Written By: Anton Sawyer
Democrat Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called her Democratic colleagues “cowards” for not being proactive enough in pushing to extend the existing federal eviction moratorium before Congress adjourns for summer recess. She’s really only half-right; they’re just “evil.” I use this word in quotations because both good and evil are incredibly subjective, as is this article. I wanted to look at the philosophy of what could be considered evil to some, and if the Democratic National Committee fits the bill. Since the beginning of partisan politics, liberals have been touted as the ultimate evil by conservative pundits, but are they really?
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What makes philosophy so great is that there are no right or wrong answers. Everything is subjective. So whether you agree with my assessment or not isn’t the point, it’s to show just how paved with gold the road to Hell really is.
The recent inner-party fighting over the extension of the Eviction Moratorium has been met with by many journalists claiming that it’s just a re-hashing of the battle between the old guard (Pelosi and the establishment faithful) and the new (Cortez and the rest of The Squad newcomers), but I think there’s something more nefarious hiding underneath.
If you haven’t been following the in-fighting of the DNC when it comes to the eviction moratorium, I want to give a brief overview. Millions of Americans are facing homelessness after a push to extend the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) eviction ban collapsed at the end of July 2021 before congress left for a summer recess. Once that fell to pieces, Biden and Pelosi all hit the spin button and began pointing towards a litany of reasons as to why it wasn’t possible before the break. “The CDC cautioned the difference that the delta variant has made on the pandemic,” Speaker Nancy Pelosi wrote in a letter to House Democrats, invoking the agency’s warning about the new dangers posed by COVID-19. “As they have called upon the American people to mask up, to be vaccinated and to take other public health precautions, it is critical, in recognition of this urgency, that they extend the eviction moratorium,” she continued. But Biden administration officials maintained Monday that the CDC could not act without Congress bolstering its authority, if only for a temporary solution. “The CDC director and her team have been unable to find legal authority, even for a more targeted eviction moratorium, that would focus just on counties with higher rates of COVID spread,” said Gene Sperling, Biden’s economic recovery czar, during a White House briefing. There are two main factors at the center of where this pushback comes from. The CDC has said it would not likely extend the eviction ban again amid declining COVID-19 cases and increasing legal threats. The other comes from when on June 29, the Supreme Court narrowly upheld the ban — rejecting a challenge from a group of landlords and the Alabama Association of Realtors — but warned that another extension of the moratorium would likely get struck down without clear and specific justification from Congress.
When you look at the statistics, these arguments seem to carry very little weight.
According to a July 30, 2021 CDC report, “COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths are once again increasing in nearly all states, fueled by the B.1.617.2 (Delta) variant, which is much more contagious than past versions of the virus.” This means that in reality, they are worried about being sued more than anything. So in the name of financial expediency, the CDC has made it clear they want to avoid whatever negative backlash that could befall them. Then you have to look at the Supreme Court Ruling along with congressional intervention.
The DNC has control of all houses if they really want to. This is where the concept of “evil” comes from. They have been selling the idea of equity for all social and economic classes since it worked so well during the FDR administration. They have seen what works, have the historical statistics to lay the foundation of an excellent case for trying their programs, and right now they have the numbers to cram through a lot of laws. But they won’t. They will not end the filibuster or pull the trigger on going nuclear. And therein provides the question: if you know something can help the lives of many, yet you choose inaction which causes devastation to millions, isn’t that evil?
I know there are going to be liberal apologists who are going to try to deflect and try to use the “whataboutism” defense mechanism while bringing up a past transgression of Trump or the RNC as a whole. But is that really the watermark? Being better than the equivalent of a human puke is the goal now? It seems to me that finding a way to better all levels of humanity was the “goal du jour” of the liberal wing of the American political system. But OK, for those who want to indulge that line of questioning here we go …
In terms of the GOP, they deliver what they promise. They know their policies aren’t going to work as intended right out of the gate, but they make it clear exactly what they are going to do and jump through every legal loophole to make it a reality. Like Governor Sam Brownbeck and the state of Kansas between the years of 2012 and 2017. In 2012 and 2013, at the urging of Brownback, lawmakers cut the top rate of the state’s income tax by almost 30% and the tax rate on certain business profits to zero. Under ‘supply-side’ economic theory, these deep tax cuts should have acted—as Brownback then predicted—like “a shot of adrenaline into the heart of the Kansas economy,” stimulating strong growth in economic output, job creation, and new business formation. But in reality, Kansas underperformed most neighboring states and the nation on all of those measures after the tax cuts Kansas’ 4.2% private-sector job growth from December 2012 (the month before the tax cuts took effect) to May 2017 (the month before they were repealed) was lower than all of its neighbors except Oklahoma and less than half of the 9.4% job growth in the United States. When you look at the years, it becomes clear that all of these terrible plans were around for a while … enough to get him re-elected. Yes, the Kansas RNC leadership knew that their plans weren’t going to work, but had so many citizens convinced that these unconstitutional moves were far superior to getting money from a dirty Kenyan named Obama. As much as we could say that they fit the idea of “evil,” they told the citizens what they were going to do and did it; you sometimes can’t save people from themselves.
There are going to potentially be millions of people losing their homes upcoming shortly. Our congressional leaders have left the building, each feeling superior that whatever they did or didn’t do was based on realities outside of their perceived control. I know that the answers to everything related to COVID-19 fallout are going to be difficult, and I certainly don’t have them. But I know that “not my problem” is an utterly useless answer… but one I’m afraid we’re going to become incredibly familiar with.
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