Joe Biden’s stupid surrender to far-left Democrats seeking to cancel rent
President Joe Biden surrendered to far-left Congressional Democrats who call themselves Squad on Tuesday, reinstating a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention moratorium on evictions. Never mind that in June, the United States Supreme Court ruled that the moratorium could not be legally extended beyond July 31 without going beyond the health powers of the CDC.
The Squad’s agenda is socialism: don’t pay rent, we’ll block evictions; don’t pay back university loans, we’ll cancel them; do not work, we will take the money of those who work and give it to you.
That’s why it’s troubling that in this showdown between Biden and the team, he was soft.
Team reps Cori Bush (D-Mo.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) And Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) Slept rough on the steps of the U.S. Capitol this weekend, surrounded by cases of bottled water, pizza from the lodges, staff members and a flattering press corps. They warned of the rise of homeless people if the ban on eviction is not reinstated.
In response to their theater, Biden’s health officials announced a new moratorium that could expire on October 3. Or last longer, depending on the virus.
The team’s preference is for a moratorium on evictions that not only suspends rent and mortgage obligations, but cancels them until the pandemic is over. When is it? Maybe never, in their eyes and that of many blue elites.
It’s part of the far left’s broader attempt to use COVID as an excuse to disrupt most basic American principles. Before Omar set up her campsite on the Capitol on Friday, she introduced a guaranteed income bill. Everyone would receive $ 1,200 a month from the government whether you worked or not. It’s a utopia, unless you’re one of those who struggle to pay for it.
The truth is, there is no need for a moratorium on evictions. Congress has provided $ 47 billion in rent relief on generous terms. A New York household of four earning up to $ 95,450 is eligible. There are delays in getting the money out, but in New York City, California, Massachusetts, and several other states, any tenant who asks for help is protected from eviction pending.
This federal rent assistance is in addition to stimulus checks and unemployment benefits with federal additions, and in the Empire State, newly improved state bonds for tenants in need of assistance.
The White House said Monday: “Money is available in every state to help tenants who are behind on rent and threatened with eviction.” Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged states to distribute the money.
The deepest economic problem is not the inability of tenants to find work. There are too few workers ready to take the available jobs. “US employers cannot fill a record 9.2 million jobs because the government has paid the unemployed more to stay at home,” Representative Nicole Malliotakis told the Post. “So why don’t they pay their rent? “
Maintaining the moratorium will crush family owners who need the income to pay off their mortgages and repair buildings. They were the hardest hit during the pandemic, according to the University of Pennsylvania Housing Initiative. The extension of the moratorium threatens their survival, jeopardizing the supply of housing.
Let’s be clear. A moratorium will not alleviate the crime, filth and disorder caused by homeless people lying on the streets, benches and stairs of the subway. Most are mentally ill and / or drug addicts. They did not become homeless because of the layoffs linked to the pandemic. Some have been living on the streets for a decade.
They need a sane love: to be taken off the streets to supervised shelters with mental health and addiction services – for their own good and to restore quality of life and safety in cities like the Big Apple.
Last week, the Los Angeles City Council passed an ordinance banning camps in most public spaces and ordering police to clear out tents and cardboard settlements. Even THE ultra-liberal has had enough.
On homelessness caused by the pandemic, Republicans and Democrats supported a temporary moratorium on evictions, when millions of people were forced to stop working because of lockdowns. This time has passed. Layoffs are down from the pandemic peak of April 2020, and it’s time to let the capitalist engines roar. Unfortunately, this is not what the Democrats on the left want.
Betsy McCaughey is a former lieutenant governor of New York.