Glenn Beck attacked an Obama administration proposal to turn government-owned foreclosed homes into rental units as a path to "universal housing" and "communal housing," saying, "We're headed down a socialist road where they own everything." The proposal would encourage renting through bulk sales of federally owned property to investors or through joint ventures with the government -- an approach favored by many affordable housing advocates and investors.
BECK: I don't know if you saw, but President Obama is thinking about, you know, just a little idea, of being a landlord. Apparently -- now, who would have seen this coming? Who would have seen this coming? Apparently, the United States government, through Freddie and Fannie, own a lot of business and buildings and homes. And they've all been scooped up by the United States. And so now they're thinking about just, why not -- why don't we just become landlords?