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Kushner-Linked Firm and Gig Economy Set to Reap Huge Profits as Mass Evictions Begin

With threats of homelessness and bankruptcy in the air as the eviction moratoriums subside, both renters and small landlords are getting pinched by predatory tech capitalism as the gig-economy hits the real estate market.

By Raul Diego. Published 9-23-2020 by MintPress News

Photo: DLPNG

In 2014, former Blackstone and Goldman Sachs investment banker Ryan Williams got together with his “college buddy,” Joshua Kushner – Jared’s brother – to form a real estate investment platform they called Cadre. Cadre sought to disrupt the real estate industry in the wake of the 2008 subprime mortgage crisis by tinderizing property deals through a tech platform that brought investors and sellers together. According to Williams, whose other investors include George Soros and Peter Theil, Cadre’s mission is “to level the playing field in an industry that is often tilted toward the biggest players” by taking an “offline” industry online and making it “transparent.”

A pre-Covid initiative to capitalize on its platform came in the form of the so-called “opportunity zones,” that Jared Kushner directly lobbied for inclusion in Trump’s 2017 Tax Cut and Jobs Act, billed as a funding mechanism to help poor and distressed communities, which turned into a multi-billion-dollar land heist by the wealthiest Americans, like the Kushner family. The pandemic lockdown protocols forced Cadre to downsize, laying off 25 percent of its workforce in March. Continue reading

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Progress vs. Congress via Wall Street

Photo by White House photo by Susan Sterner (President Delivers "State of the Union") [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

White House photo by Susan Sterner (President Delivers “State of the Union”) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

For every homeless person in America, there are seven empty homes, vacated in most cases by foreclosure action. Underwater loans are so common they don’t even raise an eyebrow in conversation anymore. This way of doing business would be preferred by Wall Street and mortgage lenders, whose hugely profitable lending practices contributed to the mortgage and lending crisis.

The city of Richmond, CA, wants this to change. They see an opportunity to resolve some of the problem by enacting eminent domain laws to secure underwater mortgages that could then be rewritten at realistic market values and terms the borrower qualifies to be able to repay.

But not so fast, says Wall Street, investors and lenders, who object because of the profit they could lose if this plan were to be put in effect. Filing lawsuits and charging that their losses would be too great, they are also filling the pockets of Congress in advance to be sure laws and restrictions can be erected to prevent this type of solution from moving forward.

Richmond’s rules: Why one California town is keeping Wall Street up at night

Ironically, the “bubble” over mortgage values was created through the deregulation of lending practices, resulting in undocumented loans and debt traps that the majority of borrowers were unable to maintain payments on. As the American people seek a resolution to the problem, any solution that threatens the massive profits the banks have become accustomed to is soundly rejected before it has any opportunity for full consideration.

When we find solutions that actually work for the benefit of the people rather than big business, it seems contrary to the purpose of their posts for any member of Congress to prefer the profits of corporations over the life and liberty of the American people.

Corporations are not people, and money is not speech.

It appears Congress, and perhaps members of the Supreme Court, are being paid very well by lobbyists to change that.

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