In One Eye

Friday, October 14, 2005
It seems to me there's a nexus between these two stories.

[Connecticut's] food bank's shelves are slowly filling back up. But as the holiday season approaches - the time of year when social service organizations and other nonprofits normally receive their most significant donations - local charities report anxiety over donor fatigue ...

The nation's largest relief charities have raised more than $1.7 billion in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy. But contributions so far for the earthquake in Pakistan have lagged well behind the pace of donations for the tsunami in Asia last December. Officials of charities large and small say they worry it's a sign of lean times ahead.
Consumers across the country are racing to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy before Monday, when a law that places new restrictions on bankruptcy filings takes effect ...

The law, which President Bush signed in April, will make it more difficult for individuals to file for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, which eliminates most debts. Individuals whose income exceeds their state's median may be required to file under Chapter 13, which requires debtors to repay their creditors under a schedule established by the courts. Consumers who are still eligible for Chapter 7 will be required to undergo credit counseling and will pay more to file.
So while the faith-based and other semi-private organizations that the Bushies assured us would take care of any shortages in welfare, disaster relief, child care, et al, are running out of money, the plutocrats have made it more difficult for the hoi polloi to get any financial relief via bankruptcy. Of course, MBNA and its ilk try to justify this larcenous legislation by saying that it will "cut down on bankruptcy fraud." They don't mention the real hardships that hurricane victims and others will suffer as a result of this plutocracy.

God, I hate these people.

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