Contradictions don't exist by definition. If a contradiction is reached in any given analysis, one must check the premises that led to that conclusion for in it lay an error.
On Tuesday, the Center for Responsible Lending released
a report that "paints a picture of the foreclosure crisis in
The study was the subject of a subsequent Ventura County Star article entitled "Foreclosure crisis not driven by luxury home purchases." It states:
Largely because they were more likely to receive high-rate loans, the study found that Latino and African-American homeowners were much more likely to incur foreclosures than non-Hispanic whites.
Latinos experienced foreclosure rates 2.3 times that of non-Hispanic whites, the study found, and almost half (48 percent) of all Californians who have lost their homes to foreclosure have been Latinos.
Apologies--that's just a tic I've picked up from my progressive friends whenever someone mentions anything that has to do with race. I have to keep telling myself that it's not racist to report facts.
Half the state's foreclosures were from Latinos. That fits
in with the stated government policy to encourage home ownership among
minorities, a decision "that contributed to an escalation of subprime lending
that is roiling the
2004, as regulators warned that subprime lenders were saddling borrowers with
mortgages they could not afford, the
Eager to put more low-income and minority families into their own homes, the agency required that two government-chartered mortgage finance firms purchase far more "affordable" loans made to these borrowers.
The Center for Responsible Lending--notice that it's NOT called the Center for Responsible Borrowing, but more on this later--came to this conclusion in its report:
As the nation begins to address a potential restructuring of the entire housing finance system, it is crucial to focus on the need for access to credit for communities of color and lower-income communities.
The Star article ends by noting that the report lauds the new financial reform act signed by President Obama earlier this summer.
And herein lays our contradiction. The Center for Responsible Lending set out to discuss "what we should do prevent as many avoidable foreclosures as possible." Its policy recommendation is to "focus on the need for access to credit for communities of color and lower-income communities."
To quote the Washington Post again, "Eager to put more low-income and minority families into their own homes, the agency required that two government-chartered mortgage finance firms purchase far more 'affordable' loans made to these borrowers."
In short, the Center for Responsible Lending recommended as the solution to the problem the very thing that led to the problem in the first place! How could an objective organization propose such a self-defeating recommendation?
Don't forget to check your premises.
Who is the Center for Responsible Lending, exactly? The Star article merely identifies it as a nonprofit organization. A reader might assume it's merely a group of concerned people advocating responsible lending--certainly a laudable goal in and of itself.
Two clicks! That's all it took to get from this report to George Soros, the Uncle Moneybags of the progressive movement.
This is by no means an isolated incident. It's how progressive opinions are laundered to become fact. A Soros groups funds money to agenda-driven think-tanks. The tanks churn out official-sounding studies. They issue press releases that the mainstream media blindly picks up and reports as hard, scientific fact.
Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
Meanwhile, readers have no idea they're being taken to the cleaners unless journalists make a more concerted effort to put organizations, people, and stories into proper context.