San Francisco tech worker: ‘I don’t want to see homeless riff-raff’
I will never understand why it is that those with the wherewithal to take care of themselves (cash as well as learned ability, mental health, etc…) are the ones to vilify the people who cannot help themselves..
I lived for many years in Vancouver, BC, where there is a visible presence of homeless, confined mostly to the downtown core but becoming more widespread in other areas of the growing city, especially in market areas..
The last time I was in San Francisco, I admit I was rather shocked to see that the homeless problem there was as bad, or worse, than the last time I was there, in the late ’60’s..
Vancouver and SF have much in common..the wealthy flock to both places, drive up real estate prices and make it almost impossible for anyone but the very wealthy to live there with any degree of comfort. It has been this way for a long time, decades in fact.
If ever the rich get bit by the urge to do something in the name of social justice perhaps it will change, but, strangely, the very wealthy only seem interested in helping those outside their own countries..I often wonder if it is in aid of their vast corporate holdings, to create a healthier work force in countries where there is no control or labour laws? I’ve often wondered why the Buffets and the Gates of this world never seem too interested in leveling the playing field in their own country…but of course that would fly in the face of the capitalists who believe that American ‘exceptionalism’ is the answer..that if you wind up in this terrible predicament, it must be your own fault..
Even the dirty 30’s were kinder to the poor than this era of Trump and his ilk bickering among themselves as to who is the most repulsive in their views of the world around them.