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I’m a moderate on this issue.
Initially, I supported the eviction moratorium because the states were imposing lockdowns and poor and working class people were losing their jobs. Obviously, it wasn’t their fault that this was happening. It was a national emergency caused by a once-in-a-century pandemic.
Can this continue permanently though long after COVID vaccines have become available, long after the lockdowns have ended, long after the death toll has flatlined and long after the job market has recovered? Should people be allowed to continue not paying their rent indefinitely?
At this point, I sympathize more with the landlords. As the COVID death toll plummets, media hysteria rises over the Delta variant and COVID authoritarianism soars, it is also becoming clear that there is a separation going on between what progressives want to do and the threat posed by the disease. I’m less worried about the virus and more worried that there seems to be no end to this.
Note: There are people who believe the whole thing was a hoax. I’m not one of those people. I do believe it was a real crisis. I’m saying that you can believe it was real and also believe the crisis ended a long time ago after the COVID vaccines became available and old people got vaccinated.