Friday, July 10, 2009

And you are just now figuring this out...

In the "ya think?" category - this brilliance from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Oversight and Government Reform:
Washington must reexamine its politically expedient but irresponsible approach to encouraging higher levels of homeownership based on imprudently small down payments and too little emphasis on borrowers’ creditworthiness and ability to repay their loans. Without such a return to fiscal discipline and responsibility, we will continue making the same mistakes that led us to the current financial crisis.
The gist of this report is that the creation of Freddie and Fannie created a non-sustainable bubble. Social engineering that attempts to lift people up by providing them benefits that they AND the society cannot afford inevitably leads to disaster. The report titled: "The Role of Government Affordable Housing Policy in Creating the Global Financial Crisis of 2008," is available at the link. Have some airsick bags nearby.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Freddie and Fannie are still going and we are continuing to make the same mistake. No one is changing a thing so F&F will continue to use the same "politically expedient but irresponsible approach." It is hard to clean up flood waters while the flood is still occurring. The concept of fiscal discipline is totally absent from Washington. This IS NOT what the founding fathers had in mind as government's role in this country.