Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Money Pit Will Suck 1 trillion Of US Taxpayer Cash

Bloomberg checked in on the state of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two once-quasi-private mortgage subsidy companies that are now almost wholly owned by taxpayers. Bloomberg found that Fannie and Freddie have already drawn down $145 billion in their unlimited line of taxpayer credit, and that their losses could ultimately be as high as $1 trillion.To put that in context, Fannie and Freddie alone may consume more than the entire TARP Wall Street bailout, which was in the neighborhood of $800 billion. Fannie and Freddie’s taxpayer-money-vaporization will likely dwarf even that of AIG, which most people still consider the most appalling bailout beneficiary of all.Just as bad, Congress isn’t even pretending that it has a plan to stop the losses at Fannie and Freddie. Reducing the Fannie and Freddie losses would mean reducing a huge housing-market subsidy–and that’s the last thing Congress wants in an election year. Also, the Fannie and Freddie losses are functioning as a back-door Wall Street bailout: Fannie and Freddie are using the taxpayer cash to buy mortgages from Wall Street, and they are paying prices so high that they’re taking a loss.It’s certainly tough to decide what SHOULD be done about Fannie and Freddie, because just disbanding them immediately would likely have a negative effect on the housing market and economy.But it doesn’t seem to much to ask to demand that Congress at least come up with a plan.

Vodpod videos no longer available.