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I have degrees in Science Education from Washington State University and the University of Washington. I have also spent nearly 20 years teaching courses in Problem Solving at Bellevue College. In April 2020, I became alarmed that the “emergency” policies being dictated in Washington state would cause much more harm than good. Therefore, on May 8, 2020, I published a 400-page book including more than 200 scientific studies analyzing the harm created by closing schools and locking down the economy. You can read this book for free at this website: Common Sense Book dot org.

One of my predictions was that shutting down businesses would greatly increase unemployment which in turn would mean that families could not make their rental or mortgage payments. At the time, there was a Rental Eviction Moratorium in Washington state. It was scheduled to run out on June 4, 2020. I predicted that there would be massive homelessness when the moratorium ran out.

The Eviction Moratorium was ordered by Washington Governor Jay Inslee on March 18, 2020. At the time, the eviction moratorium was only supposed to extend one month to April 20, 2020. However, on April 16, 2020, Inslee extended the moratorium until June 4, 2020. Then on June 2, 2020, Inslee extended the moratorium until August 1, 2020. Then on July 20, 2020, Inslee extended the moratorium to October 2020. Then in October, Inslee extended the moratorium until December 31, 2020. Then on December 24, 2020, Inslee extended the moratorium to March 31, 2021. Since past behavior is the best predictor of future action, it is certainly possible that Inslee will extend the moratorium again. But kicking the can down the road never solves any problem. This problem will only get worse the longer it is allowed to continue. The fact is that an economy can not work when huge sections of the population do not work

Estimating the scale of the problem.
Washington state has a population of 7.8 million and a home ownership rate of about 60%. This means Washington state has about 4.7 million people living in owned homes and 3.1 million people living in rental homes and apartments.

Several national surveys have indicated that about 10 to 20 percent of renters were behind on their rental payments in 2020. https://www.cnbc.com/2021/01/25/nearly-20percent-of-renters-in-america-are-behind-on-their-payments.html

One study concluded that 26 to 34 percent of renters in Washington state face eviction.

https://www.aspeninstitute.org/blog-posts/the-covid-19-eviction-crisis-an-estimated-30-40-million-people-in-america-are-at-risk/

So the estimates are all over the map and there is no way of knowing what the true scale of this problem is. But it is safe to say that at least 300,000 to 600,000 people in Washington state are facing eviction when and if the Inslee Eviction Moratorium runs out. Since there are about 2 people per rental household, this means that about 150,000 to 300,000 households in Washington state face eviction.

At the same time, about 10% to 20% of Washington’s 1.5 million landlords have not received rental payments from tenants in up to 11 months. Slightly less than half of these landlords are Mom and Pop seniors who bought a single rental home in order to supplement their retirement. Not only have they not received rental income in over 10 months, but they have been required to continue making payments on their mortgage notes and property taxes – thus suffering a triple financial disaster of no money coming in from renters and massive expenses going out to the banks and government. It is ironic that the government placed a moratorium and lockdown on private property owners but did not place a moratorium on tax collections.

How much is owed?
Every month the amount goes up. At an average monthly rent of $1500 times 10 months, many of these renters now owes their landlord $15,000 or more. Multiple this times 150,000 to 300,000 households and you can see that a tidal wave of disaster is about to be unleashed here in Washington state. Incredibly tens of thousands of former landlords are about to join hundreds of thousands of their former tenants on the breadlines and homelessness encampments.

The State Legislature Makes This Problem Even Worse
On March 4, 2021, the Washington State Senate passed Senate Bill 5160 by a party line vote of 29 to 20. While this bill must still clear the State House of Representatives, it is being fast-tracked with a hearing and executive session both scheduled to occur by March 20, 2020. The sponsor of the bill has claimed that the bill is designed “to keep tenants housed and to help landlords pay their bills.” However a close reading of the actual text of the bill confirms that it will provide only temporary relief to tenants – and no relief at all to landlords.

