The official said Bush will direct Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson and Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson to work on an initiative to help troubled mortgage holders get services and products they need to keep them from defaulting on their loans. The official spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss details of the initiatives ahead of the presidential event.
Bush also planned to:
• Urge Congress to pass Federal Housing Administration overhaul legislation that would give the FHA more flexibility in assisting mortgage holders with subprime mortgages.
• Pledge to work with Congress to reform the tax code to help troubled borrowers rework their loans.
• Call for rigorously enforcing predatory lending laws and strengthening lending practices.
Why is anyone going to bother getting and keeping anything on their own when they will surely soon see a government program to "help" them get or keep it?