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Middle Class Deserting San Francisco

By Sunday, 08 May 2016 08:00 AM Current | Bio | Archive

San Francisco may soon be a city composed of the 1 percent, the indigent and case managers who telework from their homes in Vacaville. The Mercury News reports a recent survey done by the Bay Area Council found 34 percent of residents said they are considering moving.

The story cites housing costs and traffic as the two main motivations behind the dissatisfaction, which is catnip to the cultural Marxists conducting and evaluating the survey.

“Affordable housing” is one of the perennial causes of the left and functions as a perpetual issue machine. Leftist’s zoning, rent–control, land use and landlord regulations serve to restrict housing supply and drive costs up.

These issue arsonists fuel the housing cost fire with more regulations to counteract previous regulations, which mean more problems to solve in the future. It’s a shelter micromanager’s dream.

Traffic is popular, too, because the solution is always more control and never more freedom. Experts consulted by the Mercury News have great solutions for residents as long as they are willing to pay higher taxes and travel in a tube.

When schools are overcrowded, the left always builds more schools. But when roads are overcrowded, the left refuses to build roads, because they believe concrete only attracts more cars, while more classrooms are never blamed for attracting more school kids.

What they are ignoring, because it’s inconvenient, is another issue with the third largest jump in unhappiness: homelessness. So in truth the reason 52 percent of San Francisco residents say the bay area is on the wrong track is declining quality of life caused by government policies that encourage high cost, high inconvenience and high disorder.

Because leftist housing policies have made living in San Francisco too expensive, workers are forced to commute. Area residents fight their way into the city and as they finish the journey to the office, they pass buildings with urine–repelling paint and hope the neighborhood homeless manic doesn’t make eye contact.

The smell and the sights resulting from the left’s hands–off approach to disorder and homelessness — to say nothing of law enforcement policies that essentially make theft a non–criminal offense — make living in San Francisco expensive and obnoxious.

The wealthy 1 percent can insulate themselves with their money, but the middle class doesn’t have that luxury. That’s why they are considering voting with their feet.

Michael Reagan, the eldest son of President Reagan, is a Newsmax TV analyst. A syndicated columnist and author, he chairs The Reagan Legacy Foundation. Michael is an in-demand speaker with Premiere speaker’s bureau. Read more reports from Michael Reagan — Go Here Now.

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San Francisco may soon be a city composed of the 1 percent, the indigent and case managers who telework from their homes in Vacaville.
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