Friday, April 03, 2020

KC TENANTS RAMP UP 'RENT ZERO' DEMANDS AS CORONAVIRUS WORSENS!!!



Kansas City arguments against the rent are on the rise as economic help is yet to arrive and the cornavirus death toll mounts.

To wit . . .

KC TENANTS ESCALATE ONLINE PROTESTS FOR FREE RENT DURING THE CORONAVIRUS LOCKDOWN!!!

Their social media presence is filled with tragic stories of personal struggle and a call to action against this month's rent.

Here's a new declaration from their website:

KC Tenants COVID Response

"We are an organization led by a multiracial, multigenerational base of poor and working class tenants in Kansas City. KC Tenants are organizing to ensure that everyone in KC has a safe, accessible, and truly affordable home.

"We are experiencing a public health crisis. This situation will affect our poor and working class community members the most, only worsening the constant injustice they face. People who are housing-insecure or currently homeless are at a higher risk of being exposed to the virus, becoming ill, and suffering catastrophic health outcomes. Many tenants simply don’t have rent money because they’ve been laid off. All of this is unacceptable. If you are a tenant in Kansas City (and surrounding areas), KC Tenants has your back."

Counterpoint . . .

A local denizen of the comments offers a rebuttal to their argument in his own, unique homespun style:

Super Dave: Story about Reality

It’s rather interesting the amount of discussion is taking place over renter strikes, businesses wanting deals on their leases everybody wanting free this and that. Nothing is free when it comes to commodities and real estate. Somebody somewhere is paying for it and they can only afford to do so when somebody else pays them for the goods they have to offer. So if businesses and landlords cease to have money coming in they can no longer provide you with the services that you think for whatever reason you are entitled to. But life is a hard lesson to learn and in the end you’re not entitled to shit as Tony Soprano once said and the quicker you learn and understand that the better you can function in life.


Stop and think for a minute if everything becomes free just how long do you think that would last? Nobody has to work anymore; nobody needs a paycheck, because everything is free. Now all of us with a lick of common sense know that can’t happen and it never will happen. The world will always need the ditch diggers and the corporate CEOs. Honestly one can’t live without the other as it takes both to make the world operate. But of course the ditch diggers will always hate the CEOs because they think they are not sharing the wealth with them. Many a business owner today started out more or less as a ditch digger and worked their way up in the world not all have had an easy ride or riches handed to them.

But so many think that only the poor and the middle class are the only ones who are being hurt by this pandemic. That is so far from the truth it’s not even funny.

Mr. Public Attorney calls his landlord and tells him that he needs a break on his rent for his big offices because the courts are shut down he’s unable to meet with clients and has suffered a cash flow issue. So the landlord says in return that he can understand that so they agree that Mr. Attorney needs to pay at least half of his rent only for the next two months but will be responsible for paying that other half within six months and they will look at it again in two months if this crisis bears the need to extend the agreement. Mr. Attorney is happy with this deal as it will allow him to not let all his staff go on unemployment for the time being. Three days later Mr. Public Attorney is on the phone screaming at his landlord because the trash hasn’t been emptied or the restrooms cleaned. The landlord responds back explaining that in order to lower the rent as much as he did; he had to cut costs on his end as well by discontinuing the janitorial services, nonessential maintenance costs and landscaping in the meantime. The landlord explains that by not getting 100% of the rent owed along with CAM costs he had to discontinue many things to avoid going bankrupt himself.

The above paragraph could have been in more detail but you get the general idea what I’m talking about. Everyone wants to pay abbreviated costs during these hard times or no cost at all but at the same time feel they are entitled to have 100% all of the services that 100% of their rent is to provide. As I said, nothing is free; there are costs involved with everything. All of this stimulus money we think we’re getting is all going to have to be paid back in the end and if you think not you’re in for one huge rude awakening. The utility companies, the mortgage companies, the car loan people, everybody that’s giving you a break right now on what you pay you’re still going to owe 100% of your agreed-upon rent or loan obligations in the end. All this free tax money you think you’re getting you’re going to pay for this in the end, money does not grow on trees nor does it free flow out of printing presses. Programs will be cut or money available for other services might not be there. We very well could see state and federal taxes rise due to all these handouts.

