Why, you ask, would this popular website -- known through Brooklyn and, indeed, the world, as a progressive site that promotes justice and kindness toward fellow humans -- choose the Toussies as Brooklynites of the Year?
Well, the case of the Toussies -- perhaps more than any other revealed act of fraud and immorality in the past year -- exposed the connection between politicians and the mortgage brokers and realtors who got the country into its current huge financial mess.
Brooklyn-based Isaac Toussie [photo, left] had been convicted in a scheme to get mortgages for unqualified homebuyers, and is also accused of defrauding minority home purchasers who ended up with shoddy, crumbling houses.
When President Bush pardoned Isaac Toussie last week, it was revealed that Toussie's father, Robert Toussie [photo, right], had donated more than $28,000 to the Republican National Committee.
Bush withdrew the pardon after the embarrassing stories surfaced about the donation. (See Daily News story.)
These mortgages schemes perpetrated by Isaac Toussie and others -- worse in so many ways than what Bernard Madoff did when he ripped off investors of billions in a Ponzi scheme -- were the acts of economic violence that finally shook the foundation of the American and later the world economy.
We hopefully will all remember the Toussies and their connection to President Bush, the wild free marketer who, given free reign, would have allowed cowboy entrepreneurs like that Toussiess to do what they wanted to whom they wanted.
Hopefully also, things are changing now and the hammer will continue to come down on those who did so much wrong to so many people.