No Taxpayer Dollars

From the WSJ:

Paulson Dismisses Mortgage Rescue Plans
Bernanke Keeps Door Open to Rate Cuts To Boost Economy
February 28, 2008; Page A1

The Bush administration is hardening its opposition to the chorus of Democrats, bankers, economists and consumer advocates calling for a big-money government rescue program for struggling homeowners.

In an interview yesterday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson branded many of the aid proposals circulating in Washington as “bailouts” for reckless lenders, investors and speculators, rather than measures that would provide meaningful relief to deserving, but cash-strapped, mortgage borrowers.

Mr. Paulson’s comments came amid signs that the nation’s housing market is getting worse, not better. Indeed, at a House hearing yesterday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke kept the door open to further interest-rate cuts to boost the economy, even as he warned that inflation pressures have intensified in recent weeks.

President Bush and other administration officials have voiced skepticism before about a major government effort to ease the burden of the nation’s housing slump. But Mr. Paulson’s comments are the most explicit to date in laying out the administration’s opposition to the recent spate of rescue plans.

Mr. Paulson, citing estimates that as many as two million Americans could lose their homes to foreclosure this year, predicted that the administration’s market-based approach will be enough to keep the situation under control. Its centerpiece is a plan that encourages the mortgage industry to voluntarily ease up on certain borrowers.

“I don’t think I’ve seen any scenario where the American taxpayer needs to be stepping in with more taxpayer dollars,” Mr. Paulson told The Wall Street Journal.

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4 Responses to No Taxpayer Dollars

  1. BC Bob says:

    “In an interview yesterday, Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson branded many of the aid proposals circulating in Washington as “bailouts” for reckless lenders,”

    Hank, you da man!!

  2. skep-tic says:

    finally someone said it

  3. lisoosh says:

    Can’t believe I actually support a member of this administration in something. Why wasn’t Paulson running things 7 years ago?

  4. MikeH says:

    I search the internet and can’t find the heartbreaking stories about families that face foreclosure. Most stories are about people whose dreams of quick wealth didn’t work out, people who aren’t stressed about walking away from their home, or people looking to buy properties at a discount.

    I haven’t read a news article yet that left me with an impression other than these people were greedy and know they borrowed way more than they could ever had paid back.

    When people post on this blog that this is the first thing time they have agreed with Bush in 8 years, you have to wonder who these members of Congress think they are helping.

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