Since the federal government created a “Do Not Call” list, we have been protected from telemarketers’ calls. My phone now identifies about a dozen numbers as “Potential Spam” and I receive a dozen or so calls per day.
Spammers “outwitted” the government, and destroyed this system. The Washington Post The Americans are now more vulnerable to the sales pitches of car warranties. My phone’s call blocking system is fairly effective.
Excuse my cynicism, but federal and state governments have an unimpressive record of protecting the public, especially on consumer-related issues. It hasn’t deterred them from trying. Politicians always highlight a legitimate issue. They pass legislation. They hold press conferences. The problem becomes worse. The problem gets worse.
The latest consumer panic involves social media—specifically the ability of children to access inappropriate websites and apps. Both liberal and conservative governments are rushing to pass internet laws that “protect children”. California’s progressive Assembly Bill 2273 imposes a “Age Appropriate Code” which…