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Monday, October 31, 2011

IBD: Clinton Ordered Banks in '98 to Ease Credit Standards

According to the Investors Business Daily, it was indeed the Clinton administration who threatened banks if they did not lower their lending standards to accommodate minorities and other low income people.

Rewind to 1994. That year, the federal government declared war on an enemy — the racist lender — who officials claimed was to blame for differences in homeownership rate, and launched what would prove the costliest social crusade in U.S. history.

At President Clinton's direction, no fewer than 10 federal agencies issued a chilling ultimatum to banks and mortgage lenders to ease credit for lower-income minorities or face investigations for lending discrimination and suffer the related adverse publicity. They also were threatened with denial of access to the all-important secondary mortgage market and stiff fines, along with other penalties.