Ah. Let us count the ways the Speaker’s tweet is unethical:
1. It is false, meaning true disinformation, not only about the power of the incompetent and untrustworthy Centers for Disease Control, but also regarding the law.
2. How is the tweet still up? Why isn’t Pelosi’s account suspended? She has not only delivered false information about the moratorium, but about limitations on government power. Twitter has been banning tweets from no-name dufusses that make erroneous assertions (or just opinions that Twitter would rather see not made), but complete misrepresentation of the system spread by a high-ranking leader is as serious as it gets. (The answer, I suspect, is that “disinformation” coming from a powerful Democrat is hunky-dory with our Big Tech Masters.)
3. Is Pelosi lying, or does she just not follow the legal news? Either way is unethical for someone in her position. The 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on two weeks ago that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention lacked authority for the national moratorium it imposed last year on most residential evictions as part of the effort to help curb the spread of the coronavirus. They did this knowing the Supreme Court would back them up, because in a narrow 5-4 ruling upholding the moratorium temporarily on June 29, Justice Kavanaugh, the swing vote in the decision, wrote,
“I agree with the District Court and the applicants that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention exceeded its existing statutory authority by issuing a nationwide eviction moratorium. See Utility Air Regulatory Group v. EPA, 573 U. S. 302, 324 (2014). Because the CDC plans to
end the moratorium in only a few weeks, on July 31, and because those few weeks will allow for additional and more orderly distribution of the congressionally appropriated rental assistance funds, I vote at this time to deny the application to vacate the District Court’s stay of its order.“
So we know, and Pelosi should know, that the CDC does NOT have the power to extend the moratorium.
4. Opines one conservative pundit: “The real reveal here is how she and the people replying to her view the role of the government and the power of pandemic politics. They believe they have absolute authority to act on all matters under pandemic power grab rules. Which is exactly why they’re working so hard to make it permanent.” Well, that is certainly one possibility. As with so much involving Pelosi, Hanlon’s Razor is in play.
5. Despite Pelosi’s tweet, it is obvious, or should be, why the CDC shouldn’t “just” prevent landlords from collecting the billions they are owed in past rent even if the agency had the power. The CDC issued a national eviction ban on all residential rental properties in September to facilitate self-isolation when the pandemic was killing large numbers of people nationwide. You might not get this impression from the fear-mongering news media and Wuhan virus hysterics, but the virus isn’t killing many people now. Preventing property owners from collecting rent was a draconian step at best, arguably defensible when the pandemic was raging but no more.