A Few Things Ill Considered

700 billion dollars in perspective

So I was just listening (a little late, I know) to Friday’s DemocracyNow, and they had a segment on the impending 700 billion dollar obscenity congress is about to roll over on.

One of the guests said he anticipates another 1 million foreclosures still to come over the next two years.

Offered as perspective, not a policy recommendation:

700 billion dollars is enough to give all 1 million defaulting mortage holders $700,000 dollars each.


  1. #1 Robert Jase
    September 29, 2008

    It would be a lot cheaper if the government simply paid off all those mortgages. I’m not saying it would be fair, just cheaper.

    But then the banks don’t profit over mortgages that are paid, they profit over the interest they bleed out of the payees. And the banks must make profits mustn’t they?

  2. #2 Mike Haubrich, FCD
    September 29, 2008

    Well, Robert, they would use that money to sell new mortgages and start the cycle over again.

  3. #3 eddie
    October 2, 2008

    I just heard on the radio that it’s now $750 billion, and that there’s an extra bailout for the Puerto Rico rum industry thrown in to… Well, to…

    What is that for?