Economic Crisis Housing Crunch

Having read dozens of articles and talked to people about what they thought I came across this article that summed up what happened during the 2008 Housing Crunch. What I enjoy about this article is that it shows why it happened, the events that led up to the collapse, but more importantly demonstrates that it was the fault of everyone, and not one individual or party. Interesting read.

The Political Action ad blames a banking deregulation bill sponsored by former Sen. Phil Gramm, a friend and one-time adviser to McCain’s campaign. It claims the bill “stripped safeguards that would have protected us.”

That claim is bunk. When we contacted spokesman Trevor Fitzgibbons to ask just what “safeguards” the ad was talking about, he came up with not one single example. The only support offered for the ad’s claim is one line in one newspaper article that reported the bill “is now being blamed” for the crisis, without saying who is doing the blaming or on what grounds.

The bill in question is the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, which was passed in 1999 and repealed portions of the Glass-Steagall Act, a piece of legislation from the era of the Great Depression that imposed a number of regulations on financial institutions. It’s true that Gramm authored the act, but what became law was a widely accepted bipartisan compromise. The measure passed the House 362 – 57, with 155 Democrats voting for the bill. The Senate passed the bill by a vote of 90 – 8. Among the Democrats voting for the bill: Obama’s running mate, Joe Biden. The bill was signed into law by President Clinton, a Democrat. If this bill really had “stripped the safeguards that would have protected us,” then both parties share the blame, not just “John McCain’s friend.”

To Whom It May Concern

To Whom It May Concern:

We could not ask for better neighbors, Kasia and Nicolas. We have been friends the first time that we met three years ago. The two of them and there dog Chloe have become very good friends of ours. Nicolas now works with me at the Hospital. Kasia and me share conversation and recipes, since we both love cooking. Nicolas and Vasco enjoy working on their cars which always seem to be broken.

During the summer all the neighbors share time together in the backyard cookouts, with music and fun. Kasia and Nicolas are always in the middle, always want to help cleaning up or preparing food.

We both love Kasia and Nicolas, they are both very loving and caring couple and only wish them both well.


Mr. & Mrs. R