Contradicting thyself on Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

As previous noted, Paul Krugman of the New York Times tried wishing away Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s problems by pinning the housing crisis on sub-prime. Now the guy is contradicting himself, while claiming more informed statements are non-contradictory.

Krugman said…

Fannie and Freddie had nothing to do with the explosion of high-risk lending a few years ago, an explosion that dwarfed the S.& L. fiasco.

And the better informed laughed…

Fannie and Freddie had about as much to with the “explosion of high-risk lending” as they could get away with.

Considering the GSEs touch almost half of the mortgages in America, it’s quite improbable for them not to have at least minor complicity. Nonetheless, Krugman is again explaining away…this time the glaring difference of opinion – it’s not contradictory!

Well, at least he got the S&L bit right. But I wonder who he’s going to be covering for when the liar-leveraged McMansions start falling.

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