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National City Cutting Services Despite Recent Sales Tax Increase

Why in the world did you bring back Bob Kittle? He adds nothing constructive to the discussions, endlessly harping a conservative agenda, supported by anectdotal evidence. Before it was his experience of waiting in traffic to get to Lindbergh Field, (and thus we need a new airport); today it is his feeling that the National City sales tax is reducing that city's revenues (and thus we need limit sales taxes). Please give another person a chance - I am sure there are others who are able to espouse conservative views with more cogent arguments. Having him on makes me less willing to listen to an otherwise admirable progeam.

August 13, 2010 at 9:37 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Impact Of "Living Wage" On San Diego?

Benz72 - thanks for your comments.
I have affinity for your concept of "wage slave," though saying it is better than institutional slavery isn't saying much. I do not think that working for a wage makes one an actual slave, nor do I think that we are returning to institutional slavery anytime soon. Like you said, most of us work for a wage. If it is enough, we don't call it "slave wages." For most of us, it is. As was noted this morning by its opponent, the prevailing wage has not had a big effect on costs to the city. We are talking the few, not the many.

I found it interesting that the exisiting miniumum wage was not debated on this morning's show. Do you favor having no minimum wage? We race to the bottom of cheap (for our bathroom remodels or for our city services) at our peril. What wage level is low enough? That of Mexico? Of Haiti? Of Sudan?

To your last question, I dont think the purpose of the minimum or prevailing wage is to eliminate the condition of the need for paid work. We do not live in a world as simple as "own your means of production and you are free - work for wages and you are a slave." The purpose of the minimum or prevailing wage is to allow for those working in full to earn enough to allow them to do more than merely survive. I think we all, as a society, have an interest in that.

April 14, 2010 at 9:52 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Impact Of "Living Wage" On San Diego?

Mr. Rider kept trying to bring the discussion around to "getting the most for spending the least," as evidenced by his bathroom remodel example. If that is the case, why have any minimum wage at all? Why not wage slavery? After all, it is cheaper.

As to Benz72's comment: people also survived slavery, and even worse. Is the point mere survival?

April 14, 2010 at 11:16 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

Chargers Focused On Stadium Site Downtown

Back when Mission Valley was the focus of a new football stadium, Mark Fabiano stated that the Chargers were not looking for any city money to do the project - they simply wanted the city to donate to the Chargers hundreds of acres of prime real estate. What a crock! Now they state that they do "need" public funds in order to build a stadium downtown. Anpother crock! I am a football fan, but how can anybody think it is a good idea to spend public monies to finance a private company that is owned by wealthy individuals/investors?
Let's see if Jerry Sanders sticks to his committment not to spend any city money on a new Cahrger's stadium. I doubt it, and expect to read his quote soon that "changing conditions necessitate public funds" for a stadium. Time will tell.

December 11, 2009 at 9:42 a.m. ( | suggest removal )

The High Cost of Health Care (Part 4)

Congressman Bilbray's responses to callers' questions are evasive, blustering, and off point. "Canadian standards of living are completely different than Americans"? Really? He keeps saying the problem and the solution is too "complicated" to act now. Not really. His fear mongering is shameful. Congressman Filner has stated the argument for a public option clearly and rationally. It is time.

August 6, 2009 at 9:57 a.m. ( | suggest removal )