- Jeff Jacoby exposes Barney Frank's role in the bubble
- Here is an article from the New York Times in 1999 showing Fannie Mae "easing the credit requirements on loans that it will purchase from banks and other lenders"
- Of course, politicians bragged about the increase in home ownership when it benefited them. And why did Fannie Mae ease credit requirements? "The top priority may be to ask more of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The two companies are now required to devote 42% of their portfolios to loans for low- and moderate-income borrowers; HUD, which has the authority to set the targets, is poised to propose an increase this summer."
- Many of those sub-prime mortgages went to minorities just like politicians wanted, but in 2001, politicians wanted it both ways - pressure the banks to make loans and sue the banks for pushing those loans
- In 1997, Wachovia (then First Union) bragged about their involvement with the Community Reinvestment Act
- More blame for Fannie and Freddie
Many people want to blame an era of laissez-faire capitalism for this mess because corporations were involved. It is not, however, "laissez-faire" when governments use corporations to enact egalitarian goals. That is probably best described as Corporate Socialism.