Richard Rider

Richard Rider
San Diego, California, USA
August 24
San Diego Tax Fighters
Biography of Richard Rider (Updated July, 2011) San Diego, CA 92131 E-mail: * 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.

JUNE 25, 2010 5:58PM

LA TIMES latest blatant propaganda "news"

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On 8 June the LA TIMES ran a puff piece (a.k.a. news story) touting a new objective website designed to "educate the public about state government."  Need I say more about this impartial source of citizen information?  

As my readers doubtless suspect, this website is run by another front group for the progressive movement -- with the clear goal of repealing Prop 13 and the 2/3 vote requirement.  Naturally the LA TIMES chose not to reveal that information to its gullible readership.

Here's the paper's  story, with my cogent reader comment below it.  I expose this latest fraud -- unkindly revealing the complicity of the failing LA TIMES in this con game.


8 June, 2010 

Website aims to educate the public about state government

The nonpartisan site, created by scholars at Stanford and UC Berkeley, aggregates information, endorsements, news and resources on how the state operates. Encouraging reform is a major goal.

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NOTE:  To read the full embarassing LA TIMES propaganda piece, you can click on this link.

Richard Rider Comment on article at 11:13 AM June 13, 2010

The key fact in the article is that the website is backed by "nonpartisan" Next Ten and its financier -- uber-liberal Noel Perry.  This will be yet another liberal propaganda site, pretending to be non-ideological in nature.  But the input will be from the liberal poli sci profs at these overwhelmingly left wing institutions.

Nonpartisan?  Technically, yes.  Nonpartisan means not formally aligned or associated with one political party.  This website won't be.  It will represent the philosophies of the Democrat, Green, Socialist and Peace and Freedom parties.

The reporters and editors at the LA TIMES blithely regurgitate the propaganda of these "progressive" outfits without mentioning the liberal/pro-labor union slant of the organizations.  This is in stark contrast to to the media's policy of always identifying Heritage, Hoover, Reason or other such institutions as "conservative" or "libertarian." 

I fully concur that the paper should point out the limited government leanings of such think tanks.  But the editors should be consistant, and do the same for liberal nonprofits as well. 

They don't.  Perhaps for these journalists, a liberal organization IS impartial -- since naturally the reporters and editors fully agree with the viewpoints espoused.

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