SF’s economic recovery plan: Trumpism on the local level

By Calvin Welch : 48hills – excerpt

It’s all about governmental deregulation and public subsidy of private profit — while ignoring the manifest needs of everyday people.

If anyone needs reminding that defeating Trump will not mean the end of Trumpism, turning to the Economic Recovery Task Force Report of the City and County of San Francisco, released on October 8th, should do the trick.

The essence of Trumpism is governmental deregulation and public subsidy of private profit while ignoring the manifest needs of everyday people.

That is also the essence of the Task Force Report…(more)

As Calvin suggests, the priorities of City Hall are astonishing, not only because of the choices he raises, but, because they do not seem rooted in the reality most of the citizens are living in right now. It is hard to fault people for wanting to protect small businesses, but picking favorites is problematic, as is foregoing public notice and review. In deciding how to vote on some of the well-meaning ballot initiatives before us, we were re-pulsed by the overly confusing and complicated methods chosen to “do good”.

How hard is it to just do one thing at a time when it comes to writing ballot initiatives. Creating a good law with distasteful elements makes the likelihood of passage of the initiative much less likely. The ads are mostly confusing and do not tell the true story even on the good bills. I understand the need to pose some double negative language in some cases, but, taking a tax benefit from one group and handing it to another is not a solution that one can easily embrace.

I respect Calvin’s attempt to describe the Economic Recovery Report with some detailed analysis. Whether I agree with him or not of each argument it is refreshing to see some critical thinking going into this method of compiling a laundry list of winners and losers at a time when the country and our city needs to put aside the divisive arguments over who has the right to live here.

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