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Payday Loans are the Sole Financial Lifeline for Many People

The House Committee on Financial Services recently had a hearing to discuss the Obama Administrations maneuvering and attempts to wage war on the short term lending industry. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) was created because of the passing of Dodd-Frank and has been on a mission since day one to wipe out short term, small dollar lending companies. Additionally, the bureau seeks to destroy as many of the online lending choices that American consumers currently have access to. The attack on these lending industries is a clear cut case of government overreach and just another case of the government working in cahoots with the big banking industry. People who have a grasp on credit understand that higher risk borrowers are always going to pay higher interest rates/additional fees. That’s just the way it is, and that is what small dollar lenders build their businesses upon. Those who do not like the short term lending industry seem to fail to realize that without the services these companies provide, millions of people would suffer. Getting rid of short term lending might put an end to higher interest rate loans, but it would also eliminate access to credit for millions of people. Folks who need to get their cars repaired or pay for medical bills, but who are unable to get a loan at the bank would just have to do without. That is simply not an equitable equation no matter how you slice it. Though many media outlets have been in the practice of demonizing payday lenders the simple fact is that these unique lending companies provide a much-needed service to the consumers they provide loans for. And despite what the CFPB says, the states that allow these types of loans already do a good job of regulating the industry at a statewide level. Consider the story of Robert Sherrill’s experience with payday loans. He was, in a former life, a drug dealer. He did time in prison, and sought to turn his life around when he got out. Robert could not get a good job, so he decided to start… Read More