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Twitter may get tax break in order to keep from moving, and tax break is being considered by…San Francisco?

Thanks to Donna for sending this big, juicy slab of irony my way.  From San Fransicko:

San Francisco’s best shot to prevent Twitter from migrating south faces a key vote Wednesday on whether to give the microblogging service a six-year tax break.

The growing San Francisco-based company has explored a move to Brisbane, where its business costs would be lower. San Francisco has a 1.5 percent payroll tax whereas Brisbane does not have one.

Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes the mid-Market Street area where Twitter would move, has broken from predecessor Chris Daly’s stance and is advocating for the passage of legislation that would give Twitter a six-year payroll tax break if it decides to move into the building at Market and Ninth streets. The tax break would apply to all qualifying businesses that relocate to the portion of the Tenderloin and the mid-Market Street area that city officials hope to revitalize

I’m philosophically against cutting taxes,” Kim said Monday. “I’ve had to think about this long and hard. This is targeted enough. It’s specific enough. It’s short enough.”

OK, just to make sure I’m understanding this properly…

You are “philosophically against cutting taxes”, presumably because you believe that (a) government can better use that revenue than the person or business who earned it; (b) taxing businesses is somehow good for the economy; (c) tax cuts do not help the economy in any way; (d) letting a business keep more of the money it earned is morally repugnant; (e) tax policy has no impact on business decisions (such as hiring, firing, relocating, etc.) whatsoever; or (f) some or all of the above.

If you are “philosophically against cutting taxes” for any (much less all) of the aforementioned reasons, then on what planet does it make sense to extend the tax break for Twitter?  If it is truly believed that by Twitter getting this tax break they will stay in San Franfreakshow, which will in turn benefit the San Franistan economy, then doesn’t that completely shatter your “philosophy” of being against tax cuts of any kind?  It would if there were any sense of logic, consistency, or (in this case) irony in your body.

Folks, let that sink in for a moment: “Tax cuts are bad, bad things…which is why I’m going to support a tax cut for Twitter.”  Haven’t these economic illiterates been telling us since the JFK administration that “tax cuts for the wealthy and for businesses don’t work”?

Well, she has a tough sell, based on the reactions of her fellow Board members:

Supervisor John Avalos said the proposal doesn’t seem fair given the financial struggles of residents in his district.

“Who are the [Twitter] investors?” he said. “Probably some of the wealthiest people in this country. And we are giving them more wealth.”

There you go, pal.  You stick to your guns, sir!  And when Twitter moves out and takes their jobs, property taxes, etc., with them, you will have truly won the day!

March 18, 2011 - Posted by | economic ignorance, irony, San Francisco, taxes


  1. Knew you’d like this. Welcome to my world! 🙂
    I’m +200 miles south, but it’s been creeping down here for about the last 15 years. Makes your head spin sometimes to try to follow the logic (or lack thereof).

    Comment by Donna, Los Osos, CA | March 18, 2011

  2. I don’t know where the idea originated that either coast of this nation contained some of the greatest minds on the planet, but I it must have been someone who lived on either one. The more I hear of the drivel and insanity come from either coast, the more I realize nothing but stupidity is on both coasts. This is not to say there are not smart folks there, they are just silent. Like a favorite fiction character of mine says “stupid is as stupid does”. How true that is of San Francisco is illustrated by the subject of this article. And, the other coast proves the point everyday, in one way or another by the idiots on the left.
    I hope Twitter realizes their error and moves to a more friendly business environment, like, Texas or somewhere in the Midwest. Less income in Cali and let ’em go down the drain.

    Comment by J.Guidry | March 18, 2011

  3. I don’t think life on either coast is necessarily an indicator of idiocy……just look at Chicago.

    Comment by Dux | March 19, 2011

  4. I hope the twitterbird takes a crap right on gavin newsroms head

    Comment by SPURWING PLOVER | March 31, 2011

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