A Thought on the Bailout
According to the Times: "To help struggling homeowners, the plan requires the government to try renegotiating the bad mortgages it acquires with the aim of lowering borrowers' monthly payments so they can keep their homes."
Try? The government will try?
Let's be clearer about this. It's the government. The government could have long ago directed all lenders to renegotiate terms with struggling borrowers and the government would not have had to take over the loans to do so. Regulating credit is the government's job.
Now, the government has taken over the loans. It could forgive all of the debt if it wanted. That wouldn't be smart, but it can certainly succeed in renegotiating terms on most of this debt. It is, in effect, the lender now and if your lender wants to reduce fees and interest rates or forgive penalties, the lender can. The government has to do everything possible not to foreclose on its own taxpayers.
Try is not good enough. The government must bee expected to vigorously pursue this part of the plan.