Thursday, September 25, 2008

Blame Where the Blame Belongs

As far back as 2003, the Bush Administration pushed to tougher regulations over Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. At least, if the New York Times can be believed.

Money Qs:

The Bush administration today recommended the most significant regulatory overhaul in the housing finance industry since the savings and loan crisis a decade ago.
Under the plan, disclosed at a Congressional hearing today, a new agency would be created within the Treasury Department to assume supervision of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the government-sponsored companies that are the two largest players in the mortgage lending industry.

The new agency would have the authority, which now rests with Congress, to set one of the two capital-reserve requirements for the companies. It would exercise authority over any new lines of business. And it would determine whether the two are adequately managing the risks of their ballooning portfolios.
The plan is an acknowledgment by the administration that oversight of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- which together have issued more than $1.5 trillion in outstanding debt -- is broken. A report by outside investigators in July concluded that Freddie Mac manipulated its accounting to mislead investors, and critics have said Fannie Mae does not adequately hedge against rising interest rates. ...

The proposal is the opening act in one of the biggest and most significant lobbying battles of the Congressional session. ...

''The current regulator does not have the tools, or the mandate, to adequately regulate these enterprises,'' Mr. Oxley said at the hearing. ''We have seen in recent months that mismanagement and questionable accounting practices went largely unnoticed by the Office of Federal Housing Enterprise Oversight,'' the independent agency that now regulates the companies. ...

Significant details must still be worked out before Congress can approve a bill. Among the groups denouncing the proposal today were the National Association of Home Builders and Congressional Democrats who fear that tighter regulation of the companies could sharply reduce their commitment to financing low-income and affordable housing."

(Then the financial sage from the great state of Massachusetts weighed in)

''These two entities -- Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac -- are not facing any kind of financial crisis,'' said Representative Barney Frank of Massachusetts, the ranking Democrat on the Financial Services Committee. ''The more people exaggerate these problems, the more pressure there is on these companies, the less we will see in terms of affordable housing."

It was mostly the Democrats like Frank concerned about "low-income families" not being able to "buy" houses they couldn't afford that got us into this mess. Without Fannie Mae and Freddy Mac's willingness to buy up these bundled bad mortgages the greedheads would have had no one to whom to sell them.

4 Comments:

Blogger David Diano said...

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September 25, 2008 at 8:56 AM 
Anonymous r said...

Ha! Tough for the Liars to spin this as “Bush’s fault”. But that hasn’t stopped them from trying, eh DDD.

And, what, a white guy can’t even have a black in an ad now without being a racist?
See how kooky the racial apologist Liberal Obama supporters are! Lol…

September 25, 2008 at 11:31 AM 
Anonymous r said...

“Liberalism killed the mortgage.” ~Me

September 25, 2008 at 12:29 PM 
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September 25, 2008 at 7:48 PM 

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