sorry state it is today. Prop 29 is just more of the same for California—something the state just can’t afford.

Richard Rider, Taxpayer Advocate and Diane Goldstein of LEAP on Gadfly Radio

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Today on Gadfly Radio with Martha and CalWatchDog at 10 AM PT on CRNtalk.com on Channel 1, Martha Montelongo, and  John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com and Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal, welcome Diane Goldstein of LEAP and Richard Rider, Chairman of 

10 IMPLICIT fallacies justifying government pensions – Richard Rider – Open Salon

Sometimes explicit but often IMPLICIT in government employee demands for high pensions are many, many fallacies:

10 IMPLICIT fallacies justifying government pensions – Richard Rider – Open Salon

Tonight on Gadfly Radio w/ Martha & CalWatchDog’s John Seiler, CA City Journal’s Ben Boychuk & Special Guest Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT


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October 4, 2011: Tonight live at 8 p.m. PT on Gadfly Radio, Ben Boychuk of CA City Journal and John Seiler of CalWatchDog.com, welcome Richard Rider of San Diego’s Tax Fighters Group for a lively discussion on what the looters of America are up to and getting away with like it or not. Used this last line last week, and lo and behold, it still fits.

Yesterday, Katie Grimes of CalWatchDog.com wrote Brown Hands Out More Union Gifts. It is a bloody gutting of a bill at the 11th hour, to fill it with an egregious flagrant power grab, to neuter, nullify, squash, smash, any efforts by citizens in local governments to govern themselves, to do what Sacramento is too corrupt and dysfunctional to do, to reign in the Blob that controls the Governor and the majority of the Legislature in Sacramento. The bill SB 922, that started out as a bill to legislate immunizations and tuberculosis screening was gutted and transformed into a death knell on City or Municipally passed initiatives to ban Project Labor Agreements anywhere in CA, because what has been brewing in San Diego has been getting the attention of activist around the state, inspired by the success of the activists in San Diego, to build coalitions to establish sound fiscal policy in San Diego, to protect vital services and restore financial solvency.

The coalition for Comprehensive Pension Reform C.P.R. announced on Friday, last week, that they had qualified a major game changing initiative for the ballot, in June next year, to reform public employee pensions for the City of San Diego. Earlier in the month of September, activists in the City of San Diego just qualified an initiative to ban Project Labor Agreements for Construction in the City of San Diego.

We’ll talk with Richard Rider on the reform measures that have been passed, and the two that have just been qualified for the June ballot and this move by the Governor and the Union controlled Legislators who have passed a bill to cut the San Diego reformers off at the knees. What now?

I want to talk about my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.  It is not a coincidence that the same week, Governor Brown refers to John and Ken as part of a group he coins as the ‘Legion of Acceptability’ in a interview with the NYT.

Related links:
Anti- Project Labor Agreement Initiative Qualifies for Summer Ballot

my take on the Latino Groups who announced last week, they want John and Ken removed from the airwaves on KFI.

  
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Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler on CA, 47th Worst Economy & Richard Rider on More CA Breaking Bad News.

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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June 21, 2011 Tonight live at 8PM PT:  
Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s John Seiler discusses ALEC-Laffer’s new State Economic Competitiveness Index report ranking California 47th on economic outlook and 46th for economic performance, and Richard Rider on more CA Breaking Bad News!   

Both will talk about CA Controller John Chiang blocking pay to the Legislators for their No-Budget Budget turned in and promptly vetoed by Governor Brown last Wednesday, June  15th.  


Rider’s email alert this afternoon read: RICHARD RIDER COMMENT: CA State Controller John Chiang has declared that the legislative budget passed was not balanced, and hence does not satisfy the requirements of props 58 and 25. Bottom line — no pay for CA legislators from 16 June until they submit an actual balanced budget.


Ever so wild however, Rider goes further than his prediction last November about the budget turned in “on time.”  He makes a prediction about Chiang that is wilder then usual even by his own standards.


