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Housing Under Obama Worst Since Great Depression – With Poor And Minorities Most Screwed By ‘Hope And Change’

October 7, 2011

Obama rammed his “stimulus” through Congress on lies and false promises.

Obama said that virtually all economists were on his side.  That was a flat-out lie.  Obama made promises based on his lies that are now documented to have been completely false.

And this truly evil man who represents God damn America is trying to do the same thing all over again.  He’s singing the same tune and making the same lying promises all over again.

The saddest thing about Obama’s “fundamental transformation” of the American economy and way of life is that the people Obama cynically and deceitfully claimed he was defending are in fact the ones who are being the most truly screwed by Obama’s policies.

And it just never ends: Obama crushes and oppresses the poor and the helpless – blames the Republicans for the failures that are completely his fault and which were taking place well before Republicans had any power to fight Obama’s demonic policies at all – and then deceitfully runs against Republicans on a campaign that is pure demagoguery.  As just one example, Obama is out blaming Republicans for stopping his jobs bill – which is just the same damn failed stimulus by a different name But it is DEMOCRATS who are blocking Obama’s jobs bill and Republicans who want it to come up for a vote.  And Obama is the worst kind of liar for falsely claiming otherwise.

And here we go again.  THE most evil president in American history is destroying America.  And it’s hard to imagine how Obama is going to blame his double-dip recession (DEPRESSION) that entirely happened on HIS WATCH on somebody else.  God damn America is going to go down hard until we rid ourselves of this wicked man.

By the way: This article was written by a fool, for what it’s worth. The third paragraph in the article claims the reason for this terrible state of affairs is “reduced government involvement.” But consider the final sentence in this New York Times article:

“Fannie, Freddie and F.H.A. buy or insure about 97 percent of residential mortgages.”

Can you understand how truly full of stupid it is to argue that the government hasn’t been “involved enough” with this wretched fiasco when in fact they control 97 percent of the hell they inflicted on us with their hellish policies?!?!?  Ninety-seven percent wasn’t enough government control, you jackass?!?!?  What, ninety-nine percent would have been even better?  One hundred percent government takeover would have fixed our inadequately socialized system for sure?!?!?

Oct 6, 6:07 PM EDT
Census: Housing bust worst since Great Depression
By HOPE YEN
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The American dream of homeownership has felt its biggest drop since the Great Depression, according to new 2010 census figures released Thursday.

The analysis by the Census Bureau found the homeownership rate fell to 65.1 percent last year. While that level remains the second highest decennial rate, analysts say the U.S. may never return to its mid-decade housing boom peak in which nearly 70 percent of occupied households were owned by their residents.

The reason: a longer-term economic reality of tighter credit, prolonged job losses and reduced government involvement.

Unemployed young adults are least likely to own, delaying first-time home purchases to live with Mom and Dad. Middle-aged adults 35-64, mostly homeowners who were hit with mortgage foreclosures or bankruptcy after the housing bust in 2006, are at their lowest levels of ownership in decades.

Measured by race, the homeownership gap between whites and blacks is now at its widest since 1960, wiping out more than 40 years of gains.

“The changes now taking place are mind-boggling: the housing market has completely crashed and attitudes toward housing are shifting from owning to renting,” said Patrick Newport, economist with IHS Global Insight. “While 10 years ago owning a home was the American Dream, I’m not sure a lot of people still think that way.”

He noted the now-diminished roles of mortgage buyers Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, which for decades at the urging of government helped enable loans to borrowers with poor credit, many of them minorities. In a shift, the Obama administration earlier this year said it would move from a longtime government focus on promoting homeownership for all and instead steer people with low incomes toward renting where appropriate.

Congress has been considering whether to eliminate the federal tax deduction for home-mortgage interest, a popular incentive to home-buying that’s been in place since the early 20th century.

Given depressed housing values that could continue for at least another four to five years, it now makes more sense in most cases to rent than own, Newport said.

Nationwide, the homeownership rate fell to 65.1 percent – or 76 million occupied housing units that were owned by their residents – from 66.2 percent in 2000. That drop-off of 1.1 percentage points is the largest since 1940, when homeownership plummeted 4.2 percentage points during the Great Depression to a low of 43.6 percent.

Since 1940, the number of Americans owning homes had steadily increased in each decennial census due to a mostly booming economy, favorable tax laws and easier financing. The one exception had been 1980-1990, when ownership remained unchanged at 64.2 percent.

