Tough Love From President Bush

Sometimes the toughest thing about freedom is recognizing you're also free to screw up: To make mistakes, to not read mortgage fine print or to understand that "adjustable" rates can also adjust "up."

In a free society, you're free not to learn these things.

Free to assume that when you make the biggest purchase in your life, you don't have to do the most amount of research on that purchase, in your life.

You are free to study everything or study nothing.

You are free to be duped.

It's not fair. It's not right.

I think the president in his discussions with me today cut to the core of the problem in some mortgages today.

Some didn't know what they were getting into.

Some buyers didn't read.

Some lenders didn't care.

Some stories didn't end well.

Now, some presidential candidates say, "make the government make them well."

Help them out. Bail them out.

But the president today, offering me a not so politically correct answer: no.

No bailouts.

No games.

No money for the very same folks who some say created the mess in the first place.

Force them to be transparent, yes.

Force them to write in English, yes.

Force them to do every thing possible to help borrowers, before dumping them on Uncle Sam, yes.

But you don't correct a problem throwing more money at the problem.

I think what the president was saying is that, in the end, it's up to us to know when we're getting in deep and not assume the government will rescue us when we do.

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