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Forum Post: Gov. Must Freeze Rent and Mortgages During Outbreak

Posted 3 months ago on March 14, 2020, 9:58 p.m. EST by elf3 (4149)
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I think the majority of people will do the right thing. Will the government? Other countries are freezing rent and mortgages. This makes sense so restaurants and businesses and people can self-quarantine to keep the virus under control and when all is said and done they can re-open the doors instead of going under. As well as people won't be homeless. The banks over the last decade have been gifted bail outs and tax breaks and on it's time for them to pay it forward to the hard-working people of this nation. This one issue will decide the outcome of our economy and people for decades to come. We must push for freezing mortgages and rent as other countries in Europe have.



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[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23255) 3 months ago

Gig economy workers at most risk. Exceptions need to be made to ensure that people who work in the cash economy have pay during this period. This is critical.

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23255) 3 months ago

Moratorium on rent and mortgage payments, student loan payments, utility turn offs, etc.

Increase Unemployment Insurance, mandatory sick pay.

Gov't needs to make sure people have the money to buy the groceries and medicines they may need.

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

''America Is Acting Like a Failed State'' by Derek Thompson:

''Many businesses, local governments, and individuals are doing what is necessary to beat back the coronavirus—with little help from the White House.''

spero meliora ...

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23255) 3 months ago



[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 3 months ago

Apparently "The legislation provides paid leave, establishes free testing, protects public health workers, and provides important benefits to children and families" .. but then also please try to consider that ...

at spes non fracta ...

[-] 2 points by beautifulworld (23255) 2 months ago

Detroit bus driver dies from coronavirus days after making angry video about coughing passenger. This is just too sad but we have to face what has happened here.


NOW we're being told to wear masks, but it's too late for Jason Hargrove.


The Truth Out article is just maddening. So obvious what healthcare workers need but unbelievably:

"Last Tuesday, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) further weakened a guidance for hospitals responding to COVID-19 due in part to shortages of N95 face masks and other protective equipment. The guidance lays out standards for isolating patients and providing protective gear to nurses and health care workers at risk of exposure. Last week, a coalition of unions warned the CDC that weakening the guidance would decrease the level of protection for health care workers and encourage the spread of COVID-19. Nurses held protests across the country on Wednesday.

“This rollback is completely outrageous,” Castillo said."

Imagine that! The CDC lowering it's standards to fit the lack of equipment! Outrageous!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

''Minimum-Wage Workers Are Dying to Keep Everyone Else Alive. They Deserve More", by Wm. Rivers-Pitt:

"Low-wage workers are standing between our society and calamity ... they deserve health care and a living wage now." Thanx for your strong excerpt & important link about the Detroit Bus Driver. It's now incontrovertibly true that the lowest paid amongst us - are doing some of the most important jobs that must be done to keep society as we know it, going: OF COURSE THEY DESERVE A LIVING WAGE!

ergo - quid pro quo?!

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23255) 2 months ago

Demand Change Post-COVID19!

From truthout:

"Things will be different on the other side of this pandemic. Before COVID, many middle-class and wealthy people would glide by low-wage workers doing menial jobs. Today, low-wage workers are some of the few people standing between our society and calamity, and awareness of that fact has exploded. The billionaires and the celebrities aren’t saving us. The minimum-wage workers bagging groceries are.

On the other side of this, we must utterly reorganize our priorities, so that such heroes do not have to make lethal personal choices to survive this hypercapitalist system. The woman behind the plexiglass at the grocery store register deserves to have health care and a living wage even if she’s too scared to brave COVID and come to work. So do her co-workers. So do we all."

We shouldn't take these workers for granted. It's never good to take anything or anyone for granted. You'll miss them when they're gone.

Take our food supply for instance, it isn't as secure as we think it is and perhaps it's time the press starts reporting about this instead of the gotcha moments they love so much. We need real information, but when the press is for profit they look for gotchas to increase readership and ratings, meanwhile, our food supply may not be as secure as we think.



[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 2 months ago

For sure "We shouldn't take workers for granted" and on top of food issues - there's the matter of water:

''The lack of water access comes as nearly 1,500 people in Michigan have died from COVID-19" & further consider the fact that so much of US' water supply is basically unpotable! As such, consider:

ad iudicium?

[-] 1 points by beautifulworld (23255) 2 months ago

COVID19 deaths will be higher than predicted.

They say 3000 people will die every day in the month of June in the USA. So, what does this mean? Does this mean people are still getting infected. It must mean that.

So, therefore, people in Detroit who don't have clean water and can't wash their hands very easily are at a total disadvantage to the virus. The Michigan governor has been maligned for her detailed shutdown but don't we want to save lives? Isn't that what she is doing? Isn't that a good thing?

What have we lost of our humanity if we no longer care about saving lives and we decide to put economics in front of lives?

Why is our government bailing out corporations and not people. Surely, if we bailed out people they wouldn't need to return to work and we as a collective could stay shut down longer and save our fellow citizens' lives?

All rhetorical questions btw. Bail out human beings! so they don't have to go to work and we can stop the spread of this vicious virus that affects some people so badly that they die! Get it? They die!

[-] 1 points by ImNotMe (1488) 1 month ago

Re.C19 note "The Big Picture: spreading the message about the 1918 pandemic" .. by Tim Adams:

So YES, "Bail out human beings! So they don't have to go to work and we can stop the spread of this vicious virus that affects some people so badly that they die! Get it? They die!" but don't expect those closest to the POTUS like Stephen and Katie Miller .. to understand what U say!! Or, why you say it!!!

respice; adspice; prospice...