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The Housing Bubble and General Financial Depravity

Yesterday the Seattle Times brought us this gem:

… the couple — with no savings and about $20,000 in credit-card debt — shopped for a mortgage to buy their 1,200-square-foot house in Tukwila last year, they heard the same thing from lenders and in a home-buying class they attended: Forget it.

“You basically had to be Scot free, no massive credit debt, which we had, and to have money in the bank, which we didn’t,” said Swartz, 31. “How do people buy houses in America anymore?”

In a nutshell, the country is going to hell in a handbasket. When people are so poisoned with the mindset of entitlement that they literally can’t comprehend why having no cash and a negative $20k net worth doesn’t qualify one to incur a quarter million in debt, well, it’s hard to believe that these are the attitudes and values that built the greatest economy in the world.

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