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Scott Walker, where ya been?! Making Wisconsin Great Again by stealing elections? Watching election returns in sweat pants covered with bratwurst juice? Maybe a little from column A and a little from column B?


Well snap out of it, man! Because there’s a bill on your desk that will dramatically help one of your most oppressed pariahs: debt collectors. That’s right. Your GOP cohorts just passed changes to the Wisconsin Consumer Act, and there’s no time to waste.

The bill dramatically lowers the standard of proof that collectors have to meet in court in order to bring the justice system to bear on the person they claim owes them money. It also makes it harder for people to recover the cost of hiring lawyers even when they win in collections court, thus encouraging collectors to take matters to court almost risk-free.

When "third-party" debt collectors buy up your consumer debt for pennies on the dollar in Wisconsin, soon they'll be able to take you to court by alleging basically any number. Under the law's proposed changes, creditors will be able to assert a number to the court and will only need a "final billing statement" as proof. The court will presume this is an accurate reflection of your debt with no detailed accounting because who doesn't trust people who literally call themselves "bottom feeders"? Combined with specious notice requirements that keep consumers out of the loop, it's possible that one day you'll get blindsided by a garnished paycheck with a balance of ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. Mr. Governor, tear down these consumer protections and let the free market go to work.

And remember the good ol' days when the GOP insisted that medical malpractice suits and gay marriage divorces were going to clog up our precious legal system? Yes, we know, we know. That was all bullshit. These third-party debt collectors, on the other hand ...

Debt portfolios get sold off as spreadsheets of names, addresses, and phone numbers, and the spreadsheets are not linked to any master database that updates entries as circumstances change. Sometimes multiple collectors will end up working the same case without ever talking to one another, potentially leading an uncareful debtor to pay twice.

[contextly_sidebar id="OVJjItZgBWW9H7I3w7SGklx2Xk2307XE"]Wisconsin's effort comes on the heels of a successful GOP effort to outsource IRS debt collection to private collectors who will not hassle you at all 17 times a day even if you're flat broke from a medical emergency such as Ebola or childbirth, or if they just have the wrong number. As we learn every day in Election 2016: The Electioning, it's a pretty great time to be a bottom-feeding piece of shit.

The former presidential frontrunner(!) has yet to sign the legislation. Maybe Walker is having a crisis of conscience as a man whose campaign recently ran up a super-sized meal of debt despite receiving the warm embrace of megadonor reward dollars after severely wounding the state's public sector unions.

This goes to show that even a man who shops the clearance rack at Kohl’s can succumb to reckless spending. But unfortunately for those of us who don’t have fledgling presidential campaigns with full-time photographers and $1.1 million worth of direct mail costs, Ted Cruz isn’t galloping (on an imaginary horse) to shameless ask his supporters to bail out the average American debtor.

[ThinkProgress / Madison.com]

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'Bella" by Wonkette Operative 'IdiokraticSubpoenaKommissar'

Sunday already, which means a substantial portion of US America is preparing to be astonished/heartbroken/outraged by the series finale of that show with the dragons, while another portion is just going to stay off Twitter for three days because nothing will make any sense. Yr Dok Zoom tends to come very late to trendy things, so get ready for our own thoughts on the gamy thrones show sometime in about 2023, or never. But we'd be glad to tell you just how much we enjoy the brilliance and humanity of the Cartoon Network series "Steven Universe," which debuted in 2013 and we started bingeing on the Hulu last month, late again.

Hell, we still want to talk about that one Mrs Landingham episode of "The West Wing," which we first watched years after it aired (We finally bought our new used car yesterday, and know one thing: don't drive over to the White House to show it off to President Bartlet). We might even get around to reading Infinite Jest someday. We hear it has something to do with a superhero team and a guy named Thanos. So hey, let's talk about culture and missing out and patching together some knowledge of what's happening anyway.

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Get Me Roger Stone

Roger Stone, his wife would like you to know, is broke. And he is not dealing with it well. Once in khaki suits, gee, he looked swell, full of that yankee-doodle-dee-dum, but now no one calls him Al anymore and he has to stand on a street corner singing "Brother Can You Spare A Dime?"

Yesterday, the conservative but also kind of Never Trumper site The Bulwark revealed the details of a grifty "fundraising" plea sent out by Stone's wife Nydia, begging supporters to give money to the Stones in order to help them keep up the lifestyle to which they have become accustomed.

It was titled "I am embarrassed to write this."

"Dear Friend," begins the missive. "My husband and I have an urgent new problem and we need your help. I told my husband I was going to write you, one of his most valued supporters. I am embarrassed to write this, but I must."

"Mrs. Roger Stone" tells a tale of woe: FBI agents swooping in on them at the crack of dawn to arrest her husband, a subsequent "fake news" feeding frenzy causing friends and fans to abandon the Stones.

"He laid off all our consultants, contractors and employees, and we have 'pulled in our belts' like so many Americans in 'tight times,'" she wrote, sounding for all the world like a plucky working-class patriot, not the wife of a man who made and lost his fortune lying in the service of power.

She should have been more embarrassed.

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