Republicans opposing the bill countered that additional regulations could push landlords into foreclosure – further reducing the supply of low income housing and thereby increasing homelessness at a time when it is already at record levels.

The Devil is in the Details
Here is a link to the latest version of this 23 page bill in case you would like to read it yourself: http://lawfilesext.leg.wa.gov/biennium/2021-22/Pdf/Bills/Senate%20Bills/5160-S2.E.pdf?q=20210314183306

Here are some quotes from the bill:

Page 2, Line 1: Hundreds of thousands of tenants in Washington are unable to consistently pay their rent.

Page 3, Line 27: For rent that accrued between March 1, 2020, and the governor's eviction moratorium expiration date, a tenant's nonpayment of rent must not be a factor in any housing decision affecting a tenant's right or ability to occupy a rental dwelling unit.

My comment: A landlord can never evict a tenant???

Page 4, Line 10: A landlord in violation of this section is liable in a civil action for up to four and one-half times the monthly rent of the real property at issue, as well as court costs and reasonable attorneys' fees. A court must impose this penalty in an amount necessary to deter future violations, payable to the tenant bringing the action.

My comment: This seems to indicate that a landlord who attempts to evict a tenant for non-payment will face mandatory fines of $10,000 to $20,000.

Page 4, Line 18: If a tenant has remaining unpaid rent that accrued between March 1, 2020, and the end of the public health emergency, the landlord must offer the tenant a reasonable schedule for repayment of the unpaid rent that does not exceed monthly payments equal to one third of the monthly rental charges during the period of accrued debt.

My comment: If the rent was $1500 per month, the landlord could offer a plan to have the renter pay $2000 per month. But assuming the renter owed the landlord $15,000, it would take 2 ½ years for the renter to pay off what was owed. No renter in their right mind would do this. Instead, they would either remain in place, or walk away find a different apartment for $1500 per month. Either way, the landlord gets nothing.

Page 4, Line 33: The court must consider the tenant's circumstances, including decreased income or increased expenses due to COVID-19.

My comment: This is why a lot of renters will just stay put. They will be advised that the court will be required to take their side.

Page 5, Line 9: Not include provisions or be conditioned on: The tenant's compliance with the rental agreement.

My comment: This is the most shocking line in the entire bill. Rental agreements used to be legal contracts that the court was required to enforce. If this bill is allowed to stand, then all legal contracts will run the risk of being declared null and void.

Page 9, Line 38: total reimbursement from the (Landlord compensation) program may not exceed five thousand dollars per tenancy.

My comment: Landlords will basically be required to surrender all rights and a 15,000 debt for a potential payment of $5,000. More likely, they will be put on a wait list and get nothing. For example:

Page 9, Line 14: A landlord in receipt of reimbursement from the program is prohibited from: Taking legal action against the tenant for damages or any remaining unpaid rent.

Pages 14 and 15 grant renters the right to an attorney and a dispute resolution process in which the presumption appears to be in favor of the tenant.

My comment: This will create lots of income for attorneys and Dispute Resolution counselors but this massive amount of red tape is unlikely to help either tenants or landlords.

Page 23, Line 14: This act... takes effect immediately.

My comment: It is likely that this act will be passed by the House and signed by the Governor before March 30, 2021. This act is certain to drive up housing prices and drive down the supply of affordable housing – leaving tens of thousands of low income renters with no place to go. At the same time, it will deprive tens of thousands of Mom and Pop landlords with any source of rental income.

While it is possible that Inslee will kick the can down the road a few more months, this will only result in tens of thousands of retired couples losing not only their rental property but even their personal homes as their source of income will disappear.

This is on top of the fact that hundreds of thousands of children are being deprived of an education for no good reason and hundreds of thousands of small business owners have been driven out of business for no good reason. This is a disaster that is getting worse every day it is allowed to continue.

