Below you can read Dave Ramsey’s Common Sense Fix for the Financial Crisis. Mr. Ramsey is a Nationally Syndicated Radio Show Host & Fox Business Channel Host. Watch his show at 8 PM (EST) on the Fox Business Channel (Not the FOX NEWS CHANNEL). The Bailout will be the topic of discussion tonight.
I like some of Ramsey’s suggestions, however, I’d preface any plan for resolution with the prior passsage of the Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac reform measures of 2004. Before we start to clean up this mess, we should make sure it won’t happen again. Before you start to bail out the boat, you should plug the hole and stop the water from coming in.
I’m urging everyone to add the following to Mr Ramsey’s “fix”:
1) Suspend the operation of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) the Act that fostered the development of the NINJA and LIAR Loans.No more NINJA or LIAR Loans.
2). Remove the Boston Federal Reserve Manual from use. Reverse the changes made in mortgage underwriting standards by this Manual. This is the manual that was used to coerce Banks into making the worst of the sub-prime loans.
3). Implement the proposed 2003-2004 Accounting and Oversight Provisions for Fannie & Freddie that were blocked. Are there Congresspeople who would stand up today and say – “There is no problem with Fannie or Freddie” ?
These suggestions do not require an outlay of taxpayor cash.
Lets correct the problem before we try to clean up the mess.
DAVE RAMSEYS COMMON SENSE FIX
Years of bad decisions and stupid mistakes have created an economic nightmare in this country, but $700 billion in new debt is not the answer.
As a tax-paying American citizen, I will not support any congressperson who votes to implement such a policy. Instead, I submit the following three steps:
Common Sense Plan.
A. Insure the subprime bonds/mortgages with an underlying FHA-type insurance. Government-insured and backed loans would have an instant market all over the world, creating immediate and needed liquidity.
B. In order for a company to accept the government-backed insurance, they must do two things:
1. Rewrite any mortgage that is more than three months delinquent to a 6% fixed-rate mortgage.
a. Roll all back payments with no late fees or legal costs into the balance. This brings homeowners current and allows them a chance to keep their homes.
b. Cancel all prepayment penalties to encourage refinancing or the sale of the property to pay off the bad loan. In the event of foreclosure or short sale, the borrower will not be held liable for any deficit balance. FHA does this now, and that encourages mortgage companies to go the extra mile while working with the borrower—again limiting foreclosures and ruined lives.
2. Cancel ALL golden parachutes of EXISTING and FUTURE CEOs and executive team members as long as the company holds these government-insured bonds/mortgages. This keeps underperforming executives from being paid when they don’t do their jobs.
C. This backstop will cost less than $50 billion—a small fraction of the current proposal.
II. MARK TO MARKET
A. Remove mark to market accounting rules for two years on only subprime Tier III bonds/mortgages. This keeps companies from being forced to artificially mark down bonds/mortgages below the value of the underlying mortgages and real estate.
B. This move creates patience in the market and has an immediate stabilizing effect on failing and ailing banks—and it costs the taxpayer nothing.
III. CAPITAL GAINS TAX
A. Remove the capital gains tax completely. Investors will flood the real estate and stock market in search of tax-free profits, creating tremendous—and immediate—liquidity in the markets. Again, this costs the taxpayer nothing.
B. This move will be seen as a lightning rod politically because many will say it is helping the rich. The truth is the rich will benefit, but it will be their money that stimulates the economy.
This will enable all Americans to have more stable jobs and retirement investments that go up instead of down.
This is not a time for envy, and it’s not a time for politics. It’s time for all of us, as Americans, to stand up, speak out, and fix this mess.
Read Ramsey’s Article Here: http://www.daveramsey.com/etc/fed_bailout/3_steps_to_change_the_nations_future_10928.htmlc?ictid=sptlt
WATCH THE ACTUAL COMMITTEE TESTIMONY – HOW THE REFORM REGULATION OF FANNIE AND FREDDIE WAS BLOCKED
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