Make no mistake —- much of the back rent owed in America right now is brought on by the pandemic and mass job loss that happened in the beginning and even till now in the midst of the pandemic. Sure I’ll be the first to acknowledge that some were probably already behind, but, likely no where near any level(s) that are presently known in the battle for landlords to get their unpaid rent.
But this isn’t just a few people we are talking about. A huge swathe of America (understood to be north of about 3m people so far that are known anyway) is set to be homeless without further assistance from the government against the backdrop of a pandemic that has killed their friends; loved ones, and neighbors. A pandemic that is no fault of their own but Americans are footing the tail end of the stick and are finding out the hard way that the government does not care about any of them.
The hard truth is that for the most part the government in America never has. During the pandemic, lawmakers especially GOPers made it repeatedly clear that they did not support an eviction ban despite millions being threatened with the prospect of the streets.
It is a failure of extraordinary proportions at the hands of “elected officials” who have enriched themselves for so long on the public dollar they don’t have a rats ass about the commoners. Joe Biden ‘s administration failed in its quest to get the ban renewed after Congress also failed to act but the Supreme Court ultimately ruled that the ban would end and it did. Formally it ended on Saturday with evictions by the mile having followed right after.
This should outright without a question, the failure of the government at least, a massive crime against humanity at almost epic proportions. Their failure is set to result in millions losing their lives again in the middle of a pandemic and the rising threat of the Delta variant — which is taking hold in much of America.
Lawmakers who simply aren’t doing their jobs to protect their constituents during a natural disaster should be held accountable and liable for the damage they have helped cause by refusing to address evictions.