A presidential deficit commission has already proposed reducing the mortgage interest deduction, something homeowners have taken advantage of since 1913. Now they will propose an overhaul of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac, the two mortgage titans that are backed by the federal government. These proposals taken together show a clear move away from the policies that have been a main reason that homeownership in our country has risen over the past 50 years. While I understand the need to reduce the deficit, will these proposals end up hurting the economy more than helping it? This Wall Street Journal article discussed the issue further. Read more.