How housing bill helps banks, not taxpayers
- This is the complicated story of how Congress' recent $300 billion housing bill is a theft of taxpayer money. To understand how it works, you must first put yourself in the shoes of Bank of America, Countrywide Financial, or any of the many U.S. banks facing big losses on delinquent mortgages. If you are a bank, you probably make loans to people to buy homes. You give the borrower money, and the borrower gives you a signed promise to repay - a mortgage - which is secured by the house.