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Recession the fault of the poor? Not exactly

7:30 AM EDT, April 26, 2013

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That's right, Robert L. Ehrlich Jr., blame the subprime crisis on poor people ("Did we learn from subprime crisis?" April 21). Government over-extension of housing funds to marginal buyers is only one small part of why the crisis occurred. Instead, let's put the blame where it really lies.

That would be in the repeal of Glass-Stegall which enabled banks and insurance companies to become gambling establishments, the fraudulent and illegal bundling of good loans with bad while rating these packages triple-A, the teaming of Wall Street and insurance companies which encouraged credit buying and subprime loans, the ignorance and collusion of ratings agencies, and finally the intentional laissez-faire "putting the foxes in charge of the hen house" attitude of the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Let's not look at the financial world's role in the Great Recession, or god-forbid, punish huge institutional wrong-doers. Let's get those greedy poor people who yearn to have a place to live.

Anne T. Booher, Baltimore

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