Finally, Congress and broadcasters seem to be paying attention (maybe consumers should have bought some loud commercials themselves?). Legislation filed two years ago by Rep. Anna Eshoo, a Democrat from California, may come to a House vote as early as this week.
Silly me. All the problems facing this country, and all the ways Congress has exceeded its power, I would have thought that they would have other, more pressing priorities to address. But I guess it can’t all be environmental legislation based on bad science, industries (that the government hand-picks) that are too big to fail, and taking a healthcare system plagued with innovation and more extensive care than other countries allow their citizens, and fixing those “problems”. No, I guess part of a running a nanny state also requires micro management of silly minutiae. Otherwise, they just wouldn’t be responsive to the continual malcontents in society who yell “There outta be a law!!!” at every irritation and slight.
But my favorite line from the story is this gem:
It only took 45 years of consumer complaints, according to Consumers Union.
But 45 years ago, you’d actually have to get up to turn the volume down in most cases. That has a higher irritation threshold. Now everyone has a remote control, and the fact that one of our elected officials thinks that this a proper use of Congress’ power speaks volumes about them…and us. And I really don’t like the fact that it says we are a bunch of thumb-sucking whiners who are too damn lazy to man up, and use the remote control to lower the volume.