Sunday, November 18, 2007

The DNB advocates for the expansion of the Home Ownership and Equity Protection Act, with which he is entirely unfamiliar.

There is a knock at our door.

The DNB leaves to answer it and is gone for quite a while. When he returns, he proclaims, "I have signed a petition."

"What sort of petition?" I ask. He tends to not be very activist, preferring to sit comfortably on the couch and complain from there about the evils of the government like the rest of us.

"To ask the mayor to suspend foreclosures," he replies.

We don't own a home. We never have. Nor do we know anyone facing foreclosure. I raise my eyebrows.

"It's for the children," he goes on to say. "Many families are facing ruin in the wake of subprime mortgage lending scams. They were taken advantage of by aggressive individuals and now find themselves about to lose their homes. It's not fair to let the predatory lenders win."

"And this is an issue which has long been near and dear to your heart?" I say with the tiniest touch of sarcasm.

"Very near and dear," he says, mustering an impressive amount of sincerity.

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