Opinion

You expect the same people who created the mess to fix it?

Roger Gay’s letter to the editor (“Forget the politics, just fix the problems,” May 15) sounds like the sort of conversation I used to have with my children — up until they reached the age of 6 or 7 and could apply a modicum of reason to their arguments.

Mr. Gay, understandably distraught because his wife lost her nursing job when Harrison Medical Center closed its Behavioral Health Unit, demands that government do something to relieve his economic distress, while blaming partisan politics for the fact that nothing has been done to fix things yet.

In fact, government on all levels has done plenty. And that’s precisely the problem.

If the economy is in the tank, as Mr. Gay suggests, it isn’t because of too little government intervention.

Just the opposite, in fact.

For decades, pandering politicians urged lenders to ignore the fundamental question of whether their customers could actually repay their bloated mortgage loans and threatened those who insisted on observing sound procedures with stiff penalties if a certain percentage of their loan business wasn’t risky, low-income borrowers.

And now we’re shocked that all those loans defaulted and it created a bust in the housing market for which we’re all paying.

Seems to me we’re in this mess because of politicians ignoring basic economics to score cheap points with their constituents.

In that sense, it might be fair to demand they fix the mess they created. But only a fool would believe they actually could.

J.M. Mezzanotte is a Port Orchard resident

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