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Quit calling me, I'm too busy to talk

November 1, 2010 - Art Smith
Lately I’ve been a very popular guy with some very “important” people. Just last night a former secretary of state called me, the governor has called, and so has legendary early rock pioneer Pat Boone. The phone has literally been ringing off the hook the past week or so and there is really very little I can do about it.

Robocalls, the name given to unsolicited call from politicians, has a lot of voters upset this political season.

The insult of it all is that we have a national do not call list. The list is part of the Do-Not-Call Implementation Act of 2003 and was signed into law by President Bush on March 11, 2003. The law specifically excludes politicians from the ban.

It also excludes:

• Calls from not-for-profit organizations.

• Calls from those conducting surveys.

• Calls from companies with which he or she has an existing business relationship for up to 18 months.

• Calls from bill collectors.

It’s the calls from politicians though that has struck so many nerves this year. Coupled with the non-stop negative ads it’s almost more that the voting public can handle.

The fact that the politicians were able to write into the legislation the loophole that allows then to keep calling is what I find so irritating. I was pretty busy in 2003, but I don recall any elected official asking me “ Mr. Smith, would you mind it too much if we called you everyday for a month and told you how great we are? Don’t worry, we will make sure we call you around dinner time so we can disturb you while you spend time with your family.”

There has been some attempts to start political do not call list, none though carry the rule of law, and politicians are free to ignore them if they want.

Today we go to the polls had pick leaders in a variety of important races. Here’s an invite – Have Pat Boone (the real one, not the Robo one) call me in a year or so and have him outline what you actually have accomplished after spending millions to get elected.


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