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Friday, Dec.8, 2006 | Amen to Rich Toscano, “Phantom Tax.”

How ludicrous, with all of the critical issues that the San Diego City Council faces, that a majority of them have wasted our taxpayer time and dollars to ban Wal-Mart Super Centers from the city limits.

The council has no business (no pun intended) engaging in social engineering and distorting the free market system. Wal-Mart and other “big box” stores are a success because they allow consumers and shoppers to help make ends meet. The cost of living in San Diego is high, and these stores allow many San Diego residents to be able to purchase essentials like food and clothing at a reasonable cost.

Are San Diegans who don’t like Wal-Mart forced to shop there? Nope.

Are San Diegans forced to work there? Nope.

With the “negligence” that some current and past council members have demonstrated in producing unbalanced budgets, underfunded city employee retirement and healthcare programs, and disintegrating infrastructure, they are the last people that Wal-Mart needs telling it how to run its business.

Last year, I ran for City Council because of this kind of unwelcome behavior on the part of our elected city officials. It looks like I’m not going away.

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