Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Thieves!

I shall not travel down this path too far this week, otherwise, I will be forced to again to start dwelling on the ritual beauty of seppuku.

Some recent advice from Carolyn Hax's column:
"Credit scores are numeric character witnesses. People who knowingly assume more debt than they can repay are thieves.."
Oh boy.

11 comments:

copperred said...

Methinks Carolyn is projecting again...

I've always wanted to keep minimal debt, but I'm reminded of the tale in the Adrian Mole Diaries, where the elderly OAP just ran up his phone bill, knowing that once dead they couldn't do anything.

My student loans "age-out", but my other debts don't.

Mike said...

" People who knowingly assume more debt than they can repay are ... poor,b*tch."

Joe said...

Having gone from the extremes of either ignoring my debt or fretting over it to the point of sickness, I think I've gotten to the point where I'm.... er... "managing" it okay. I'm also living with the idea that it's just.... there. Like the sun rising in the east.

I do the best I can, and try to keep this in perspective.

Let's just say I'm not so carefree that I can quit my job tomorrow and live like a free spirit in a cabin in the woods. The job is a ball and chain, baby.

Steven said...

That's funny, that line really popped out when I read it, too. She's got some money issues, I guess.

I usually find advice columns either boring or infuriating, but I really like hers.

Junk Thief said...

Actually I'd say it's the credit card companies not those in debt. Despite the name of my blog, I've finally come close to getting beyond feeling buried under debt. While Debtors Anonymous and other such support groups are nice in theory, debt is just a reality of trying to live in a major city on either coast.

BigAssBelle said...

um . . . so the united states of america is a thief? i feel robbed. you?

i think the key word there is "knowingly." when mortgage and credit companies assure folks they "quality," an uninformed consumer thinks all is well. in a country in which real wages for regular working folks have barely risen at all in the last 6 years, credit becomes a necessity and then a trap and then a drain on emotional and mental wellbeing, on the stability and health of families.

oh well. the "financial services" industry is thriving, so surely all is well. when corporate america does well, we all do well. don't we?

BigAssBelle said...

quality = qualify

getting so fucking old.

emily2 said...

yay i'm a thief!

The Angry Young Man said...

Then everyone in the US is a thief because being debt up to your eyeballs is the new American way of life. I wish I lived in Carolyn Hax's world...

Joe said...

Actually, in Hax's defense (personally, I love her), she made this statement in reference to a young woman whose bf was apparently very financially irresponsible and had just bought a "luxury" car (beyond his means?) on credit.

I guess it just shocked me to hear someone suggest that credit scores are "numeric character witnesses." Hey, even Carolyn has stupid shit come out of her pen once in awhile.

Huntington said...

And as Lynette said, our government itself is a thief by this definition (not to mention a few others).