Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Frozen assets

Over the weekend, my sister and I were talking about financial matters. She said she'd come up with a way to control credit-card impulse spending: she froze her card.

I assumed she meant she'd had the issuer halt new purchases. No. She literally froze the card.

"When I want to buy something, I have to spend a few hours thawing the card," she said happily. "And then I usually decide it isn't worth it."

I think we should pass a bill requiring Congress to give this a try, as a deficit-reduction measure. And then pass another bill authorizing the construction of a really, really big freezer. I'm thinking we could repurpose West Virgina for the cause.