Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The foreclosure moratorium: In which Obama tries, at least, to do the right thing 

Reluctant as I am to admit it, fairness requires me to say that Barack Obama is taking the responsible position, or at least the less irresponsible position, on the matter of the mortgage foreclosure moratorium proposed by Congressional Democrats in their ongoing campaign to raise the cost of capital for the American economy.


By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Oct 12, 01:55:00 PM:

In all fairness I suport his quadrupling drone attacks on suspected terrorists!! Waterboarding was torture!  

By Anonymous Anonymous, at Tue Oct 12, 06:05:00 PM:

don't you mean foreclosure, not "disclosure"?  

By Blogger TigerHawk, at Tue Oct 12, 07:38:00 PM:

Uh, yeah. Thanks, anon! I guess it is obvious what I do for a living.  

By Blogger Stephen, at Tue Oct 12, 09:08:00 PM:

Just a few days ago Obama refused to sign a bill that would allow foreclosures. Who was behind using the technicality to prevent foreclosures in the first place? My guess is that the ploy backfired and that is the reason for Obama's about face. Many dems probably told Obama-Reid-Pelosi they do not need this issue just before the election. Obama doing the right thing? Ha. You can't fix stupid.  

By Anonymous Brent, at Tue Oct 12, 09:53:00 PM:


Much more to it than that, see http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2010/10/josh-rosner-could-violations-of-psa%E2%80%99s-dwarf-lehman-weekend.html for today
s comment on what is going on behind the scenes.  

By Anonymous Brent, at Tue Oct 12, 10:10:00 PM:

Or, if you don,t trust that source, you can read what Citi, the big bank, has to say about it: http://www.zerohedge.com/article/citigroup-call-implications-foreclosure-crisis-just-tip-iceberg  

By Anonymous Ignoramus, at Tue Oct 12, 10:51:00 PM:

So the robo-signers were necessary to purposefully have someone in the dark attest to things they knew nothing about -- not just because there was a shitload of papers to sign.

Thus, if I'm reading this right, a lot of mortgages that were securitized may be ineffective as a security interest in the property. All the lender has is an unsecured debt. WTF? Is this right?

If so, doesn't this apply to all such securitized mortgages ... not just those presently in default.

Someone deep in the mortgage business told me about this problem two years ago. It went over my head and/or I didn't want to believe it. So this issue was a known problem to those in the know.

So we had a recent piece of legislation that apparently was an effort to slide through a technical fix without creating general awareness. It would have required acceptance of robo-signed documents. But somehow it didn't get enacted.

But we just had the Mother of All Financial Reforms enacted to fix everything.

Meanwhile, 90% of the mortgages in America may be legally defective.

WTF? That can't be right. Can it?  

By Blogger Gary Rosen, at Wed Oct 13, 01:43:00 AM:

"Meanwhile, 90% of the mortgages in America may be legally defective."

Really?! Wow! I think I'm going to stop making the payments on mine - I wouldn't want to inadvertently do something illegal.  

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