The government has bailed out Wall Street firms, giant banks, creditors of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac – and is trying to bail out people who’ve defaulted or are about to default on their mortgages. But let’s say you’re part of a hardworking family that has done nothing wrong except buy a home when the housing bubble was at its peak a few years ago. Your mortgage is now way underwater, but you’re still making payments because you want to stay in your home – and you’re honorable. You’re paying for everyone else’s bailout, but because you have no equity in your house, you can’t refinance to take advantage of the ultra-low mortgage rates that Uncle Sam’s bailout strategy has produced. To use the technical term, you’re being screwed.
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