We have a crisis in front of us. We’re the adults. We think about the crisis individually and how to reduce its impact. Then we start to think about the crisis as groups. Is this a plan? Then we quickly lobby our public officials at the local and state levels, because the Federal government has managed to perform certain physiologically impossible sexual acts with itself and can’t get itself unstuck until at least November 3. I didn’t need to say that part.
So, we’re about to have lots of Trumptowns. On the beltway around our city is an all night truck parking area where a few years ago Patrice, aged 60, slept in her car for two weeks after eviction until somebody could take her in. She didn’t want to give up her cat. There was a shelter that could have put her up but she loved that cat and couldn’t part with it. So, first, we’re going to see a number of rather sweet and somewhat elderly people in the Trumptowns. No, they’re not perfect. Yes, they need individuals to take them in, and maybe they can only pay 50% of their share of the rent, and maybe they have their pride. Can you take someone in?
This helps keep the pool of persons to send to prison filled. Homeless people are always targeted by the Police for things like loitering and panhandling or disorderly conduct. Wealthy people will call 9-1-1 just because one of these people are “sighted” and due to their homelessness they immediately deemed “suspicious” or “a potential threat”. Drive by in a Mercedes after a day at the bank where you foreclosed on 50 families and forced them into the street and those “concerned citizens” do nothing. Push a shopping cart by with all of your possessions and you are “likely a criminal”.
Your state Department of Health probably realizes that a Trumptown of homeless people is an inherent coronavirus spreading mechanism. Take the people and put them up in the following places:
- Hotels, or
- Their original apartments and houses.
Here’s the scam. A building or apartment is more profitable if it’s vacant than if someone is living there or has a small business. The owner will evict as fast as possible, regardless of the situation. From that moment on, it’s a dark building for property taxes and can be declared as a loss on income taxes. Multiple times if it’s set up as shell corps for each unit.
And…good luck trying to discover who the real owner of the building is. The bottom of the pyramid is a corporation devoted to managing properties. No real skin in the game except to keep units filled if the money is good, or to let things go to hell if it costs too much to maintain. Then the chain goes up to an investment company, then another shell company, then…you may be digging into records for hours before hitting a security wall, needing an FOI request. Everyone involved in the chain gets money out of the deal, except for the renter.
Oh, and the Kardashians are $200 million richer this morning after selling off part of their cosmetics industry. But the affected employees will either lose their jobs or get a pay cut. Welcome to the rentier class…
While taking people in is a noble act, I don’t think we can expect that to happen on any large scale. Besides, the real solution that will have a meaningful impact is for government action to avoid the homelessness and foreclosures. By taking people in we would only be providing a rescue of the problem from the people who caused it and benefited from it. Those assholes need to be made very, very uncomfortable about the situation they created in order for effective remedies to be enacted. EAT THE RICH!
We desperately need to change our trade policy to allow public services like public housing, healthcare, banking and dozens of others again.
Read this, this is at the core of the problem.
Covid out of control, loss of jobs, full blown homelessness crisis, biosphere collapsing yet market up almost 500 points and this today: “Pending Home Sales Rose 44% in May, the Biggest Leap on Record”
We’ve been looking for a house to buy for over 2 years and the areas I am looking (modest homes) homes sell within minutes of hitting the MLS with multiple offers and in many cases for more than the asking price. These are not businesses buying these homes, they are basic family homes sold to average individuals.
Does anyone understand this?
And yes, the “market” is rigged and an illusion created for the elite.
But these are middle class homes . . . I do not understand all the forces at play here.
Common sense tells me that if home buying numbers are high, people are feeling comfortable, secure . . . confident in their ability to keep paying mortgages.
But all the signs (other than the f—ing “djia”) indicate people should be feeling anything but confident. There is talk of banks collapsing:
Yet another example (i.e. dire situation for homeless people while market soars, home sales soar) of the crazy making mixed messages and layers of economic/societal pathology that have hidden the truth.
The Government is doing all it can in the USA to ensure the Corporations like WALmart remain profitable even as they claim they have no resources to address the homelessness crisis.
Firms like WALMART are issuing Corporate Bonds which the US FED is buying up. This is to prevent a cash crunch and ensure large firms have easy and ready access to money. When they buy up these bonds, the Corporation in question has less reason to borrow money from Banks for their daily operations thus increasing profitability.
The Waltons will get richer and more people will be sleeping under bridges.
The US is something different to the overseas rich than it is to us. They see us as the most stable country. A country oriented totally for the rich. It props up banks, and makes it so they can do no wrong.
Look at how China had a huge influx of FDI after the 1989 crackdown. That was because they cracked down on the democracy demonstrators. Its the opposite of what we would do but rich people are not like the rest of us.
In some areas prices are being bought up by foreign investors who buy houses and then just keep them vacant as an investment- sort of escape hatch if the shit hits the fan where they are living now. In the Bay Area they call them “ghost houses”. There are a lot of really rich people overseas and the price of a house here in the US doesn’t seem high to them compared to the knowlege that their property will be protected here. They dont rent them out because its not worth the trouble to them.
We urgently need to figure out a way to restore democracy. We dont realize it but we’re losing rights right and left to subtle behind the scenes changes, both parties are waging a quiet war on the very idea of a middle class and jobs with decent pay. They feel that labor is worth less so they should pay a lot less.
Less than half a century after the Powell Memo charted the GOP’s course to stack the courts and turn the US into a third world nation it appears that both of those goals will be achieved before the end of 2020.
What did the Democrats accomplish during the past half century other than helping dismantle most of FDR’s New Deal ?
No, for example, it will be at least next year before the WTO case thats pending against us is decided.
Initial waves of the eviction tsunami are already in sight, just offshore. Around mid-July, we’ll see the real Independence fireworks begin as domestic forces protect what they serve by throwing families out in the street a block at a time. Another massive spectacle on hand while negotiating Saharan dust monsters, killer hornets, mega-metropolitan mutations from SARS2, and maybe some unexpected events, as well. Life is full of surprises.
Convulsions of so-called “markets” at the death-bed of late capitalism are imponderable, even meaningless: like anoxic death-throes of the body a soul just departed.
If people cant take in people maygbe they can help them by giving them a place to keep their stuff they can afford in their garage or basement. So they dont lose it. Or taking temporary care of a pet.
With a trillion dollar backlog in US bridge maintenence (another metric confirming that the US has reached third world status) there are likely to be fewer bridges for homeless to live under.
We’ll lose the Democratic majority in many areas as renters once evicted wont have a place to vote… maintaining an address in cities will be impossible for people who lose a right to continue renting a long held apartment at a rent stabilized rent… Its a Republicans wet dream, breaking up the majorities in cities. A lot of people will lose pensions too if they can no longer stay at jobs in cities because they no longer have a place to live there. Of course our leadership will cry their crocodile tears. I can see them now. Buildings now vacant of a third of their renters will be cleared of the rest by eminent comain or buyouts. Then they will be torn down, replaced by Gothic Ugly condo constructions.
If I were a young person I would move to some other country. Now, before the rush.
Those aren’t bridges, those are condos in Trumpville.
It is so hard for me to express how odious this callous system is–we will have to stay in the streets and throw a monkey wrench in the system itself. Cruel beyond endurance is capitalism.
“cruel beyond endurance”
Its an education for the country.