Monday, September 3, 2007

The Subprime Meltdown and the Ownership Society

The full effects of the collapse of the subprime market remain to be seen, but it is not too early to talk about the policies that got us here. In particular, the government policy of promoting homeownership should be examined.

While homeownership is often desirable as a means for accumulating wealth and obtaining secure housing, it will not always be a good mechanism for either.
A serious housing policy should recognize that renting can be a better option for many Americans, especially for tens of millions of families with low and moderate incomes. The country cannot allow its housing policy to be determined by ideology or the interest groups that benefit from this ideology.

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