Dean Baker on Housing Finance Reform
By Arnold Kling
The policy being considered by the Obama administration, which would guarantee the mortgage-backed securities issued by mini Fannie and Freddies, is effectively handing taxpayer dollars to the intermediaries in the housing finance process. That’s a good policy if the point is to give taxpayer money to financial intermediaries; it makes zero sense as housing policy.
I welcome his membership in the “just say no” club.