Steven Greenhut, who is not with us tonight has a powerful piece up at CalWatchDog.com on the budget impasse he refers to as California State’s Ongoing Nutty Budget Battle.
In it, he refers to Richard Rider’s comments from last week when the budget came in “on time” and was promptly vetoed:  
Bogus Projections
Richard Rider, chairman of the San Diego Tax Fighters, described the failed budget as “a particularly imaginative piece—a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same Legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could—he vetoed the mess.” Some of the “imaginative” elements included a legally dubious increase in the vehicle-license fee; the deferment of $3.4 billion in state payments to community colleges and universities; an effort to take $1 billion from early-childhood-development commissions; and an “Amazon tax” aimed at collecting use-taxes from online retailers, which may not pass legal muster. The budget also would have raided the state’s reserve fund and cut money from the state courts.

We’ll take your calls, questions and comments on the air at 1-818-602-4929. 

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CA Voters who Passed Prop 25 in 2010 have made us all a bunch of Wile E. Coyotes, off a cliff with a heavy anvil following us down!

Wile E. Cayote Genius CA Voters got what they signed up for. Yup! They fixed those Legislators Good. Gave up the 2/3rd requirement to pass a budget, and in return forced the legislators to pass a budget on time or else! NO BUDGET ON TIME, NO PAY! So, the clever devils “passed” a “budget” and the Gov promptly vetoed it because it was a sham. Business as usual except now Republicans have no power to veto tax increases. The rascals averted docked pay! The suckers are left falling off a cliff.

Clever CA Voters who passed California Proposition 25, Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget (2010)
Clever CA Voters think they’ve got it all handled now that they’ve removed all obstacles to the legislators who just want to do the right thing! Sure!
CA Voters i.e. Wily E. Coyotes, falling off a cliff–Gov Brown vetoes the stupid budget passed by the critters in the legislature so that they could do what they do every year–nothing that fixes our financial crisis–and still get paid on time, business as usual!

Here’s Richard Rider’s take on it:
JUNE 16, 2011 3:22PM
California budget Kabuki dance continues
by Richard Rider

The Sacramento Kabuki dance continues. As I publicly predicted, our state legislature (well, the Democrat majority) passed a state “budget” on time — to avoid forfeiture of pay for tardiness. And as I predicted 10 November, 2010, Governor Jerry Brown has vetoed the absurd submission. The only surprise is the speed with which Brown rejected the legislators’ fantasy plan.

The budget submitted was a particularly imaginative piece — a disjointed combination of bogus revenue projections, even more accounting gimmickry, illegally passed tax increases and sources of revenue that this same legislature was bound to reject when the follow-up bills came before them (such as selling state government properties). Brown did the only possible thing he could — he vetoed the mess.

Oddly enough, it’s doubtful that many state legislators are upset with the veto. Indeed, it Brown HAD approved it, then the repercussions later in the year when the fraud became apparent would have been more harmful politically than the veto today.

Now comes the part that will shock the voters — something that will become apparent in the next 24 hours of news analysis. Most will assume that, with the governor’s veto, the forfeiture of all legislative pay will commence, as the budget is now past the 15 June deadline. But when Prop 25, the “Majority Vote for Legislature to Pass the Budget,” was passed, few understood that it mandated only that a budget — ANY budget — must be passed by the state legislature by 15 June. A gubernatorial veto has no effect on the satisfactory completion of that requirement.
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About the show last night on Gadfly Radio

Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, joined Steve Greenhut, John Seiler and me, to share some positive developments in the realm of public policy.  Steve talked about some of the highlights of what others called a debate last week in O.C.  It was Steve vs Orange County’s Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union, in what Steve calls a floor mopping–him doing the mopping! We had a lot of fun while discussing the dismal state of CA’s business climate, for small business and the middle class, and the politics and policy that have major impact, and we highlighted a new emerging leader, and some policy victories as a hint of what is possible if only…  One caller  took a few of our panel on a contemplation of his dream if only the north of CA separated from the south… Too short a time for so much to talk about, but it was fun and lively and… We’ll pick it up next week, same time, same place.  Hope you enjoy the podcast! 

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog’s Steven Greenhut & John Seiler on the hottest in Politics and Policy, w/ guest, Richard Rider, Tax Fighter, on good news for taxpayers and property owners in San Diego. Could it Start a Trend?

Gadfly Radio Tonight, at 8 PM PT

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This week, CalWatchDog‘s Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We’ll also welcome tax fighter, Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, on some good news developments to reign in the size and costs of big government.

