Richard Rider

Richard Rider
Location
San Diego, California, USA
Birthday
August 24
Title
Chairman
Company
San Diego Tax Fighters
Bio
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: RRider@san.rr.com * 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. * AFFILIATION: • 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.

SEPTEMBER 21, 2012 6:08PM

Looks like I'm done with Open Salon

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.  
http://RiderRants.blogspot.com/ 

Blogspot.com -- a.k.a. Blogger -- is quite good, and has improved measurably since last I… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2012 10:19AM

Dismal federal fiscal facts to consider

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 »

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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 »

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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

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AUGUST 31, 2012 3:33PM

Minimum wage keeps teens out of work

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 »

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AUGUST 23, 2012 10:17PM

NEWSWEEK say "Obama’s Gotta Go"

RIDER COMMENT:  Newsweek magazine, the quintessential liberal publication, caused quite a stir this week.  Its cover story calls for the end of the incompetent Obama reign.  The story itself is well done, but the fact that it's the cover story is stunning.  
 
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Here's a fairly objective summation of the proposed personal income tax plans of Obama, Romney and Ryan.  There's much to comment on here, but for now, I'm just sharing this summation without my usual wry observations.
 
One thing IS certain -- no way we can keep our current… Read full post »
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Breaking Bad:  California vs. the Other States

by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

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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

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 RIDER NOTE:  This is a thoughtful and well-documented article on transit -- written by a noted (and hated) critic of government subsidies for public transportation -- especially rail.
 
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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 »

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Sometimes the bizarre nature of our tax laws are beyond comic. In this instance, "insane" is a word that readily pops to mind.

http://reason.com/blog/2012/07/24/irs-scrounging-through-the-seat-cushions

 

IRS: Scrounging Through the Seat Cushions

Matt Welch | July 24, 2012

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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 »

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RIDER COMMENT:   I think we Americans all are suffering from "unemployment fatigue." We are sick and tired of discussing, pondering and complaining about this ongoing problem.  

But this reality is still a huge depressant on our economy – both economically and psychologically. L
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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 »

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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 »

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RIDER COMMENT:  Everyone seems to be ignoring the reality of AB32.

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

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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 »

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The California state tax hikers' prospects are looking bad, according to this recent poll.  All three November propositions lack sufficient approval margins to withstand an election campaign that fully informs voters on all aspects of these plans.  As I predicted, the passage of the HSR "Tr… Read full post »
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Interesting study summarized below.  Most of America's transportation system is, at least theoretically, paid for by user fees.  This is especially true for MAINTENANCE and REPAIR of such systems.  
 
BOTTOM LINE:  This funding is working pretty well for the nation's highway… Read full post »
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NOTE:  This is an expanded and updated article/press release I'm currently distributing, refuting the liberals' contention that we need to drop ("modify") Prop 13 so governments can raise property taxes faster. It includes the latest revenue figures from June, 2012.
 
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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: 

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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

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Superb commentary last month from columnist Jeff Jacoby of the BOSTON GLOBE. The Wisconson experience with reining in their public employee labor unions is a lesson for California -- if we can learn from it.
 
 
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There's a CA State Senate vote coming up (currently 2 PM, 7-5-12) on issuing the billions of dollars in High Speed Rail bonds approved by voters in 2008. But the current project has only a titular relationship with the original HSR system barely approved by CA citizens.
 
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