‘Oakland, where all bets are off for sanity’

Conservative radio host Laura Ingraham, speaking this morning on Fox & Friends, blasted Oakland for its plan to issue ID/debit cards:

Media Matters for America, a liberal watchdog group, immediately called her bluff on that whole “most of us can’t get a thousand dollars on our debit cards” thing, noting Newsweek recently estimated her annual income at about $7 million. It also noted the program’s goal is to help city residents, including but not limited to illegal immigrants and homeless people, who might have trouble getting state-issued ID or scraping together enough money to open a traditional bank account.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • RR, Uninvited Columnist

    Laura Ingraham’s income is irrelevant. Where does the money come from? Legal immigrants, struggling wage-earners and city residents who weren’t asked for their consent.

  • Josh Richman

    To set the record straight: The cards won’t come preloaded with public money; recipients will be able to load their own money onto the cards, rather than walking around with cash. And, per our story, the city accepted a bid from a company that will administer the program and issue the cards at no cost to the city.

  • Ralph Hoffmann

    This will stimulate sales, and the sales tax revenue will help balance Oakland’s and CA’s budgets.