The real underlying problem here is an out of control Governor who has been not been held accountable by anyone and who has lived in a fantasy land that he can suspend the economy for month after month without eventually facing severe adverse consequences.

The people who will suffer from this lunacy are low income tenants and Mom and Pop landlords. Rents will go up to pay for the “new normal” and availability will go down. Within a month of the end of the moratorium, homelessness (which is already at record levels) will explode. But even if we personally are not made homeless, we will all be the victims – because what we are really losing is our private property rights under the Washington State Constitution.

Article 1, Section 3 of the Washington State Constitution, passed by wise people back in 1889, states: “No person shall be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law.”

Article 1, Section 16 states: “No private property shall be taken or damaged for public or private use without just compensation having been first made, or paid into court for the owner.”

Article 1, Section 23 states: “No bill, ex post facto law, or law impairing the obligations of contracts shall ever be passed.”

https://leg.wa.gov/CodeReviser/RCWArchive/Documents/2019/WA%20Constitution.pdf

By taking private property from hundreds of thousands of people without just compensation, and rendering hundreds of thousands of previously legal contracts to be null and void, Senate Bill 5160 is an obscene violation of three of the most important sections of the Washington State Constitution. This bill renders not only landlord private property rights to be meaningless – but renders the Washington State Constitution itself to be meaningless.

Since our current Supreme Court was appointed by Inslee or his friends, I have no hope that our current Supreme Court will defend the Washington State Constitution.

It will therefore be up to us as citizens to hold government officials accountable for their actions. Thomas Jefferson decided that the people should have the right to hold new elections every two years. We are certain to face a massive crisis in the next few months. Hopefully, the voters will realize who created this crisis and elect a different government at the next election.

We need a government that will defend private property rights, defend the right of our children to an education, defend the right of business owners to open their business - and uphold their oath to defend our State Constitution.

As always, I look forward to your questions and comments.

Regards,

David Spring M. Ed.

springforschools (at) gmail (dot) com

We are not only living with a viral epidemic, we are living in an epidemic of misinformation. Sadly, a huge amount of misinformation is coming from the mass media most Americans count on to get their news. Every day on every channel, you hear claims being repeated over and over again that are not supported by any evidence. Like everything else with the Corona Virus, the American people have not been told the truth about the shots they are now being given. As a person with a Degree in Science Education, I think people deserve to know the scientific facts about the drugs they are being given. Therefore, in this article, I will review ten problems I hope you will think about before deciding to run the risk of getting one of the new GMO shots.

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#1 The GMO Shot Naming Problem
Drug companies are falsely claiming that the shots they are giving people are “vaccines.” This is a blatant misuse of the English language. The word vaccine comes from cows. The last time I checked, cows were natural animals. All past vaccines were supposedly from naturally occurring things – things that humans have adapted to over millions of years. We need to be clear that the new GMO shots contain stuff that no human has ever been exposed to before. Because these new shots have been Genetically Modified, we should call them GMO shots.

Here is an analogy that might help. Some people have compared taking the GMO shot to eating GMO corn. GMO foods can cause so many problems for your body that they have been banned in many countries. This is also why some people look for Organic foods and try to stay away from GMO food. But while I am using the term GMO to describe the shots, it is inaccurate to compare the potential harm from eating genetically modified corn to the harm from being injected with a genetically modified shot. While both corn and the shot are genetically modified, GMO corn involves modification of corn genes. Eating GMO corn is not likely to change your own DNA.

By sharp contrast, the whole point of the new GMO shots is to genetically modify genes in your human immune system. The organism that is being genetically modified is the person getting the shot. No previous vaccine has ever been designed to genetically modify people. Nor were traditional vaccines made in some sealed laboratory by technicians wearing Hazmat suits.

So please stop calling these shots vaccines. Using this term for these new shots is extremely misleading. A more accurate term would be Recombinant DNA shots. But that is too hard for most people to remember or understand. I have therefore decided to call these new shots GMO shots. This will give people some warning that of the risks involved.

