Sunday, March 06, 2005

Greed: an American Value

A great big Yay! to Kevin Drum for picking up the issue of credit card company greed. Read about it here, here and here.

This situation - even more, I think, than the travesty that is our health care delivery system - has the potential for exploding into downfall-of-Mussolini riots in the streets.

For what it's worth, I really don't expect to see bankers hanging from lamp posts. But when people with reasonable salaries and expectations start losing their homes to Citibank because of uncovered medical expenses, I do expect that we'll begin to see a few Columbine-in-a-bank scenarios, complete with conservative commentators characterizing any talk of circumstances that drove the rampager over the brink as 'blaming the victim' and 'justifying terrorism' (you know they'll call it terrorism - everything is now terrorism), and quickie Very Special made-for-TV Movies featuring brave bankers praying together in breakrooms as the killer stalks the corridors.

Oh, wait. Forget I said that. (Gotta call my agent again.)


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