Skip to comments.No Hope or Change When it Comes to Fannie Mae
Posted on 08/21/2011 9:31:49 AM PDT by The Pack Knight
The Washington Post is reporting that President Obama has assigned his staff with the task of designing a new set of government guarantees behind the U.S. mortgage market. Although as the Post also reports the approach could even preserve Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Thats correct. Despite their role in driving the housing bubble and the already $160 billion in taxpayer losses, President Obama appears to be considering just putting the same failed system in place. Of course, well be promised that it will all work better this time.
Perhaps most offensive is that the Post reports that Obama officials dont want to punish the thousands of Fannie and Freddie employees who have specialized knowledge about the mortgage market. Seriously? What about the many blameless employees of AIG, Lehman Brothers, or Bear Stearns? Or New Century for that matter. Did the janitors and receptionists at those firms really cause the crisis? The truth is that the employees of Fannie and Freddie have been lining their pockets at the expense of the taxpayer for years. What the Administration is really saying is that they wouldnt want all the political operatives at these favored firms to lose their perks. After all, Obama officials will need somewhere to land after 2012 and Goldman Sachs has only so many slots.
Whats most depressing is that you cant say Obama hasnt been given the facts. As the Post makes clear, his economic advisers spelled out the case against massive subsidies for the mortgage market. Austan Goolsbee, chair of Obamas Council of Economic Advisers, points out: by subsidizing mortgage investments, the government drives capital away from other types of investments. If Obama truly wants to help the middle and working class, then hed want capital to flow into investments that increase labor productivity, which is the ultimate source of wage growth. Running up asset prices, like houses, does not make us wealthier in the long run.
But then what should I expect. The President has already entered campaign mode. It would be nice to see the economics win over the politics. But it looks like such a thing will have to wait for another administration.
So has Hussein. Perhaps that's why they keep getting away with it, huh.
The Rape of America by those in control of government, banking and global business interests continues, and will continue until _________ ?