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Six Years of Bushtard Cabal Allow Banks To Prey on the Poor.

March 18, 2007

In an article in The Nation, called Credit Card Tricks, author Nicholas Von Hoffman covers some of the unethical tricks used by credit card companies to prey on low income individuals.Card Tricks

At any other time it would be amazing that congress would not investigated such predatory loaning practices. However, the government up until the last few months has been been an example of how not to run a nation. Could it be that the credit card companies have been funding the conservatard’s over the last six years? Even conservatards like Bush and Cheney know better than to bite the hand that feed them.

Credit Card Tricks


[posted online on March 16, 2007]

In the old days banks lent money to people they were confident would pay them back. No more. These days banks search for people who cannot pay them back and lend them money anyhow.

These unsecured loans come in the form of credit cards. And the banks cannot find enough young people, students, sick people and old people on small fixed incomes to give credit cards to.

Once they’ve got them signed up for a card the tricks and traps begin. From then on their victims will spend their money and their lives paying on a debt which they will never discharge. It’s as though they had been thrown into a new form of indenture to Citigroup or J. P. Morgan Chase.

An example of what credit card-issuing banks do to people was given to the Senate Subcommittee on Investigations, where Alys Cohen of the National Consumer Law Center, testified about “a young Navy sailor who opened a credit card account with First Premier Bank on November 21, 2006. The credit card had a $250 credit limit and a 9.9% APR for purchases. The same day that the sailor opened the account, he was assessed two fees–a “Program Fee” of $95 and an “Account Set-Up Fee” of $29. The next day (November 22), he was assessed a participation fee of $6. Three days later (November 24), he was assessed an annual fee of $48. When this young sailor received his first month bill, which had a closing date of November 24, 2006, he had already accrued a balance of $178, without making a single purchase.

“The next week, the young sailor used the credit card for four transactions totaling $84.85.On December 22, 2006, he was assessed a participation fee of $6. With all these fees, the young sailor was already over his credit limit, despite making less than $85 in purchases on a card with a $250 limit. He was assessed an over-limit fee of $25 and a late fee of $25, plus a finance charge of $1.96, on December 26. He now owed a balance of $320.81.”*

The Wall Street Journal, covering the same Senate hearing, recounted the story of “an Ohio credit-card holder named Wesley Wannemacher, who recounted for the committee how he wound up paying $6,300 on a $3,200 debt on a credit card issued by J.P. Morgan Chase & Co., and still owed $4,400. He was charged $4,900 in interest, $1,100 in late fees and $1,500 in over-the-limit fees. Chase eventually forgave the remainder of what Mr. Wannemacher owed, but Mr. Wannemacher said Chase only told him that after he was called to testify before the subcommittee.”

It used to be that, if a person were caught in the credit card web, all else failing, he or she could get out of debt servitude by declaring bankruptcy. The new bankruptcy law, lobbied through Congress with help from the credit card interest, makes bankruptcy painful, expensive and hard to get.

With the Democrats in control–they are somewhat less tainted with bank money than the Republicans–some kind of a new credit card law is a possibility. It might make the tricks and traps used by the banks on their credit card customers illegal.

But that approach is slow, cumbersome and ineffective. A simpler law would make credit card debt arising from tricks and traps uncollectible in the courts. Take away the banks’ power to force payment.

In the meantime if you need money to pay your medical bills or get your car fixed, get a loan from the mafia. You’ll get a lower interest rate and better terms.

7 Comments leave one →
  1. makesenseofit permalink
    March 18, 2007 11:31 pm

    Every one of the people involved in trying to dupe the poor and indigent should be arrested and thrown in jail. As a matter of fact most prisoners for drug use or sales are the redult of the trickle down effect of those same vultures preying off the 2% of the people needing help…

  2. montanatard permalink
    March 19, 2007 6:11 pm

    you fall for the convenient trap…….check woodrow wilson……fed reserv act 1913….income tax act to pay for it…..fdr 1933 act ending gold”backs”……look at the “money masters”… are convenient stooge when you argue for the “inside”… pogo sez…..”we have met the enemy and they is us”

  3. April 30, 2007 10:09 am

    maybe I’ll sound cruel but both are to blame – credit card companies and credit users alike… It’s like a game you know, you make a credit card deal but to be a success you need to know the rules. You got to know all the possible tricks creditors usually play on customers. The most important thing to remember is that nothing is free, no matter what they say. Keep it in mind and be very cautious to every “”enticing”” credit card offer.

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  6. April 5, 2008 11:11 am

    So you noticed the same thing as I did. Such predatory manner really is hard to detect, but anyway anyhow congress should put proper focus on the issue.

  7. December 8, 2009 8:02 am

    I am often looking for brand-new infos in the internet about this theme. Thanx.

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