Housing needs restoration of new credit

Commentary: Real fix rests with Fannie and Freddie

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Despite a continuing decline in the 10-year T-note to the 4.2s, mortgage rates are stuck near 6.25 percent. That extraordinary spread is due in part to the poisonous status of mortgages; the rest is an aspect of leadership failure in this credit crisis.

In times of plague, wagons and carts each day clattered through cities and towns, the draymen calling, “Bring out your dead!” So it is on Wall Street today. You would think by now that surprise would have faded at the number and identity of new shrouds, contagion perfectly obvious.