The first three months of 2009 in Fort Myers and Cape Coral, Florida seemed pretty normal, if your idea of normal is a horrible economy, excessive foreclosure filings and outrageous jobless numbers. Let's talk about the 24% increase in foreclosures in Lee County. This number will continue to rise until our elected officials do something about it. The housing bill would be a great start if the politicians would stop playing politics with the bill. During this time of crisis, the politicians are still debating the best way to handle this crisis. The House of Representatives passed a bill on March 1, 2209, and our Senators are, well, thinking about it. It seems to me that the housing issue would be important enough for our Senators to push this issue just a little.
The President's Housing Bill is about to be destroyed in the Senate. The most important provision is about to be deleted because it is not in the best interests of the banks. Shockingly, the Housing Bill is about to become a spending bill. This housing bill contained a provision which would allow bankruptcy judges to strip down first mortgages on personal residences. Out of all the noise contained with this bill, the one group of individual who should be complaining is the Bankruptcy Judges in Florida, Nevada, California, Ohio, and the other states where foreclosures are through the roof.