There are always groups that want to get rid of things that other people find beneficial or even enjoyable. Back in the days of prohibition, it was the Temperance Movement that fought long and hard to keep people from enjoying an adult beverage from time to time; because they thought they knew what was best for everyone. A couple of decades ago, Al Gore’s wife and a handful of other Washington Wives decided to take the fun out of rock ‘n roll, and tried their hardest to get this form of music regulated or even banned.consumer-financial-protection-bureau-logo
Today we have the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) and other proponents of the Nanny-State, who think they know what is best for lower income, unbanked and other people in this country. They are diligently pushing forward to introduce regulations that would force payday lenders and other providers of short-term, small-dollar loans to jump through hoops and bow down to the federal government in order to stay in business.
On the one side, you have people who love meddling about in other peoples’ business, and on the other you have the people who make a living from this industry, and who champion the idea of a truly free market. Many proponents of the CFPB are predicting nothing short of total annihilation for the payday lending industry. They believe that the regulation that the CFPB recently unveiled will spell the end for short term consumer lending as we know it.
What if they’re right? What would a world without payday loans – or at least a country where they are effectively over-regulated into nothingness – really look like?
Sure, some might be glad to see the local cash advance locations close up shop. They might think the neon signs and advertising is out of hand. They might be glad to see online payday lenders forced to take their advertisements off the Internet. Of course, these are the same folks who will find some other industry to attack next, so there’s that to consider.payday-loans-61
If payday loans are over-regulated to the point of extinction, here’s what will happen:
Thousands of people will lose their jobs/livelihoods. There are real, living, breathing human beings that rely on their paychecks from payday lending companies to keep their families fed and to keep a roof over their heads. If the CFPB and their cronies have their way, these folks will be forced out of their jobs and left pounding the pavement to find a new source of income and benefits.
Poor people, underbanked and unbanked folks will have to go without when they need emergency cash for unexpected expenses. There are literally millions of people who have bad credit, lower incomes and no ability to get loans or lines of credit from other institutions. How will these people – some of the most severely financially at-risk households – get money to fix their cars, pay for their kids’ dental work or even buy groceries to tide them over between paydays?
The federal government will have proven that they can step in and override the sovereignty of state laws in one, fell swoop. There are already laws on the books in various states that govern the payday lending industry; some quite successfully. If the CFPB is able to hand out a mandate from on high, the laws and policies that states have worked hard on – and spent hard-earned tax money on – will be thrown by the wayside. This is something that citizens of every state need to consider very seriously.
So, some folks may be just happy as clams to see an industry that they don’t care for eliminated, there are some very serious repercussions that must be considered prior to allowing the new payday lending rules form the CFPB become a federal law.