First published in Really Good Quotes today:
I just want to be left alone. I don’t really think that is too much to ask. I have gone to as many different places to tell people not to call me as I need. I don’t use my phone number for stuff just to avoid being subject to “courtesy calls” or “informational calls” or any call from people I don’t know.
I do that for my landline which is free for calls. I’m even more worried about giving out my cell phone number because I only pay for a certain number of minutes and I have to pay for any minutes my phone works, whether I’m making the call out, or someone is calling me.
Rep. Lee Terry, U.S. Representative, Nebraska’s 2nd District, is my newest least favorite person. This twit has decided that I may need more information in order to vote. While it is probably true, I do not need any biased information coming out of a candidate’s PR office. However, Terry has sponsored a bill called the “Mobile Informational Call Act.”
Lifehacker.com reported on this bill which is to modify the Communications Act passed in 1934. What Terry thinks I, along with any other miserable citizen of the US needs, is phone calls to our cell phones initiated by robodialing. Then when we answer, it will hand us off to a real person who can talk real fast and lie to me about their candidate of choice. Or it might just leave a recorded message so you don’t even get the satisfaction of yelling at anybody.
This is not simply for political campaigns, although they are one of the groups who desperately need to anger the citizenry. It is also for political action campaigns who want to never see another red cent.
You will be able to opt out of specific campaign or group lists. Yet, “political organizations that get your number through petitions, calling lists, or affiliated organizations will be able to call your mobile phone whenever they choose.”
We can whine now, but there isn’t much yet to do. The National Political Do Not Contact Registry has a petition one can sign to make opposition known.
The bill will have to pass both houses and be signed by the President before it becomes law. I can’t imagine what Congress is thinking. However, I would think that each politician who voted FOR such a law should have to post their private cell phone number so we could all reach out and converse with them when the mood struck us.
There is no mention about who would be liable if they called while you were driving and distracted you from your primary responsibility of moving a several thousand pound vehicle through traffic.
I think if any politician were dumb enough to have his/her campaign folks call me and I was out in public, I would be sure to put them on speaker phone so perhaps we could generate a small “town hall” type gathering and yell at the cretins as a group.
I absolutely despise that something I pay for to use at my convenience turns into a marketing tool. If I have as many dolts calling my cell phone as call my land line and I go over my minutes as they spew their recorded messages over and over into my phone for me to erase without listening to them, I’m going to make sure I never vote for whomever does this.
Am I alone in this? Should people get to make special rules so they, and they alone, can bother all of us for their own personal concerns?
Republican Rep, Terry’s contact information for his Washington, D.C. office is: ph. (202) 225-4155 or fax:(202) 226-5424 – maybe we should all fax him over and over and over, telling him how we don’t want this. Or we could do it at his Omaha, Nebraska office – ph: (402) 397-9944 or fax:(402) 397-8787. Phone numbers were obtained from his webpage. I hope they are accurate. He does have a Facebook page, as well, found at Lee Terry.