MBNA was one of the prime movers in lobbying for the passage of the Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act of 2005, which took 11 years and millions of dollars spent on lobbying before the act was finally passed when 15 Democrats (all of whom had received campaign contributions from MBNA, notably Joseph Biden, (D-DE) $147,700) joined with their Republican colleagues to sign it into law.
MBNA was one of the companies mentioned on a 2004 Frontline PBS special about unfair business practices by credit card companies. Some industry practices which MBNA possibly engaged in previously included doubling or tripling of interest rates, shifting billing due dates/payment cycles monthly, and raising rates for customers whose payments were a day or two late which earned it the sobriquet, Misrepresentation Bank of North America . . .
It is a well known banking industry fact that after the MBNA / Bank of America deal of January 1, 2006, a number of MBNA execs were booted off the BofA board of directors due to their fears that their unethical practices could result in criminal charges against them under a number of statutes including the Sarbanes-Oxley Act.
(For a thorough understanding of this legislation, Hunter, a diarist at Daily Kos nailed it two-plus years ago. Go here).
Oh, my. "Criminal charges . . ." And, Biden right in there with the scum. Glomming up the money, shuffling back and forth on the train nightly (so we are now told) between D.C. and Delaware like a ghost, a lost soul . . . sigh . . . alone with the darkness, and the passing lights of small town America whizzing past . . . time to reflect on the damage about to be done to what was left of working-class America as a result of his support for this vile bill . . . or not reflecting . . . who really knows? . . . and this filthy piece of legislation, yet another bullet-proof slab of Corporate Protection at the expense of real people . . . oh, well . . . sigh . . .
So . . . now? Well, now Senator Biden is the Vice Presidential Nominee of the Democratic Party! The running mate of our Great Agent of Change, Barack Obama!!! And we should be - we must be - happy! We have a Winning Team! A New Dawn is coming! Vote Democratic! Vote Obama/Biden! Vote for Change!!!! Blessed Change!
And, there's so much more about Senator Biden's legislative efforts that brings smiles to the faces of the Blessed Corporate Overlords who have funded so much of the Democratic Party, who have written check after check, sometimes even more (gasp!) than to Republicans, who now can relax, don't worry, it's been handled, all is okay, we're home free, Bush is on the way out, the new "Bush" is in the wings. Obama/Biden! A vote for change! Change We Can Believe In!!!!!!
God Bless Us, Everyone!