A Register analysis of more than 12 million subprime mortgages worth nearly $2 trillion shows that most of the lenders who made risky subprime loans were exempt from the Community Reinvestment Act. And many of the lenders covered by the law that did make subprime loans came late to that market – after smaller, unregulated players showed there was money to be made.

We agree that the right-wing camp's CRA-based thesis for the bubble is laughable. However, we do think a "cultural" precedent was set by the CRA and other government policies creating a bias towards overzealous mortgage lending. The CRA was just part of that.

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