- San Diego, California, USA
- August 24
- San Diego Tax Fighters
- Biography of Richard Rider
(Updated July, 2011)
San Diego, CA 92131
* AGE: 66
* EDUCATION: B.A. Economics, University of North Carolina, 1968
* MILITARY SERVICE: Commander, Supply Corps, U. S. Naval Reserve, retired after 26 years (four years active, the rest in the reserve).
** OCCUPATION: Retired stockbroker and financial planner. Lifetime member of the International Association of Financial Planners. Former business owner.
• Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
• National Taxpayers Union
• Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association
• San Diego County Taxpayers Association
* POLITICAL ACTIVITIES:
• Successfully sued the county of San Diego (Rider vs. County of San Diego) to force a rollback of an illegal 1/2-cent jails sales tax, a precedent that saved California taxpayers over fourteen billion dollars, including $3.5 billion for San Diego taxpayers.
• Actively supported a variety of tax-cutting ballot initiatives including Proposition 13. Has written ballot arguments against numerous county and state tax increase initiatives.
• County co-chair of both California term limit initiatives (Prop 140 and Prop 164).
• Libertarian Party candidate for governor in 1994.
• Candidate for the 3rd District County Supervisor in 1992 (third place among six candidates with about 20% of the vote).
• 1993 – appointed to (and then elected chair of) the San Diego County Social Services Advisory Board.
• 1996 – appointed as a Commissioner on the California Constitution Revision Commission by state Assembly Speaker Kurt Pringle.
• Has been involved in legal actions against City of San Diego to force a public vote on issuing bonds for Qualcomm stadium expansion, convention center, baseball ballpark and other projects.
• 2005 – Unsuccessful candidate for Mayor of San Diego, though his reform ideas have since taken hold.
• 2007 – Columnist for NORTH COUNTY TIMES and SAN DIEGO DAILY TRANSCRIPT
• 2009 - The Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association's "California Tax Fighter of the Year"
* FAMILY: Married. Wife, Diane, is a retired public high school teacher. Two sons, ages 32 and 27.
MY RECENT POSTS
- Looks like I'm done with Open
September 21, 2012 06:08PM
- Dismal federal fiscal facts to
September 17, 2012 10:19AM
- Ballotpedia.org: Great source
on elections -- or not.
September 15, 2012 11:39AM
- Proof that I'm a racist
(according to braying
September 02, 2012 01:08PM
- Minimum wage keeps teens out
August 31, 2012 03:33PM
MY RECENT COMMENTS
- “The funny part is that
true believers continue to
April 24, 2011 01:55PM
- “We should never forget
that Next 10 was one of the
(if not the
February 20, 2011 02:42PM
- “Excellent idea, Bob.
Indeed, I've been hyping the
August 12, 2010 04:58PM
- “Thanks for the "comment"
guidance. Can one go back
September 24, 2009 11:19AM
- “As I said before Robin,
I don't do one-on-one
September 24, 2009 10:51AM
Richard Rider's Links
- MY LINKS
Because of the ongoing problems on this (apparently) dying
website, I'm moving my blog to a new location. Actually it's
the reactivation of a blog I used before.
Blogspot.com -- a.k.a. Blogger -- is quite good, and has improved measurably since last I… Read full post »
Today there is a long op-ed in the WS JOURNAL on the magnitude and cost of the current deficit spending, and the adverse consequences of the latest QE3 Federal Reserve "easy money" policy. Oddly enough, our 16 trillion dollar "national debt" is just a small component of our our overall federal… Read full post »
www.ballotpedia.org is an extremely useful source on elections -- especially propositions. It includes who are the backers and opponents, and who the big contributors are. But Ballotpedia "edit trolls" can alter or omit facts to suit their purposes. I just got involed in one su… Read full post »
Richard Boddie, a black libertarian friend of mine, sent me this article. It is written by Thomas Sowell, a black man I consider the most insightful commentator/philosopher in the country today (a title I've bestowed upon him for two decades).
The column is about the spate of recent unreporte… Read full post »
It's a topic that bears repeated attention. Not because teenagers can't earn money for goodies, but because they go through the formative years without developing a work ethic. And employers are sensitive to this deficiency.
The longer the young (especially low income young) stay ou… Read full post »
Breaking Bad: California vs. the Other States
by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters
Version 1.821 Revised: 17 August, 2012 &n… Read full post »
Everyone knows that "Big Oil" is gouging us at the pump. We just KNOW it.
Everyone agrees it's true. Ergo it MUST be true, right?
Well actually, no.
At least, it’s not the oil refiners and distributors “gouging” us -- the ones we call "Big Oil… Read full post »
Which Is Better for the En… Read full post »
Because I'm one of the signers of a CA ballot book argument against Prop 38 (the "Munger" income tax prop), I've been asked by a Democrat State Senator to submit input to a State Senate hearing this week on the matter. Apparently the legislature is setting up to endorse their preferred… Read full post »
Sometimes the bizarre nature of our tax laws are beyond comic. In this instance, "insane" is a word that readily pops to mind.
Matt Welch | July 24, 2012
As you may know, I do a weekly news segment on the XETV Ch-6 Morning News. They run about 4-6 minutes each -- dealing primarily with CA state and local issues.
This repeat gig could end any time. Indeed, the station just dumped most of the news programs' regular repeat… Read full post »
RIDER COMMENT: I think we
Americans all are suffering from "unemployment fatigue." We are
sick and tired of discussing, pondering and complaining about this
But this reality is still a huge depressant on our economy – both economically and psychologically. L… Read full post »
RIDER COMMENT: Shortly after the disastrous 2007 “Witch” brushfire in (primarily) San Diego County, the LOS ANGELES TIMES asked me to debate fire issues with a local UCSD professor. What followed was a civil 5 day written exchange where good points were raised –… Read full post »
Below is an odd post that quite impressed me -- a comprehensive takedown of Obama's "you didn't build that" speech. All of my allies know that Obama is oh SO wrong, but dissecting his populist argument for others to understand doesn't come easy.
What is odd about this solid refutation… Read full post »
And that reality is this: NO ONE thinks its implementation will have ANY effect on “man made global warming” (now “climate change,” of course). Even proponents see it as “setting a good example&rdqu… Read full post »
Today I'm adding a new factoid on my crowded California fact sheet -- "Breaking Bad -- CA vs. the Other States." Oddly enough, it's bad news.
According to Dun & Bradstreet, in 2011 California small businesses failed at a rate 69% higher than the national average -- "winning" the prize as… Read full post »
In the article below on city bankruptcies, the LA TIMES gives the impression that San Bernardino's BK is largely due to Prop 13. Not so.
I don't have the city historical property tax figures, but doubtless they closely reflect San Bernardino COUNTY property tax. Consider:
- In 2005, the co … Read full post »
Yet another reputable study -- this one reported in the LOS ANGELES TIMES --guts an underlying assumption of HSR believers. See the article below. Japan's experience with HSR over 30 years demonstrates that ". . . as an engine of economic growth, [HSR] 'will have only a marginal imp… Read full post »
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