This is the kind of thing that, at one point in my life, would keep me awake at night. Since that time, other cares and concerns have put such concerns on the back burner. But when I read something like this, the old anger starts to flare up.

Homeland Security Targets Citizens Who Pay Down Debt:

. . . [Walter and Deanna Soehnge] paid down some debt. The balance on their JCPenney Platinum MasterCard had gotten to an unhealthy level. So they sent in a large payment, a check for $6,522.And an alarm went off. A red flag went up. The Soehnges’ behavior was found questionable.

They just paid a hefty chunk of their credit card balance. And they learned how frighteningly wide the net of suspicion has been cast.

After sending in the check, they checked online to see if their account had been duly credited. They learned that the check had arrived, but the amount available for credit on their account hadn’t changed.

So Deana Soehnge called the credit-card company. Then Walter called.

They were told, as they moved up the managerial ladder at the call center, that the amount they had sent in was much larger than their normal monthly payment. And if the increase hits a certain percentage higher than that normal payment, Homeland Security has to be notified. And the money doesn’t move until the threat alert is lifted.

The last time I started getting this upset about government abuses of basic rights, I ended up becoming active in Libertarian politics. It did no good whatsoever. I don’t know what I’ll do this time to vent my anger. There really isn’t anything to do, it seems, except vote. But that does no good if there is a complete and utter dearth of good people running for office. I almost believe that the very act of wanting to be a politician diqualifies you as a worthy candidate.

What I wouldn’t give for some honest politicians who believe in the constitution.

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