The political screaming class must really think we're stupid.
Well, maybe we are. Just look at the last 18 months or so.
We're told that we must prevent evictions because there's a "pandemic." Well, during said "pandemic" we paid people to stay home. We hiked the minimum wage. We're told, by the numbers, that per-capita income has gone up. That means people have more money, not less.
So what, over the last 18 months, did those people spend the money on?
Obviously, if they're facing eviction, what they didn't spend the money on is their rent.
Why pay the rent when you can't be evicted for not paying it? Why, let's instead buy..... booze! How about bong hits! Weed stores are essential businesses. So are liquor stores.
Paying people to not work was thought of as compassionate. What if it was really training them to, well, not have to work and expecting that their landlord would simply swallow all of the taxes and operating expenses, including of course maintenance on the building and grounds, of their residence?
The last employment situation report says that the average hourly wage is up $1.05 over the last year to $30.40. Among production and non-supervisory employees there is not one category in the table (B-8) that shows an hourly wage under $15 and several are more than double that figure.
There is almost-literally a help-wanted sign in every single business window in America. This begs the question; is the "beggar" you see standing on the corner less than 100' away from a store with said sign in the window truly broke and homeless or is he driving a Lexus and grifting you? More than once I've seen the latter; said "beggar" walks to his car strategically in a parking lot, removes the tattered shirt and changes into some perfectly-good shorts and a shirt which happens to be in the very nice late-model car he has the keys to.
I used to find such people sad examples and believed that most of them probably were actually homeless and down on their luck. The more-ragged were likely drug or alcohol-addicted and perhaps mentally compromised as well. Years ago when I lived in Chicago it wasn't uncommon for me to offer one of the street bums my doggie bag from a nice restaurant and have them turn it down; all they wanted, you see, was a fiver so they could get a cheap snort of booze or their particular drug of choice. "Hungry and homeless" eh? Well, the latter perhaps, but the former not so much.
The last few months have disabused me of this notion; someone who is actually hungry and homeless can have a job in 15 minutes. They might not like that specific job, but it's a job. Some of them -- like the local Kroger -- are even are advertising they pay daily which removes the argument that you can't go to work because you need the money now, not in two or four weeks. Work today, get paid today.
But even that doesn't do it. The other day I was in said Kroger and half the self-checkout lanes were shuttered. Why? They only had one person on to watch over the shoppers and keep them from walking out with a full cart of groceries they didn't pay for. Do you really think they wouldn't have immediately hired someone who is facing eviction when they have a sign in the window offering to do exactly that?
I'm out of patience -- and tolerance -- for the screaming class of political pantywaist nonsense peddlers, no matter which issue it may be on. When it comes to economics at a personal level its quite-clear: Why work when someone will pay you to sit around and get stoned? We've done exactly that, and instead of paying rent with the money what was bought was beer and bong hits. We're told we're "racist" if we restrict EBT to actual nutritious food instead of junk, packaged, obesogenic crap and thus the local gas station convenience store lets you use EBT to buy things that make you fat and, I remind you, that makes you more-likely to die of the coof.
Given that we knew more than a year ago that being obese was a serious risk factor for Covid-19 wouldn't an intelligent thing to do be to slam the door on that bull**** and restrict government food assistance to actual healthy food? Of course it would have. If it's a fast carbohydrate then you can't buy it with EBT. Oh, but that would been inconvenient say the screaming harpies. Indeed it might have -- but it also might have kept some people alive when we didn't pay them to pack on another 50lbs.
Never mind the other part of the problem at present, which is that the landlords all have to pay their property taxes but are not getting any income. Does Blackrock care about this? No, they go to the Fed and get a nice zero-interest loan to pay them with. Can the small property owner -- the small-business landlord -- get that zero-interest loan? Of course not. He or she is forced to sell -- to Blackrock, of course, which also gets another zero-interest loan to buy them out at a loss, then jacks up the rent.
A hand up is a job.
A hand-out is the destruction of the work ethic and generation of more Beautiful Ones, except when it comes to humans for some odd reason they're not all that beautiful when smiling at you with teeth rotted out from smoking meth.
Then again, in the mouse experiments, we didn't put mouse-sized crank pipes in MouseTopia, did we?