These Pre-election Day Robo-Calls…

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Between 9AM and noon today, there had already been five automaticly-dialed, recorded phone calls from earnest candidates begging for my vote. I’m sure they’re not finished with me, and that the calls will continue through tomorrow evening.

These robo-calls have to be the biggest waste of campaign funds, ever. To my way of thinking, a politician who spends money on robo-calls indirectly communicate to voters that he or she is a politician who spends money unwisely, and therefore ought not to be trusted with the public purse.

Wondering if I was the only person who, upon discerning a robo-call for any candidate, on any issue, either doesn’t pick up at all, or — if the thing is going to voice mail and further cluttering up my life — picks up and then presses the off button, I asked some family, friends and neighbors whether they actually listen to political robo-calls.

It seems not. Everyone does what I do. No one listens, and there appears to be a universal resentment of the ham-handed intrusiveness that summons you to attention and then blares propaganda at you, while you’re trying to deal with realities in your life.

Perhaps pols can find ways to spend their campaign funds that do not involve bothering us while we’re trying to put a baby to sleep or get supper on the table; no one is listening and everyone is getting annoyed at the aggression.

But perhaps we’re just a cranky family and neighborhood, and your experience is different. How about it? Do you listen to the poli-robo-calls? Do you think they’re worthwhile?

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  • KyPerson

    I do NOT listen to robocalls, not even from politicians I plan to vote for. More and more I have come to hate the telephone, especially during election time.

  • Kim Whelan

    They have been relentless. I’m in Northern Virginia and the call have been coming for a while. The think I have noticed lately is that they are coming from out of state. I just got one from Eugene Oregon! That is more than irritating since these are local elections and not for the citizens of Oregon or some other state.

  • Manny

    You hit this right on the head. The taped robo calls are a waste. Who even listens to them? Not me. The live person ones have more of a chance, but they are annoying as heck too. I hate to be rude, but I get rude.

  • Manny

    Yeah me too. When I was young a call from a friend was a thrill and something to look forward to. Now the telephone only brings bad news or something annoying. I dread when it rings. Now all positive interactions with people occur over the web or email. Strange new world.

  • Nony Mouse

    Political robo-calls, no. My local city government robo-calls, yes, because they call when there’s been a water main outage, so that there’s a lot less water pressure and a request to not use water if you can delay it or a run/walk/bike/etc event tying up certain streets and a suggestion to avoid the area. As far as I can tell, the person who makes the recording and sends out the buttons isn’t an elected official, just a lady in the communications branch who sends a message out every time it’d just be easier if everybody in town knew about something.

  • Victor

    (((How about it? Do you listen to the poli-robo-calls? Do you think they’re worthwhile?)))
    Hi Anchoress! Long time no see!
    Personally speaking, you’ve got to be careful what YA tell any phone nowadays!?
    Butt Victor! My question was not directed to Canadians!!!!! :(
    High! “I” mean Hi anyway! :)
    God Bless Peace