Baseball legend Hank Aaron, was subjected to the Moderna GMO shot on January 5, 2021. Hank died less than two weeks, on January 21, 2021, despite being in excellent health. Hank was the victim of a billion-dollar pro-GMO shot propaganda campaign.

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr., chairman and chief legal counsel for Children’s Health Defense, said: “Aaron’s tragic death is part of a wave of suspicious deaths among elderly closely following administration of COVID vaccines. Studies show that self-interested pharmaceutical company researchers, physicians, nursing homes and health officials seldom report vaccine injuries. Instead, they dismiss injuries and deaths as ‘unrelated’ to vaccination. Public health advocates worry that the vast majority of injuries and deaths will go unreported to the Vaccine Adverse Events Reporting System (VAERS), the notoriously broken voluntary surveillance system run by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).”

A 2001 HHS study concluded that “fewer than 1% of vaccine injuries” are reported to VAERS.

This article refutes the claim made by leaders of he WEA that older teachers will face an increased risk of death from the corona virus if schools are reopened. The actual risk of death is about the same as the risk of death from the seasonal flu and is much less than the risk of death from heart attacks or cancer.

About a week ago, I posted an article called “10 Reasons it is Safe to Reopen Public Schools.” This article summarized nearly 100 studies from around the world confirming that children do not transmit the corona virus to adults and that, in countries such as Sweden that did not close their schools, there was no increase in mortality among teachers or students. Here is a link to this article for those who would like to read this research: https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/10-reasons-it-is-safe-to-reopen-public-schools

In fact, because schools are well ventilated while homes are poorly ventilated, 88% of all corona virus transmissions occur in private homes – not in public businesses or public schools. https://www.cnbc.com/2020/05/06/ny-gov-cuomo-says-its-shocking-most-new-coronavirus-hospitalizations-are-people-staying-home.html

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Thus, the most dangerous place for either students or teachers to be is inside of their poorly ventilated homes – where 88% of corona infections occur. The safest place for them to be is in well ventilated schools – where almost no corona infections occur!

Despite this overwhelming mountain of research on the safety of opening schools, the leaders of the Washington Education Association (aka the teachers union) posted a press release falsely claiming that it was too dangerous to open schools in our state this fall and that doing so would risk the lives of students, teachers and members of the community. Their press release stated that there were 120,000 public educators in school buildings every day and that about 20% of these educators are over 60 years old.

The leaders of the WEA therefore have insisted that all of our schools remain closed indefinitely and that real, in person classes be replaced with one-size-fits-no-one, boring, rigid, robotic online modules that are so bad that over half of our kids can not learn from them. In short, the WEA is placing the future of one million students at risk due to a claim that the corona virus is too dangerous to open schools.

The central claim being used to keep our schools closed is that children might be super spreaders of the corona virus. The claim is that children might pick up the virus while at school and either infect teachers or take the virus home to infect and kill their parents and grandparents.

There has never been any credible scientific studies to support this fear mongering. In this article, we will first summarize nearly 100 studies all of which conclude that children do not spread the corona virus.

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We will then look at reports that have claimed that children are super spreaders. This is the fifth of a series of articles I have posted in the past week explaining why it is safe to reopen our public schools. Here are links to the other four:

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/10-reasons-it-is-safe-to-reopen-public-schools

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/media-caught-lying-about-death-of-teacher

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/cdc-finally-admits-children-are-safer-at-school-than-at-home

https://commonsensebook.org/latest-news/more-evidence-opening-schools-is-not-a-risk-to-teachers-or-students

100 studies all of which conclude that children do not spread the corona virus

Example 1: UK Summary of 78 Studies
On April 22, 2020, a 45 page study was published in the UK by the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health concluding that children do not pose a significant threat of transmitting the corona virus to adults. Here is a link to this very important study: 

https://dontforgetthebubbles.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/COVID-data-top-10.pdf

The researchers reviewed all 78 scientific studies on this subject – studies from countries around the world. They found that the infection rate in children under the age of 10 was extremely low. More important, they found that there was not a single reported case of a child under the age of 10 transmitting the virus to any adult – anywhere in the world! The report then included links to all 78 studies and summaries of all of these studies.

