Missing Piece in Obama Housing Plan: Arrests

Private capital won't return to the mortgage market until the government addresses the uncertainty created by the banks.

Almost everyone, from President Obama to his ideological foes in the Republican Party, wants the government out of the business of guaranteeing almost every mortgage loan made in the U.S. That's all well and good, but there is no reason to think that private investors will be willing to fund the types of mortgages people expect at rates they consider "affordable" in the absence of government guarantees. The government could help assuage investor fears by proving that it is committed to upholding the rule of law and punishing individuals who commit financial fraud.

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