Subprime Loans = Primetime for Vampire Lenders

How “reputable” financial firms are using an arsenal of tricks to extract high payments from homeowners, drain their equity and steal their homes.


More stories by Jim Hightower

 One of the most dramatic stories from the New Testament is of the time that Jesus encountered money changers in the temple. Enraged by their usury and sacrilege, he went on a tear — overturning their tables, physically driving them out and chastising them for converting the temple into a “den of robbers.” The Bible doesn’t say where these bloodsucking lenders went, but now we know: They have re-emerged in recent years to set up their tables right here in America, working a dark alley of homeowner financing called the “subprime mortgage market.” The what? Don’t be deterred by the finance industry’s jargon (which is intended to numb your brain and keep regular folks from even trying to figure out what’s going on). At its core, this is a classically simple story of banker greed and outright sleaze. And the astonishing part is that nearly all of the rank injustice perpetrated by today’s money changers is considered legal and is practiced by supposedly reputable financial firms.

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