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Credit - the drug of choice

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Credit - the drug of choice

Ted Rudow III,MA Menlo Park, CA
Bank of America has joined JP Morgan Chase in suspending foreclosures in twenty-three states following revelations that employees at several lenders had approved thousands of foreclosure affidavits and other documents without proper vetting. Attorneys general in California, Colorado, Connecticut, Illinois and Ohio have all launched investigations into what appears to be widespread fraud by the nation's major banks and lenders. It is unknown how many homeowners lost their homes due to foreclosure fraud. Banks are expected to seize a record 1.2 million home this year, a twelve-fold increase since 2005.

Nearly 9 million households now have upside-down mortgages, and for the first time ever, mortgage debt is bigger than the total value of homeowner equity [cash invested] --- bigger by $836 billion. The root of the problem is the same as it has been for centuries: credit, which leads to debt that spirals into ever-greater debt. Then those who are lenders gamble that they can make even more money by devising new and more lucrative ways for people to go more deeply into debt, while the people themselves gamble on what they consider a sure thing, just what they need to pay off their debts, or set themselves up for retirement, or finance their lifestyles, etc.

Credit has become the drug of choice of the modern world, far more widespread than any other.

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