|Received:||11/27/2004 10:03:23 PM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:The Do-Not-Call list, in its current incarnation, is the first Government policy I've seen in my short life of 29 years that actually and immediately HELPED the voting constituency of the United States. Now, ask yourself. The DIRECT MARKETING ASSOCIATION of America is trying to make a change to this wonderful system that works so well. Does anyone believe it is doing so for the good of the consumer? Of course not. By allowing computerized calls, suddenly the consumer must find a way to contact the company who made the call and request that he or she be taken off the do not call list. How many games could be played with this? Say Walmart hires a third party to call in its name. That company subcontracts out to a company in India, and so on. Suddenly, I've got to make 20 calls to get back to the parent company, Walmart, and stop them from harassing me, yes HARASSING me, over an instrument (the telephone) that I PAY for. Odd, truly, that the government sees it as illegal to send faxes to a fax machine, but STILL cannot understand that it is even worse to waste my PERSONAL time by continuing to serve the lobbyists rather than the constituency. I know you gentlemen have serious trouble with "absolutes". As in, we DON'T WANT JUNK EMAIL. We DON'T WANT TELEMARKETERS. etc. But of course, loophole filled laws that force you to return and rework them again and again provide a wonderful job gaurantee, as opposed to just leaving a system that works alone.