Commentary

Commentary

By Fred Schnaubelt

Proposition 13, Lady Godiva and historical tax facts

For crying out loud, not again! Proposition 13 tax limits may be irrevocably changed by an amendment to the state Constitution in a bill introduced by Democrat senators in their insatiable hunger for ever more taxes.

You and the Magna Carta on its 800th anniversary

You and I owe our freedom, (American exceptionalism) to the Magna Carta — the inspiration for our Bill of Rights.

The charade of affordable housing

The unaffordability of “affordable housing” has been much in the news recently. One report states, “Most people probably have no chance at buying...” i.e., an affordable home in San Diego, with 40,000 people on the waiting list.

The new capital gains tax and ‘the greedy hand of government’

“If you take a $1 bill and double it each year, after 20 years, it will compound to a total of $1 million dollars. But if you take the same $1 bill, double it each year and then subtract 35 percent in taxes, after 20 years it will have generated only about $24,000.”
— Malcolm Forbes

Are you optimistic or pessimistic about 2015?

If you’ve been reading the many forecasts for 2015, you can’t help but wonder why so many prognosticators are pessimistic — real estate is going to collapse; the stock market will bomb; gold, silver and commodities will plummet! How is it that in our lifetime and our parents’ we see nothing but improvements behind us, and nothing good ahead of us?

The gender wage gap: Whom to believe?

The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee’s second-highest priority last week was equal pay for women. You may recall the hundreds of ads that Rep. Scott Peters’ campaign ran about women making only 77 cents for every dollar a man makes; President Barack Obama said the same thing in January.

Imagining a world without America

O my America! my new-found-land,

What’s happening in Iraq in a nutshell

Iraq is in turmoil, ISIL (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) insurgents are on the march toward Bagdad with reports of mass killings — 1,700 in one incident — and videos showing beheadings, including one claiming the head of a police captain was their World Cup soccer ball. Yes, you can see the video on the Internet.

Gender-gap pay issues are a myth

“Did you know women are still paid less than men? Let's start with the pay gap. It's no secret that women still earn less than men — I wrote recently how even millennial women, while narrowing the divide, continue to earn less than their male counterparts. Today, women make up about half our workforce. But they still make 77 cents for every dollar a man earns. That is wrong, and in 2014, it's an embarrassment."

Democrats war on minimum wage poor

In their war against jobs, President Barack Obama and the Democrats are raising the minimum wage, knowing it will cost beginners their jobs. Why? Using Orwellian doublespeak, Democrats hope it will be a winning campaign issue and divert attention from the mess they have made of health care and the economy.

The seen and unseen of elections

"It's not the people who vote that count. It's the people who count the votes." — Joseph Stalin

The life and death of labor unions

Resurgent San Diego labor unions have been getting publicity lately for their role in local elections. Two-thirds of San Diego’s population was born after the heyday of labor unions 50 years ago. All they know comes from what they’ve read. Unions claim they raise wages, reduce hours, improve working conditions and provide competent workers. But do they?

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Fred Schnaubelt

Schnaubelt, president of Citizens for Private Property Rights, has been a commercial real estate broker for 35 years and was a San Diego city councilman from 1977 to 1981....

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