One of the *best* technological advancements in the past 10 years has got to the advent of the “Do Not Call” list. For those of you unfamiliar with this list, you simply go to www.donotcall.gov and enter in your phone numbers and then telemarketers are not allowed to call you anymore.
When they first introduced the do not call list I was dubious. I registered my phone numbers but didn’t really believe it would cut down on my telephone spam. But you know what I found out? Those pesky unsolicited sales calls in fact went way, way, down. No more solar pitches or people wanting to sell me shutters for my house or people wanting me to switch long distance or cable TV provider.
Except for this past week. Maybe it’s because an election is coming up but my phone has been ringing off the hook the past week with more political phone spam than I know what to do with. Mostly these are recorded announcements reminding me to vote for blah, blah, blah, blah.
My question is, why do politicians get an exemption from the Do Not Call list? Why is it that I’m allowed to dump marketing telephone spam, but I can’t dump political marketing telephone spam?
According to the FTC’s website on the Do Not Call list, “Political solicitations are not covered by the TSR at all, since they are not included in its definition of “telemarketing.” Well why the hell not? That’s what I say. I vote that we add political solicitations to the “telemarketing” category and keep these unwanted phone calls out of my house as well.