My Unofficial Hobby

Watching “progressives” and socialists (ptr) complaining about the inevitable results of their own policies:

Seventy years of rent control, rigid zoning, tenant-centered policy, official hostility to private landlords, and suffocating regulation “in the public interest”, and a decent lifestyle in Manhattan is unavailable for less than half a million a year?

Who’da thunk it!

9 thoughts on “My Unofficial Hobby

  1. I’ll-see-you-and-raise-you with an Elizabeth Warren tweet.

    “On my first day as president, I will sign an executive order that puts a total moratorium on all new fossil fuel leases for drilling offshore and on public lands. And I will ban fracking—everywhere.” ~ Elizabeth Warren (twitter) 9/6/19

    One of the worst policy suggestions I’ve seen from any candidate. This policy proposal (‘I have a plan’) would be an economic disaster.

  2. Housing is a right. NY’s rent laws must be enforced if abusive, predatory actors are breaking them

    Hmm, I think I see some dots just looking to be connected… This week they’re breaking NY’s rent laws. Last week they were creating a blacklist to prevent people from working. What’s next?

    Actors. When are we going start addressing this problem?

  3. Ha! Government intervention via unwarranted fees, regulations, ant-landlord policies and rent subsidies , are already directly responsible for the lack of affordable housing. What incentives do landlords have to rent to people who would normally not qualify to rent pretty much anywhere?

    A couple of friends of mine are fed up with it, because the argument that with Section 8 renters, they get their money, it doesn’t offset the costs of repairs necessary, with very rare exceptions, after they move out. Even the ability to write off the losses, doesn’t cover the aggravation and loss of revenue from unrentable units while repairs are made. As proven time and again, when people get free stuff, they rarely take care of it.

  4. I’m reminded of something a landlord said to me at the hardware store 30 years back. When I noted the light fixture he was buying looked nice, he sneered and said “it’s OK for a rental.” Ticked me off at the time, but decades later, I get it. AOC seems to be slow on the idea that if you don’t let someone operate a business profitably, they won’t operate it at all.

  5. Reprobates favorite trope is Conservatives want to go back to the 50’s. Mothers maintain the home and take care of the kids, dad provides for the family.

    What an awful time for our country that was.

  6. Wouldnt it be delicious if her massively left district voted in a Republican if only for a term because they are so sick of her? Im starting to think it could happen.

  7. “Housing is a right.” See, that’s the problem, right there. She doesn’t understand what a “right” is. She’s confused it with a “want” or a “need.” And because she proceeds from a false premise, her solution is wrong.

    The Declaration doesn’t say “life, liberty, and the pursuit of housing.” FDR’s Four Freedoms didn’t include housing. MLK didn’t dream that one day, his children would live in rent-controlled housing.

    A “right” is something given to you by God, that doesn’t cost anybody anything for you to have. It doesn’t cost you a nickel for me to walk out the door and backpack to Fargo. Your ability to say a prayer to the Divine Being of Your Choice is not affect in the slightest, when I say a prayer to the Divine Being of My Choice. But it costs you plenty, if the government won’t allow you to charge me market rent for my apartment in your building.

    Housing is not a right. Housing is a need. Nice housing is a want. Affordable housing is an opinion. Confusing them doesn’t move them into different categories; confusing them convinces everyone else that you’re confused.

  8. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The only rights we are guaranteed as Americans

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