Americans aren't quite as dumb as Dodd, Clinton, Obama, Schumer and Bush thought they were. And tax paying Americans who live within their means, read the fine print of contracts and have a sense of personal responsibility are OUTRAGED that our corrupt and incompetent leaders were thinking of bailing out failed flippers.
Ain't gonna happen. Mark my words. And it's because of you HP'ers, and the bubble blog community. Nice work everyone. We're ahead of this story, and we're driving opinion via the copy/pasters at the MSM now.
Is America really pro-bailout? - Politicians are sorely misreading public opinion of imperiled homeowners who bought into the bubble.
Here's one tale of sub-prime woe you may not have heard. Casey Serin, a twentysomething real estate investor in Sacramento, bought eight houses in four states with little or no money down, couldn't sell them and couldn't pay the mortgages, and so naturally began losing them to foreclosure. He then began keeping a self-pitying online diary he called Iamfacingforeclosure.com.
Serin hasn't drawn much notice from politicians or the media, but real estate bloggers have so vilified him that CNet's news.com granted him the title "world's most hated blogger." And cases like his help explain the disconnect between public opinion and bailout-happy politicians and the elite media: According to a recent Fox News poll conducted by Opinion Dynamics, there's 70% opposition to a taxpayer sub-prime bailout.
"It is amazing all the sympathy we are seeing from politicians for people who knowingly took out loans they couldn't afford, often lying on their applications to do so," commenter "srl" posted at the LA Land blog I write for the Los Angeles Times. "Usually," added "Brian," "when the facts are examined closely, we find people who . . . took a chance that house prices would keep rising, that they could remodel the kitchen, buy the truck and the motorcycle, put it on the credit card and pile that debt into the next refinance. ."
You can find thousands of similar comments on scores of "housing bubble" blogs. I asked Patrick Killelea, whose blog (patrick.net) has long predicted the current housing crisis, to quantify his readers' feelings about a bailout. "It is easy to quantify," he replied. "100% against."