reply to post by havanaja
Havanaja's argument is the same ill-informed argument democrats are using to do all this stuff now. Gov't is not the solution to all problems and
actually caused this one. Want the proof?
Much of what is going on now started in the 1970's and has been coming for decades. Beginning with the sub-prime mess that has spread to nearly all
areas of the economy. In 1977, Jimmy Carter passed the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) which had the purpose of investing in deteriorating inner
cities and minority neighborhoods through forcing lower lending standards to lower income, poor credit and previously unqualified buyers. In 1989,
President George H. W. Bush increased the oversight of the rating system used to rate CRA compliance and made the results public. This had the
unintended consequences of creating political and community protests to many banks and therefore causing a change to the lending criteria. In 1992,
President Bill Clinton signed the Federal Housing Enterprises Financial Safety and Soundness Act of 1992. This required Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to
devote a substantial portion of their lending to low income, poor credit and "affordable housing". Then, under Clinton in November 2000 the HUD was
directed to dedicate 50% of its business to low and moderate income, and poor credit loans. This REQUIRED lending institutions to increase the amount
of loans given to low income, poor credit borrowers. In 1999 Clinton signed into law the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act which removed many regulations on bank
and allowed them to offer more products to a wider range of clients than before. After signing the bill, Clinton said that it, "establishes the
principles that, as we expand the powers of banks, we will expand the reach of the (CRA) Act". The effect of all these acts and regulations was a
slow decline in lending standards, requirements, and an increase in the number of sub-prime mortgages given out.
However, with that being said, there were those that tried to stop this. Republicans in the 1970's argued that the CRA would "distort credit
markets, create unnecessary regulatory burden, lead to unsound lending, and cause the governmental agencies charged with implementing the law to
allocate credit." All proved to be true. In September of 2003 President George W. Bush proposed the largest ever increase in regulations of home
financing, and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac since the Saving and Loan Crisis. However, Democrats in congress stopped the legislation cold. "These two
entities — Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac — are not facing any kind of financial crisis," said Rep. Barney Frank, then ranking Democrat on the
Financial Services Committee. "The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in
terms of affordable housing." Two years later Senator John McCain sought to revive the regulatory changes. "If Congress does not act," McCain said
in 2005, "American taxpayers will continue to be exposed to the enormous risk that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac pose to the housing market, the overall
financial system and the economy as a whole." Democrats stopped him this time as well.
Zero down, subprime and Alt-A loans required by the CRA put people in ever more expensive homes they could not afford. As default soared slowly the
lending spigot was turned off and the housing market ground to a halt. Slowly consumer spending decreased as people could not sell homes or take out
home equity loans to pay off credits cards and pay for their lavish life styles. This spread then even to those who were making their payments and
handled credit responsibly.
This is a simple version of what I could write a book on. But I hope people can see, it WAS gov't intervention that caused this. And the same
people are saying they are going to fix it now. Thats insanity.