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Sunday, August 30, 2009

EDITORIAL: BREAKING BAD--CALIFORNIA VS. THE OTHER STATES

By Richard Rider, Chairman, San Diego Tax Fighters

August 21, 2009 (San Diego) -- Here’s a depressing comparison of California taxes and economic climate with the rest of the states. The news is breaking bad, and getting worse (I keep updating this article):

California has the 2nd highest state income tax in the nation: . 9.55% at $48,000. 10.55% at $1,000,000

Our state is by far the highest state sales tax in the nation. 8.25% (not counting local sales taxes)

We have the highest state car tax in the nation – at least double any other state. 1.15% per year on value of vehicle.

Our corporate income tax rate is the highest in the West. 8.84%

California’s 2009 Business Tax Climate ranks 48th in the nation.
taxfoundation.org/

We have the fourth highest capital gains tax 9.55%
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We also have the highest gasoline tax (averaging 64.5 cents/gallon) in the nation (July, 2009). When gas hits $3.00/gallon, we are numero uno – because unlike many states, we charge sales tax on gasoline purchases (built into the price).
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Our state has the fourth highest unemployment rate in the nation. (July, 2009) 11.9%. National rate 9.4%.
bls.gov/news.release
Read the rest of the report here


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Thursday, August 27, 2009

Steve Moore of the WSJ on the $9 trillion 10-yr budget deficit, the shrinking GDP and jobs losses. Also, Earthquake at L.A.Unified. Sat Aug 29,2009

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[Edit posted 8/30/2009: Richard Rider, honored this past week as "Tax Fighter of the Year," by Howard Jarvis Taxpayers Association, dropped in and chatted with us for a while, until he had to run off to do a TV interview with a reporter.]

This Saturday on the program Steve Moore of the WSJ, on the Obama Administration finally raising their own projected 10 year budget deficit to 9 trillion dollars, the GDP shrinks again, another 1 percent, for the forth quarter in a row, and where are the jobs?

We'll talk with Steve about CA's latest 'really creative' solution (Not) : raise taxes on middle income earners and small business owners--the ones who haven't left the state yet.
Last October, on the Bill Maher's Show, Steve said: "Our nation was founded on the principle of a tax revolt. . . . The American nation was founded because Americans hate paying taxes". He's the author of many books, including The End of Prosperity, co authored with Arthur Laffer and Peter Tanous. And he is very excited about the Tea Party revolts he has witnessed across the nation.

Larry Sand, recently retired L.A. Unified School District teacher, and the founder and president of the California Teacher's Empowerment Network, joins me to talk about this week's earth shaking news that the nation's 2nd largest school district, Los Angeles Unified, voted yes on Tuesday, to allow private charter school companies to take over 200 failing schools and to operate 50 new schools.

The union is threatening to sue and vows to fight the decision. The proposal known as the "School Choice" measure, will allow charter operators and other institutions to bid for control of 50 new schools - including 20 campuses in the 2010-2011 school year - plus 200 "failing" campuses. The change will affect more than 200,000 students representing more than one-third of the student population in the LAUSD.

The lines are open. I hope you will put us on your calandar and join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1 CRNTalk.com.

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Friday, August 21, 2009

CA GOP’s Great Conundrum—it needs more women and minorities to win, but would effective outreach violate the principle of equality? Sat, Aug 22,2009

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This Saturday on the program Allan Hoffenblum,publisher of The California Target Book and owner of Allan Hoffenblum & Associates, a political consulting firm based in Los Angeles, joins us to talk about two recent posts he penned in the Fox and Hounds Daily.

The first, titled "California's Republican Legislators - a White Males' Club" certainly resonated with me, and the second, "Reach Out, Republicans, Or Lose" in which he references a recent Field Poll, has confirmed my worst nightmare, that we are stuck, and doomed fast, unless we, as a collective group, experience an immediate and dramatic paradigm shift.

Some argue it's enough to be "pure" in conservative principles. And that wavering from that is what has got us to this point of the brink of quasi-irrelevance, in the first place.