We’ve had it pretty easy for a number of years here in the United States and a huge dose of reality has slapped us upside the head. Many of us need to rethink our lifestyles and how we live and how we spend our money. Having a good time all the time is fun while having a new car every year is cool but in the end will either those two items pay your bills if you hit a rough stretch in life for a couple three months?

This is a good time in life for everyone to learn the importance of saving for a rainy day, the importance of not having all your savings tied up in accounts that lose their value overnight if the stock market crashes or we have a real recession. Nothing talks better than good old pieces of paper with dead presidents on it. But remember the huge majority of those landlords themselves are probably and maybe only four months away from being bankrupt if no money is coming in. So if your landlords agree to cut a deal with you, honor that deal and pay what you owe and use any stimulus money you get or unemployment money very wisely and not waste it on hoarding items or nonessential items. Everyone needs to be smart and act smart not only today but in the future and learn from this experience as our elders did back in the late 20, 30s and first part of the 40s that you can indeed live quite well with less.
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You decide . . .

61 comments:

Anonymous said...

Rent relief should be a major concern for Kansas City. Not just for tenants but also for landlords!

Anonymous said...

+1 ^^^

Anonymous said...

Tara is working from home in her well to do parents Mission Hills estate.

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Ouch.

Anonymous said...

Somebody check on Dave. I think that verbal diarrhea might be a symptom.

Anonymous said...

Relax the Boomers will cook up some kind of new financialization scam to get us out of this and start up the next party.

Anonymous said...

^^^OK Millie, you can head back to your parents basement and watch some more Tik Tok

Anonymous said...

"Nothing is free when it comes to commodities and real estate."
But last week the USA created $Trillions free money for rich banks in the real estate game, drug profiteers, incompetent airplane makers, foreign cruise ship companies, etc etc etc.
SHUT THE FUCK UP DAVE, YOU OBVIOUSLY LYING OLIGARCHY WHORE.

Anonymous said...

Regardless of political affiliation, ethnicity etc., I wish everyone well during this world-wide health and economic crisis.

Anonymous said...

You hate richies who give a shit but Dave loves all richies! Your argument is with Dave but you you can only see Trump's fat belly roll.

Anonymous said...

Dave spot on with the truth and facts again. ^^The above haters prove such.

Anonymous said...

If the government wants us to shelter at home or shutter businesses then they need to pick up the tab for rent. That means in the short term you suspend payments nationally for rent, mortgages, insurance and utilities and taxes. Landlords and other businesses can them file claims for reimbursement after the emergency and the government can reimburse landlords and businesses with cash or tax credits.

I think that most people are responsible and would appreciate the help. Yes there will be freeloaders but in these times that's the least of our worries.

Anonymous said...

Covid-19 tip. If you run out of food look for houses with a Vote Bernie sign. They don’t have guns.

Anonymous said...

10:32 4700 people and more per day die here in our country alone. Do we suspend all payments due to that? Do we shut down the country due to that? So many want the country shut down, want Trump to order such but don't in any way want to be financially responsible for it. It just don't work that way people.

Anonymous said...

Free cheese for the same people as always. Tons of excuses by the same people that always provide excuses.

Anonymous said...

If these people actually had jobs they will get unemployment and have money to pay rent.

Kansas Scout said...

Dave said it well. Those here thinking they live on the Big Rock Candy Mountain are deluded fools.

Anonymous said...

@10:42 from 10:32 Please stop listening to Rush Limbaugh and educate yourself

Anonymous said...

10:32 to 11:09 unemployment is not enough to cover rent, utilities and food. Stop being ignorant.

Anonymous said...

10:32 TO 11:04 so if they always provide excuses, whoever they is, what are your solutions? or do you just complain to complain.

Anonymous said...

^^^ let’s start with you, what’s yours?

Anonymous said...

DVe is right and stupid people are mad at him for telling them the truth, no trophy’s, safe spaces with teddy bears and blankies can save you now. The line from tony soprano is 100% true so suck it up buttercups! NO FREE SHIT FOR YOU! Hahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

^^^ Super Dave! My bad!

Kt said...

