As I have reported here on LoanWorkout.org many times before, the FDIC’s Chairwoman, Sheila Bair, seems to be the only ”caring soul” in Washington that seems to have a true “grasp” of the mortgage and housing realities (nightmares) here on Main Street. 

Over the past year I have reported and complained that these bailouts, bills and so called initiatives have done little if anything to “truly” assist struggling homeowners. It is painfully obvious that from the $700 billion tax payer bogus bailout to the $25 billion government gift to Bear Stearns, Wall Street continues to get golden parachutes and carrots and all the while, American consumers are up foreclosure creek without a paddle.

Shelia Bair confirms in the Wall Street Journal today, what I have been writing about on LoanWorkout.org and on LoanSafe.org for more than a year. Our government is failing to protect homeowners who are holding toxic mortgages. Yet, they protect the banks with toxic assets via the T.A.R.P. program ($700 billion) and what amazes me is that these are the same toxic assets or excuse me “toxic liabilites” that are causing issues for consumers who are dying from these incerdibly “defective” credit instruments on Main Street. Also known as their homes and loans:

Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair on Wednesday criticized the federal government for failing to take more aggressive steps to prevent Americans from losing their homes, highlighting a rift between her and other senior U.S. officials over terms of the $700 billion rescue package.

The government plan will help stabilize financial markets but it doesn’t do enough to address home foreclosures, the root of the crisis, she said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal.

“Why there’s been such a political focus on making sure we’re not unduly helping borrowers but then we’re providing all this massive assistance at the institutional level, I don’t understand it,” she said. “It’s been a frustration for me.”

 

What is it that Sheila Bair gets and others in Washington don’t?

 

Maybe it is the fact that her agency, the FDIC, is a consumer protection agency and that Ms. Bair is going to do just that. Protect the people and not the banks.

 

Maybe it is because she truly “cares” about her job and the people of this great country and maybe Ms. Bair feels it is her duty to pull the wool from the media’s and the public’s eyes to show them the reality of what our federal government has done and is doing to protect Main Street.

 

A WHOLE lot of NOTHING!

 

More great comments that are going unheard in Washington form the woman who should be in charge of the mortgage and housing crisis on Main Street and should be our next US Treasury Secretary:

“I support all the measures; I’ve been a part of all the measures that have been taken,” she said. “But we’re attacking it at the institution level as opposed to the borrower level, and it’s the borrowers defaulting. That is what’s causing the distress at the institution level. So why not tackle the borrower problem?”

Read more FDIC and Sheila Bair Exclusives here on LoanWorkout.org

We are going on more than a year of warnings from the FDIC to step up pressure on loan modification efforts by servicers and now they are warning of more bank failures to come. Today in the New York Times, it was reported that the FDIC may need to borrow money themselves to insure the potential of trillions of dollars in losses for US banking customers.

October 1, 2007FDIC Chairman Wants Lenders to Fix These Loans Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair called for payments on most subprime mortgages to be fixed at current levels.

Lenders should extend “teaser” rates on all subprime adjustable-rate mortgages if the borrowers haven’t missed any payments and they live in the homes, Bair said today in New York. Modifying loans on a case-by-case basis and fixing rates for limited periods won’t avert enough foreclosures, she said.

November 9, 2007Adopt a Wholesale Approach to Loan Modifications or We Will Make You – Sheila Bair, chairman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, said “There was a gathering of political momentum for a more ­radical approach than the investment and home loans industries had so far countenanced.”

December 6, 2007Statement of Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Accelerating Loan Modifications – Critics of the proposal to restructure loans to the starter rate as described above argue that such an approach is untested and cannot be implemented on a broad basis. However, the FDIC is aware of servicers that have already begun to use a similar approach with borrowers. Those servicers are reporting that the approach is feasible and significantly reduces the cost of restructuring and its complexity.

Some loan servicers and investors have said that the approach cannot be applied consistent with PSAs because the duty to maximize NPV requires servicers to review loan by loan to set a new payment between the starter and reset rate. As I will explain below, this argument fails to consider that a loan-by-loan approach, given the current and anticipated rate of resets, will prevent maximization of NPV for the pool as a whole due to inherently limited servicer resources.

February 1, 2008FDIC: Subprime Modifications ‘Lagging’ – The pace of loan modifications on adjustable subprime mortgages is lagging, which could prompt regulatory action on the mortgage industry, U.S. Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Chairman Sheila Bair warned Thursday.

“Unfortunately, at this point, the available information seems to show that foreclosures continue at an unacceptably high level while true loan modifications are lagging,” Bair said in prepared testimony to the Senate Banking. “It is important that servicers demonstrate and document real progress soon or they invite regulatory and legislative action to supplement the industry’s actions.”

