Yesterday's post prompted a couple of quick responses from regular readers. One asked me if I had noticed who applauded Senator Chingachgook's question about taking big banks to trial. I had not noticed. My correspondent alleged that they were wearing NACA logos on their shirts. That explained much.
NACA is one of the non-profit organizations that was a prime player in the DAP debacle, which cost HUD a bundle of loot due to the fact that the percentage of borrowers under that program who defaulted on their loans far exceeded the percentage of borrowers who did not participate in the program. NACA also tried to convince various legislatures to enact foreclosure moratoriums, alleging that they were aghast that mortgage servicers were handling foreclosures in-house (The horror! The horror!). Finally, NACA was also one of the pre-Occupy-This-Or-That activist organizations that staged mock foreclosures at the homes of bank executives, prompting me to suggest that the way to combat those non-legal foreclosures might be with extra-legal firepower. As usual, cooler heads prevailed.
Of course the applause came from NACAites. Liz is their kind of pol.
Another reader reminded me that Senator Magua's habit of dramatic overstatement and misdirection was highlighted by me before the CFPB was even a gleam in the eye of either Dodd or Frank. That post featured the fevered dream of then-blogger Lie-awatha that national banks who were loan servicers were trying to preempt all state foreclosure laws. I think she might have thought that what national banks wanted more than life itself was to be able to move a battalion of dozers through poor neighborhoods with impunity, crushing homes like piles of matchsticks, just because they're all evil and that's what evildoers do. I'd forgotten about that post, but my elephant-minded reader had filed it away in his mental chest of fond memories.
I'm pleased that some readers pay more attention to what I write than I do. It saves time and effort to be resupplied in a timely fashion by others when the snark train needs another shovel-full of coal to keep steam in the boiler.
Full speed ahead.