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Sunday, October 29, 2006

Credit Card Nation

The Star Tribune had a few articles today about how indebted Americans are, along with portraits of three families that are mired in debt. The only person who gets my sympathy is the single mom; after all, being a single mom is an extremely hard thing. The single girl just needs to stop buying clothes and liquor; some meditation on not being so materialistic may help too. As for the family with seven kids...STOP HAVING KIDS! Jesus, I just can't fathom how people can have tons of kids without caring one bit how to pay for them. When does that kind of cluelessness cross the line to becoming child abuse? I'm betting, based on the story, that they are the type of people whom God told to breed a baseball team, which doesn't help matters much.

Some people in this country get into debt because they don't have health insurance and get sick, for example, or they get laid off from their job, or they get divorced and have to raise their kids on their own. In other words, for some people, they get behind because life just happens to them. For two of these families, however, they are in their situation because of the choices they are making; are we supposed to feel sympathy for them? Or did the paper choose unsympathetic people on purpose?


At 12:53 AM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Thor Von Clemsen said...

Isn't it a little funny that conservative politicians seem to behave like these people too? Don't plan and pay, put everything on a credit card!

At 9:43 AM, October 30, 2006, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Kersten's kolumn blames the victim, so I'd say the three familes were picked accordingly.

Sure, people can make dumb financial decisions, but to use that as an excuse for how predatory lending practices take advantage of them (the champs of this aren't your PayDay loan sharks, but your mortgage brokers who consciously extends more credit than the home buyer can really afford to carry) is just blaming the victim.


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