Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010: Changing the TILA

File photo of Democratic North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan. With a little help from the Center for Responsible Lending, she is presenting the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010 to the Senate.

Sen. Kay Hagan (NC-D) - Have John Paulson and the CRL done anything for YOU lately?

The Center for Responsible Lending recently worked hand-in-hand with North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) to “help craft” the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010, reports the Payday Loan Industry Blog. The major purpose of this new bill, it would seem, is to change the parameters of the Truth in Lending Act (TILA). While the specifics of the bill text will not be available to the general public until it is presented to the Senate in the upcoming weeks, it appears that the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010 is ostensibly another attempt to blame America’s financial crisis on the payday loans industry. The bill would empower the federal government to replace state-by-state consumer lending regulation with their own highly stringent rules.

Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010: Another CRL manifesto

The Center for Responsible Lending (CRL) is allegedly responsible for the thrust of the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010. For those unfamiliar, the CRL plays consumer advocacy group before the cameras and bright lights, but when it’s time to wipe of the grease paint, their truth hurts. Not only were they founded largely by Herb and Marion Sandler, who made a fortune in the sub-prime mortgage market that was largely responsible for bringing America’s economy to the brink of destruction, but there are other damning ties. Numerous connections exist between the Sandlers, the CRL, Self-Help, Inc. and affiliate Self-Help Credit Union (the latter two founded by Martin Eakes, who is also the chairman of the CRL).

In essence, affirmative action initiatives were used to strong-arm banks into writing adjustable-rate mortgages for people who were unlikely to be able to afford them. At the same time, groups like Goldman Sachs were contributing to the mortgage mess, claiming those sub-prime mortgages were a good investment to fool investors while betting against the success of those investments behind the scenes. And guess what? Hedge fund billionaire John Paulson, who is intimately involved in the recent mortgage investment scandal, was a major financial contributor to Goldman Sachs AND was one of the major founders of the Center for Responsible Lending! How credible are the Center for Responsible Lending’s claims that they want to protect the little man, in light of those heavy connections?

Skip the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010, Congress

Instead, investigate the Center for Responsible Lending at the same time that you go after Paulson, Goldman Sachs and everyone else associated with this greedy mortgage investment game. There is at a bare minimum suspicion by association, and there is a documented money trail. Payday lending, when used properly, is a useful venture for short-term consumer funding. Adjustable rate mortgages and unscrupulous investment companies that are betting on deceived investors to fill their coffers have no proper place in a legal, functional economy. Their avarice is a blight, and Sen. Hagan would have been better-served if she’d asked Scrooge McDuck to write the Payday Lending Limitation Act of 2010. He has more heart and care for the common man.

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