Prop C is what it’s being called. The tax would impose a 0.175 to 0.69 percent tax on any business that generates more than $50 million in gross receipts annually. How much money does this turn into? Approximately $300 million a year, which would double the amount of money the city uses to help curb its homeless crisis.
While some tech CEOs think it’s a great idea, many are opposed.
The CEOs of Salesforce and Zynga are having a Twitter battle, with many eyes, including Gizmodo, there to report on the story.
In our opinion, the concern is going much deeper than just Twitter. We want to highlight the problems associated with homelessness and greed.
How People Become Homeless
Homelessness in America isn’t just about being homeless. It’s about other problems. Not having a home isn’t the cause, it’s the result.
San Francisco isn’t the only city with a problem. Homeless people exist in all cities, in every state, and in every nation. The cost of housing and utilities has skyrocketed over the past 40 years. So have cases of mental illness and PTSD, contributing to an estimated 37,000 homeless veterans in the US. Addiction can also play a role.
The overall estimate for homelessness in the US is over half a million. Only 7,500 of those people live in San Francisco.
Even those who have a roof over their head are struggling to keep their bellies full and clothes on their backs.
The problem is people don’t have enough money. Why? Because income levels are not increasing at the same rate as the cost of groceries, housing, and utilities.
San Francisco has a big problem with homeless folks, this is true and The Digital Worm isn’t disputing that. What upsets us is how many people want to ignore the situation, remove themselves from the situation, or get angry because part of a solution involves them being taxed more.
We understand that you worked hard to build your company. As entrepreneurs ourselves, we get it. It’s hard and at the end of the day, we do it to achieve a lifestyle we want to live while working for a company we created.
However, if you have a net worth that is well into the hundreds of millions or even billions of dollars, then why are you crying about helping out people who cannot help themselves?
Because the fact is, many of them just can’t. They aren’t you. They don’t have the knowledge to start their own business. They damn sure don’t have the capital. Most of them struggle to maintain any kind of employment. So the whole, “Get off your ass and get a job” rhetoric is trash. Straight up garbage.
If you don’t like the way your community is trying to help out less fortunate people. If you don’t like giving up, what is essentially pocket change, to make the world a better place, then leave.
There are plenty of cities and states that would love to have you. Lots of states have tax incentives to bring new businesses into the area.
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If you don’t want to help the homeless of San Francisco or cough up a few bucks for someone else to help, then why live there? What are you spending those billions of dollars on that is so important? Or is it a matter of “what’s mine is mine”?
Because if that’s the case, you have the mind of a child and you need to grow up. Period.
This isn’t a rich man’s problem. It’s not even a San Francisco or Twitter or CEO concern. This is an everyone problem.
We, as a people, need to do our part in helping those who cannot help themselves. It’s our moral and civic duty. Your ethnicity and religion are irrelevant. And for that matter, so is your income.
You can volunteer your time. You can donate old toys and clothes to Goodwill. You can do your part.
It’s a matter of wanting to help. This situation isn’t going to go away until every community in every neighborhood is coming together to make life better for everyone. When entire communities are involved, a little from everyone can go a long way.