Midnight Links 11-18(19?)
Rep. DeFazio calls for Geithner and Summers to be fired (YouTube) Geithner has done many other things wrong besides paying out 100% to AIG’s counterparties. Slamming banks together to avoid resolving their balance sheets was another big one. As for Summers, I still don’t understand why he’s so revered at the top of Democratic policy circles. His prior support of the CFMA and Gramm, Leach, Bliley — two of the biggest regulatory blunders of our time — should be enough to disqualify him from his current post.
FHA-backed lending is a train wreck says Toll (Gittelsohn, Bloomberg) Maybe a reader can correct me, but I’m guessing Toll Brothers, because it’s a higher-end builder, doesn’t rely much on FHA-backed lending to move its inventory. Still, it’s interesting that a homebuilder would criticize the government for providing too loose credit. Homebuilders wouldn’t have much of a business without it.
Jobless benefits to end for 1 million in January (Eckholm, NYT)
Audit the Fed effort under threat in House (Grim, HuffPo)
Cash for caulkers (Leonhardt, NYT)
California faces new $21 billion budget hole (Goldmacher, LA Times) CA lawmakers have more tough decisions to make…
On the shoreline (Boston Globe) The latest from the Globe’s Big Picture blog.
Students unhappy with big tuition hike at UCLA. Education is expensive and CA’s public university students have benefited from state subsidies for years. With CA’s budget in tatters, the free ride is over…