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Thursday, September 22, 2011

My J.G. Wentworth Nightmare

Posted By on Thu, Sep 22, 2011 at 11:14 AM

I have been watching the J.G. Wentworth commercials for the past few years - “It’s my money and I want it now!” - and an idea, terrible in all of its awesome evil, came to me while riding the bus the other day.

Today companies like J.G. Wentworth offer to pay you the full amount of your structured settlement from a lawsuit, with a hefty percentage for themselves, of course. After all, it is a business. The rationale is that you might want the money now, which most people probably do, I suppose.

One day, someone will figure out a way to offer maybe a year’s worth of Social Security or Social Security Disability payments in one lump sum. After all, it’s their my money, and they might want it now!

Those not in dire straits themselves, or who have never been that way would think that only an incredibly stupid person might do this. Okay, a few might be stupid. But for most who would take up this offer (and believe me, there would be takers) it would be an act borne of desperation.

To say that times are hard for many people is a laughable understatement.

Every time I see a J.G. Wentworth (and ads from similar companies) commercial with people beating out the same refrain, I just have to wonder how long it will be before someone thinks of this?

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I have long been opposed to capital punishment, but some time back I said to Tracy, “If they can put animals to sleep fairly simply, why can’t they use the same medication on humans?”

But ever since Troy Davis was put to death using the same mix of medication that is used on our animals, I have just felt sick at heart.

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