Is it time to panic yet?
Failed regimes need enemies, the better to offload domestic discontent to The Man Behind the Tree. Distracted by a constant state of war, the populace of Oceana overlooked the oppression of Big Brother. Progressives feed on victims; victims require crises.
Word search “Crisis” in any Leftist publication and be gobsmacked by the deluge of hits. (One such: “Crisis is opportunity,” by Chris Hayes in The Nation.)
If our progressive … acquaintances had their druthers (never enough druthers to go around), the CDC’s tenant eviction moratorium would extend well beyond October 3. It would be permanent. Helzz bellzz, landlords would be rounded up and their properties nationalized.
If it wasn’t the Delta variant it would be Global Warming or Systemic Racism or Sexual Harassment or Unequal Distribution of Wealth or Russian Hacking or January 6.
Faced with the clear unconstitutionality of the CDC’s continued eviction moratorium, the CDC “targeted” 80% of the counties in the USA for crisis treatment. Unilaterally, because not even Pelosi’s Democrats could be bothered to enact the legislative authority.
A crisis is a terrible thing to waste
In most people’s imagination, the affected landlords are likely large banks or real estate corporations — but that is hardly the case across the board. A May 2021 Washington Post article by Eli Saslow cited U.S. Census data showing that 8 million rental properties were an average of $5,600 behind on rent and that about half of those 8 million are owned by “small landlords” who “manage their own rentals and depend on them for basic income.”
“According to government estimates,” Saslow wrote, “a third of small landlords are at risk of bankruptcy or foreclosure as the pandemic continues into its second year.”
For 42% of landlords, day-to-day management of the property was performed by either the owner or an unpaid agent, according to the Wall Street Journal. In a regime that divides by race, class, and gender, landlords are disfavored because they own property. I.E., they are not socialists.
Blaska’s Second Law of Progressives is that
their appetites are never satisfied.
Free college and free health care are just the first course. They’re after free housing and a guaranteed income. Where all this comes from is not their worry. Mindless that wherever housing is heavily regulated — as in New York City’s rent price controls — housing is in short supply. (Read & Weep: “Rent control does not make housing more affordable.”)
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If one must monger crises (plural) can we declare a crisis in crime in 80% of our larger cities? (See sidebar on the right side of screen.) If during this Crime and Covid Crisis everyone must re-mask up and show proof of vaccination regardless of race can we also mandate they pull up their pants? Just for starters. For sanitary reasons, of course.