They equate outreach to women and minorities as a surrender of all principles of equality to political correctness and race and gender based preferences.

But some will argue that what leaders are doing, and not doing, now, in the name of "conservative principle," is not conservative, but is in fact reactionary, self defeating and self destructive.

Liberty and freedom are on the line, and it is the 11th hour. The lines are open. Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1


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Saturday, August 15, 2009

Pot Smokers Rest Assured, The Firefighters are doing everything they can to save the Wo/men's Alliance Medical Marijuana Farm in the Santa Cruz Fire.

San Jose Mercury News Update:
On Swanton Road, five fire crews are battling flames alongside Valerie and Mike Corral, the founders of the Wo/Men's Alliance for Medical Marijuana who have a home and a medical marijuana farm in the area.

Since Friday afternoon, fire crews have been of assistance, with planes dropping water overhead around Valerie's home, a few hundred feet away from the garden.

"The flames are closest to Val's house," WAMM board member Suzanne Pfeil said. "Valerie and Mike and some other volunteers have been out there, doing their best to defend the houses and garden. So far so good. We haven't lost anything."

As fire crews and friends and family of Valerie and Mike Corral picked up hoses to maintain a defensible space on Saturday, Valerie said if it weren't for the firefighters' help, her home and the garden would be gone.

Pfeil said flames chose to jump over a special memorial garden on their property dedicated to WAMM members who have died.


(read the story here)
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It's Fish Versus Farmers in the San Joaquin Valley: Crops rot and people stand in line for food while the EPA engineers a drought.

By Devin Nunes
San Joaquin Valley, Calif.

In 1931, a severe drought began that within a few years engulfed the Oklahoma panhandle and a third of the Great Plains in a "Dust Bowl." Tens of thousands of people fled the region—many traveling to California along Route 66, which John Steinbeck called "the mother road, the road of flight" in "The Grapes of Wrath."
A lot of the "Okies" settled in the San Joaquin Valley. In the decades that followed, state and federal officials built dams and other irrigation projects that helped turn the valley into some of the world's richest farmland.

But today the San Joaquin Valley is being transformed into a dust bowl. Hundreds of thousands of acres are fallow, while almond and plum trees are being left to die in the scorching sun. Tens of thousands of people have been tossed out of work—the town of Mendota alone has an unemployment rate of about 40%—and the lines for food donations stretch down streets. The reason? There isn't enough water to go around this year, and the Obama administration is drawing up new reasons to divert more of it from farms and people and into the San Francisco Bay. (Click here to read more)


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"Call-Me-Senator-because-I-worked-so-hard-for-the-title" Boxer’s Book Signings: Bold, Open Forums For Her Public. Not!

"Senator" Barbara Boxer, made it clear, when she tried to publicly humiliate U.S. Brigadier General Michael Walsh, who was addressing her in a hearing, that she doesn't like to be called Ma'am, and she told him to please call her Senator, because, she said, she's worked very hard for that title.

And as example of how hard she works for us, her constituents, in her tiled role of "Senator," this month, during the Congressional recess, when Represenatives are home from Washington to hear from their constituents, if you have questions or concerns, about Cap and Trade legislation that will kill massive amounts of jobs and enterprise in the U.S., or, if you want to talk with her about healthcare, well, you'll just have to wait in line at a bookstore on the schedule for her book signing tour, for her latest fiction novel, after you buy a copy of her book. And maybe, while she's signing it for you, she'll give you a listen... May be.
If you want to know her schedule for book signing availability, you can find it here.
A woman of the people! Not.


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Friday, August 14, 2009

Greg Scandlen, Policy Expert, on ObamaCare & CA Assemblyman Chuck DeVore on Cap n Trade, and winning with the Black and Latino Vote: Sat, Aug 15,2009

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This Saturday on the program CA Assemblyman and Candidate for U.S. Senate, Chuck DeVore, has his eye on energy, a fundamental issue critical to economic growth and Americans' standard of living. He sponsored a bill to drill for offshore oil. It was voted down in the CA Legislature recently, yet it would have generated revenue and jobs and with today's technology, would have been uninvasive. Cap and Trade legislation has passed in the Congress, but still has to pass in the Senate, in Washington DC. CA has had it's own version of Cap and Trade since 2006. How's it working out for CA's economy? How would it affect the U.S. economy?