We’ll talk with Steve about the debate he had last Tuesday with Orange County’s Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union. It was held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach and sponsored by the Orange County Forum, the Lincoln Club and the Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchDog.com’s parent think tank.

The topic was “Can Pensions Be Reformed Cooperatively?”  A video recording of the debate is posted up at CalWatchDog’s website.  I want to pose the same question and others to Steve, and you are welcome to add your question to the discussion.

A new air quality bill has sailed out of the Senate “Environmental Quality committee on a 5 to 1 vote on Monday…[It is] another global warming bill, SB 246. This one would require the state Air Resources Board to monitor and regulate sources of emissions of greenhouse gases affecting owners of cars, trucks, boats and lawn mowers — as well as sources in homes and businesses. Sounds like we better get ready for the Green Police!

Authored by Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, SB 246 ironically discourages emission reductions and would significantly increases business costs as well as overall market uncertainty. It does so by imposing hefty new requirements on the development and use of compliance offsets in the cap-and-trade program under AB 32.”

John Seiler reports:  CA Dems Hold Looters’ Convention.  The Democratic Party of CA is bent on raising taxes to fix all their problems, and there seems to be no connection for these leaders with taxing too much and losing droves of businesses and tax revenues from those who are picking up and moving to other states where they are welcome, and rewarded with a hospitable business climate.   He includes some very compelling facts and numbers to drive home this trend and the impact it has on CA. 
Richard Rider, Chair of the San Diego Tax Fighters on some encouraging developments in San Diego.  Could these developments succeed and if yes, could they start a trend? 


We’ll cover these stories and more, and get your imput if you want to give us a call during the show.  

My mission for this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of  The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), “to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government.” 

It’s a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog’s team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

Join us Tuesday nights, on Gadfly Radio live in Southern California or where ever you are.  California is a land of beauty and unlimited possibility because of the abundance of our greatest capital resource, our human resources, if we can get it right.   Join us.


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The Propositions on the CA November 2010 Ballot: Richard Rider of the San Diego Taxfighters Group. and Meg Whitman’s choices

I got Richard’s recommendations yesterday in my email box, and Meg’s arrived today.

I have interviewed Richard Rider many times, as my guest on my former radio show on CRN.
He is a brilliant CPA, accountant and economist. His graph was not in jpg format, like Meg’s, so I converted it using my limited skills on my Macbook Pro. Click on the thumbnail image of Richard’s graph to make it open up into a larger image. (update, Oct 11, 2010: I’m voting NO on prop 22 because if it passes, it protect corporate welfare.  CalWatchDog.com has a great post on Prop 22. here.

Meg’s graph is a neat little jpg file. I sure wish she supported Prop 23. I am greatly dismayed.  If jobs are number one, it’s the most important initiative on the ballot.  Oh, and when the no on 23 people say it will destroy all the new green jobs that are in the works, well uh, yes, but do they mention in their ads and spin that those jobs they claim will be lost are government jobs?

Thank goodness Richard Rider proves true again to individual citizens, taxpayers, and to citizens who want clean, limited government and a viable middle class which can and will create jobs through investment in entrepreneurship in manufacturing enterprises, if we stop AB32 until our economy is back on track, until unemployment drops below 5.5 percent for four consecutive quarters.

San Diego Tax Fighters Proposition Recommendations

Below are the official San Diego Tax Fighters’ recommendations for the November 2010 California state and local propositions. (Click on the graph for it to open into a larger image)

 Here’s Meg Whitman’s:

I am 100 percent in line with Richard Rider’s positions on all of the ballot initiatives listed above.  Their passage or failure bode dramatic and potentially disastrous consequences for middle class taxpayer small business owners and all the up and coming who ride their wave and coattails.

Meg’s wrong on 23, but Jerry is no different. Meg’s “compromise” to suspend AB32 for one year is useless.

It is up to the voters of CA to decide the fate of this state. May the Tea Party, in its greatest spirit of liberty, crash the shores of CA and stop the looters in their tracks.

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CA’s $800K/Yr Small City Manager

This is from friend, RICHARD RIDER. I posted this story and talked about my my radio show on Saturday, but I just can’t leave it alone. Everyone should know this story, and hopefully be compelled to find out what their city’s manager and other city staff personal in their cities and counties, are paid by us, the taxpayers.

