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.

Because of the ease of postiing on Facebook, I'm putting some interesting political stuff on there that I don't put here on my blog.  When I'm reading online an article I particlularly like and want to share, often I can then click on the Facebook icon.  I write a few words… Read full post »

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RIDER COMMENT:  Years after giving up on the pension reform battle, CA Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger belatedly has decided to bring the issue back.  Well, HE didn't decide -- the disaster that is California decided it for him.

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After my main man Milton Friedman, Thomas Sowell is easily my favorite economist. But he's more than a great free market economist. He offers enightening sociological and philosophical insights.  Professor Sowell is truly an original thinker.

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Here's a chart that compares nations on the likelihood of defaulting on their debt.  Guess who just made the Top Ten?  California! 

CA-Default

Yes, according to this criteria, our nation-state is now the eighth riskiest "nation" in the entire world.  We are a bit better than Lebano… Read full post »

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Below is the link to a detailed rebuttal of a recent bogus study claiming that public employees are paid less than the private sector.  This rebuttal was done by my friend Adam Summers with the Reason Foundation.

Of course, the opposite is true.  Today most (not all) public employees… Read full post »

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Proposition Recommendations of San Diego Tax Fighters – for June, 2010

Contact:  Richard Rider, Chairman

 

San Diego Tax Fighters has completed its review of the June 2010 Primary Election state and local ballot measures and issued its ballot recommendations.  A supermajority (Read full post »

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Bottom line:  IF you use Windows XP and Internet Explorer, don't push the "F1" key if instructed to do so by a pop up window.  It COULD release malware into your system. 

Yes, this is a legitimate warning to some Internet users.  But the circulating chainletter email that warns o… Read full post »

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Incredibly, the Navy (yes, OUR Navy) is planning to name a warship after the late John Murtha — a contemptible human being who served many years as a U.S. Congressman. A ragtag but vocal opposition movement

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ADOPTED FROM JACK DEAN POST:  No matter how bad the show's writing has been over the past  decade or so, you know that an issue has developed widespread awareness when it's the subject of a skit on Saturday Night Live.

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APRIL 24, 2010 3:55PM

RIDER GOES POSTAL AT POST OFFICE

The following is a rather long personal account of an unsettling encounter I had at the post office.  It concerns tax returns.  Frankly, most should skip this story.  You’ve been warned.

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On the evening of 15 April, I had an interesting run-in with post office personnel concRead full post »

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SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE editorial writer Chris Reed has an excellent post on his blog about the incoherent anti-Wal-Mart arguments by Democrats against low food prices and jobs for lower income folks.  I strongly recommend reading his piece. 

 It reviews in detail a fabulous study fro… Read full post »

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Check out the SAN DIEGO UNION-TRIBUNE article of 27 September, 2009 on commuting in San Diego County.  The story got little consideration, but is a blockbuster when it comes to totally discrediting our massive trolley expenditures.  The madness of the trolley folly becomes readily appar

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Breaking Bad:  California vs. the Other States

by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

Version 1.65          Revised 11 April, 2010         

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Our benevolent Congress is moving to once again extend unemployment benefit payment timeframes.  Good idea? 
 
Nope -- for many reasons.  But nothing is likely to deter our DC (and state) politicians from giving away more money the government doesn't have t… Read full post »
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A common argument for High Speed Rail (indeed ALL passenger rail) taxpayer subsidies is the childish excuse that "everybody's doing it." All transit is subsidized, so why not rail?

There are two glaring problems with this lame reasoning:

1. All transportation is NOT necessarily subsidized.

2.
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Short Answer – Yes.  While a full bus or light rail train is more energy efficient per passenger mile, the fact is that most hours of the day such transit is lightly used, driving up the energy cost per passenger, according to studies done by the U.S. Dept of Energy.

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In a hearing, Democrat Congressman Hank Johnson expresses his sincere concern that too many people on tiny Guam might cause the island to capsize.  Trust me -- this video is worth three minutes out of your life.
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In a hearing, Congressman Hank Johnson expresses his sincere concern that too many people on tiny Guam might cause the island to capsize.  It's worth three minutes out of your life.
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Below is a depressing WALL ST. JOURNAL article detailing the Vallejo, CA bankruptcy as a possible solution to local government fiscal problems -- and how it's not working as hoped.  The writer, Steven Greenhut, is the author of "Plunder!" -- a terrific if infuriating book describing our… Read full post »
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Since I continuously update this factsheet, it's hard for my regular readers to spot what's been changed or added.  Here's the ten "new" changes I've added of late:

1.  California is the worst ranked state for tax administration – another anti-business factor.

 

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Breaking Bad:  California vs. the Other States

by Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

Version 1.63          Revised 26 March, 2010         

Updated version online at: 

http://www.open.Read full post »

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In 2009, 24 states raised their taxes at least 1% to collect $28.6 billion.  California’s taxes went up over $12 billion. 

Thus last year California -- with 12% of the nation's population -- was responsible for about 42% of all the state tax increases in the nation. 

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As my more long-term readers know, one of the MANY irritants for me is the bogus accounting in public school costs.  To hear the educrats and politicos describe it, we heartless taxpayers spend a pittance on education -- "if ONLY we had enough money, we could improve life for 'our kids.'… Read full post »

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Canada is no free market country by any standard.  But according to the Heritage Foundation's 2010 ranking of countries' relative "Economic Freedom," Canada (national health care and all) is the 7th most free country in the world.  The U.S. has dropped to 8th.  But at least we still be… Read full post »

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I've found that my personal/political blog (THIS blog) URL is too long to give out over the air waves (happened on recent radio show).  Also short URL length is important in Twitter, though I'd never personally use that inane service. 
 
Here's my "old" (and still usable) home… Read full post »
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