When the federal protections put in place to prevent another financial crash after the Great Depression (Glass-Steagall Act of 1933) were repealed in 1999 (Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act) it wasn’t long before the 2008 financial crash followed. Then came a massive bank bailout in which programs were implemented to help prop up failing financial institutions with hundreds of billions or possibly trillions of American taxpayers’ dollars while leaving those same citizens drowning in debt and foreclosures. Now, those same Americans are subjected to pervasive foreclosure fraud and homeowner abuses by mortgage servicers, topics that have been widely covered in the national and local media. Neither presidential candidate has made any of these issues, so important to American voters, central to their campaigns.
Now, the political geniuses who are seeking Florida votes are sending campaign workers to knock on an awful lot of doors where the voters were evicted, the home has been long vacant, and a sheriff’s eviction sticker is taped to the door.
Read more on Foreclosures Leave Holes In Voter Outreach at NPR.org here.