What's Wrong with Renting?

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recession_guide.jpgSix years ago, George W. Bush declared that, "owing a home lies at the heart of the American dream."  Yesterday, President Barack Obama said that home foreclosure means losing a "foothold in the American Dream," an idea that dates back to the Great Depression. Politicians virtually equate homeownership with patriotism, and government subsidies include the mortgage-interest exemption. But there's a downside, and it's come to a head in the current recession. Millions of homeowners are in big trouble. Why should tens of billions of taxpayer dollars help people get back into housing they can't afford? As the author of Don't Get Caught with Your Skirt Down: A Practical Girl's Recession Guide asks, what's wrong with renting? 


Jill Keto - author, 'Don't Get Caught with Your Skirt Down', Yvonne Maria Jimenez - Neighborhood Legal Services of Los Angeles County , Andrew Jakabovics - Associate Director of the Economic Mobility Program, Center for American Progress, Sam Staley - Florida State University - @samrstaley

Warren Olney

Frances Anderton, Christian Bordal