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Morning Bell: "I Just Lost Another Loan to Obama!"
Posted By Conn Carroll On April 10, 2009 @ 8:33 am In Ongoing Priorities | Comments Disabled
The New York Times reports  this morning: “He is not a mortgage broker. But for a time on Thursday, President Obama seemed to be playing one on television, urging Americans not to miss out on rock-bottom refinancing rates. … Seldom has the president sounded so much like the host of a late-night infomercial, stopping just shy of imploring people to call the toll-free number at the bottom of their television screens.” We don’t get to say this very often, but the New York Times is dead right. Here are some actual quotes  from the President of the United States speaking from the Roosevelt Room of the White House yesterday:
[I]f you are having problems with your mortgage, and even if you’re not and you just want to save some money, you can go to MakingHomeAffordable.gov — MakingHomeAffordable.gov — and the way the web site is designed, you can plug in your information and immediately find out whether or not you are potentially eligible for one of these — one of these mortgage refinancings.
Again, the web site is MakingHomeAffordable.gov — is that right? MakingHomeAffordable.gov — so get on the web site, find out what’s available.
So take advantage of MakingHomeAffordable.gov and that will allow you to figure out exactly how to proceed on this in a way that’s making you money, saving you money, as opposed to costing you money.
As Dana Milbank quipped: “I just lost another loan to Obama! “
Yesterday’s taxpayer-funded infomercial came just 10 days after President Obama played car salesman in the Grand Foyer of the White House  and five weeks after he played stockbroker in the Oval Office.  How did this happen? Why is the chief executive officer of the most powerful country in the world acting like a towel salesman? 
Because he has to. Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are owned by the federal governmen t. Three-quarters of the American people get their mortgages through a Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac qualified loan . Last year Freddie Mac  and Fannie Mae  lost over $100 billion combined. The federal government already loaned General Motors  and Chrysler  at least $17 billion and that total keeps going up . In 2008 GM lost $31 billion  and Chrysler lost $8 billion . Banks lost hundreds of billions of dollars last year and now the federal government owns major stakes in some of them, like the 36% stake the Obama administration purchased in Citibank. 
There is a pattern here. The federal government refuses to let market participants fail, the federal government bails them out, and then the federal government, including the President of the United States, is forced to act as a company CEO/salesman instead of faithfully executing the laws of the United States. If we ever hope to get our economy growing again, the federal government must stop picking winners and losers in the marketplace.
UPDATE: It has been brought to our attention that the real Sham Wow Guy, Vince Offer, was recently arrested on a felony battery charge. Since only meant to criticize the President for acting as an infomercial pitchman, and never intended to compare him to an accused felon, we have stolen a line from Dana Milbank’s column and changed the headline.
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URLs in this post:
 reports: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/us/politics/10memo.html?ref=todayspaper
 some actual quotes: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-After-Housing-Refinance-Roundtable/
 I just lost another loan to Obama!: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/09/AR2009040902360.html
 President Obama played car salesman in the Grand Foyer of the White House: http://www.foundry.org/2009/03/31/morning-bell-car-salesman-in-chief/
 he played stockbroker in the Oval Office.: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/first100days/2009/03/03/obama-good-time-buy-stocks/
 a towel salesman?: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QwRISkyV_B8
 Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae are owned by the federal governmen: http://www.heritage.org/Research/Economy/wm2311.cfm
 Three-quarters of the American people get their mortgages through a Fannie Mae-Freddie Mac qualified loan: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the_press_office/Remarks-by-the-President-After-Housing-Refinance-Roundtable
 Freddie Mac: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/03/11/AR2009031101068.html
 Fannie Mae: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/02/26/AR2009022603292.html
 General Motors: http://www.foundry.org/2009/02/17/gms-17-billion-wishlist/
 Chrysler: http://www.foundry.org/2009/02/17/chrysler-bailout-demands-growing-a-billion-a-month/
 keeps going up: http://www.usnews.com/blogs/risky-business/2009/4/9/gm-and-chrysler-handpick-auto-suppliers-for-bailout.html
 GM lost $31 billion: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/02/26/business/main4830422.shtml?source=RSSattr=Business_4830422
 Chrysler lost $8 billion: http://www.freep.com/article/20090218/BUSINESS01/902180325/
 like the 36% stake the Obama administration purchased in Citibank.: http://www.google.com/hostednews/afp/article/ALeqM5hAcKKN9ZNhExtb_V_V8pxODJDNfQ
 opened Iran’s first nuclear fuel production plant: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/04/09/AR2009040904220.html
 abducting, detaining and torturing opposition officials and activists: http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/10/world/africa/10zimbabwe.html?_r=1&ref=todayspaper
 an unexpected ally in White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123931821992806781.html
 trade war caused by President Obama: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB123933040646607767.html
 inflate the cost of food stamp and child nutrition programs by up to $900 million this year: http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/sns-ap-food-costs-ethanol,0,5414741.story
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