Richard_Rider

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San Diego Tax Fighters' Richard Rider at the podium, with San Diego County Republican Party chair To

California has a nasty anti-small business $800 minimum corporate income tax, even if no profit is earned, and even for many nonprofits. Next highest state is Oregon at $150. A few others under $100, with most at zero. www.tinyurl.com/CA-800-tax California small businesses failed in 2011 at a rate 69% higher than the national average -- the worst state in the nation. http://money.cnn.com/2011/05/19/smallbusiness/s... (based on Dunn & Bradstreet study) 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... (It’s worth reading the short article, and especially the part about California.)
— November 1, 2012 8:37 a.m.

San Diego Tax Fighters' Richard Rider at the podium, with San Diego County Republican Party chair To

1 in 5 in Los Angeles County receiving public aid. http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-welfare... California has 12% of the nation’s population, but 33% of the country’s TANF (“Temporary” Assistance for Needy Families) welfare recipients – more than the next 7 states combined. Unlike other states, this “temporary” assistance becomes much more permanent in CA. http://www.utsandiego.com/news/2012/jul/28/welf... California prison guards highest paid in the nation. http://www.caltax.org/caltaxletter/2008/101708_...
— November 1, 2012 8:35 a.m.

San Diego Tax Fighters' Richard Rider at the podium, with San Diego County Republican Party chair To

CA needlessly licenses more occupations than any state – 177. Second worst state is Connecticut at 155. The average for the states is 92. http://cssrc.us/publications.aspx?id=7707 California’s 2013 “business tax climate” still ranks 3rd worst in the nation – behind New Jersey and New York state. http://taxfoundation.org/article/2013-state-bus... CA public school teachers the highest paid in the nation. CA students rank 48th in math achievement, 49th in reading. http://www.lao.ca.gov/reports/2011/calfacts/cal... page 36
— November 1, 2012 8:34 a.m.

San Diego Tax Fighters' Richard Rider at the podium, with San Diego County Republican Party chair To

CA has the 2nd highest gas tax in the nation at 68.9 cents/gallon (October, 2012). National average is 49.3 cents. http://www.api.org/statistics/fueltaxes/ (also CA has the nation’s 2nd highest diesel tax – 77.1 cents/gallon. National average 54.5 cents) California in 2009 ranked 15th highest in per capita property taxes (including commercial) – the only major tax where we are not in the worst ten states. But CA property taxes per owner-occupied home were the 10th highest in the nation in 2009. http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/251.html and http://www.taxfoundation.org/taxdata/show/1913.... (2009 latest year available)
— November 1, 2012 8:32 a.m.

San Diego Tax Fighters' Richard Rider at the podium, with San Diego County Republican Party chair To

There is one aspect of this measure that few have reported on. Look at who is FUNDING Prop 30. About 90% of the money (currently over $60 million!) is coming from the labor unions -- including OUT OF STATE labor unions. http://ballotpedia.org/wiki/index.php/Californi... [BTW, much of the rest of the Prop 30 funding consists of extortion payments made by big California corporations desperately trying to curry favor with the Sacramento Democrats backing this measure.] Trust the union bosses to understand what Prop 30 is REALLY about -- the continuance of the status quo -- high pay and terrific pensions for CA state and local employees. As goes CA, so goes the nation. And the unions know it.
— November 1, 2012 8:29 a.m.

Activist Groups Call for End to War on Drugs

(continued - part 3) 11. Return to a respect for the Bill of Rights with its support for the 2nd Amendment, due process and privacy in one’s personal life. Gun owners are starting to understand that perhaps the greatest danger to their right to keep and bear arms is the hysteria connected with the drug war. 12. End government's Big Brother monitoring of our e-mails, our cell phones, our travels and our financial transactions under the guise of seeking “drug money." 13. Reduce our international balance of payments problem. 14. End the onerous action of asset forfeiture -- the confiscation of property from suspected drug users and dealers (i.e. minorities with a lot of cash) without even charging them with a crime, let alone convicting them. 15. End our inadvertent funding of the communist and terrorist movements around the world, and especially in Latin America (our drug money is used to buy protection for the drug lords and farmers in South America). 16. End our meddling in other countries' affairs in our vain attempt to curtail drug imports to the U.S. Significant savings to future military budgets should result, not to mention avoiding casualties from such conflicts and the increasing risk of a nuclear, biological or chemical warfare reprisal against our cities. 17. Allow companies to design safer, less potent drugs. Note the drop in potency in the “legal” harmful drugs -- alcohol and tobacco. Illegal drugs, however, become even more potent since a more compact product is easier to smuggle and carries no greater penalty if caught. 18. Stop persecuting people for private actions that, while they may harm themselves, do not directly harm others. Understand, with this freedom will come increased responsibility for one's actions. We libertarians come down hard on drunk drivers and others who first harm others and then claim diminished capacity. No “Twinkie defense” would be allowed. One would face both criminal penalties and restitution responsibilities if one harmed others. --30--
— June 22, 2011 4:48 p.m.

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