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.

 Most people in the U.S. -- even many conservatives -- think that the rich in America get tax breaks that exceed what the wealthy get in the more socialist countries of the world.  Concurrently, it's assumed that the middle class pays too much of the taxes.  

Oddly enough, not true. &nb… Read full post »
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It appears that one of the Left's superstars has moccasin feet of clay.  Professor Elizabeth Warren's scholarship is shoddy at best.  And evidence mounts that she claimed bogus "American Indian" status to gain affirmative action advantages.

Amazingly, she uses her unsubstanti… Read full post »

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Here's the latest update to my "Breaking Bad" California fact sheet. 

America’s top 650 CEO’s rank California “the worst state in which to do business” for the 8th straight year (May, 2012).

http://chiefexecutive.net/best-worst-states-for-business-Read full post »

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From Professor Mark Perry's excellent free market blog CARPE DIEM (with my comments below the article):

 http://mjperry.blogspot.com/2012/05/tire-tariffs-cost-1b-and-900k-per-job.html
 

WEDNESDAY, MAY 02, 2012

Tire Tariffs Cost $1B and $900k Per Job in 2011

 


From the intro
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The April drop in the price of gasoline has been only 2%, but it's a steady price REVERSAL.  

Ask yourself this question -- What would the MSM be reporting if gas prices steadily continued to INCREASE during this past month, even if only by the same 2%? Would not we be
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One common labor union objection to defined contribution pension plans (401-k plans) is that the administration costs are "1%-3%" annually.  They assert that it's much less expensive to let CalPERS or other "experts" manage a huge pooled account.  

And indeed that high 1-3% individuRead full post »

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http://lewrockwell.com/sowell/sowell86.1.html

If You Talk Honestly About Race

by Thomas Sowell

Recently by Thomas Sowell: Who Is 'Racist'?

Around this time of year, I sometimes hear from parents who have been appalled to learn that the child they sent away to college to become educated hRead full post »

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This story simply CAN'T be true.  It damn sure SHOULDN'T be true.  Yet the Goldwater Institute -- a highly respected Arizona free market think tank -- is litigating the issue in federal court.

To summarize, after huge forest fires and then monsoon rains that caused major mudslides, the town… Read full post »

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APRIL 27, 2012 6:31PM

The Great California Exodus

Just further confirmation of the departure of MILLIONS of CA residents to other states.

EXCERPT:   Nearly 4 million more people have left the Golden State in the last two decades than have come from other states.
 
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In the last few days a story has emerged concerning the Bank of America terminating all dealings with their existing corporate customer because the company -- horrors! -- manufactures firearms.  

http://www.rogerhedgecock.com/story/17668445/bank-of-america-drops-mcmillan

Naturally gun owners are… Read full post »

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For me, the "wedge issue" that could reverse the dreary GOP appeal to minorities is school choice.  It's something I've championed for decades.

 No single measure could better help minorities than offering everyone options to seek better educational choices for their kids.   Democrat… Read full post »

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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 AgreemRead full post »

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This little-known story of three Texas counties that set up their OWN unique and highly successful social security plan (a brief option that has since gone away) deserves widespread publicity.  Years ago I wrote about this, but frankly had forgotten about their instructive experience.  

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RIDER COMMENT: Actually I have touched on this bogus income disparity in the past, but we never had such a specific study to point to as proof. This is a welcome report. 
 
This blog is from the American Enterprise Institute, a rather staid, somewhat right-of-center think tank.  I now… Read full post »
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How to turn a $500 donation into a major “media buy”

by Richard Rider

Everyone loves firefighters. Especially me.  Volunteer firefighters are my heroes.

But recently the San Diego media hyped a story of San Diego firefighter charity that is rather odd – odd because it's repoRead full post »

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I've written before about the absurdly low cost of California community colleges, and the resulting 30% class "drop rate."  Here's a more national perspective on the widespread failure of community colleges to graduate students.  It's even worse than I thought.
 
I might add that you s… Read full post »
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EXCERPT:  Last May, when construction on the Sunrise Powerlink, San Diego Gas & Electric Co.'s high-capacity transmission line, was still in its early stages, a pair of finches built a nest in the headlight of a $5,000-a-day earthmover ---- and idled the vehicle for 40 days.

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SD Tax Fighters LOGO 

San Diego Tax Fighters

Voice: (858) 530-3027

Monday, 2 April, 2012

Press Release – Authored by Richard Rider

California “Tax Freedom Day” IMPROVES – sorta, kinda

Today the Tax Foundation released its annual computation of “Tax Freedom Day” for the nat… Read full post »

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NOTE:  This post is likely of interest only to San Diego area readers:
 
Here's a comment I made on the NEW YORK TIMES David Brooks' ode to Nathan Fletcher -- a slobbering piece praising San Diego mayoral candidate Fletcher to the skies for his opportunistic departure from the G… Read full post »
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I originally wrote this LONG piece in December, 2007.  I've updated it with current numbers.  
 
 It's a funny and outrageous story, as are most stories about the toxic collegiate combination of the professors' economic illiteracy coupled with their blatant liberal bias.  Mos… Read full post »
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I just got a disturbing communication from a knowledgeable acquaintance -- concerning the dangers of e-filing one's tax returns.  And it's not what you'd think.

Most people worry about the SECURITY of electronic filing.  From what I've read, it does seem to be safe from identity thiRead full post »

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Here's an irritating yet hilarious column from Paul Jacob.  The ever-growing list of hurtful PC words lengthens.  

I get his daily emailed comment -- you should too!
 
 

When Dinosaurs Roamed the Schools

 by Paul Jacob
 
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No, NOT 1%.  Zero point one percent.

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304724404577295824240789412.html?mod=WSJ_article_comments#articleTabs%3Darticle

THE WALL ST JOURNAL — 21 March, 2012

The Bottom 0.1%

The Buffett rule yields a pittance.

There goes the Buffett rule. Reme… Read full post »

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 A few days ago I posted a controversial blog item on the tragic death of Trayvon Martin up on SDRostra and other web sites -- and on my Facebook page.  I rhetorically asked why the left was silent about the FAR bigger homicide threat to black kids -- other blacks. HereRead full post »

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NOTE:  In January I had a NORTH COUNTY TIMES column published concerning the Kim Kardashian tax flap.  I posted a shorter version up on my Facebook page and this blog.  

But here I'm posting the expanded NC TIMES version, updated to include today's Jerry Brown revised tax proposal. &nbRead full post »

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