Fed Plans To Curb Mortgage Excesses, way late but at least they may do something.
Yes the Fed should have taken more aggressive action. But the legislators should not throw stones at others – what have they done? A recent example – they want to lower the down payment required for FHA loans to 1.5%. I can’t take anyone’s opinion, of how others should have behaved seriously, when they vote for such legislation in the midst of a subprime mortgage loan crisis. What are these people thinking. Ok, everyone now says loan standards were to lax, people stopped putting 20% or even 10% down on home purchase. Ok, lets blame the Fed and then lower the down payment required for federal backed mortgages to 1.5% (from the already very low 3%). Did this crazy legislation just barely squeak by? Nope, passed the senate 93-1! Lets have the politicians explain what they have done right before they just criticize others. Their game of blaming others while doing next to nothing positive themselves is sad.
Another real voice of reason. The Mortgage Bankers Association (MBA) really expects anyone to pay any attention to their opinions. They have someone managed to create a threat to the economy so large that $90 a barrel oil is not the threat to the economy people are worried about. I think anyone that reads these opinions from the MBA and doesn’t see them as self serving statements and nothing else should be ashamed of themselves. Shouldn’t the Washington Post at least include some follow up question on why the public should listen to that organization. What was there senior vice president saying 5 years ago to ensure the economy wasn’t threatened by the reckless action of their members? We seem to have forgotten that individuals and organization should be held accountable for their actions. Quote some people that are not only concerned with their benefits without regard for what it does to everyone else. If that is not what they are doing, lets see 5 policy recommendations they have made in the last 5 years that are good for America and bad for you and your members. I don’t think the rest of us believe what is good for the MBA is good for America.
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