Recent statistics reflect that consumer bankruptcy filings in the first 6 months of 2010 totaled 770,117. That is a 14 % increase over last year for the same period and as a matter of fact is the highest total since the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act (so-called) was passed in 2005 in an attempt to decrease the amount of bankruptcy filings. Typical government reaction to a problem....try to put a bandaid on something to make it look good instead of making real attempts to resolve the problems that push people into bankruptcy like high unemployment, high medical costs and low rates of insurance, predatory lenders and credit card issuers, etc. Since then we've had some efforts at reigning in the mortgage companies and the credit card issuers.....hopefully it will help. Unfortunately the housing market collapse and the attendant high unemployment are factors that will be around and impacting the American economy for some time to come.
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