After receiving their $700 checks from President Biden, the residents of Maui still face mounting debt and expenses that cannot be met. As a consequence, renters on the island now face eviction as landlords seek to remove residents from their homes (the ones still standing).
During an emergency meeting with the Maui County Council, one resident told the council, “We’ve been receiving call after call of people who are being asked to be evicted by their landlords, people who are being displaced during a time of emergency when their house was like the only house standing in their neighborhood, simply because the owner of the house realized that their investment is no longer a sound investment.”
There are so many questionable actions that occurred during this emergency (which we covered here), but one action before the disaster adds to the suspicions many have regarding what has happened and is happening in Maui. An Emergency Proclamation Relating to Housing was released by Governor Josh Green (D-HI) just three weeks before the disaster.
According to the press release, “The Emergency Proclamation Relating to Housing, signed by Governor Green on July 17, 2023, aims to streamline the development process and empower developers and stakeholders to contribute to the creation of more housing opportunities. The Emergency Proclamation reflects extensive input from state and county agencies that provided details on process maps, application checklists, common areas of approval delays, and recommended touchpoints for engagement.”
Local residents speaking during that emergency meeting raised suspicions about the timing of the order, with one noting, “To my knowledge, this was the first emergency proclamation in the country that didn’t have a preceding incident. This was just from my knowledge, was just to streamline development on Maui and it is allocated all decision-making power to one person, the housing officer of the governor, Nani Medeiros, who’s unelected, who can trump every single thing that you do. They’re meeting with developers, private landowners.”
Actions by the DNC-CCP governor heighten suspicions that this is, in part, a land grab intended to give the state power to convert the free land to one micromanaged by the state. He announced his intentions out loud, saying, “I’m already thinking of ways for the state to acquire that land so that we can put it into workforce housing, to put it back into families, or make it open spaces in perpetuity as a memorial to the people who were lost.”
In typical DNC-CCP fashion, this un-American governor is using the dead as a shield from criticism for essentially moving like a Marxist to remove private ownership from Maui, at least for the little guy. The party elites, the wealthy class that funds the party, will get exemptions, of course.
He built on his hateful exploitation of the dead to justify state control, saying, “We want this to be something we remember after the pain passes as a magic place. Lahaina will rebuild. The tragedy right now is the loss of life. The buildings can be rebuilt over time, even the banyan tree may survive, but we don’t want this to become a clear space where then people from overseas just come and decide they’re gonna take it. The state will take it and preserve it first.”
Jesse Watters of Fox News, whose team created the report that much of this information came from, added, “The emergency housing proclamation was declared weeks before the actual emergency created a housing emergency. This emergency proclamation has been described as a gift to developers. The residents are apoplectic because of all the emergency powers. They go to a housing czar, and residents get no say. Now, the residents think developers, government officials, and all those billionaires who have bought up land in Hawaii like Zuckerberg, Oprah, Bezos are going to take advantage of the devastation.”
It is almost as if the Governor and these elites knew ahead of time the emergency that was to take place and exactly how to exploit it to further the interests of the party and the elites it serves, at the expense of Americans and our republic.