Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc. #00067

Submission Number:
00067
Commenter:
Mark DuBois
State:
New York
Initiative Name:
Proposed Consent Agreement In the Matter of Music Teachers National Association, Inc.
Matter Number:

131-0118

The FTC has a serious problem of misplaced priorities. The FTC is going after piano teachers for anti-trust violations, while a handful of corporations control the vast majority of food manufacturing in the United States, and another handful of corporations own the patents for some 50% of the seeds for food crops in the world. While a small percentage of US Citizens pay for piano lessons for a small part of their lives, I couldn't help notice that ALL of the US citizens that I know, actually eat. I have yet to meet a Breatharian. Do you really think that piano teachers are the biggest threat here? Doctors and Lawyers have similar codes of ethics which discourage their solicitation of their colleagues' clients. Have you gone after those groups yet? And lets examine the price of a piano lesson and compare it with the price of an attorney. Many piano teachers in the country charge $30/hour or less, whereas attorney fees run at something akin to $200/hour. Doctors are similarly pricier than piano teachers. I also couldn't help notice that nearly all Americans visit doctors, and a great many employ an attorney for some reason or other in their lives. It is quite difficult to take the FTC seriously in this case. However, if the FTC is willing to go after the above mentioned parties for their antitrust issues, then I would support them going after the MTNA. If not, then perhaps the FTC should be disbanded altogether. I think they may be hurting Americans more than helping them.