Today I learned (“Mortgage industry gets relief from the shutdown,” Jan. 12, Page A7) that the $1.3 trillion mortgage industry (2,300 mortgage companies, brokers, commercial banks and other financial institutions) is more “essential” than 800,000 federal employees, including Transportation Security Administration agents and air-traffic controllers (“TSA begins closing handful of checkpoints,” Jan. 12, Page A7).

But wait … I thought that our president said he would “drain the swamp” and never forget us middle-class folks. Thank goodness that even if your flight crashes or blows up, you will get your mortgage on time.

Walter Novey


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