Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan used remarkably similar verbiage to describe their approach to the crippled housing market, with each suggesting in separate interviews almost a year apart that the market should be allowed to "hit bottom."
Ryan made his remarks first on Charlie Rose's program in 2010 and Romney followed with those now-infamous words to the Las Vegas Review Journal last year. Play the Ryan clip back to back with the Romney clip and you will notice the similarities.
The plus: They are sympatico on letting the market, rather than government intervention, solve the problem.
The minus: In a place like Nevada, where most people have problems with their mortgage, that may not sell as well as a government gift.