The Soviet Union's ruling Politburo has approved a plan to sell state-owned apartments to their residents. Tenants who choose to become homeowners will be able to make down payments of half their apartment's value, then pay off the balance over the next 10 years.

With housing privatization gathering steam even in the heartland of socialism, isn't it strange that some U.S. congressional leaders are fighting the trend in this supposed bastion of free enterprise?