THIS (WSJ.com sub req'd) is abso-fucking-lutely absurd!
Doesn't anybody realize that artificial demand is what caused this problem in the first bloody place? The whole point is that real, market clearing prices need to be found for houses. This is so simple even I get it! WTF?
People need to start saving for the things they want to buy, and that includes houses. That means getting your 20% or greater down payment, and having a way to cover not just PI (principal + interest) but TI (taxes + insurance) as well, and maintenance costs, furniture, utilities, landscaping or yard work, and all the other associated expenses that no one ever seems to take into account. And don't forget to factor in inflation and increasing tax rates as well.
Get over it already!