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Lending $$ poorly to rich folks created the current financial Crisis..

Discussion in 'Political Discussion' started by DarrylS, Oct 7, 2008.

  1. DarrylS

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    I am confident that the right wing circle jerks will not read this as there is great comfort in blaming Barney Frank as the responsible party along with Jimmy Carter.. but for those of you who choose to read it, it is another good read on how complicated this whole thing is..

    Are Minorities to Blame for the Subprime Mess? | Newsweek Voices - Daniel Gross | Newsweek.com

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    Let me say before I opine that I've consistently said that there is blame on all sides here. That being said, the article has some real flaws. First off, lending of any kind to people who can't afford it is going to create a mess of the market. When you infuse any market with artificial cash/credit, you cause inflation. The housing market is no different. So tossing cash artificially into the subprime market, helped fuel the inflation of home values. It helps create a sellars market. Second, he sites the Nehemiah housing program, which took place 8 years ago, when home prices were a fraction of what they are now. I bought my home 7 years ago, so I know. Furthermore, the Nehemiah housing program is a mass produced, single family community, orchestrated with church guidance, that specifically targets lower income owners. It's a privately run, privately funded charity organization. It's really not a good example of the overall, everyday market.
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    the premise of the "blame the CRA" crowd is that these companies were forced to lend to people they didn't think could afford to pay it back. But they were aggressively lending in a PREDATORY fashion by going after these people and using fine print and variable interests that they knew people weren't paying attention too. That has absolutely zero to do with the CRA.
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    How can you say it has nothing to do with the CRA, when the CRA was explicitely desgined to ensure that people with undesirable credit were given loans. I doubt that the intention of the CRA was to create a financial crisis, or give ammo to predatory lending, there I'll agree, but you can't pass flawed legislation and hope for the best. Like I said all along, I think that there are people to blame in all kinds of places.
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    Wildo7 Totally Full of It

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    Because the CRA didn't regulate the vast majority of banks responsible for variable interest loans, and the majority of at risk loans aren't held by the minorities that the CRA was intended to help.
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    There was a piece on 60 minutes last Sunday nite.. Wall Streets Shadow Market...

    A Look At Wall Street's Shadow Market, 60 Minutes: How Some Arcane Wall Street Financial Instruments Magnified Economic Crisis - CBS News

    Here is the You Tube Version.. it is very complicated, but greed is the underlying factor..

    YouTube - Wall Street's Shadow Market

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