At least you know where the Tea Party stands. If it’s a government program, they want to end it.
The Democrats are murkier. They propose tepid solutions to serious problems like the foreclosure crisis, then when their programs don’t work it, ends up reinforcing the Tea Party’s arguments that government doesn’t work.
So the Tea Party-driven Republicans come along and want to whack the Obama administration’s failed foreclosure prevention scheme known as the Home Affordable Modification program. They would probably want to whack it even if it was working, but that’s another subject.
The Tea Party doesn’t offer anything in its place. Homeowners are pretty much on their own at the mercy of the banks.
So much for the American Dream.
Many people have pointed out that the HAMP program is something between an abject failure and a scam that rips off already beleaguered homeowners.
The Obama administration doesn’t offer so much of an argument in its defense as a hapless shrug. In this video, Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner acknowledges that the foreclosure prevention program amounts to a “tragic, terrible mess.”
But hey, the administration says, it’s better than nothing.
Meanwhile, the foreclosures continue while authorities investigate massive fraud by the banks in the foreclosure process.
This is not a debate calculated to offer much confidence that our public officials can deal effectively with the problems that afflict those of us who live in the reality-based community.
I was reflecting on this tawdry spectacle while reading about the latest developments in the latest “too big to fail” bank bailout to strike at U.S. taxpayers – this one in Kabul, Afghanistan. My colleague Harvey Rosenfield warned about this brewing fiasco several weeks ago.
Apparently the wildly corrupt officials and their cronies used the bank as their private piggy bank, and the bank’s imminent collapse is now a greater threat to Afghanistan’s security than the Taliban.
As recently as last September, officials were offering assurances that U.S. taxpayers would not have to pay for a bailout. Now apparently if we don’t cough up $1 billion the war and the country will be lost and all the previous billions we’ve squandered there will have been wasted.
So we can’t afford a dime to help homeowners in this country but we must spend $1 billion to bail out the Afghans.
I don’t expect the Democrats to put up much of a fight against such an outrage.
I hope the Tea Party stands strong on this one.