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Frank Raines
31st Director of the Office of Management and Budget
In office
September 13, 1996 â€“ May 21, 1998
President Bill Clinton
Preceded by Alice Rivlin
Succeeded by Jack Lew
Personal details
Born Franklin Delano Raines
(1949-01-14) January 14, 1949 (age 67)
Seattle, Washington, U.S.
Political party Democratic
Alma mater Harvard University
Magdalen College, Oxford

Well, you know, we've got a lot of stimulus in the economy already from the tax cut, from the lowered interest rates, and also from the refinancing of mortgages.
Franklin Raines
Well, I think the best form would be to put money directly in the pockets of consumers.
Franklin Raines
And so Fannie Mae produces very strong results for investors in – when interest rates are high and when interest rates are low, in recession and during booms.
Franklin Raines
We think if the economy remains weak that we could see mortgage rates trail down and we think that we could see rates below seven percent into early next year.
Franklin Raines
If there's a severe recession, the automatic stabilizers will come into effect, and we will still try to reduce the structural deficit, but we will not try to keep cutting the budget so that we keep worsening a severe recession.
Franklin Raines
Well, we're just now seeing the reductions in mortgage rates. The mortgage rates are based on the ten-year rate and the Fed controls the overnight or the shorter rates.
Franklin Raines
Right now the long-term investors are telling us that they're not as concerned about inflation and so we're seeing these rates now move into the marketplace and out to the street – rates that individuals can get.
Franklin Raines
That is – the reason for that is that home prices are only going to go up. Now, they've never gone down nationwide in our – since we've been keeping track of this.
Franklin Raines
So from the housing standpoint, steady as you go, I think, would be the best medicine.
Franklin Raines
Well, now, and there's – for every dollar the federal government spends, there's real people on the other side, and so when we talk about reductions that are going to affect providers, that's going to affect hospitals and doctors and others.
Franklin Raines
I think if you go beyond a year – if this continues into the system in the out years, I think there is a risk and that – that we could have a negative reaction in the bond market and that will offset the good that was attempted to be done.
Franklin Raines
And so we have to be careful with looking at additional stimulus that we don't provoke an increase in the bond rate and then offset a lot of the stimulus we've already got.
Franklin Raines
Right now we think that rates will stay low, that you'll be able to get a mortgage below seven percent and that's kicked off a refinance boom that's going to put more money in the pockets of consumers.
Franklin Raines
They flooded liquidity in the marketplace but the mortgage rate is based much more on expectations of inflation. So if the average investor believes that there is inflation coming, they'll move that rate up.
Franklin Raines
And so the danger for the housing industry is if we see interest rates rise.
Franklin Raines
Well, I think as long as people are talking about stimulus, I think the Fed will be thinking about cutting rates because monetary policy is the better way to go because you can turn it on and turn it off.
Franklin Raines
Well, there are about 10 million children that aren't covered by health insurance. About 3 million qualify for Medicaid but don't get it, so we're going to reach out and bring more of those kids into the Medicaid program.
Franklin Raines
The automatic stabilizer is unemployment insurance, food stamps, additional coverage of Medicaid.
Franklin Raines
We are shrinking the size of the federal government as a percent of our economy from over 21 percent of the economy to 19 percent of the economy. At the same time, we're growing the private economy.
Franklin Raines