From the article:
The significant expansion and liberalization of FHA's loan programs is enabling Americans to go back to many of the same bad credit practices that analysts say were at the root of the housing crisis, likely feeding further waves of default and foreclosure. But this time it is the taxpayer - not the banks - who could end up holding the bag.
Whitney Tilson, manager of investment firm T2 Partners LLC and author of "More Mortgage Meltdown: 6 Ways to Profit in These Bad Times," called "cataclysmic" the surging default rates of more than 30 percent on loans insured since 2006 by the FHA. That is not far below the 40 percent rate of default and foreclosure on the notorious subprime loans that ignited the credit crisis.
"The FHA's portfolio is exploding and the taxpayer is now on the hook for 100 percent of the losses," he said.
Of course, this isn’t really a matter of short memories; it’s part and parcel of the government’s tendency to metastasize into a bloated tumor that sucks the life out of our economy. If anything deserves to go before a death panel, it’s government expansionism.