Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Proposals for Taxpayer Bailout of Banks

I was reading this article in The Wall Street Journal Online Edition titled Worried Bankers Seek to Shift Risk to Uncle Sam about proposals being shopped around DC to move defaulted subprime loans to FHA. According to the article:

The banking industry, struggling to contain the fallout from the mortgage debacle, is urgently shopping proposals to Congress and the Bush administration that could shift some of the risk for troubled loans to the federal government.

One proposal, advanced by officials at Credit Suisse Group, would expand the scope of loans guaranteed by the Federal Housing Administration. The proposal would let the FHA guarantee mortgage refinancings by some delinquent borrowers.

This will almost certainly lead to a taxpayer bailout in my opinion. I have been writing about this for months and the fact that it is being considered in DC is truly troubling. Congress has been warned about the consequences of this in 2006 testimony before the Committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. You can read that testimony here. If you would like my article on this issue you can find it here. The ideas discussed in the WSJ article referenced above go beyond what I wrote about back in December.

If you object to taxpayers bailing out the banking industry, again, I urge you to write to your congressional representatives.

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1 comment:

Runa said...

People should read this.