Commentary

Commentary

By Fred Schnaubelt

Media ignore individuals in gap between rich and poor

“I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better,” Mae West said.

The end of redevelopment agencies — thanks, Gov. Brown

The California Supreme Court’s 7-0 decision last month upheld Gov. Jerry Brown’s plan to restructure redevelopment agencies and restore diverted funding to education and public safety. It’s long overdue, despite the crying and gnashing of teeth by numerous beneficiaries and self-serving sycophants.

Socialism by any other name is still socialism

"People before profits," the signs read. "Debt is slavery," "Don’t mess with our Social Security," "I’m 84 and mad as hell," "Millionaires and billionaires must pay their fair share," "Down with capitalism," "The banks got theirs, now it’s our turn," "We’re the 99 percent," "Banks beware — 99 percent to 1 percent is very bad odds."

Landlords: American philanthropists

Mrs. McDougal, 75 years old and living on Social Security, rented the same two-bedroom apartment on Illinois Street for nine years without a rent raise for the last five years. Other tenants in the building paid much more in rent. The landlord, in effect, is taking half her rent out of his pocket each month (the difference from what the other tenants pay) and giving it back to Mrs. McDougal. He’s been doing this for five years, privately subsidizing her by not raising her rent to “all the market will bear.”

For housing hoax to work, government must first create shortages

Six blind men were asked to determine what an elephant looked like by feeling different parts of the elephant's body. The one who feels a leg says the elephant is like a pillar; the tail like a rope; the trunk like a tree branch; the ear like a hand fan; the belly like a wall; and the one who feels the tusk says the elephant is like a solid pipe.

Politicians demonize wealthy achievers, force them to pay higher taxes

In the epic movie "Ben-Hur," Messala, Ben-Hur's childhood friend turned enemy, tries to kill Ben-Hur in the Circus Maximus with a spiked war chariot. But Messala is upended, dragged under its wheels and near death is carried to the medical ward, where doctors bleed him (the ancient custom of bloodletting). He dies from a loss of blood. Much like Messala, our economy today is bleeding to death — from too much borrowing, too much debt, and the Washington Circus wanting to borrow more money and go further into debt.

Welfare state chickens coming home to roost

“When I was a child, I used to speak like a child, think like a child, reason like a child; when I became a man, I did away with childish things.”

Ignorance, misinformation and disinformation

"If you don't read the newspaper, you're uninformed. If you read the newspaper, you're mis-informed."

Learning the ropes of Trump-style negotiation

"This is the best real-estate negotiation book I've ever read," wrote syndicated columnist, Robert Bruss. "Why?" I wondered. I bought this book optimistically hoping for two or three new ideas, but to my surprise, what I got was a box full of chocolates.

The inclusionary/affordable housing travesty

Once upon a time a developer, somewhere, for some reason, bought into the absurd, idiotic idea that people who couldn't speak English, with no money and no education should be able to live in brand new homes. There was a time when nobody would utter proposals of this sort for fear of being ridiculed, and rightly so.

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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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