Laurel Walker has a great opinion piece in the paper; it’s well worth reading, simply because it highlights the plight of State Representative Scott Newcomer, who along with his wife stopped making the mortgage payments on their former Elm Grove home last September after moving into a 1.5 million dollar lake home in Delafield. Rep. Newcomer is quick to offer explanations for his failure to make his mortgage payments, but saying, “We tried to do the right thing all along” seems a little far-fetched, because the “right thing” would have involved making his mortgage payments.
Predictably, conservative blogger (and legislative aide extraordinaire) Kevin Fischer rushed to Rep. Newcomer’s defense, simultaneously attacking Laurel Walker for having the gall to criticize one of his fellow conservatives while also blaming poor minorities for the housing crisis:
Where’s the Walker column on those individuals who took out loans they had no business securing that led the country into the housing crisis, many of them poor minorities? Where’s that column full of gleeful jabs? Where’s that piece admonishing thousands of people and lecturing them that they should have known better?
There’s a lot in Fischer’s statement that can be picked apart, starting with the fact that blame for the housing crisis should fall squarely on the shoulders of lenders, whose lending practices led directly to the housing crisis. What’s more, one could argue that instead of admonishing only “poor minorities,” Fischer should instead admonish lenders, while also heaping a little responsibility on Rep. Newcomer and his wife. After all, if they just moved into a new lake home worth 1.5 million dollars, they can’t be hurting that much, can they?
Personally, I feel more sympathy for the poor minorities who are now struggling to keep their homes – or who have lost their homes – than I do for the State Representative and his doctor wife who just moved into their million and a half dollar home in Delafield, but then again, I tend to have more sympathy for the “little guy” than I do for folks who can afford 1.5 million dollar homes but can’t seem to make their mortgage payments on their second home.