We'll also talk with Assemblyman DeVore about why he believes he's the Republican candidate who can win in CA, with his bona fide social and fiscal conservative credentials, much to the chagrin of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, which he says is going for the Celebrity Candidate for CA, again. He believes he can attract the Black and Hispanic vote in CA, enough to win. He cites their vote for Prop 8 as proof of their conservative values. Is that enough? Can he win without their vote?

Greg Scandlen is Founder and Director of Consumers for Health Care Choices, and is considered an expert, nationally, on Health Care policy. What's in the bill for Health Care Reform? Death Panels? Rationed care? Tax increases for the top income earners to pay for the program? A blow to the middle class and small business owner? Would we get what Obama and our local Congressional reps are assuring us, a Cadillac health care policy just like the one they all have? Would we really have the choice to keep the policy and the coverage we have now? Join us for hot talk radio, Saturday at 10AM PT on CRN, Channel 1

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Support for Congressional Health Care Reform Falls to New Low

Support for Congressional Health Care Reform Falls to New Low

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Wednesday, August 12, 2009

The Whole Foods Alternative to ObamaCare: Eight things we can do to improve health care without adding to the deficit.

By JOHN MACKEY
"The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out
of other people's money."

—Margaret Thatcher

With a projected $1.8 trillion deficit for 2009, several trillions more in deficits projected over the next decade, and with both Medicare and Social Security entitlement spending about to ratchet up several notches over the next 15 years as Baby Boomers become eligible for both, we are rapidly running out of other people's money. These deficits are simply not sustainable. They are either going to result in unprecedented new taxes and inflation, or they will bankrupt us.

While we clearly need health-care reform, the last thing our country needs is a massive new health-care entitlement that will create hundreds of billions of dollars of new unfunded deficits and move us much closer to a government takeover of our health-care system. Instead, we should be trying to achieve reforms by moving in the opposite direction—toward less government control and more individual empowerment. Here are eight reforms that would greatly lower the cost of health care for everyone:
.• Remove the legal obstacles that slow the creation of high-deductible health insurance plans and health savings accounts (HSAs). The combination of high-deductible health insurance and HSAs is one solution that could solve many of our health-care problems. For example, (click here to read more)

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Friday, August 7, 2009

Dems release their inner totalitarian

OrangePunch Liberty Blog
August 7th, 2009, 1:32 pm
posted by Steven Greenhut
I guess it’s not a surprise that President Barack Obama and Democratic leaders (with the help of their union goons) are trying to intimidate Americans into silence. They believe that the government should provide health care, even if it means long lines and other forms of rationing, and they therefore think that those Americans who show up at town hall meetings to protest their latest step down that path are Nazis, Republican hacks and lack civility. It would be so much better if people who fear the loss of their health care, or at least its provision in DMV-style agencies would be more polite and just go home and shut up. When the union gangs showed up at the meetings to show what real thuggery is about … well, that’s OK.

Personally, I prefer the current situation, whereby the Democrats are overreaching and are showing their totalitarian tendencies to the public (complete with a call for people to turn in improper anti-health-care information to a White House email address, where the authorities will look into the matter), rather than the alternative, which would have been a John McCain health-care plan that went 70 percent down the road that the Great Leader Obama is taking us. Had that happened, the GOP would have been strong-armed into supporting their Great Leader and the Democrats would have jumped on board and passed it, all the while decrying how insufficient the McCain health-care plan happened to be. In other words, the Dems are bungling this because they truly believe that their opponents (average Americans) are Nazis and fools. So it won’t pass. The Republicans would have passed something that wasn’t quite as bad but was still pretty bad. This is an opportunity for advocates of freedom to stop a bad plan in its tracks and reframe the health-care debate. Click here to continue

