Barbara A. Rehm, editor at large at American Banker, argues that the negotiations between federal and state officials and mortgage servicers is just a sideshow to the the discussion that should be taking place about a serious, comprehensive solution to the issues plaguing the country's housing market. Rehm writes that trying to keep millions of struggling homeowners in their houses is not serving the national interest. It's time for government officials to step up and make the hard decisions, Rehm writes.

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