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Republicans Make Push For Latino Vote

Why not give them benefits courtesy of tax payers? We do it for the wealthy all the time...of course it hasn't stopped them from committing white collar crimes, only from being held accountable.

June 27, 2014 at 10:19 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

Welfare? Infinite unemployment checks? You must be referring to corporate welfare, farm subsidies, oil company subsidies and the like enjoyed by the supposed champions of free enterprise, who then also receive bonuses and retirement golden parachutes even when they have been dismal failures in their leadership positions. And living off the government as a career choice? Do you mean defense contractors? Military? Construction companies completing infrastructure projects? Red States who receive more in tax reimbursements than they pay in federal taxes? Sports franchises using tax dollars to fund their stadiums?

June 15, 2014 at 4:58 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Business Owners Weigh In On Proposal To Raise San Diego's Minimum Wage

Small businesses do employ over half of the American workforce, but one has to understand that the legal definition of a small business can include those who employ up to 1500 employees and have annual sales of $20 million, depending on the sector. And yes, something on the order of 75% of small businesses employ less than 10 workers (not 99%, which is the figure for businesses employing less than 500 employees), but even if we take into account businesses with up to 20 workers this accounts for only 18% of the total US workforce.

The issue that is being missed in this discussion is that under current minimum wage levels taxpayers end up subsidizing supposedly Free Market capitalism by having to pay for food stamps, health care, child care and other social services which minimum wage workers typically qualify for because employers do not pay adequate wages. Much like the term small business, free market capitalism isn't what people think it is. By the way, I am a small business person...

June 13, 2014 at 10:41 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre

If that's the case we should hire prostitutes to run our government and major businesses. Oh, wait...

April 16, 2014 at 9:45 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Ken Cinema Closing As A Landmark Theatre it's not acceptable for San Diego government to sponsor The Ken, but it is somehow acceptable to use taxpayer money to fund a baseball stadium for the Padres, ticket sales guarantees for the Chargers and a never ending parade of taxpayer funded studies exploring how to bilk us out of even more money to build them a new stadium? And yes, San Diego is a creative wasteland whose idea of art is a bronze replica of "The Kiss."

April 16, 2014 at 8:07 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Balboa Park Centennial Committee Members Apologize For Failure

So where are all those self-appointed taxpayer advocate groups, the ones who are always claiming to protect taxpayer interests? Where's their typical vitriol and righteous indignation about waste in government? Oh wait, this was a conservative group of San Diego insiders appointed by former Mayor Sanders who wasted taxpayer money. No wonder the silence.

March 30, 2014 at 10:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

California GOP Candidate: Brown Oversaw Middle-Class Downfall

JM, perhaps you should check in to the typical rates for the skilled trades. But thank you for raising the issue of the role of unions, which raised wages for working people above the slave rate which unfettered Capitalism deems sufficient.

March 7, 2014 at 1:12 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

California GOP Candidate: Brown Oversaw Middle-Class Downfall

Prop 13 is what destroyed California. No money for schools, no money for infrastructure, no money for progress. Part of that shrinking middle class are those who use to have decent government jobs providing the services we have come to expect, as well as the construction jobs that were funded through government spending. Low taxes and low regulation sound good but only if you value quantity of life over quality of life. Look at the states who go that route. The jobs they produce are overwhelmingly low paying, not middle class wages, and at a price of poorly regulated sprawl and pollution. If that's your idea of Nirvana then please, please move there and make room here for those who want more out of life.

March 7, 2014 at 11:11 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Marijuana May Hurt The Developing Teen Brain

It won't matter what marijuana does to the brain because the only factor that matters in the good old USA is how much money it can generate. We already know alcohol and tobacco cause physical damage but we sure do like those tax revenues! Colorado just made $134 million in tax revenues from legalizing marijuana and being the whores we are in this country we'll patriotically justify it's availability as a personal choice issue because we just aren't going to let that kind of money pass us by. Of course we"ll offer the usual meaningless assertions that it's for adults only and it should be used responsibly so we can wash out hands of any responsibility for its impact.

For what it's worth I don't care either way. Legal, illegal whatever; let's just be honest about our motives. And what I want to know is why, if life is so wonderful in this country, do so many people need drugs?

March 3, 2014 at 10:12 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Proposal: Monitoring Foreign Flight Students In San Diego

So let me understand this. It's been more or less 13 years since the terrorists took flight training. Haven't had any other incidents since 2001 involving foreign zealots taking flight training in the US and then crashing planes into...anything. So now we need to be all afraid again and do more monitoring of what is already being monitored because...why?
Time to give a pacifier and blankie to all you scared children masquerading as adults and send you to bed while the grownups deal with reality.

February 5, 2014 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )