How NOT to run a city. Or a country.


Note to President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid: You might want to re-think that progressivist utopia y’all had planned out so carefully. The article linked has about 6 pages of historical reasons why you should abandon that agenda. (Oh, and Nancy, you really ought to know better.)

via San Francisco News – The Worst-Run Big City in the U.S.

Modern map of San Fransicko

"Would you tell me which way I ought to go from here?" asked Alice. "That depends a good deal on where you want to get," said the Cat. "I really don't care where" replied Alice. "Then it doesn't much matter which way you go," said the Cat. - Lewis Carroll, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland (1865), novelist and poet (1832-1898).

You got to be careful if you don't know where you're going, because you might not get there. - Yogi Berra, baseball catcher (1925-present

Despite its good intentions, San Francisco is not leading the country in gay marriage. Despite its good intentions, it is not stopping wars. Despite its spending more money per capita on homelessness than any comparable city, its homeless problem is worse than any comparable city’s. Despite its spending more money per capita, period, than almost any city in the nation, San Francisco has poorly managed, budget-busting capital projects, overlapping social programs no one is certain are working, and a transportation system where the only thing running ahead of schedule is the size of its deficit.

It’s time to face facts: San Francisco is spectacularly mismanaged and arguably the worst-run big city in America. This year’s city budget is an astonishing $6.6 billion — more than twice the budget for the entire state of Idaho — for roughly 800,000 residents. Yet despite that stratospheric amount, San Francisco can’t point to progress on many of the social issues it spends liberally to tackle — and no one is made to answer when the city comes up short.

To those of us who didn’t leave our brains in San Francisco, this is, well, a no-brainer (sorry).  There’s no need to wipe the slate clean and re-invent America in an unconstitutional manner. This has already been done in SF and the experimental results are clear. It’s a bad idea.  So, let’s stop with the “hope and change” thing and just go with what works…freedom and accountability for choices people make in life. K?

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