You people are just disgusting. I have never seen so many callus and horrible comments my life. You would think that none of you ever needed any help in your lives. What do you think is going to happen if this thing goes on any longer? There will be more people who need assistance and who need help to get through it! The attitudes displayed from the commenters on this blog are just pathetic. They do not represent Kansas City and do not represent the many kind people out working for the benefit of our community. Shame on you.

Anonymous said...

Maybe we can kick start the old Certified Debt Obligations thing.

Anonymous said...

10:32 to 11:55 please improve your reading comprehension. My solution is listed at 10:32

Anonymous said...

You can't have so many billionaires taking up all the resources and then expect people to be debt slaves for their benefit. The system is changing the system didn't work. Don't believe me look at the shelves. Empty.

Anonymous said...

OK Dave, you have some good points, but the economy is frozen. Tenants and homeowners, for that matter, don't have anything coming in. Even the might Trump's corporations, according to the Wall Street Journal today, are hemorrhaging $1 million per day.

So do you have any solutions?

Anonymous said...

We definitely need to bring our pharmaceutical, medical masks. Medical equipment manufacturing back to United States soil.

Lock down the borders and international air travel.

President Trump is ordering 3M to ship 10 million masks they manufactured in China to the United States.

Globalism is a failure as it only hurts the United States. We would not have had these shortages in the 1980's and prior years as the United States still manufactured medical and high tech goods in the U.S.

God forbid we have a WWIII or we would really be in trouble from a manufacturing standpoint.

Anonymous said...

How about sales tax zero and property tax zero movement. I don't understand why landlords are being singled out to give their service for free. How about everyone else give their service free.

Anonymous said...

Next stimulus package should be to build new factories for medical supply manufacturing and hospitals to create jobs. Build an extra VA hospital in each state for emergencies such as this.

Anonymous said...

The simple lack of medical equipment manufacturing in the United States is killing the economy right now.

We could all be working by wearing a N95 mask, latex gloves and washing our hands many times a day. Big jugs of hand sanitizer everywhere. Vitamin C pills for everyone to build up immunity. The media has scared everyone to inaction.

Start dosing out the anti-malarial drug as it seems to be working.

Anonymous said...

12:14 he very clearly said what people should have been doing and should start doing. Are you blind? You sound like one of those who wants to sit around expecting everyone else to take care of you.

Anonymous said...

The atheist on this blog is a soul-less hateful individual.

Anonymous said...

10:32 to ^^^^All great ideas

Anonymous said...

My god how will I get my steady diet of cheap chinese made headed to the landfill junk if we have to make things here?

Anonymous said...

The whole idea of globalism was not to help other countries rise out of poverty and modernize, but to bring the USA down their level.

Mission Now Accomplished.

Anonymous said...

@10:36, I have a "Vote Bernie" sticker on my car and a yard sign - what caliber would you rather die from?

Anonymous said...

TL;SD;DR;OB;CC;DA

Too long;
Stupor Dave;
Didn't read;
OK Boomer;
Catch Coronavirus;
Die already

Anonymous said...

12:09

With all respect, yes they do. Now go fuck yourself.

Anonymous said...

12:47: Fortunately, I don't need anyone to take care of me, but that doesn't prevent me from realizing I am extremely fortunate and wondering about people who aren't so fortunate.

It seems obvious to me that people whose income has stopped can't make payments of any kind, and that includes tenants, landlords, homeowners, bankers, etc. Of course, we could always say it's their fault for not being born to rich families who could take care of them, but that doesn't do any good.

I'm still waiting to hear some solutions. One of mine would be that we order the economy frozen and some kind of debit card system be enacted after which this country consider a universal basic income.

Anonymous said...

^^Oh you mean a socialist society where it all is free and nobody has to work? Good god what a moron.

Anonymous said...

See how easy it is to parody suggestions? What's yours? Bankruptcy for everyone? Let's hear what you have to say?

If you think this crisis is not going to change things permanently, I have a bridge to sell you, so let's see what brilliant minds like yours have to offer.

Anonymous said...

"One of mine would be that we order the economy frozen and some kind of debit card system be enacted after which this country consider a universal basic income."

That's your solution? So you're more than willing to work the same as you have been while getting less than you have been so you can pay into a system that will ultimately only create lazy ass people.

Fuck you moron, you're nothing but a socialist supporter.

