New York Times Publishes Apology for Obama’s Failed Housing Policies

New York Times Publishes Apology for Obama’s Failed Housing Policies

On the one hand, the dismal failure of the Administration’s cosmetic responses to the foreclosure mess is so evident that the New York Times is willing to acknowledge it, via a first page article titled, “Cautious Moves on Foreclosures Haunting Obama.” On the other, what the story offers is a whitewash, not an analysis.

The Times puts forward a long form apology for the Administration’s failure to face the housing crisis head on. It admittedly does start off as if it might be a hard-hitting piece:

After inheriting the worst economic downturn since the Great Depression, President Obama poured vast amounts of money into efforts to stabilize the financial system, rescue the auto industry and revive the economy.

But he tried to finesse the cleanup of the housing crash, rejecting unpopular proposals for a broad bailout of homeowners facing foreclosure in favor of a limited aid program — and a bet that a recovering economy would take care of the rest.

During his first two years in office, Mr. Obama and his advisers repeatedly affirmed this carefully calibrated strategy, leaving unspent hundreds of billions of dollars that Congress had allocated to buy mortgage loans, even as millions of people lost their homes and the economic recovery stalled somewhere between crisis and prosperity.

But even here, you can see the deck being stacked in Obama’s favor. He “inherited” the housing mess, so how much can we blame him. Bold measures were “unpopular”. Really? “Controversial” is a better word. Helping millions and boosting the housing market would have been more “popular” than letting stressed homeowners twist in the wind and the home values, and the economy, continue to stagnate.

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2 Responses to “New York Times Publishes Apology for Obama’s Failed Housing Policies”
  1. Bobbi Swann says:

    This is what the NYT calls an apology???? Really! I’ve taught my children better tactics… so where was all the mother’s of these politicians who could not seem to teach their children right from wrong??? It’s bleak and black outside of my house today and that’s not just because of the storms looming above. If only we could harness Mother Nature’s powerful storms to the areas where they would be most effective….ahhhh! but to dream!

  2. Herman Vergara says:

    It’s an outrage HSBC Bank USA hasn’t had its U.S. banking licenses revoked for money laundering.
    Bank crime shouldn’t pay.

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