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Thursday, 16 December 2010

The Face of Foreclosure

I have a very soft spot in my heart for Motown...for Detroit, Michigan. My daughter was born in one of its suburbs. At the time of her birth, it was going through some tough times, but it still was a vibrant place filled with commerce and life and bustling with activity. The people of Michigan were amazingly resilient and open-hearted. Football and hockey are religion there. So is independence. Michiganders are made of tough stuff.

Over the years, Michigan has suffered deeply. It never fully recovered from the plant closings in the early 80's. And there are thousands of foreclosures in the Motor City, hundreds happening daily...the city that was built on the dream of a newfangled contraption that glided on wheels is becoming a ghost town.

But never has foreclosure been given as powerful and moving a face as that of Sandra Hines who gave a testimony before the House of Representatives.

Sandra Hines is the voice of every American whose family worked hard to attain the American dream and found it shattered.

Give a listen.