It may never have crossed anyone's mind, but mortgages and helium have a great deal in common, Reuters reports.

How so? Well, both business models continue to deal with excessive government involvement and oversight, while the private market's influence is limited.

The articles explains:

"In both markets, the government wants out and wants the private sector to take over. But in both markets, the process of disentangling the government from the market is extremely difficult, because it can’t just shut down its operations and leave the market to its own devices."

But the helium industry is trying to remedy this situation. A deadline for a solution to the helium-problem is looming, and according to the article, when it's finally worked out, mortgage-minded legislators should glean a few ideas from the solution.