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.

APRIL 15, 2012 4:37PM

Replace Representative Nathan Fletcher with a Chimpanzee

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Recently CA State Assemblyman Nathan Fletcher was absent from a vote on a crucial measure with major potential negative impacts on charter cities throughout the state.  The Democrat-controlled legislature wants to make it practically impossible for any California city to ban Project Labor Agreements (PLA's).   

Such a government-imposed PLA all but guarantees that only unionized firms get to bid on a city government construction project.  This dramatically reduces the number of competitive bids, driving up the cost of city construction by AT LEAST 15%.  

In addition, this "groundbreaking" law – if found constitutional, which it is not – will open the door to the state legislature running all cities in the California – primarily to block fiscal reforms that might imperil the elevated status and prosperity of city workers.

No sane fiscal conservative supports such central planning legislation. All insane Big Government advocates DO support such madness.

Apologists for Fletcher's "absent" vote note that he didn't HAVE to vote because it would have passed anyway -- and by not voting he was effectively voting "no" on the bill.   Hence Fletcher’s decision to campaign for mayor rather than fulfill his Sacramento duties supposedly was a sensible choice

This admittedly lame but technically correct rationale raises an interesting point.  It has caused me to bring forward a modest reform proposal. 

Since fiscal conservative votes seldom count in the Democrat-dominated CA state legislature, why not elect a chimpanzee in Fletcher's district and pay him with bananas instead of a six figure income? 

The chimp can live in the San Diego Zoo, avoiding all those fruitless (so to speak) radiation-doused commutes to Sacramento.  From Balboa Park, our primate representative could fail to vote with great regularity.  By not voting, our hairy hero would vote correctly almost all the time.  And it would be a reliable vote -- not subject to backroom political deals.

Now I'll admit, some might be offended by being represented by a chimp (or NOT being represented by a chimp -- whatever).  I'm not one of 'em, but I seldom find myself in the majority with my suggested cutting-edge reforms. 

So let's consider Plan B.  IF we supposedly are paying such a generous income for someone to GO to Sacramento and to, ya know, VOTE -- shouldn't that be what they are doing? 

If our elected representatives choose not to vote so they can campaign full-time for some other office, should not they take a leave of absence (if not resign outright), fire their legislative staff and pursue their political ambitions on their own nickel? 

Given Fletcher's recent demonstration of his dearth of integrity by his gaming of the GOP, I doubt we have much hope of Nathan doing the right thing in this matter.  We taxpayers will continue to pay him while he forgoes his legislative duties to run for mayor. 

Still, longer term, perhaps this reform needs to codified into law.  Doubtless our intrepid state legislators will move this worthy reform to the top of their "to do" list. 

 

 

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