Sorry I’ve been away … very busy with the fundraiser. I wish you very best of luck in your activities, busy getting out the vote for November.
Nonetheless, I can’t turn away from our own, homegrown banality-of-evil political scene here. The legislature and the Governor have let the eviction moratorium run out. It’s just unconscionable, barbaric, and immoral, in the middle of a pandemic, to come anywhere close to chucking people out on the streets.
Baker has made a $171 million proposal, much of which seems to involve hiring retired judges to process eviction cases. Are you kidding me?
Advocates have pointed to a report by the Massachusetts Area Planning Council that found more than 100,000 renters and homeowners will have trouble paying their housing bills as the pandemic drags on.
Baker’s proposal is “woefully insufficient to address the scale of the crisis facing Massachusetts renters,” Carlene Pavlos, executive director of the Massachusetts Public Health Association, said in a statement.
There have been demonstrations at the Governor’s house. I’m very sympathetic to security concerns, especially given that an apparently disturbed person just recently broke into his house, and the threats against Gov. Whitmer in Michigan. But Governor … what do people have to do to get your attention? The demonstrators don’t want to be there either! No one should have to go to your home.
This is a public policy scandal: Not a “scandal” like something merely illegal, just something that’s so odious to even be considered normal or OK — a shame, an affront to humanity and decency.