The Eviction Crisis Is Aiding the GOP’s Voter Suppression Schemes
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The GOP’s “red trickle” suggests the American people are tired of Trump’s obsession with electoral conspiracies from two years ago, but the Republican fixation on limiting the franchise is likely to continue. That policy push goes beyond Trump. In February 2021, the Heritage Foundation, the United States’ most influential conservative think tank published an enormous report on election integrity along with 12 detailed policy recommendations. Attendees at Conservative Political Action Coalition, one of the largest conservative conferences in the world, have ranked “election integrity” as their number one issue at every gathering since Trump lost in 2020. According to the Brennan Center for Justice, 21 states passed regulations that restricted the voting franchise over the past two years. For 20 of those states, the restrictions took effect in time for the recent midterm elections.
These restrictions hit some groups harder than others, and one such group is expanding rapidly: people experiencing eviction. Things that under ideal circumstances seem trivial — like registering ahead of time and showing up-to-date identification — become nearly impossible when one’s living situation becomes unstable.
Eviction Lab, a Princeton-affiliated organization that tracks eviction rates in 31 cities and six states, is watching the last strands of that net disintegrate. “If you look to just the past month … there has been pretty big increases in eviction filings in almost all of the places that we track,” Chapnik said. “In about a third of them, we’re seeing more eviction filings than before the pandemic, when the housing affordability situation was already pretty critical.”
The situation is unlikely to get any better. The last decade saw a dramatic decrease in housing construction, and rising construction costs are forcing active developers to either build fewer units or charge higher prices. Many of these units will be snatched up by Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) that treat housing as an investment vehicle rather than a place where people live. From the market’s perspective, skyrocketing rents are fantastic — a nice return on investment for their wealthy shareholders.
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December 3, 2022 at 2:32 PM #499011djean111Participant
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And since this administration, like all the administrations before it, is not going to do fuck-all for those people getting evicted, then my feeling is that both major parties are fine with this, and just use it as a campaign issue. Like everything else.
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VFTBNMW is, IMO, literally "take the blue pill".
December 3, 2022 at 3:41 PM #499019Ohio BarbarianModerator
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WTF cares about that? The same people who voted to give police robots the authority to kill people in San Francisco, that’s who. The same liberals whose answer to homelessness is not to provide homes or punish those who profit from misery, but to move their victims out of sight or imprison them.
Ye gads. I guess I hadn’t noticed how enbubbled Truthout has become.
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December 3, 2022 at 4:52 PM #499023Utopian LeftistParticipant
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to Thomas Jefferson:
“If the American people ever allow private banks to control the issue of their money, first by inflation and then by deflation, the banks and corporations that will grow up around them, will deprive the people of their property until their children will wake up homeless on the continent their fathers conquered.” – Thomas Jefferson
Speaking “realistically” (excluding radical solutions), there is nothing that can be done at this point about the ever-more-frightening, affordable housing shortage. Something like 80 percent of US apartments are owned by real estate investment groups now. I read that statistic recently. No wonder rents are so ridiculously high, with no end in sight. When survival costs more than people are willing to tolerate, only then will anything change. It’s tricky, gauging the cost of homelessness though: homeless people fall through the cracks and are not heard from again. People die every day, and everyone resigns themselves to the inevitability of death, but no one ever thinks that homelessness is going to happen to them . . . until it does.
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