Thanks to loyal supporters of the Libertarian Party of San Francisco, the LPSF had enough funds in its modest treasury to file four paid ballot arguments which will appear on the November 2015 voters’ pamphlet. If it were not for our commitment to serve as sometimes a lonely voice standing in opposition to government overreach, the many egregious proposals forever appearing in the voters’ pamphlet would go unchallenged. That commitment is only possible because of supporters who, not only keep our lights on, but also enable us to make our case in favor small Constitutional governmentS at the local, state and federal levels.
Please check out our soon-to-be-published recommendations for the November elections and our upcoming posts. We will offer our views on what really makes communities prosper -- which is not mountains of government subsidies that shackle initiative and mortgage our future.
Libertarians view progressive government policies such as the minimum wage, subsidized student loans, and subsidized housing as the equivalent of trying to put out a fire by dousing it with lighter fluid.
When there is a rise in the mandatory minimum wage, businesses can either raise the price of their goods or lay off workers. To think that businesses will absorb the extra cost without taking action is naïve.
The workplace used to be a lot more professionally diverse thanks to different types of instruction, such as vocational institutions, apprentice shops, and inexpensive certificate classes. Then government decided everybody needs to go to college, and poured money into subsidized student loans. Now we have sky-high tuition and college graduates taking orders at McDonalds. To think colleges will not raise tuition to capture the large amounts of government money available is naïve.
Up until the 1960s, owning a little house in which to raise a family was possible for members of a thriving middle class. There was help from the GI Bill and Fannie Mae, but most homes were privately built and privately owned. Then government decided that if a little subsidy was good, lots of subsidy would be even better. So we have a lot more people competing for housing where the subsidies are the most generous. To think that housing subsidies do not contribute to high housing prices is naïve.
The San Francisco November 3, 2015, Consolidated Municipal Election serves as an example of how quickly The City is turning into a government-controlled fiefdom.
Once home to rowdy gold prospectors and plucky homesteaders, San Francisco gentrified itself after the earthquake of 1906. By the 1950’s, people dressed up to go downtown for a shopping trip – ladies in hats and white gloves and gentlemen in suits, just like in the picture. And everybody voted for conservative pro-free-market mayors.
But all that started to change when Redevelopment Agency’s Justin Herman tore down the Fillmore – not cool. The Flower Children moved into Haight-Ashbury in the 60’s. Lawrence Ferlinghetti co-founded City Lights Books, with Peter Martin, who’s idea was to publish Allen Ginsberg’s “Howl” – huge impact. The Summer of Love ushered the era of progressive politics, and as with all such eras, government grew and grew.
On May 12, President Barrack Obama issued a 116-page set of recommendations entitled the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing. The Department of Justice says “the recommendations provide meaningful solutions to help law enforcement agencies and communities strengthen trust and collaboration, while ushering the nation into the next phase of community-focused policing.”
Given that so much unhappiness has been occurring involving policing, there will be clamor to implement this perceived panacea. But, have other Federal programs been panaceas? Are your children thriving in school with Common Core? Have you seen an end to neighborhood segregation with the Fair Housing Act? Are your kids safer thanks to the War on Drugs? Has the Student Loan Program made college affordable to your children? Did the paramilitary equipment supplied by the Federal government to your local police end unrest?
Plan Bay Area1 has two land-use components: Priority Development Areas (PDAs), located along transit corridors, are where 80% of Bay Area’s population is to live and work. Priority Conservation Areas (PCAs) are designated open spaces.
Because San Francisco has several significant Priority Development Areas, we at the Libertarian Party of San Francisco have been focusing on that component of Plan Bay Area. However, Priority Conservation Areas suffer from the same central planning micromanagement and resulting negative consequences as do the PDAs.
Therefore, we offer here a brief and clear Fact Sheet on PCAs.