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A New York Times story reports that “resentment simmers” in San Francisco because “orange construction cranes dot the skyline” and the local economy booms. The Times laments that “tech workers have, rightly or wrongly, received the blame” for “a city in danger of losing its diversity.”

Only demented and doctrinaire liberals could embrace the idea that anyone deserves “blame” for soaring construction and an explosion of new businesses.

One local resident mourns that all the new economic activity is “expelling the performance artists, the poets, the muralists, the activists…” But actually, it’s precisely that sort of entrepreneurial energy that might give even the most self-indulgent performance artists and activists the first-time thrill of productive employment.

It’s preposterous to suggest that prosperous tech workers deserve condemnation while poets and muralists need protection in the name of diversity.

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  1. Observer  •  Dec 6, 2013 at 2:27 pm

    Throughout history, ignorant people have resented others for a whole host of reasons, and greedy and evil people have stoked those flames and used them to accrue power. And they’ve placed themselves in exactly the positions of undeserved influence and wealth that they’ve railed against, while this supposedly obvious irony is ignored by those ignorant, hateful people. The most successful, powerful and generous nation in the world is now run by a group of those greedy and evil people and a president who hates it. Let’s see if he does enough permanent damage before we wise up.

  2. Annie  •  Dec 6, 2013 at 2:32 pm

    Yes, that’s because “demented and doctrinaire liberals” are who we have running this country, as well, they are the ones brainwashing our young people who of course “have to” go to college or be damned to perpetual unemployment. I think the Right is going to have a rude awakening when they find out that the young people are indeed going to go along with the suppression of the individual for the “good of all”, as it has been drummed into them for 30 odd years.

  3. julius streeter  •  Dec 7, 2013 at 4:15 am

    Farmers, cowboys, negros and blue collar industrial workers along with professionals such as academics, doctors ,lawyers, accountants, businessmen and women made America, never be apologetic about heavy machinery and hardhats like Sirach 38.38 says the labouring person makes a city and civilisation possible the tradesmen, electrians plumbers, constructionworkers are the American heartland, the people of the book as start up nation by singer and sender demonstrates that a peoples army universal and kibbutznik types combining farming and manufacturing make for a strong nation, them scorning the above are subversive.

  4. John  •  Dec 7, 2013 at 8:20 am

    This premise had been destroyed generations ago by Aesop’s fable of the Grasshopper and the Ant.

  5. Joanne  •  Dec 7, 2013 at 9:46 am

    We are in the “bread & circuses” phase of our decline. People don’t think they should have to work, and this mentality is encouraged and fostered by our Communist in Chief. He loses no opportunity to point at the “haves” and foment resentment and envy among the “have-nots”, inferring that the haves obtained their bounty through illegal/immoral means, and implying that he can get the have-nots their portion. All along, he’s killing the jobs that would give the have-nots the real opportunity to build wealth of their own!

  6. cj  •  Dec 15, 2013 at 6:30 pm

    So there is a ton of economic stimulation in San Fran, that never happened under George Bush.

    Obama for the win.

    leave it to conservatives to complain about economic success.

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