Everything is terrible, our alleged representational gubmint is not working (thanks for the urgency, Mitch), the safety nets are destroyed, we are being stalked by a killer virus, the Plutocrats are making a killing while killing us, and Hair Füror is crazily counting on crushing us as his route to victory.
Let’s start with the newest crisis the big Whammy is coming:
Columbus, Ohio, has turned part of its convention center into an evictions court. Denver is creating a handful of designated campsites for homeless people. And Milwaukee saw a 17 percent increase in eviction filings last month after a state ban lapsed.
Cities across the country are bracing for a surge of evictions as a four-month federal moratorium that has protected millions of tenants from losing their homes in the middle of the pandemic expires Friday [Ed Note – That would be last night. –TG] at midnight, with no relief in sight from Congress.
I got my eye on a sweet refrigerator carton down by the underpass. It’s a fixer-upper, but has potential. But, never fear! Amply be-chinned #MoscowMitch is on it!
“The White House and Democrats have said they want a deal by the end of the month, but Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) suggested Friday that reaching an agreement could take several weeks, a timeline that could leave many unemployed Americans severely exposed.
“‘Hopefully we can come together behind some package we can agree on in the next few weeks,’ McConnell said at an event in Ashland, Ky.”
Emily Dickinson said that Hope is the thing with feathers, Mitch, but I’ll gladly give you the bird.
Meanwhile the Trump-Virus rages on as 4M+ Americans have been infected with the Trump-Virus and 145,000+ Americans have died.
But a vaccine is on the way, right? Right.
“The race is on to develop a coronavirus vaccine, and some companies and investors are betting that the winners stand to earn vast profits from selling hundreds of millions — or even billions — of doses to a desperate public. Across the pharmaceutical and medical industries, senior executives and board members are capitalizing on that dynamic.
“They are making millions of dollars after announcing positive developments, including support from the government, in their efforts to fight Covid-19. After such announcements, insiders from at least 11 companies — most of them smaller firms whose fortunes often hinge on the success or failure of a single drug — have sold shares worth well over $1 billion since March, according to figures compiled for The New York Times by Equilar, a data provider.”
But at least Hair Füror’s Gestapo has backed off, right?
“Thousands of Portlanders amassed late Friday downtown and witnessed another tense face-off with federal officers, who used tear gas and shot impact munitions toward protesters.
“The Mark O. Hatfield Federal Courthouse has been the site of repeated overnight confrontations between federal officers embedded inside and demonstrators gathered outside. Many people pushed the fence and some protesters threw objects over it, and at one point early Saturday, a successive series of fireworks sent from the crowd exploded past the courthouse fence. …
“The looming predictability of tear gas deployed by federal officers has prompted protesters to prepare more each night, in part by bringing leaf blowers to deflect the gas toward officers and stop it from spreading.
“The federal force has also refueled the turnout at the demonstrations, which started in late May after the Minneapolis police killing of George Floyd. At least 4,000 people poured Friday night into the city’s core. It was the largest crowd since early weeks of the protests that started 58 days ago.”
But at least it’s only Portland, right?
It’s a perfect storm of incompetence and eff-uppery. We’re heading towards a bigger homeless crisis (let’s be honest, we’ve been in one since St. Ronnie made greed good) as a pandemic is cutting through us like a hot knife as we enter the Second Great Depression.
Maybe we could use some of that winning hearts and minds.