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Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending

September 30, 2008

Interesting New York Times article from back in 1999:

Fannie Mae Eases Credit To Aid Mortgage Lending

Fannie Mae, the nation’s biggest underwriter of home mortgages, has been under increasing pressure from the Clinton Administration to expand mortgage loans among low and moderate income people and felt pressure from stock holders to maintain its phenomenal growth in profits.

In moving, even tentatively, into this new area of lending, Fannie Mae is taking on significantly more risk, which may not pose any difficulties during flush economic times. But the government-subsidized corporation may run into trouble in an economic downturn, prompting a government rescue similar to that of the savings and loan industry in the 1980’s.

”From the perspective of many people, including me, this is another thrift industry growing up around us,” said Peter Wallison a resident fellow at the American Enterprise Institute. ”If they fail, the government will have to step up and bail them out the way it stepped up and bailed out the thrift industry.”

But remember folks….  everything that is happening is the sole responsibility of Bush and his ‘Failed Economic Policies’™.  There can be no other reason.

One Comment
  1. sandysays1 permalink

    Put Dodd, Frank, Pelosi, Bush, McCain, Obama, and the rest in a toilet and you won’t be able to separate them from the turds. They all stink. If you want the whole list of how every Rep voted on the bailout check my site.

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