Thursday, April 14, 2011

A burglar license

Re: the quote in s'morning's Chron comparing self-regulation by banks to self-regulation by burglars, my husband says, "Now, if there were such a thing as a burglar license..."

What a crazy idea: a license to rampage and dispossess unreasonably, yet within highly regulated limits. Except that pretty much is the kind of license that lenders have when they barge into people's houses with the sheriff. Of course a foreclosure order isn't precisely a letter of marque and reprisal, but it's in the same general category of forfeitures that the law persistently fails to abhor.

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