Broken down by state, 41 states saw declines in home ownership since 2000, many of them in the South and West where foreclosures were more common. They were led by South Carolina, Alabama, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina. On the other end of the scale, states with higher shares of vacation homes owned by affluent baby boomers saw small increases in ownership, including New Hampshire, Hawaii, Alaska and Vermont.

The U.S. housing crisis is far worse than the experience in most Western industrialized nations, which, unlike the U.S., did not foster markets of subprime lending to promote homeownership. The U.S. continues to maintain a relatively high rate of homeownership, surpassed only by countries such as Spain, Ireland, Australia and England.

“In the U.S., there’s still a strong cultural pull toward homeownership, because in normal times it’s always been seen as a way to build net worth and equity,” said Dan McCue, research manager at Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies. But with many former homeowners now renting, he said, clearly that dynamic has changed: “It puts a renewed focus on rentals, and on ways to create new opportunities for low-income households to build their wealth.”

Blacks, who as a whole have lower income and higher unemployment than other groups, were particularly set back by the housing bust. Their homeownership rate fell from 46.3 percent in 2000 to 44.3 percent; among whites, the rate dipped slightly from 72.4 percent to 72.2 percent. Whites are now on average 1.63 times more likely than blacks to own a home, the widest gap since 1960.

Among all minorities, homeownership in the U.S. rose slightly over the past decade to 48 percent from 47.4 percent, boosted by more home buying among the younger and larger Hispanic population. Hispanic homeownership increased from 45.7 percent to 47.3 percent.

In all, nearly 44 percent of all renters in the U.S. are minorities, compared with only 22 percent of homeowners. Broken down by state, minorities make up more than half of all renters in 10 states and the District of Columbia, up from 6 in 2000 – with the new states being New York, New Jersey, Mississippi, Louisiana and New Mexico.

“There is no doubt that a large part of the white-minority economic divide is reflected in the disproportionate minority representation among the nation’s renters,” said William H. Frey, a demographer at Brookings Institution, who analyzed the race data. “The recent financial crises, including large numbers of subprime loans to African Americans, has dramatically widened the white-black homeownership disparity.”

Other census findings:

-Homeownership rates decreased in each region of the country over the last decade. Midwesterners were most likely to own a house, at 69.2 percent, followed by Southerners at 66.7 percent, Northeasterners at 62.2 percent and Westerners at 60.5 percent.

-For the fourth census in a row, West Virginia had the highest homeownership rate, at 73.4 percent. The District of Columbia, with its high share of single twenty- and thirty-somethings who rent, had the lowest at 42 percent.

-While homeowners were the majority in most of the nation’s metropolitan areas, they were outnumbered by renters in many of the nation’s largest cities. They included New York City, where renters made up 69 percent of households, Los Angeles at 61.8 percent, Chicago at 55.1 percent and Houston at 54.6 percent.

By age, the highest ownership rate nationwide is for those 65 and older, about 77.5 percent. Older Americans are more likely to own their homes debt-free and thus be less exposed to the foreclosure crisis. Still, their homeownership rate is down slightly from a 2000 peak of 78.1 percent.

Among adults 34 and younger, homeownership was nearly 40 percent, the highest since the mid-1990s. For adults in the 35-44, 45-54 and 55-64 age groups, homeownership rates fell to their lowest since at least 1980.

Peter Francese, founder of American Demographics magazine who is now analyst for the MetLife Mature Market Institute, believes Americans aren’t completely giving up on homeownership. He noted millions of young adults are delaying home-buying while they temporarily double-up with their parents, representing pent-up demand for houses that will surface once the job market begins to recover.

Online:

http://www.census.gov

If Democrats actually give one flying damn about the poor or about minorities, it is long past time that they threw this failure out on his dumbo ears.

I call them “DemonCrats,” for “Demonic Bureaucrats.”  These people impose their Marxist-fascist government planned economy, and then they simply cannot understand why it keeps failing over and over and over again.

What happens again and again?  The Demonic Bureaucrats impose stupid and immoral policies on the private sector to force them to do incredibly harmful and counterproductive things such as make home loans to people who cannot possibly afford them.  And then when the private sector figures out a way to somehow make money on the latest failed government takeover, the DemonCrats blame the private sector.  Thus Democrats force the banks to make stupid loans to people who could not pay those loans back, forcing the banks to pursue dangerous policies in pursuit of the profits they exist to pursue.  And then when everything goes to hell, the same Democrats who set up the entire disaster and caused the whole mess invariably point their fingers at the people they forced into an impossible situation to begin with.

And Democrats will continue to do this until the American people either wise up and drive them out of power, or until America collapses.  Whichever comes first.

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