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Discussion in 'Politics' started by killintimer, Nov 25, 2003.

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    I know this may not be the catagory to discuss this issue but it just may affect who I vote for in the next Presidential election---so I guess it fits.

    Does anyone know who I beef to about my telephone bill? Which one of Bush's cronies (er, I mean which governmental bureaucrat) is supposed to run herd over the telephone company? I know it will get me absolutely nowhere but I gotta put my two cents in.

    I flew from Columbus, OH to St. Louis recently. The weather played havoc with the flight schedules and I found myself headed to O'Hare.

    I had given my cell phone to my son so I had to call home collect from the St. Louis airport. Today I got my telephone bill and a four minute collect call cost over $28.00!!!!

    Yes, all you math geniuses out there. That is more than $7.00 a minute!!!

    So what government lackey in the phone company's hip pocket do I complain to?

    (You would never believe it but I used to be a proud and loyal Republican.)

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    You want to blame the President or one of his cronies because you were hosed on a phone call? Come on man, if you are traveling and you don't have your cell phone do a little preplanning, buy a phone card with a rate you can live with.
     
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    If I am not mistaken, it was a judge in DC not the president (certainly, not THIS president) that ordered the break up of AT&T. Go ahead, vote for a democrat- get mor governmental intrusion, not less.
     
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    <<You want to blame the President or one of his cronies because you were hosed on a phone call?>>

    Well, yes. I'd blame Clinton but he gets blamed for everything else.
     
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    Well, as much as I would like Clinton to be blamed, honesty requires me to point out that Judge Greene was appointed by LBJ.
     
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    hey killintimer, i would think you could complain to the fcc(federal communications commisiion) for all the good it would do you. good luck!
     
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    AT&T was a regulated monopoly franchised by the government. Breaking it up was nessecary to deregulate it.
     
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    MtnBiker, I guess I didn't expect to be taken so literally. Yeah, I got hosed but it wasn't by the judge that broke up Ma Bell all those years ago or by the Prez (whoever it was) that appointed him. I got hosed by the phone company and our Federal Goverment who is asleep ( no, practically in a coma) at the wheel.

    Let's start over and try to make myself clearer. It doesn't really matter which phone company had that bank of phones at the airport. It doesnt matter if it were ol' Ma Bell herself or any of the baby bells or any start up phone company. The fact is that there should be some oversight and regulation of utilities (and that is where the basic philosophical difference lies). Our current administration feels that such economic activities are not, and should not be, treated as a utility.

    While I am not a "liberal" in any sense of the word, I respectuffy disagree. But since the right-wing GOP is running the show, we get hosed.

    And all I wanted to do was to cite one bit of hyperbole to demonstrate how private enterprise is running amock with no checks.

    Sorry I rattled you so much with my ravings.

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    No you got hosed, period !

    There should be no regulation unless a health, safety, or enviornmental issue is at hand !
     
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    Well thanks for the clarification Killintimer. It was one of your first posts here and I guess I just didn't have basis of where you were coming from with your statement. The sad thing is there are people who would directly blame the government or even a President for such occurances. It is never easy to be taken advantage of, I know it has happen to me more than once. My point was, we mostly have to look out for ourselves because people will take advantage of us and in compromizing situations.

    My apologies if I came off to strong. Welcome to the board.
     

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