Boycott Backfire: San Fran Rethinking Its Red State Ban After It Turns Out No One Noticed

Brittany M. Hughes | February 21, 2023
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Just a week after it was revealed San Francisco is rethinking its own sanctuary city policies after a massive increase in fentanyl overdoses stemming from illegal immigration, it’s now being reported that Nancy Pelosi’s hometown is also reconsidering its boycott of red states over woke social issues after it turns out the policy did way more harm than good.

Well, to San Francisco, at least.

It all started back in 2016 when the Bay Area city passed an ordinance, called Title 12X, banning city-funded travel to 30 conservative states they claimed had passed anti-LGBTQ legislation following the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court decision, later expanded to include states that enacted abortion restrictions and voter integrity laws. The measure would supposedly highlight San Francisco's commitment to infanticide, voter fraud, and people who dress up like dogs in bondage gear and parade themselves in front of children, all while leaving bigoted red states crying into their Chick-fil-A sweet tea over the loss of San Fran's business.

But - shocking to absolutely no one - the measure didn’t actually hurt the red states San Fran was trying to “boycott.” As a matter of fact, it turns out San Franciscans were the only ones harmed by the policy, and no one else even noticed.

According to a 16-page review that the City Administrator’s Office sent to the Board of Supervisors earlier this month, the city's boycott “has created additional administrative burden for city staff and vendors and unintended consequences for San Francisco citizens, such as limiting enrichment and developmental opportunities.” Meanwhile, the city “was not able to find concrete evidence suggesting 12X has influenced other states’ economies or LGBTQ, reproductive, or voting rights.”

Related: San Fran Reconsiders 'Sanctuary' Policies After Fentanyl Overdoses Skyrocket

Facing a $728 million budget deficit over the next two years, even left-leaning city supervisors say they’re worried the boycott will hurt the city’s already expensive and burdensome contracting process, as the review also found that “a loss in competition is likely to increase the city's contracting costs by 10-20% annually. These costs could continue to increase and compound overtime as the city's potential contractor pool shrinks if the list of banned states grows.”

Guess they ran out of people to tax to death.

In light of the dismal report, the Board of Supervisors will vote in late February on whether to rescind the measure given its clear and proven ridiculousness.

But while backtracking on their own ill-conceived boycott might be good for San Francisco, it’s worth noting that perhaps the red states who’ve been on the city’s naughty list for the past eight years might not necessarily want to be back in San Fran’s good graces. After all, who wants to do business with people that stupid?