April 8, 2008 FDIC Chief Calls for a Housing Rescue – Q.Why does the foreclosure problem warrant government intervention? Sheila Bair A.- I am increasingly concerned about the foreclosure rate and the potential for a downward spiral, where we have too much inventory, additional foreclosures adding to inventory, which forces home prices down, meaning fewer people can refinance—leading to more foreclosures and more downward pressure on home prices. If this downward spiral takes hold, there could be much broader ramifications for the economy as a whole. So I think we need to come to grips with the need for government intervention. It’s not politically popular. We just need to be honest with people that we have a significant problem here and that additional measures are going to have to be taken. And yes, it may cost money.

August 27, 2008Agency’s Head Says Banking’s Crisis to Worsen – More than a year after the credit crisis first flared, Ms. Bair, the chairwoman of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation, warned on Tuesday that the outlook for the ailing banking industry was bad — and getting worse.

The swelling tide of toxic home loans is proving to be even more worrisome than initially feared, Ms. Bair said. She is struggling to clean up the mess and forestall home foreclosures with a plan to ease loan terms for hard-pressed homeowners.

“It is going to be slog to work though this, but there is no easy way to do it,” Ms. Bair said about her plan during an interview in her office here. “We haven’t seen the trough of the credit cycle yet.”

Statement of Sheila C. Bair Chairman FDIC on A Review of Foreclosure Mitigation Efforts

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Should the FDIC & Sheila Bair be in Charge of Cleaning Up the Toxic Mortgage Crisis?

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Remarks by FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair on the IndyMac Loan Modification Announcement

Good afternoon, thank you for taking the time to participate in this conference call. I would recognize John Bovenzi with IndyMac Federal, who is also on the line, and thank him for his contributions to today’s important announcement. John will provide brief remarks following mine. I am pleased today to announce the implementation of a systematic […]

Loan Modification Program for Distressed Indymac Mortgage Loans

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FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair’s Statement on the Federal Reserve Board’s Final Rule for Home Mortgage Loans

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 14, 2008

Media Contact: Andrew Gray (202) 898-7192 angray@fdic.gov

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation Chairman Sheila C. Bair today issued the following statement on the Federal Reserve Board’s approval of a final rule for home mortgage loans. “I applaud the Federal Reserve Board’s decision today to issue final, strengthened rules under HOEPA that will correct many […]

FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair Issues Statement on IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB, Conservatorship

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 13, 2008

Media Contact: In Washington: Andrew Gray (202) 898-7192, Cell: 202-494-1049 angray@fdic.gov

  FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair, today issued the following statement about IndyMac Federal Bank, FSB, the conservatorship created by the FDIC to continue to provide banking services in communities served by the former IndyMac Bank, F.S.B.

Paulson on US Housing Market Before the FDIC on Mortgage Lending

Remarks by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. on U.S. Housing Market before FDIC’s Forum on Mortgage Lending to Low and Moderate Income Households

Washington, DC–Good afternoon. Thank you Chairman Bair for convening this forum, and thanks to all of you for your interest in encouraging responsible lending to low and moderate income households.

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FDIC Chief Calls for a Housing Rescue

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Remarks by FDIC Chairman Sheila C. Bair to the Joint Venture Silicon Valley Network State of the Valley Conference, San Jose, Calif.

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FDIC: Subprime Modifications ‘Lagging’

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Statement of Sheila C. Bair, Chairman, Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation on Accelerating Loan Modifications

Improving Foreclosure Prevention and Enhancing Enforcement before the Financial Services Committee; U.S. House Of Representatives; 2128 Rayburn House Office Building December 6, 2007 Conclusion of Statement Poor underwriting and abuses in the subprime mortgage market are having a significant negative impact on the housing markets and the U.S. economy. In the coming months, large numbers of subprime adjustable […]

Statement by Secretary Henry M. Paulson, Jr. at Press Conference to Announce Framework to Help Preserve Communities by Preventing Foreclosure

December 6, 2007 HP-716 Washington, DC – Good afternoon. Thank you, Secretary Jackson, Chairman Bair, Comptroller Dugan, Governor Kroszner, Director Lockhart, Director Reich and representatives from the American Securitization Forum, HOPE NOW, the Mortgage Bankers Association and the Housing Policy Council for your creativity and flexibility during these recent months. We have worked through an evolving process […]

A broad approach would “significantly disrupt the reasonable expectation of investors”

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FDIC’s Sheila Bair, Diana Olick & Moe’s Response to Their Views on Loan Modifications

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Adopt a Wholesale Approach to Loan Modifications or We Will Make You

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FDIC Chairman Wants Lenders to Fix These Loans

There seems to be a lot of news coming out of Washington and its good news for homeowners. But so far these pleas have fallen on deaf ears. Lenders seem to be hearing these cries to assist borrowers but from the looks of things, they aren’t listening. Read the Full Bloomberg.com article here.