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Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Tonight on Gadfly Radio: Martha Montelongo w/CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut & John Seiler on the hottest in Politics and Policy, w/ guest, Richard Rider, Tax Fighter, on good news for taxpayers and property owners in San Diego. Could it Start a Trend?

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This week, CalWatchDog's Steven Greenhut and John Seiler both join me on the show.  We'll also welcome tax fighter, Richard Rider, Chairman of San Diego Tax Fighters, on some good news developments to reign in the size and costs of big government.

We'll talk with Steve about the debate he had last Tuesday with Orange County's Nick Berardino, general manager of the Orange County Employees Association, a government union. It was held at the Pacific Club in Newport Beach and sponsored by the Orange County Forum, the Lincoln Club and the Pacific Research Institute, CalWatchDog.com’s parent think tank.

The topic was “Can Pensions Be Reformed Cooperatively?”  A video recording of the debate is posted up at CalWatchDog's website.  I want to pose the same question and others to Steve, and you are welcome to add your question to the discussion.

A new air quality bill has sailed out of the Senate "Environmental Quality committee on a 5 to 1 vote on Monday...[It is] another global warming bill, SB 246. This one would require the state Air Resources Board to monitor and regulate sources of emissions of greenhouse gases affecting owners of cars, trucks, boats and lawn mowers — as well as sources in homes and businesses. Sounds like we better get ready for the Green Police!

Authored by Sen. Kevin De Leon, D-Los Angeles, SB 246 ironically discourages emission reductions and would significantly increases business costs as well as overall market uncertainty. It does so by imposing hefty new requirements on the development and use of compliance offsets in the cap-and-trade program under AB 32."

John Seiler reports:  CA Dems Hold Looters’ Convention.  The Democratic Party of CA is bent on raising taxes to fix all their problems, and there seems to be no connection for these leaders with taxing too much and losing droves of businesses and tax revenues from those who are picking up and moving to other states where they are welcome, and rewarded with a hospitable business climate.   He includes some very compelling facts and numbers to drive home this trend and the impact it has on CA. 
Richard Rider, Chair of the San Diego Tax Fighters on some encouraging developments in San Diego.  Could these developments succeed and if yes, could they start a trend? 

We'll cover these stories and more, and get your imput if you want to give us a call during the show.  

My mission for this radio program is (and I quote here the mission statement of  The Future of Freedom Foundation, with whom I have no affiliation other than that I agree with their stated mission,  by which I am inspired and for which I stand, to the best of my ability), "to advance freedom by providing an uncompromising moral and economic case for individual liberty, free markets, private property, and limited government." 

It's a pleasure to share this program with CalWatchDog's team of government watch dogs and the great investigative work they produce!

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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


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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