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Dan Miller

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October 4, 2011 - 11:21 am

In another spectacularly well devised and timed proposal, the Obama Administration is reportedly calling for changes to a federal law prohibiting private debt collectors from making “robo-calls” to cell phones.  It would permit such calls only as to debts owed to the federal government.  Apparently lots of folks who owe the government money have only cell phones.

To the dismay of consumer groups and the discomfort of Democrats, President Barack Obama wants Congress to make it easier for private debt collectors to call the cellphones of consumers delinquent on student loans and other billions owed the federal government.

Rich fat cats like that need to be pressured in obnoxious ways, but only on behalf of the Federal Government. It’s a sure-fire winner.

Democrats in Congress who frequently support the president, including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi of California, declined through aides to say whether they favor or oppose the plan.

Nor was there any reaction from two other members of the party’s leadership in the Senate, Sens. Dick Durbin of Illinois and Chuck Schumer of New York. Both men frequently take the side of consumers in legislative struggles.

Several aides, speaking on condition of anonymity so they could talk freely, said Democrats do not want to oppose the president but are unable to support the request.

What a great idea! At least it will promote an unusual degree of bipartisanship, further enhancing President Obama’s already outstanding record. It should be passed even before the Save Obama Bill (SOB) and probably will be.

Dan Miller graduated from Yale University in 1963 and from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1966. He retired from the practice of law in Washington, D.C., in 1996 and has lived in a rural area in Panama since 2002.
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