When I first watched commodities traders at Chicago’s CME denounce President Obama’s Homeowner Affordability & Stability Plan, I was on board with the traders. “How dare anyone ask that I help pay off my neighbor’s mortgage? If they bit off more than they could chew, that’s their fault!” But I began to have second thoughts . . .
. . . whose misdeeds in this crisis are worse? How are the mistakes of individual home buyers morally or financially worse than similar miscalculations by these very commodities traders or by Lehman Brothers, GM, Chrysler or Citigroup? These companies and professionals are also losers, aren’t they? They arguably took risks that they should never have taken, in many cases totally abdicating their professional duties of care and due diligence, going deep into debt to buy stuff they did not understand and could not afford. Continue reading