Debra J. Saunders

Frankly, I can't think of a bigger waste of taxpayer money than paying investigators -- The Phone Police -- to determine if telemarketers are making illegal calls and then paying attorneys to sue the ratty companies that ignore the list. I'd rather see the government go after real white-collar criminals.

Let me add that if Bill Clinton had been behind this bill, we Republicans would be having a field day hectoring him. We'd ridicule The Great Panderer for proposing another feel-good sop/boondoggle for soccer moms. But when George Bush signs the bill, suddenly it's a boon for quality family time.

Blech. The National Do Not Call Registry is an expensive new government program that does what families can do themselves. It keeps businesses from calling but protects political parties, under the phony pose of protecting pristine family time otherwise spent in peaceful contemplation.

I've got a message for Washington: Hanging up is a family value.

Debra J. Saunders

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