The city of Detroit is being ravaged by economic woes, failed administration and depression. The depression is for a couple who were featured on ABC’s hit show, Extreme Makeover: Home Edition with Ty Pennington in 2004. The couple, who is deaf, are the parents of an autistic child who is also blind. The accommodations needed to make life for him much less complicated was all given to them, but at what price? The couple is now going into foreclosure of the home because they saw their mortgage nearly double after the remodeling of their home stacked on top of the excessive medical bills they have for their son. Luckily, in a city spiraling into poverty, people still dig deep to help their own.
I enjoy seeing the people helped by that show, but I have several questions that leave me perplexed and ambivalent about ABC’s intentions. My number one concern or question is why can’t all the mortgages be ripped up for those who receive the houses? They bring enormous viewership to ABC; has made a construction superstar out of Ty Pennington; and why oh why when they hear of this kind of story don’t they go back and offer to “bail them out?” Now, in the show’s defense, I have a problem with the Harper family who had their mortgage paid off by the show and still managed to squander their beautiful home (the biggest ever built by the show) on a $400,000 second mortgage for a failed construction business. I’m not sure when they took out the loan, but did anything about our economy, even three years ago, suggest construction would be the way to go for a business? Read here while I look through my receipts and make sure my mortgage has been paid.