This is one of those instances that clearly have a finger pointed directly at a political problem, but one which affects everyone equally. And it's something that I think we can all agree is one of the most annoying things that can happen. Annoying robo-calls from telemarketers are on the rise.

Because the government is shut down, services such as the National Do-Not-Call List, are currently not funded. So, it's literally become a field day for telemarketing firms to acquire info, and mercilessly pound us with calls selling all manner of services and goods, according to a post from WMTW-TV 8.

Granted, there are always some calls you're going to get that the registry doesn't block, such as charities, debt collectors, and surveys. But it is designed to help us from getting ten calls a day trying to get us to buy a cruise in the Mediterranean. And without that buffer, you might just be getting a whole lot more of these soon, now that no one is monitoring it.

Now, I'm not going to get into a deeply philosophical discussion about politics. Like most Mainers, I could care less what's going on down in Washington. But, I do care that now I have to wonder what's on the other end of the phone every time it rings. Especially with current technology that allows telemarketers to make it look like they're calling from a local number.

So, I for one, can't wait for this shutdown to be over, so I can go back to not caring so much about who the heck is bugging me now.

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