Favorite line (other than your excerpt, of course):
"The folks who tell me to buy a paintbrush are the same people who tell our children to buy their own contraceptives. This is a crisis. Where is the government?"
Could it be that more Americans live in older houses because our government values spotted owl habitat or "old growth forests" more than jobs and prosperity?
Or perhaps it has something to do with that 2008 collapse of the housing price bubble, which has since made much of the existing housing stock half as costly while material costs to build new homes continue to march onward and upward with the inflationary tsunamis called QE, QE2 and QE-threeeeeee!
But I don't know, I'm just a simple American trying to get by in flyover country. Who can understand all of the complex interrelations? Who can explain why anything is the way it is? Who can ever make things work again? Who is John Galt?