Anonymous said...

waived waiting period for unemployment, relief checks coming, extra unemployment benefits...most should be able to pay their rent, if not cancel your cable and phone if still can't pay rent then I sympathize with you, but really any responsible person should have an emergency fund for at least 3 months of expenses.

Anonymous said...

We also don't shut down rent for the dead druggies, the dead homeless, the dead from auto accidents, the hundreds of thousands killed in bicycle accidents according to Bike Walk KC, the thousands who die from smoking and alcoholism or of course the FLU and in KC the murders.
We don't have to worry about these people because they aren't going to pay their rent anyway and then eventually will be evicted and claim it is because of racism.

Anonymous said...

@ 12:09 the disgusting thing is not that some people need help it is this particular group is organized and has professionally printed signs ($$$$$) want something for nothing. It isn't that they need help it is that they expect to live in the classiest apartments in town and not pay rent at all.
They are stupid and their front person is an idiot.

Anonymous said...

With 30% unemployment a soup line will be a luxury. The sheriff will be very busy with evictions. Tara the terrible isn't looking out for the best interests of anyone but herself.

Anonymous said...

2:47: Do you have any clue what's going on in the economy right now? I know we're under a stay-at-home order, but don't you at least listen to the radio, watch TV (other than Fox News), or, like, READ?

Anonymous said...

Like Dave said and I agree 100%

"you’re not entitled to shit"

Life is a bitch, it's hard as fuck, so deal with it. You're an adult now and mommy isn't here to wipe your ass and fix you a bowl of Spaghetti O's

Anonymous said...

And yet I couldn't agree less. Weird.

Anonymous said...

^^^No surprise there. Weird

Anonymous said...

I believe stupid dave is a dumb fuck. How's life without chuck. Sorry he's dead? I'm not.

Anonymous said...

Awwww chimpy, it’s only day 11 of the quarantine and you’re so angry, what’s a matter little monkey? Nobody brought you any bananas today! Hahahahaha!

Anonymous said...

And yet Dave's not offered any solutions. Weird.

Anonymous said...

what super fuck dave fails to talk about is the inadequacy for the market to function under the neoliberal and capitalist ideology. You can no longer fuck the employees who can work for minimum wage. No more Joe Biden's can finger fuck you and remind you you're nobody. No more Jeffry Epstein Rape Island Concubine Haram. And that's just a scratch and sniff of the surface these libertarian fuckwads spew property is the law of the land. If I own a piece of property then everybody wins when everybody can just suck my dick. The market is dead and super fuck dave fucking killed it.

Anonymous said...

^^^WTF

Byron Funkhouser said...

"you’re not entitled to shit"

The whole point of the disastrous Trump Ascendancy was how much white, middle class men felt aggrieved that they weren't getting everything they felt they were entitled to. For some reason they thought this rich buffoon would save them. One of their afflictions/pastimes is looking down their noses at poor people, & hating on poor people to the point of dying their common humanity.

If you want to be a zombie like Kushner, & evict everyone because that's the law & you have zero empathy, you will reap a whirlwind that you probably deserve. There has never been a time in history when poor people just quietly starved to death. If you have ever gone without food (or studied biology), then you would understand why there is no other possibility ...

We will literally "Eat the Rich".

Anonymous said...

10:10 - The boomers are retired and taken care of, they could care less about your ignorance just ask your Grandpa, the generation you fail to target is "Gen X" and the reason you dont is because Gen X can still kick your ass!!! So stop using "Boomer" in your posts!!! Gen X is who you will be dealing with moving forward, and we will kick your ass, and slap you upside the head with your PS2, Xbox, your cell phone, your Instagram, and what ever else you punk ass young people use as an excuse to blame all your problems on everyone else!! - grow the fuck up! Life isn't friendly and its not fair, never was never will be! Learn how to live with it, no one owes you shit! Be glad you are alive, and do something with the fact that you are!

Anonymous said...

^^^^ Damn son, or should I have said Daddy! Well said old school!!!!

Anonymous said...

with the Covid bill's additional 600/week added to the State's amount, total unemployment benefits can top 1000/week.
That is certainly enough to cover rent, utilities & food in KC metro. No real excuse to with hold rent past the initial month or so before the $ shows up