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Ilhan Omar’s radical moral outrage: ‘Cancel rent and mortgage payments now’

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) is livid with moral outrage over Americans having to pay rent and their mortgages during the pandemic. She unveiled a bill that would cancel rent and mortgage payments for millions of Americans struggling amid the coronavirus pandemic back in April. Now, she is calling for the cancellation of debt and mortgage payments once again due to COVID-19.

Omar referenced a CNN article warning of a potential “huge wave of evictions” in January. These evictions come in the midst of millions of job losses and financial strain brought on by the pandemic which has besieged America since last March. Many Americans are struggling to pay their bills currently and have run out of options. Although the federal government passed a massive relief package earlier this year, Congress and the White House have struggled to compromise on additional benefits. That is mostly due to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) refusing to make a deal with Republicans because of President Trump.

With additional restrictions being mandated across the nation due to a new wave of coronavirus cases, Americans are finding it increasingly difficult to pay for housing. Many are relegated to staying home and there are shortages of needed supplies across the nation once more causing prices to rise due to demand.

In September, the Pew Research Center reported that 1 in 4 U.S. adults had trouble paying their bills during the first six months of the crisis. Approximately 16% of adults said they had problems paying rent or their mortgage.

Compared to other income groups, lower-income Americans saw a significantly higher proportion of individuals who had trouble paying bills (46%), had problems paying rent or mortgage (32%), received food from a “food bank/organization” (35%), and used money from their savings or retirement accounts to pay their bills (44%).

Omar has also called for the federal government to pay people to stay at home. She is joined by her fellow ‘Squad’ member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in calling for this measure. Omar and AOC both tweeted: “To get the virus under control, we need to pay people to stay home.”

However, that does not take into account the domino effect this would have on those that own the property and the banks. None of that has been mentioned and this would exacerbate the problem.

AOC pontificated on how Republicans favor the rich over the poor, stating, “Republicans are mad at this when they literally just voted to do just this in March. The reason they’re opposed to it now is because last time they got a Wall Street bailout and this time all that’s left is helping working people, the disabled, the poor, etc.”

Ocasio-Cortez then quipped, “Funny how you didn’t hear Republicans complain about ‘spending other people’s money’ or ask ‘how are we going to pay for it?’ when they insisted on creating a $4 trillion leveraged slush fund for their Wall Street buddies in March.”

Omar and AOC’s call for free rent and mortgage comes at a time when U.S. debt is spiraling out of control and measures such as the ones suggested would allegedly quicken the bankruptcy of the nation. According to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, the current national debt stands at roughly $27 trillion. That is roughly $82,000 for every single person in the United States of America.

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