This post gathers my thoughts on three eye openers. Some were in the news, and some I experienced first-hand in my bankruptcy practice. The common thread among these eye openers is a profound threat to the freedom and wellbeing of the citizenry.
I. Debt Collector Abuses
A. Whole Lotta Collectin’ Goin’ On
In the February 16, 2012 Los Angeles Times, Jim Puzzanghera reported on the recently formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and noted:
Debt collection has been second only to identity theft in consumer complaints to the Federal Trade Commission in recent years. The bureau estimated that 30 million Americans have debts in the collection process.
Thirty million! Wow! That’s one-tenth of the entire U.S. population. So it’s not just my clients who are facing debt collection agencies and their corrupt and abusive tactics. And given the volume of complaints it appears that abuses by debt collectors are widespread – it’s not just a few bad apples.