Wednesday, October 27, 2010
The Foreclosure Uh-Oh
Holman Jenkins on the home foreclosure narrative fandango
You can't understand the latest mortgage mess without understanding the powerful appetite to cast borrowers as victims and banks as villains in the housing bubble. This tendency is present in claims that minorities have been especially victimized, that people were sold loans they didn't understand.
The battle of the narratives is reaching its climax in the robo-signer controversy, with lawyers seizing upon technicalities to let people go on living in homes they've stopped paying for.