|Protest in Wisconsin, 2011|
|Wind Ranch in Texas - Photo: Billy Hathorn|
• Forced and abusive child labor practices are prohibited• Farmers earn a price that is adequate to meet their basic human needs• Environmentally sustainable production methods are required
|2011 Flood in Queensland, Australia|
President Obama established the Hardest Hit Fund in February 2010 to provide targeted aid to families in states hit hard by the economic and housing market downturn. Each state housing agency gathered public input to implement programs designed to meet the distinct challenges struggling homeowners in their state are facing. States were chosen either because they are struggling with unemployment rates at or above the national average or steep home price declines greater than 20 percent since the housing market downturn.While investigating the program's implementation in California, I came across what may be the primary reason that the Obama Administration mortgage programs out of their Treasury Department have such an abysmal track record of achieving their stated goals. Continued...