Former Green VP candidate calls out Jared Kushner’s hypocrisy

Pat LaMarche, the Green Party vp candidate in the 2004 U.S. presidential election published an essay over the weekend condemning the hypocrisy of Jared Kushner and Ben Carson regarding public housing.

LaMarche writes “In fact, it might surprise you that more than half of all public housing is occupied by extremely low income elderly individuals or the severely disabled. Most of these folks have an income of less than ten grand each year. If you’ve been paying attention to current events, that means that a publicly housed elderly or infirm guy’s three year income still totals less than the cost of the dining set HUD Secretary, Ben Carson, blames his wife for ordering for his office.”

She goes on to talk about Kushner’s lying on NYC housing documents while helping to enact Qater’s blockade because they refused to finance one of his commercial properties.

The full essay can be read here.

2 thoughts on “Former Green VP candidate calls out Jared Kushner’s hypocrisy

  1. Carol Moore/

    Coincidentally I was looking at photos of trashed and burned tenements in the South Bronx last night, thinking back to when I lived in NYC in the 1970s. I’d sometimes take the elevated train through there going to Westchester and there be block after block for a couple of miles of them. Couldn’t find exact location on earth google, but doubt they’ve all been raised or fixed up. (Some where replaced by single family homes in successful small communities.)

    Anyhow, how did these buildings all go bad in NYC? Partially it was so many people moving out to burbs of Long Island, New Jersey and Westchester. But mostly it was rent control and the near impossibility of evicting non-paying bad tenants, making it uneconomical to keep the buildings up. Better to abandon them to the city, which didn’t want to spend money for upkeep either. (Some owners doubtless burned them down for the insurance.)

    Even today there are a couple thousand NYC buildings standing empty next to buildings with apartments renting for $2000 a month. But owners won’t rent because even if they start at a high rent, they can’t evict bad tenants. It’s cheaper to rent the bottom floor to stores and wait til SOMEONE comes along to offer them a couple million for the whole building – to make up for the lost rent of last 20 -30 years which they would have collected if government policies didn’t discourage them.

    So don’t forget to blame your socialist policies for a lot of these problems. Landlords could afford to fix up buildings if they had a right to evict those who refused to pay or trashed the place and if they could at least raise rents to keep pace with inflation. Before you know it, there’d be a surplus of housing and landlords would keep prices down to their basic costs and a 2% profit. Today you need a 20% profit to make up for all the other problems of rent control and tenants defacto right to stop paying rent and move out two years later when city final OKs eviction.

  2. Root's Teeth Are Awesome

    I read a Sunday New York Times Magazine article back in the 1980s (I think it was). It said that the largest landlord in NYC was — the City of New York. The City owned some 10,000 (sic) apartment buildings, many of them burned and looted, but many with tenants.

    Apparently, many landlords abandoned their buildings rather than pay property taxes on them, because rent control make them unprofitable. So the city foreclosed on such buildings for back taxes. And the city’s portfolio of buildings kept growing.

    City buildings were the worst run. Every winter, there were tales of broken down buildings without heat. The worst buildings were always city owned. This was because landlords were stiffly fined and penalized if they didn’t provide tenants with heat. But if the city didn’t provide heat, no one — no bureaucrat — suffered in any way.

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