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Jack Cashill on What's Wrong with CA & Jim Verboon, What's Killing the Fish in the Delta? Environmentalist's Hypocrisy: Sat, Aug 8, 2009

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Sunday marks the 40 Anniversary of the Helter Skelter Charles Manson Murders. This Saturday on the program Jack Cashill on what have we learned from what went wrong with CA, and that event was a sound alarm but we have ignored the signs. Within the last five years Jack has written five books of non-fiction — First Strike, Ron Brown's Body, Hoodwinked: How Intellectual Hucksters Have Hijacked American Culture, Sucker Punch: The Left Hook that Dazed Ali and Killed King's Dream and his latest, What's the Matter with California. Three of them have cracked Amazon's top ten list.

Jim Verboon, Central Valley Farmer joins us. Citizen Activists's investigative reporting sheds new light on the corruption and abuse by politicians, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and Congressman George Miller, and the radical environmentalist groups who are blaming and starving the Central Valley Farmers and communities. It's not the environment they're protecting. What is it really about?

"There is a lot of hypocrisy in the debate, especially from environmentalists who want to protect the sensitive Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta by limiting the pumping of agricultural water. Yet we don't hear a peep out of them when Sacramento dumps treated sewage into the Delta." Fresno Bee, August 2, 2009
Why are the fish in the Delta dying? Lower rainfall is not the cause of the "drought" in the Valley. Rainfall won't solve the waste pollution situation in the Delta—in fact it's the worst case scenario. It intoxicates more; it causes overflow, spills and leaks.

Why do extremist environmentalists allow cities around the Delta, and the politicians who represent them, to get away with this?

Where are the Latino Leaders and elected officials who claim to be a voice for and care about the Hispanic Community? Why do they ignore the massive food lines, and unemployment levels reaching 20 percent in general and 50% in the predominantly Hispanic communities in Central Valley? Businesses, community leaders and residents are helping with make shift food drives. The foodlines are so long now, kids with their families, have been turned away hungry. The Latinos and non latinos who live there don't want welfare! They want work! They want dignity! They want water!

The farmers and their way of life is being dried up, but the water they are robbed does not solve the problems caused by the high ammonia concentrations and other problems caused by the affluent and voter rich liberal communities along the Delta Estuary. It dilutes the toxins, and delays the inevitable.
Tune in to find out what is really killing the fish and what will solve the problem.
Water is life. Control it and you hold life in a death grip.
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Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Obama's Benevolent Despotism: A little censorship, anyone? How about turning citizens into informants?

Wednesday, August 5, 2009 2:45 PM
By: William Collier and Ralph Benko

The White House Web site has this very intriguing little new note:

There is a lot of disinformation about health insurance reform out there, spanning from control of personal finances to end of life care. These rumors often travel just below the surface via chain emails or through casual conversation. Since we can’t keep track of all of them here at the White House, we’re asking for your help. If you get an email or see something on the web about health insurance reform that seems fishy, send it to flag@whitehouse.gov.

This White House request for citizen informants to “flag” “disinformation” would appear to derive from a policy being advocated by the White House Information Czar.

President Obama’s head of the ”White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs” is legal scholar and Harvard Law professor Cass Sunstein. By all accounts, he is a brilliant, decent, and dignified man. And yet, according to a recent column by Austin Hill, published in Townhall.com:

Advance copies [are] circulating of his new book “On Rumors: How Falsehoods Spread, Why We Believe Them, What Can Be Done.” While we don’t know precisely what Obama and Sunstein will be doing, many of the thoughts that Mr. Sunstein expresses about the Internet seem consistent with President Obama’s proclivity to control things, generally.
Perhaps most disturbing is Mr. Sunstein’s vision for the future of Web content, as he argues for a so-called “notice and take down” law.(Click here to continue reading)

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Barack Obama Experiment: In Denial--This is a powerful Commercial, with or without the soundtrack. Kudos to the RNC. It's Spot On.



It's got it all, even the President's tendency to flash the bird. And it directs you to a website full of useful and decisive information. If you go to YouTube, you'll find releated videos, and I especially liked the one called Reforma. Sounds like a blue pill with a disclaimer.


