I want to play fair here, so why is it criminal for someone to purchase a house cheaper than market rate? Is their a law against that? Also, why is it criminal to purchase a 10-ft strip of land at the "assessed" market rate? Those actions in themselves are not criminal.
Now, if you can show that Obama offered kick-backs to Rezko or the former owner of the property for the reduced prices-- then you have a case. Did Obama use state funds to make the purchase? Did Obama get a kick back or authorize expenditures for Rezko? From my limited knowledge of the Rezko case, there was no connection provided between Obama and Rezko. In fact, that wasn't why he was taken to trial.
I really want to be neutral here and believe that Obama was being shady, but this old talking point doesn't have any teeth. It doesn't show me that Obama was of poor character or judgement. It shows me that he made a private financial decision with his wife to purchase a home, and get a good deal on it. The market was softening in 2006, so selling under may have been uncommon but possible. He wanted 10-feet of space, so he sought out 10-feet of space and purchased it. It appears he probably paid too much. I just don't see how this is a concern of his political character or associations? Is it suggesting that Rezko and him were friends?
If you missed it... OBAMA in the OBAMA thread. Not here, unless it is directly tied to the Governor of Illinois. I know they are difficult to separate in some cases, but let's do our best to stay on topic. - Mastiff