PBS discusses Americans and Debt. There is also a discussion of bankruptcy law history, data on debt of households by income level showing large increase from 1989-2001, and links to other resources. The Americans and Debt and the Financial State of the Union links are also in a previous post on PBS's discussion of economic risk, but the list of debt and bankruptcy links here is more extensive:
Financial State of the Union
The Advancement Project's Connie Rice joins David Brancaccio to talk about the financial state of the union for middle and working class Americans. And NOW takes a look at the new jobs being created in the U.S. today.
Bankruptcy Reform Debate
Provisions of the new bill and arguments for and against it.
American Bankruptcy Institute
The American Bankruptcy Institute is the largest multi-disciplinary, non-partisan organization dedicated to research and education on matters related to insolvency. ABI was founded in 1982 to provide Congress and the public with unbiased analysis of bankruptcy issues. ABI membership includes more than 10,000 attorneys, auctioneers, bankers, judges, lenders, professors, turnaround specialists, accountants and other bankruptcy professionals.
American Financial Services Association
Founded in 1916 and based in Washington, D.C., AFSA is the national trade association for consumer and commercial finance companies, "captive" auto finance/leasing companies, mortgage lenders, credit card issuers and other financial services firms that lend to consumers and small businesses. The site offers their reasons for backing bankruptcy reform.
Consumer Federation of America
CFA is an advocacy, research, education, and service organization. As an advocacy group, it works to advance pro-consumer policy on a variety of issues before Congress, the White House, federal and state regulatory agencies, state legislatures, and the courts.
DEMOS: Economic Opportunity, Debt & Bankruptcy
Material from the research and advocacy group on the bankruptcy bill and other current issues related to credit and debt in America.
Senator Charles Grassley, R, IA
Senator Grassley is one of the major backers of bankruptcy reform in the Senate. Read his Senate Committee on the Judiciary testimony, and get additional information on his views on the proposed bill.
SECRET HISTORY OF THE CREDIT CARD
The PBS special produced in conjunction with THE NEW YORK TIMES focuses on the growth of the American credit industry. Resources include streaming video of the full broadcast, extended interviews, studies and consumer tips.
Additional sources: "Bankruptcy bill leaves holes; Lawyers say new bill remains open to argument and interpretation," Kathleen Day and Caroline E. Mayer, The Washington Post, March 23, 2005; "Debtor's Attorneys See Red in Bankruptcy Bill," Marcia Coyle, New Jersey Law Journal, March 21, 2005; "Bankruptcy reform appears on its way," Joe Estrella, The Idaho Statesman, March 20, 2005; "Money Managing Your Money Digging a Deeper Hole," Jeff Kosseff and Julie Tripp, The Oregonian, March 20, 2005; "Keeping Some Hiding Places," Albert B. Crenshaw, The Washington Post, March 20, 2005; "Senate Passes Bill To Restrict Bankruptcy Credit Card Business Backed Measure to Collect More Debt," Kathleen Day, The Washington Post, March 11, 2005.
Articles not on PBS:
Apr. 14, 2005
Congress Overhauls Bankruptcy Laws
Apr. 14, 2005
Loophole Spotted in Bankruptcy Reform Bill
Apr. 12, 2005
Going Beyond the Current Bankruptcy Measure
Mar. 15, 2005
Bankruptcy Bill Will Be Tough on Debtors
Apr. 8, 2005
Credit Counselors and the Bankruptcy Bill
MSNBC (April 14)
NY Times (April 15)
AP (April 14)