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    Morning Bell: Why Is Congress Doubling Down on Mortgage Mess?

    The United States likes to think of itself as a model of free markets. Unfortunately, in far too many sectors of the economy the reality is that the federal government already plays a huge role. Housing is a perfect example. The two Government Sponsored Enterprises (GSE) created to help the … More

    Will FHA Save the Day?

    President Bush and some members of Congress want to dub the Federal Housing Administration as the White Knight who will rescue America from the mortgage mess. They want the agency to help homeowners refinance their subprime loans by offering to guarantee lenders it will cover the tab if the refinanced … More

    Morning Bell: Stop the Bailout Parade Before It Gets Worse

    Now that the Senate has passed its “Foreclosure Enhancement Act,” attention turns to the House, which will hold hearings on its own response to the housing “crisis.” As the Christian Science Monitor reports, “at the heart of the emerging consensus is a bigger role for the Federal Housing Administration in … More

    Sanity Returns to Housing Policy

    Building on news that the bipartisan consensus behind the Senate’s “Foreclosure Enhancement Act” is beginning “to crumble,” the White House sent a letter to Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) today outlining what they would accept in housing legislation. The letter includes many strong principles that ought to be congratulated, including: We … More