Wednesday evening owls: With out assist, tens of millions of tenants are on the verge of eviction, monetary smash

Race and ethnicity are not part of the STOUT study, but other reports show that black and brown Americans are far more likely to lag behind in rent than whites.

In November, nearly a third of black renters were unable to keep up with rent payments, compared with 16% of Hispanic and Asian renters and 13% of white renters, according to the US Census Bureau Heart rate survey that measures financial well-being in the COVID pandemic.

Harvard University's Joint Center for Housing Studies found that the pandemic widened racial disparities. Black and brown households were already proportionally more burdened by rent payments before the COVID-19 last winter. By the end of September, 23% of black, 20% of Hispanic and 19% of Asian renters were behind on their rents, compared with 10% of white renters.

The debts these tenants owe to landlords could persist for years, damaging debtors' credit reports and making it more difficult to rent clean and safe housing in the future.

If the eviction moratorium is extended without rental support, one major problem remains, said Anne Kat Alexander, project manager at Princeton University's evacuation laboratory. (…)

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"If the Soviet Union were to sink under the waters of the ocean tomorrow, the American military-industrial establishment would have to go essentially unchanged until another adversary could be invented. Anything else would be an unacceptable shock to the American economy. "
~~ George F. KennanAmerican Diplomacy (1984)



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At Daily Kos that day in 2003– Did Gore undermine the democratic process?

Gore supports Dean. Fans of the governor of Vermont rejoiced. Most of the others recognized it as another important step towards a Dean nomination.

And a small group has loudly complained that Gore somehow undermined the democratic process.

That is of course ridiculous.

First of all, the presidential primaries are never a truly democratic process. The people of Iowa, New Hampshire, and the rest of the February states had a disproportionate influence. The legions of good Democrats in Illinois have no say in the choice of our candidate. Neither did those in Minnessota. Or Massachussets.

Or is it?

In the past they would not have had a say. They haven't been in 2000 (did anyone?). But technology has changed all of that.

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