Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Neo-McCarthyism and the Housing Opportunities for People Everywhere

Regarding the McCarthy-Suburbia connection mentioned below - check out Senator Gramm's comments during the Senate hearings of the HOPE program (Homeownership and Opportunity for People Everywhere), publicly acknowledged by Secretary Kemp - "I want you to get on with these reforms. I don't want the Soviet Union to pass us by. I don't want to be the last country on earth that is still using a system which all of mankind with one voice rejects. [...] If our current public housing program was really a model for efficiency in providing housing, we would have torn down the Berlin wall from our side to have gotten into Eastern Europe to share its full benefits. It was not the efficient model and they tore down the Berlin wall form their side to get away from it." -- Senate Hearing 104-252. The "Homeownership and Opportunities for People Everywhere" Initiatives. U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington: 1995 (page 18).