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Friday, December 16, 2005 |
( 12/16/2005 03:22:00 PM ) Bill S.
DEADBEATS – Though this probably is more a topic suited to the moribund Penny Foolish blog (too many blogs – not enough time: look to see this 'un close up shop over the weekend!), I wanted to note the seasonally apt proselytizing in this week's ep of the ultra-erratic Boston Legal. In the ep, lawyer Alan Shore (James Spader) defends a law firm secretary who has gotten herself into tremendous credit card debt to the tune of $50,000 thanks to a bewildering array of tacked-on interest charges. Though implausibly resolved (as if a major company would forgive the debt just on the basis of one of Shore's sarcastic and self-righteous speeches), it did include some cogent points about the Credit Economy that's being celebrated to the max this month. (So what's in your wallet?) Most telling point: that credit card owners who consistently pay off their cards on time are known in the industry as "deadbeats," since the company is unable to make any good interest money off of them. . .