Thursday, October 9, 2008

They Were Warned About the Diversity Recession

We told you about a New York Times article from 1999 that warned about changes the Clinton administration made to the Community Reinvestment Act. Now another article has surfaced from 2000.

In the article from the City Journal, the author Howard Husock wrote:

The Clinton administration has turned the Community Reinvestment Act, a once-obscure and lightly enforced banking regulation law, into one of the most powerful mandates shaping American cities—and, as Senate Banking Committee chairman Phil Gramm memorably put it, a vast extortion scheme against the nation's banks.

He continues to explain the changes that put race before a persons ability to pay:
[t]he Clinton Treasury Department's 1995 regulations made getting a satisfactory CRA rating much harder. The new regulations de-emphasized subjective assessment measures in favor of strictly numerical ones. Bank examiners would use federal home-loan data, broken down by neighborhood, income group, and race, to rate banks on performance.

His prediction of doom:
Looking into the future gives further cause for concern: "The bulk of these loans," notes a Federal Reserve economist, "have been made during a period in which we have not experienced an economic downturn." The Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America's own success stories make you wonder how much CRA-related carnage will result when the economy cools.

He even pointed out how judging a person's credit worthiness by race and not ability to pay robbed that individual of the feeling of accomplishment since the government forced the bank to loan him the money and he didn't earn it:
Even if all the CRA-related loans marketed by nonprofits were to turn out fine, the CRA system is still troubling. Like affirmative action, it robs the creditworthy of the certain knowledge that they have qualified by dint of their own effort for a first home mortgage, a milestone in any family's life. At the same time, it sends the message that this most important milestone has been provided through the beneficence of government, devaluing individual accomplishment.

When will there be enough evidence for liberals to admit their social engineering policies have failed?

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