|Received:||7/12/2006 6:43:07 PM|
|Organization:||lia sophia Jewelry Company|
|Subject:||Business Opportunity Rule|
|Title:||Notice of Proposed Rulemaking|
|CFR Citation:||16 CFR Part 437|
Comments:RE: Business Opportunity Rul, R511993 I have been in Direct Sales for 30 years, following one particular company, ActII Jewelry, which became Lady Remington Jewelry, which became lia sophia Jewelry. I have found it to be the most reputable company available. I have also been able to supplement my husband's income, while raising five children to adulthood, being able to stay home with them, instead of working in the corporate world and leaving the raising of my children to someone else. After my children were grown, and my husband died, about 5 years ago, I have been able to continue to support myself instead of going on public assistance. Millions of women and men also, use this avenue of earning an income for putting their children through college, saving for retirement, reducing their consumer debt and providing a better quality of life for their families. This is a viable profession that keeps many persons off public assistance programs. People who are in this profession are not slackers. They work hard for their living. Unlike many who would rather be on welfare and let the government worry about it. In that 30 years, although I have seen a few persons in Direct Sales who have not conducted their business ethically and honestly, I don't think that using those few examples as a cause to look upon our profession negatively is a fair thing to do. To penalize the ones who have been honest for what a few have done, threatens MY livelihood. Also, no matter how honest and upfront a person is in conducting their business, there are always those TYPES of persons, who literally look for things about which to complain. It is those persons, who bellyache about everything in their lives, who cause problems for the rest of us in the world, who are trying to make a living. Those are the persons who file suit for every little thing. Those are the persons who complain about their l"ot in life". Those are the high-maintenance persons that we don't even WANT in our business, because they can NEVER be happy about anything. Those are the negative people who want an excuse for their own inability to be successful in business. I've come across a few of them in 30 years. But, these are a handful of complainers versus 13 million hard-working entrepeneurs who, because of their own determination to earn a living, save the government billions of dollars in welfare. I feel that it is this handful of complainers that have stirred up this negativity toward our profession and they should not be the ones that to whom the FTC listens. If our profession is threatened because of them, that's a SAD conclusion and a huge opening of a "can of worms". If we can't continue with our businesses as usual, many, I'm afraid will leave the industry and then the government will have opened a huge scar that won't easily be healed. Our economy is in enough trouble without this new RULE. I think an investigation of the root persons who stirred this up, should be conducted. Who started all this and WHY? Are ANY of the persons who started this IN OUR BUSINESS? Or are they on the outside, looking in and trying to ruin what we have, because of some real or imagined complaint they have because of something that happened to them personally? I hope that this RULE will be overturned for the sake of the 13 million people who will suffer because of it.