At CNBC’s Website, Reuters reports, “Delinquent Homeowners to Get Mortgage Aid from Government.” Of course as even Reuters notes in the body of the article, read “taxpayers” in the last sentence of that headline:
“We are very definitely trying to facilitate more principal reductions,” said Timothy Massad, Treasury’s acting assistant secretary for financial stability. “It is a very important piece of the overall solution,” he said.
The administration is trying through taxpayer-funded programs to prevent homeowners from losing their homes. Nearly $50 billion has been set aside from the $700 billion bank bailout known as the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or TARP, to help distressed homeowners.
Persistently high unemployment and a weak housing market pose a threat to President Obama’s re-election prospects next year. [You don’t say — Ed]
So far, one of the programs has helped some 670,000 distressed homeowners win lower mortgage payments. But that has done very little to help the overall housing market, which remains depressed even as other parts of the economy have started to recover.
Which brings to mind this placard from February of 2009, at one of the very first tea parties:
Not to mention how we got here in the first place: