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Editor's note: The following is a member comment posted on the Sept. 10 Inman News story, "Housing policy at a crossroads": "Government hurts affordability when it intervenes to make something 'easier' -- just look at university education. The extension of grants and loan programs drove up the cost of education much faster than official inflation. The same can be said of medical care, another industry where the federal government is extremely involved. "I've read the U.S. Constitution over and over and I am quite sure it doesn't say anything about providing housing. The federal government has ZERO responsibility for 'providing housing.' "States have a great deal more flexibility. Some will do the wrong thing but others will likely find a winning formula. Local communities create problems for themselves when they take away the rights of property owners and fail to compensate them. "We are suffering not from too much freedom but rather too litt...