Krysty from Corsicana, TX asks
Instead of bailing out banks, why can't we pay off the mortgages in foreclosure so banks would still get the $$ AND people can keep their homes? If we can give away $$ to huge corporations, why can't we give it to the American people who pay for it?Well, Krysty with an extra 'y', its like this. You’re proposing a massive welfare state, which this country just isn't quite ready for, in spite of the socialist leanings of our President. Besides, how long will it be before someone like you is whining that someone down the street or around the corner got their bigger house paid for by this magical program you’re suggesting? I think it will take less than 5 minutes. Corporate welfare isn't optimal, but far more people depend on the big banks and the infrastructure they provide, than depend on the individuals staying in their over priced ill financed homes. This problem is far bigger than many people truely comprehend. Then there is this fool...
Jenn from Honolulu, Hawaii states
My husband and I work FOUR jobs to stay current on our mortgage. I was forced into an ARM and am afraid of my mortgage adjusting. No one will refinance our loan and I would need to default for loan modification. What options are available?Well Jenn, I admire your aggressive effort and willingness to work FOUR jobs, but nobody forced anyone into an ARM, most people ran head long into an ARM, as they irrationally pursued homeownership with all the trimmings. The only option that should be available is foreclosure and a market correction to more normal pricing. The American Dream, as the cliché of homeownership has become is really a privilege, not a right. Same goes for refinancing.
Alan McVickers from Hagerstown, MD, not far from our nations capitol seems to think otherwise
We pay our house on time (bought in 2007), have great FICO but can't refinance due to housing loan to value issues (economy based). What plan is there for people like us to get a lower rate without points, more cash down and no mortgage insurance?Sorry Alan, if you couldn't afford it, you shouldn't have bought it.
I appologise Alan, it was incorrect of me to assume you couldn't afford the home.
What I should have said is that a refi is simply not a right guaranteed to everyone. Yes, if you could refi along with millions of other home owners, you would have money to put into the economy, however, based on your comments for this posting, you haven't read any of my blog. If you had, you would understand that a correction, of epic proportions is absolutly necessary for our ecomomy to begin functioning normally again. Forestalling that correction only prevents a natural recovery, which at this point is our only option. We've over spent for 2 decades, our credit is maxed out. Furthermore, I think you over estimate the impact of the resulting spending if everyone were able to refi.
Then there are the people who will be most shafted by any bailout of our nations irresponsible borrowers.
Keesha from Valley, AL asks the real question, which I doubt our President will answer.
In fact, I will send an apology to the White House and post it here, if President Obama goes on national TV an answers this question or one in the same vein, in forth coming and believable manor. I'll be even more shocked if they answer my question.
Is there are way to stop holding up home ownership as a banner for the American dream? Do you have a plan to give renters the same attention and opportunities for tax credits that homeowners get?
Mr. President, I get the impression that your plans are essentially using my tax dollars against me, by using public funds to put a floor under troubled home owners. Whats in this for me, besides paying the freight on the death of my American dream?The question length was limited, or I would have added that the feeble tax credits that put forward as part of this bailout, for first time buyers are a drop in the ocean, considering current price levels.
The President didn't take any tough questions. Mostly, he appeared to take questions which allowed him to further present his favorite issues and agenda. You can read the recap here. Like a good lawyer, he didn't allow any questions to be asked which he wasn't prepared to answer. Disappointing, eventually we'll see the emperor isn't wearing any clothes.