Richard wrote in an email blast today “COMMENT: Many of you probably heard about this travesty already, but it bears repeating — especially with my indignant comments added.

Bell, California is a city of 37,000 low income people — mostly ill-educated, compliant minorities. They’ve been raped by their own city government. Sadly, there’s no better description for what has happened.

I’ve seen countless cases of politicians and government workers gouging the citizenry, but this example sets a new standard.”

Here’s a link to the LA Times Story: Is a city manager worth $800,000?
Bell isn’t a big town, or a wealthy one. But some of its top officials are paid double or triple the salaries of their counterparts elsewhere.

Here’s a link to a VERY short summary of the story from a Rostra blog entry Richard Rider posted, with his comment below it.

Thanks Richard!

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Sat May 15, 2010: Grace Marie Turner on Damages of the Health Care Bill & Richard Rider on Govt Corruption and Incompetence by the numbers


Join me on the air, Saturday from 10 to 11AM and 8 to 11 PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN, on
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On the program, Grace Marie Turner, President of the Galen Institute, a public policy research organization that she founded in 1995 to promote an informed debate over free-market ideas for health reform.
She has been instrumental in developing and promoting ideas for reform that transfer power over health care decisions to doctors and patients.

“As more details emerge about the massive 2,700-page health overhaul law, even those who supported its passage are shocked by its sweeping implications and reach into every corner of our lives and society. For example, small-business owners are telling members of Congress they are terrified about the risks the law presents to their ability to keep and hire workers — imperiling the nation’s already fragile economic recovery.

Major companies are beginning to recognize the extraordinary risk of continuing to provide health benefits for their workers under Obamacare. “Many companies are examining a course that was heretofore unthinkable, dumping the health care coverage they provide to their workers in exchange for paying penalty fees to the government,” according to Fortune magazine, which reviewed internal company documents.

Many Americans wondered why Congress was in such a rush to take the final vote on ObamaCare at midnight on a Sunday night when most of its major programs don’t begin until 2014. It’s now clear that Democratic leaders feared their members might balk if they saw the objective analysis that was being prepared showing the overhaul law’s true costs. Their concerns were validated when a respected, non-partisan analyst issued a report one month after the law was enacted.” (from the Galen Institute Website)

Saturday night, on Moonlighting with Martha, According to Rasmussen, the number one issue to voters today is Government Corruption and their void of ethics. Number two is the economy, and that includes jobs.
Richard Rider, Taxpayer Hero extraordinaire
, joins me to entertain you with his wit, his charm and his take no prisoners knowledge, analysis and reporting on the ugly state of affairs in CA compared to the rest of the country, and even how CA stacks up to other countries around the globe for worst and most unstable economy. We’ll also cover this San Diego Tax fighters recommendations on the CA Statewide Propositions!!!! Delicious!

Immigration is up in priority with voters, but still behind government corruption, the economy, national security, and health care. For some though, saying Illegal Immigration is like yelling “Squirrel!” A leftist Latino teacher spews revolution against the U.S. and capitalism, and Mary Anastasia O’Grady zeros in on the drug wars, the cartels and the root of the rise in violent crimes Arizonans are suffering. Let’s talk.

The lines are open. I hope you put us on your calendar, tune in, give us a call, and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10 to 11AM PT, and 8 to 11PM PT, one fast hour in the morning and three fun hours on Saturday night, on CRN 1

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Below is an AP/Washington Post article describing the explosion of (primarily California) traffic fines, and especially miscellaneous (and sometimes onerous) fees tacked on to the fines. How are these not tax increases that require a public vote?

RICHARD RIDER COMMENT:

More and more, California reminds me of Hazzard County, where every week the Duke boys would thwart Boss Hogg’s ongoing efforts to extort money from the populace through various schemes involving government confiscation.

Most people (not me, but most people) accept the need for some red light cameras to stop people who “run red lights.” But the majority of CA red light tickets are $381 fines for turning right without coming to a full (and COMPLETE) stop. What’s THAT have to do with “running red lights”?

