Monday, March 9, 2009

Who Wins with the New Housing Plan?

According to the WSJ, the plan rewards vice and penalizes virtue:
President Obama continues to insist that only "responsible families" will benefit from his foreclosure prevention program. Addressing Congress last week, Mr. Obama said his plan "won't help speculators or that neighbor down the street who bought a house he could never hope to afford." Sorry, Mr. President. It's becoming increasingly obvious that your plan is going to help tens of thousands of borrowers who put the "liar" into liar loans.
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There is a moral hazard in rewarding bad decisions. But it's worse than that: The White House plan contains penalties for everyone else. The mortgage "cramdown," allowing bankruptcy judges to reduce the amount owed, can only make investors less willing to lend to future homebuyers..

1 comment:

  1. This reality really irritates this Eagle Scout. I always hated that there was truth to the saying that "Nice guys finish last." Now we have the government affirming this fact.