Credit Card Company Abuse
In these times of financial distress, the New York Times runs a good editorial on the issue of credit card company abuse:
When the Federal Reserve asked for comments on its proposed rules on abusive credit card practices, an astonishing 56,000 poured in. Most were from outraged consumers. They told of interest rates skyrocketing when they paid an unrelated bill late. They complained of unwarranted late fees and pushed-up due dates. One Pennsylvania customer fumed: “I’m fed up with credit card company tricks that drive us deeper in debt.”
This anguished deluge should send a clear message to leaders in Washington. The Federal Reserve should swiftly adopt its proposed rules against unfair or deceptive credit card practices. But the real burden to curb these abuses falls on Congress. For too long, members of Congress have shirked the responsibility to ensure fair lending to credit card customers and have listened more intently to the banking lobbyists.
. . . As heartless as [the new] bankruptcy law has been for beleaguered consumers, the Democrats, who have controlled Congress since 2006, have not fixed it. . . . The huge file of comments at the Federal Reserve contains plenty of anecdotes, and there are surely many more where those came from. Congress should give consumers what they need and deserve — fair and clear lending rules for credit cards.
Let's face it, expecting this Democratic Party to fix anything is becoming a forlorn hope.
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