Friday, October 9, 2009

Quote Of The Day: Frankly Stupid

Courtesy of Calculated Risk:

“I don’t think it’s a bad thing that the bad loans occurred. It was an effort to keep prices from falling too fast. That’s a policy.”

Barney Frank, chairman of the House Financial Services Committee on recent FHA lending.

I wonder if, as the words came out of his mouth, Mr. Frank thought, "I can't believe I'm saying this." So, bad loans are fine so long as they're made in an attempt to manipulate the market for the benefit of the U.S. taxpayer...who will be saddled with repaying those debts once they blow up. Apparently, we shouldn't concern ourselves with the wisdom of government action so long as they mean well.

Here are some other policies.

  • Barney Frank, Congress, and the FHA do not know the "right" level for home prices, so they should stop trying to manipulate the housing market.
  • Do unto others before they wise up and vote you out of office.
  • Don't rob Peter to loan the money to Paul for a new home. Paul is broke. He needs to move back in with Mom and rebuild his savings.
  • Speak softly and...actually just stop speaking.

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