With Ben Bernanke clearly running amok, my spouse and I are leaving no stone unturned in our new determination not to afford our mortgage.
After all, the Federal Reserve chairman leaves us no choice. If he and Bank of America
According to Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, Bernanke, speaking to a gathering of independent community bankers, called on "lenders to aid struggling homeowners by reducing their principal." At the same time, he apparently "endorsed a bigger role for the federal government in backing such mortgages."
It also appears that Bank of America has been secretly lobbying members of Congress for some sort of mortgage bailout. The large Charlotte-based bank is in the process of buying Countrywide
We can only wonder whether B of A will go through with its purchase, if the politicos into whose ears it's whispering tell it "nyet" regarding what effectively is a request for taxpayers' help with the acquisition. But given the nature of Congress, a reaction of that type probably isn't likely. Such a country!
However, Bernanke is apparently treading on ground already being tended to by the private sector -- and without the involvement of your dollars or mine: JPMorgan Chase
Nevertheless, the Journal again quotes a study by Goldman Sachs
But this isn't a purely bash Ben Bernanke piece. My investment takeaway is to underscore for my Foolish friends that, despite halting efforts by the likes of Lennar
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Fool contributor David Lee Smith is only kidding about not paying his mortgage. However, he's not kidding about not owning any of the companies mentioned. He welcomes your comments or questions. The Fool has a paid-in-full disclosure policy.