BTW, check my blog for my recent post on how to challenge these red light tickets.
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Read the Washington Post article here.

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Sat Jan 30, 2010: Is the Water Crisis over? & Three Victories by The Man over the Taxpayer–Grrrr


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Fred Starrh, operates a family farm in the southern part of the Central Valley, in Kern County.  He sits on the Kern County Water Agency and he will give us an update on the Water Crisis in the Central Valley.

On Monday, January 25th, Republican Members of Congress hosted a Water Forum in Fresno, CA, addressing the San Joaquin Valley water crisis. Secretary Salazar turned down an invitation to participate in this forum or to send a representative from the Department of the Interior.

Hundreds of farmers and residents from throughout the Central Valley also attended a rare congressional hearing on water, in Los Angeles, also held on Jan 25th.  Secretary Salazar skipped that hearing too but the next day Salazar announced additional steps to assist The Central Valley Project water users. “To assist farmers in the short term, Secretary Salazar announced that 350,000 to 400,000 acre-feet of water will be made available for West Side farmers by March 1, the beginning of the contract water year.”

Only problem is that the “additional water allocation” is not a real additional water allocation, but is in fact a carryover of water, farmers paid for and never received, last year. The spin flies. Many in the State of CA and throughout the nation think the problem is solved, but the truth is far from it. The truth is dire for the people in the Central Valley where unemployment is upward of 16%. Families have lost their homes, jobs, and businesses. Their way of life is drying up.

Fred was on the Jan 25th water panel in Fresno, along with Congressman Tom McClintock. The key point in his presentation: There was legislation introduced in Congress last year, to lift the restrictions put in place by the Endangered Species Act. Both Senators Boxer and Feinstein, voted against it, even though they voted for a similar legislation in New Mexico. The most eye opening statement Fred made was that his family paid over $1.6 million dollars for water last year, for water that they did not receive.

When farms and cities in Kern County have to pay $100 million dollars for water they do not receive, it robs the county of probably $500 million in economic activity including lost jobs, property taxes, and sales taxes.  Some projections now are that farmers, despite the rainfall this year are being told they will get little more than 10 percent of their normal allocations.

On Dec. 15, the Kern County Water Agency’s water resource managers stated that if 2010 is a normal water year in the state and all the existing restrictions remain in place, we could receive as little as a 20 percent water allocation. If the restrictions are removed, we could see as much as a 70 percent water allocation.

Richard Rider, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association Taxpayer Hero of the Year for 2009, joins me to talk about these three setbacks for taxpayers this week, including a victory by the Public Employee Unions over the taxpayers in Oregon. The WSJ called it a “Taxpayer Ambush in Oregon.” The public employee unions in CA see this as a game changing strategy that will work to convince voters in CA to say yes to raising taxes, and support their power, spending, unsustainable pensions, and benefits.

Is Schwarzenegger back to reigning in the public employee unions and the unsustainable spending they push and cause in CA? Will this new old Arnold help or hurt The Citizen Power Campaign?

Obama has given CA the rope it needs to hang itself. Jon Coupal says “Obama’s decision to give California’s controversial High Speed Rail project a $2.25 billion boost could also be called Cash For Clunkers, Part Deux.”

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Sat Jan 2, 2010 CRN Digital Talk Show: Guest, Taxpayer’s Hero Richard Rider



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Greg Scandlen on Crunch Time in Congress on Your Health Care & Eric Singer on Congress Created Mortage/Credit Crisis Redux: Saturday Oct 10, 2009



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On the program, Richard Rider, Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association 2009 Taxpayer Hero of the Year, talks about the new-hot-off-the-presses study commissioned by the San Diego Taxpayers Association, which shows City Pension Costs Linked to Higher Taxes.

Greg Scandlen, Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, an expert on Health Care policy, joins us to talk about Crunch Time in Congress: The Senate Finance Committee will be voting on its bill next week, then Harry Reid and the White House will cobble together a merger of the two Senate committee bills and take it to the floor. House leadership is already working on a bill to take to the floor and will probably have a vote in the next two weeks. Whatever else they do, it will certainly include:

* A mandate that you must buy health insurance and be fined or even jailed if you fail to comply.
* A major increase in the deficit to pay for all the new subsidies and bureaucracies.
* Rationing of services as determined by a federal committee.
* Increased taxes on everyone involved in health care.
* More regulation of doctors and hospitals.

