I respectfully wish to remind you of a campaign pledge and promise repeatedly made – to the millions of American’s who are underwater in their homes ..and have suffered elimination or severe decline in incomes. The current word is that the Democratic leadership is going to abandon the cram down legislation when Spring term returns. In states such as Michigan, the 80-105% program means nothing, because property values have declined too dramatically – leaving home values too low in ratio to mortgages to qualify.
You are a pragmatic individual – so you understand that the lenders will not negotiate in good faith to reduce principal balances unless there is a leverage point (i.e. a stick). Thus far, virtually no lender has agreed to reduce principal on any mortgage.
I’m an attorney in Metro Detroit. In November, we began a radio show, “The Financial Crisis Talk Center” on Saturday mornings (www.financialcrisistalkcenter.com). The show allows callers to call in and vent; we also include guests and our suggestions to tell people how to whether this storm. For the past 4 months, I have been telling listeners to wait – that the Homeowners Relief Act, which has your support, will pass – and then, and only then, will we be in a position to negotiate meaningful mortgage modifications outside (and if necessary, inside) the bankruptcy process.
What am I to tell them now? Yesterday, I informed them how the political process works. When it wants something – it talks about it and the media then dives into the issue for more buzz. When it wants something to go away – it stops talking about it – so the media has nothing to ask. This is precisely what you are doing with two critical issues that face Michigan and the Midwest. The first, is the Bankruptcy legislation – here you have stopped talking about it – which means you’re abandoning it – and now it is going away.
The second – on the auto front. Before you acknowledged that bankruptcy would decimate the country because – (1) people will not buy cars from a company in bankruptcy because of (a) warranty concerns, and (b) recognition that resale value will be nil; and (2) that 3 million jobs downline are at stake.
Now – the “floated” notion of a 361 Bankruptcy for GM is being talked about – and the solution to put all at ease is that the Government will back the car warranties.
What is silent – and therefore not challenged by the media – is that no one will buy a car due to the resale issue; as well as the 3 million lost jobs.
Bottom line – good people are suffering real hardship in the Midwest. Many of these people broke rank and voted for you – and believe in you. I respectfully submit, however, that you need to follow through on the support y you pledged to them – and keep in mind, from here, the support of the banks, insurance companies and credit card issuers is looking a lot like the trickle down … that doesn’t trickle.
Of course, you are welcome to call in and address these issues as a guest on our show, next Saturday at 9 AM. Our US Congressmen (Thad McCotter and Gary Peters) appear as guests on a regular basis.
Most important – please “talk about the Bankruptcy reform” and make it happen. I recognize the monumental tasks you face – but I, like most of Michigan, believe in you and believe you can make it happen if you remember the people.
PLEASE WRITE PRESIDENT OBAMA AND REQUEST THAT HE RENEW HIS PLEDGE AND SUPPORT FOR THE CRAM DOWN LEGISLATION THAT WILL HELP HOMEOWNERS UNDERWATER IN THEIR HOMES …. YOU CAN REACH HIM AT: