|Received:||11/29/2004 12:27:38 AM|
|Subject:||Trade Regulation Rule on Telemarketing Sales|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Request for Comment|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 310|
Comments:This has got to be the stupidest thing I've heard suggested lately. First, how does this get around Title 47, Section 227 of the US Code, which I thought prohibited prerecorded telemarketing messages and which predates the DNC list by some years, anyway? I have yet to meet a single human who *wants* telemarketing calls - not one! If the DNC had been done from a citizen-protection standpoint, it would have been an opt-in system where you'd create a "Do Call" list and everyone else would be off limits. Of course, you'd need to buy a 3 x 5 notecard to hold all the names and numbers of the people who'd sign up for this, as opposed to God-knows-how-many computers to hold the current DNC list. The telemarketers are parasites; they add NOTHING to the economy, and function in the same way as other criminals. If someone smashes your car window, steals your radio, and sells it, he's part of the economy, but is he a part worth keeping? Are telemarketers losing their jobs, and are the big telemarketing companies going bankrupt? GOOD! Let them get real jobs, with some dignity; maybe the mob is hiring. They lie for a living, both on the phone and off. They claim some ridiculous amount of sales due to their "work" (something like $750 billion the last time I heard it - more than the top 4 or 5 of the Fortune 500), yet I can't remember ever meeting anyone who buys their junk. There is absolutely no reason to relax the current rules other than to make it easier for a tiny fraction of the population to harass the rest of us in hopes of meeting an even tinier & gullible part of the population.