I read these 78 remarkable studies and the evidence they provided was both objective and powerful. One of the largest studies was a study of hundreds of cases in China:

For months I have been writing articles accusing the CDC of corruption, fear mongering, data manipulation and outright lying in their effort to promote the agenda of drug companies looking to make a buck off the corona virus. I have repeatedly told people to not believe anything the CDC says. So imagine my shock when the CDC finally published something that was true. Better late than never. The report is called Importance of Reopening Schools and is dated July 23, 2020. Here is a link to this CDC report.

https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/schools-childcare/reopening-schools.html

I pointed out for months that children are not transmitters of the corona virus and that 86% of all viral transmission occurs in the home – not in schools. Children and teachers are much safer in large well ventilated classrooms than they are in their homes. Thus, our schools never should have been closed in the first place. In past articles, I have linked to nearly 100 studies confirming that children do not transmit the corona virus and schools that have fully re-opened with no restriction have not suffered any adverse consequences to either teachers or students. To my surprise, the CDC report acknowledged that children will be severely harmed if schools are not opened this fall. The CDC report includes 6 of the nearly 100 studies on this subject. Here are some quotes from this report:

“The harms attributed to closed schools on the social, emotional, and behavioral health, economic well-being, and academic achievement of children, in both the short- and long-term, are well-known and significant. Further, the lack of in-person educational options disproportionately harms low-income and minority children and those living with disabilities. These students are far less likely to have access to private instruction and care and far more likely to rely on key school-supported resources like food programs, special education services, counseling, and after-school programs to meet basic developmental needs. The in-person school environment provides educational instruction, supports the development of social and emotional skills, creates a safe environment for learning, addresses nutritional needs and facilitates physical activity.”

“Extended school closure is harmful to children.  It can lead to severe learning loss, and the need for in-person instruction is particularly important for students with heightened behavioral needs."

The CDC also acknowledged that children only learn half as much from online programs as they do by attending real in-person schools.

The CDC report then admitted something I have been talking about for months, namely that the child deaths related to the corona virus are much less than child deaths related to the seasonal flu.

Without providing any way to independently verify their claim, the CDC report claimed that 64 children in the US have died with the corona virus this year. I think the actual number is closer to zero. But even 64 children (under the age of 18) is less than one in one million children. Keep in mind that more kids than this die from things like food poisoning, suicide and car accidents. We have a big nation of more than 330 million people. It is completely unrealistic to expect that no one will ever die.

Here is a chart comparing 2020 Child Corona virus fatalities to Seasonal Flu fatalities for the past several years.

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Source CDC. See this link: https://gis.cdc.gov/grasp/fluview/pedfludeath.html

You can see that corona virus child fatalities are less than half the death rate of the seasonal flu (Type A and Type B) for the past three years. Typically, about 150 kids per year die from or more accurately with the seasonal flu. This has been happening for years and no one even cared. No schools were shut down because children can die from the seasonal flu.

This is because sane people realize that you can not deprive one million children of an education just because one or even two of these one million children died from the seasonal flu!

Full time in-person schools are essential to the future well being of our children -especially since we know that reopening schools is actually safer than having students and teachers remain locked up in their homes.

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More than 1 million students in Washington state will be deprived of an education and severely harmed if schools are not opened on a full time and in person basis this fall. Now that the CDC has finally admitted that kids are not in danger and schools are not a danger and teachers are not in danger, it is time to end the hysteria and reopen our schools. As always, I look forward to your questions and comments.

Regards,

David Spring M. Ed.

spring for schools at gmail dot com

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