By Heather Wilhelm
Are you a compulsive debtor? †The state of Illinois certainly is. ††
Leave alone the fact that the state is broke, facing $4.7 billion in
unpaid bills. From a purely psychological standpoint, judging by the
guidelines from Debtors Anonymous, the state is a textbook case in
compulsive insolvency. Some highlights:
Sign #1: †Being unclear about your financial situation. Not knowing
account balances, monthly expenses, loan interest rates, fees, fines, or
Sign #5: †Difficulty in meeting basic financial or personal
obligations, and/or an inordinate sense of accomplishment when such
obligations are met. ††
Sign #7: Living in chaos and drama around money: Using one credit
card to pay another; bouncing checks; always having a financial crisis
to contend with.
- Sign #9: Unwarranted inhibition and embarrassment in what should be a normal discussion of money.
Itís a pretty open-and-shut caseóbut Illinois, meanwhile, remains deep in denial, telling citizens that itís doing all that it can to curb spending and budget responsibly. †
But is it?†
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