Eric Singer
of “Congressional Effect Fund” talks with us about Congress’s plan to reenergize the the Community Reinvestment Act–the same act that brought us the housing market bubble, and credit market meltdown. It promises to usher in the next mortgage and credit crisis in the name of “helping to stimulate” the economy. With the Government buying up mortgages how do we really know the value of the market or how it’s doing?

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EDITORIAL: BREAKING BAD–CALIFORNIA VS. THE OTHER STATES

By Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

August 21, 2009 (San Diego) — Here’s a depressing 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 article):

California has the 2nd highest state income tax in the nation: . 9.55% at $48,000. 10.55% at $1,000,000

Our state is by far the highest state sales tax in the nation. 8.25% (not counting local sales taxes)

We have the highest state car tax in the nation – at least double any other state. 1.15% per year on value of vehicle.

Our corporate income tax rate is the highest in the West. 8.84%

California’s 2009 Business Tax Climate ranks 48th in the nation.
taxfoundation.org/

We have the fourth highest capital gains tax 9.55%
thereibrain.com

We also have the highest gasoline tax (averaging 64.5 cents/gallon) in the nation (July, 2009). When gas hits $3.00/gallon, we are numero uno – because unlike many states, we charge sales tax on gasoline purchases (built into the price).
api.org

Our state has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. (July, 2009) 11.9%. National rate 9.4%.
bls.gov/news.release
Read the rest of the report here

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Steve Moore of the WSJ on the $9 trillion 10-yr budget deficit, the shrinking GDP and jobs losses. Also, Earthquake at L.A.Unified. Sat Aug 29,2009

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[Edit posted 8/30/2009: Richard Rider, honored this past week as “Tax Fighter of the Year,” by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, dropped in and chatted with us for a while, until he had to run off to do a TV interview with a reporter.]

This Saturday on the program Steve Moore of the WSJ, on the Obama Administration finally raising their own projected 10 year budget deficit to 9 trillion dollars, the GDP shrinks again, another 1 percent, for the forth quarter in a row, and where are the jobs?

We’ll talk with Steve about CA’s latest ‘really creative’ solution (Not) : raise taxes on middle income earners and small business owners–the ones who haven’t left the state yet.
Last October, on the Bill Maher’s Show, Steve said: “Our nation was founded on the principle of a tax revolt. . . . The American nation was founded because Americans hate paying taxes”. He’s the author of many books, including The End of Prosperity, co authored with Arthur Laffer and Peter Tanous. And he is very excited about the Tea Party revolts he has witnessed across the nation.

Larry Sand, recently retired L.A. Unified School District teacher, and the founder and president of the California Teacher’s Empowerment Network, joins me to talk about this week’s earth shaking news that the nation’s 2nd largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, voted yes on Tuesday, to allow private charter school companies to take over 200 failing schools and to operate 50 new schools.

The union is threatening to sue and vows to fight the decision. The proposal known as the “School Choice” measure, will allow charter operators and other institutions to bid for control of 50 new schools – including 20 campuses in the 2010-2011 school year – plus 200 “failing” campuses. The change will affect more than 200,000 students representing more than one-third of the student population in the LAUSD.

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Saturday, Post radio program.

My guest today was Richard Rider from the San Diego Tax Fighters’ Group. He’s a wealth of experience and information and true crusader for the taxpayers. It’s a topic that can numb your brain or paralyse you with the sense of being powerless against the collective strength of government employee groups, their unions, and the politicians they help elect to ‘negotiate’ their contracts and pay raises.

I’ve been focused on the social conservative issues and thinking about how to establish the coalition of citizens we are not connected with, who are conservative, but vote lock step with the liberals. I haven’t quite seen the way yet… I have an idea, but it’s germinating. Talking with Richard helps see the possibilities. I think the most exciting idea for me came at the end, from a caller who asked Richard about whether or not we could force government agents to put any proposed pay raise to the people’s vote, because the common practice for local governments is to vote themselves payraises and benefits with impunity. Richard’s response, it’s been done and it works, it’s a good idea, and “Do it.”