California Sen. Kamala Harris has announced that she has decided to withdraw her candidature from the race for the Democratic presidential nomination. This decision comes after she failed to capitalize on early enthusiasm for her campaign and watched her poll numbers collapse subsequently. An aide said Harris informed staff Tuesday she is ending her White House bid.
In an email to all her supporters she has mentioned that she can’t tell her supporters and volunteers to go on in good faith that there is a path forward (to win) when she does not believe she does. She deeply regrets her suspension of the campaign she wrote but there is no path forward she said. Harris also thanked the supporters and said she feels immense gratitude towards them.
Harris had entered the race in January as a top contender. She had a breakout moment in the first debate thanks to a memorable clash with then-front runner Joe Biden over his record on desegregation busing. Biden, who is right now campaigning in Iowa, said that he has mixed emotions of Harris’s decision as “she is really a solid, solid person and loaded with talent.”
Harris has struggled to shine through in subsequent debates after her breakout moment and has seen her poll numbers plunge in recent months. In November she dramatically cut her staff in New Hampshire (the state that holds the first primary in the race for the White House) to focus on Iowa. The campaign was hemorrhaging money, spending more than what was coming in. She has now become one of the biggest candidates yet to drop out of the crowded 2020 primary field. Her exit follows the withdrawal of former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, another Democrat who entered the race to great fanfare but later struggled.
Rural America needs help with Affordable Housing
America has been facing the issue of affordable housing in major cities and fast-growing urban areas for so many years now, that we almost take it for granted. But what we did not see coming, as a nation, was the same problem sprouting in rural America. This is what is going on, right now, as people from all financial spectrums struggle to find a house that they can afford. Here is why and which solutions should be looked at.
Not enough Jobs, Education and Health Care Availability
What explains housing difficulties is the same as in all other economic sectors: The offer is not sufficient for the demand. And why is that, in rural America? The answer is simple: There are not enough jobs to be handed out in these parts. Also, the children lack sufficient education, and the people are not provided with good health care facilities. Therefore, you don’t find contractors that want to build more homes to invest in the future, in these regions, even though there are more people living there, every year.
Also, most of the houses that exist need to be renovated. They require new facade systems, in order to become more energy efficient. The people that live in these parts, barely make enough to make ends meet, and they have to pay higher energy bills, simply because they can’t afford new aluminium windows and doors, that would greatly reduce their costs. New sustainable materials need to be added outside their walls, to protect their home from high or low temperatures outside. But instead, they are simply fighting each other to find a house that they can live in, at an inflated price, and that won’t even provide them sufficient protection in the warmest and coolest months of the year.
Public Investment is required to start the Process
Money is at the core of the problem. To built more houses, or to renovate the ones that already exist in rural America, a large investment will need to be made. Since it is clear that private owners are scared to enter into this rebuilding of the land by themselves, the different levels of governments need to envision new help plans that will make all this possible. But it isn’t the only investment they must make.
Today, wages are not growing as fast as they were before. We find ourselves in uncertain times, thanks to the COVID-19 crisis and the current war going on in Ukraine. Having a larger part of the population to buy a house, is simply impossible in view of these issues. And yet, this is exactly what rural America needs. Therefore, young adults need to be helped, in some ways, in order to create a larger group of potential home buyers. This will help kick-start the market of housing in rural America, which hopefully will create a dynamic that will continue on, with wealthier individuals investing in construction, in these areas.
Affordable housing has become a necessity in rural America. Otherwise, small towns will continue to disappear. This is not a long-term solution for a growing America, that wants to lead by example.
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