Some of my readers know that I live in one of the most hostile environments for poor people and minorities in America. San Francisco. It is also one of the most hostile places in America for people who are happy. The local Democrat-Union government puts a high priority in running people's lives. It is a nanny government with a Puritan malice that seeks out happy people and punishes them.
Do you think I'm kidding?
Just last week, the Board of Supervisors passed an ordinance that virtually eliminates a new business called Airbnb. Airbnb is an Internet based house sharing operation. Not only did the Sups tax it at 14% in order to support city pensions for a city that spends 40% of its budget on pensions for unionized city employees but has three times the number of employees of a larger neighboring city, San Jose.
The single provision that is most hostile to Airbnb is one that limits the total rental of a house or apartment to 90 days a year.
Where are the happy people that are being hurt?
It is the people I know who use Airbnb and are ecstatic about being able live in a comfortable home where they can cook, relax, invite friends and walk in the neighborhood. This is what visitors love; and this is what the city is taking away.
The city's next intrusion into the world of happiness is its goal to eliminate Uber and similar successful ridesharing businesses based on the Internet. Riding in an existing taxi has two problems.
First the existing taxi services are unreliable; you only have to miss a few meetings or airplanes to never use it again.
Second the existing taxis are pretty grotty. Getting into a San Francisco taxi is pretty much like having sex with a toothless street hooker over 50 years old. It's gross.
Uber and the other Internet rides are the opposite. They are sheer pleasure. Every time I have taken an Uber ride I express my ecstasy to the drivers who reports 'comments of that sort all the time'.
The real shock for me, is that some of my friends who now depend on the revenue from Airbnb and will have to change their lives to accommodate the nanny government, will still be voting Democrat-Union the rest of their lives.
Punishment doesn't seem to affect the thinking of Democrat Lefties.