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Monday, August 3, 2009

Don’t miss the Elite Left vs the Populist Left

As a side note, Ralph Benko privately mourns that they edited out his favorite line from the following piece:

Of greater long term importance is the elitist Left’s emerging effort to purge their populists. Important? Imagine how different the 20th century would have been if the anti-totalitarian Trotsky had put the icepick through Stalin’s skull. The USSR might have emerged as a mega-Sweden, attacking us with the temptations of mild promiscuity and baffling us with indecipherable movies…. (A Cold War we might have lost. >Shudder<)

Don’t miss the Elite Left vs the Populist Left
By: Ralph Benko
Special to The Examiner
August 3, 2009
Who said this: “And in the face of Obama’s deplorable agenda we have “progressive” organizations like MoveOn, which should be declared the Sociopathic Slime-Balls of the Century.”

Rush Limbaugh? Nope. A prominent Left-wing blog, OpEdNews.com.

And who said this: “This is not a simple matter of an organizational oligarchy manipulating its membership, although the avoidance by MoveOn's leadership is a troubling sign.”

George Will? Nope. An excerpt from a column in the Left’s flagship, The Nation, by anti-Vietnam War activist Tom Hayden.

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Saturday, August 1, 2009

Yet another media greenout: Report predicting 1.1 million job loss from AB 32 is ignored

A study commissioned by the California Small Business Roundtable -- see the PDF here -- suggests California may someday look back on the current 11.6% state unemployment rate as a golden era.

Sanjay Varshney, dean of the college of business administration at Sacramento State, and Dennis Tootelian, director of the university's center for small business, predict that AB 32 will cut the state's economic output by 10 percent and lead to the loss of 1.1 million jobs.

That's right. 1.1 million jobs. More than the 904,300 jobs California has lost since the recession officially began in December 2007.

Now, of course, the fact that a business group sponsored the study raises questions about it. But the study's warnings about the dire effects of forcing state businesses to switch to cleaner but much costlier forms of energy -- unlike their rivals in other states and nations -- track precisely with the high-profile economists who trashed the California air board "scoping plan," which ridiculously asserted AB 32 would have no economic downside.

Here's the kicker: The California media eagerly report the claims coming from a handful of zealot UC Berkeley professors that their "research" shows AB 32 will be an economic bonanza. But how many California newspapers detailed Varshney's and Tootelian's findings?

None.
To read more, click to go to: Yet another media greenout: Report predicting 1.1 million job loss from AB 32 is ignored -- America's Finest Blog -- SignOnSanDiego.com

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Botched Paramilitary Police Raids: An Epidemic of "Isolated Incidents"

"If a widespread pattern of [knock-and-announce] violations were shown . . . there would be reason for grave concern." —Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, in Hudson v. Michigan, June 15, 2006. An interactive map of botched SWAT and paramilitary police raids, released in conjunction with the Cato policy paper "Overkill: The Rise of Paramilitary Police Raids," by Radley Balko. What does this map mean? How to use this map View Original Map and Database

Key

Death of an innocent. Death or injury of a police officer. Death of a nonviolent offender.
Raid on an innocent suspect. Other examples of paramilitary police excess. Unnecessary raids on doctors and sick people.
The proliferation of SWAT teams, police militarization, and the Drug War have given rise to a dramatic increase in the number of "no-knock" or "quick-knock" raids on suspected drug offenders. Because these raids are often conducted based on tips from notoriously unreliable confidential informants, police sometimes conduct SWAT-style raids on the wrong home, or on the homes of nonviolent, misdemeanor drug users. Such highly-volatile, overly confrontational tactics are bad enough when no one is hurt -- it's difficult to imagine the terror an innocent suspect or family faces when a SWAT team mistakenly breaks down their door in the middle of the night. But even more disturbing are the number of times such "wrong door" raids unnecessarily lead to the injury or death of suspects, bystanders, and police officers. Defenders of SWAT teams and paramilitary tactics say such incidents are isolated and rare. The map above aims to refute that notion.

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