San Francisco is a favorite punching bag of right-wing provocateurs who decry it as a West Coast bastion of European-style socialism. (Whatever that might be.) Sadly, even some of our city's local journalists buy into the pat image of San Francisco as a cautionary tale of the excesses of expansive government, joining the likes of Bill O'Reilly, who famously dispatched a reporter here to determine what America might look like in the dark night of the Obama administration.
San Francisco County distributes $7,270 in government aid per capita, the Times found, and such aid constituted 10.24 percent of all county income. To put that dollar figure in perspective, it's more than Marin County (at $6,414) but less than San Joaquin County (at $7,346) and less than the amount spent by over a dozen counties in the socialist paradise known as South Carolina.