Why the Anger?

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It may have something to do with money. The average annual salary in San Francisco, reports the SF Chronicle, is just above $62,680. Meanwhile a lot of people are earning a lot less including those who work retail ($28,360) and wait staff ($23,360).  Read more here. 

Although life is good for software developers ($110,950),  do as well for stability and paycheck then some working for the city’s fire department.

John Coté points out this morning, “Mayor Ed Lee may get the august, wood-paneled office in City Hall’s Room 200 and a Chevy Volt chauffeured by a security detail, but 48 city employees took home more pay than Lee’s $270,910 in fiscal 2012-13, the figures show.” Read more here. 

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  1. John

    Since time began, there have been people who get angry when others do better than them, even while most of are sanguine and tolerant about the fact that – no matter how much money you have – there is always someone with more.

    Perhaps we are such a consumer society that having less than someone else really is intolerable for some people. Yet many of us can look at a wealthy, successful person without any hate, anger or envy.

    Instead we are happy for their success, and happy to live in a place where that is not only possible, but commonplace.

    • C. Russo

      Yeah, that’s all it is, discrimination and hate against the rich. You know, because the rich don’t discriminate or hate anyone else.

  2. If it was just a question of money, there should have been similar levels of anger and protest during the 1997-2000 tech boom. In fact, there should also have been similar levels during the real estate bubble that peaked in 2006, and finally blew out definitively in 2008.

    • inSF

      Don’t worry, there was plenty of anger during those times too.

    • John


      As I recall there was no “envy backlash” against the dot.com boom of the late 1990′s. Although in the Mission there was the brief outburst of an anti-gentrification movement, and I recall a TV crew trawling through the Mission looking for gentrifiers (I know because I was interviewed by them).

      But it fizzled out just like the Occupy thing against the RE boom fizzled out as soon as the weather turned cold and wet.

      I confidently predict that this latest little “envy hissy fit” will also prove to be another 15 minutes of mediocrity thing. Especially since it is only a few dozen people with seemingly no broad support.

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