I don’t mean to throw shade on the federal government (for obvious reasons), but I’d be remiss in my self-appointed reporter duties if I didn’t comment on three recent circumstances that have left me shaking my head.
First up…social security. Studying my statement (available on the government website), I see the amended returns and pursuant SS contributions are not in evidence on my report. In short, the IRS has not told SS about the seizure, plea, nor money that should have been forwarded to the Social Security Administration.
I’ll not bore y’all with the details of Chapter One in my quest to adjust my history. But I will say that in a phone call to somebody with whom I became friendly at the IRS, the woman burst out laughing when I related that I’d left a year and a half to get this resolved (that’s when I intend to collect SS) and that I hoped that would be enough time to correct a simple error. Enough said there. I’m not confident I’ll ever get the job done given my previous experience correcting a simple IRS error.
Tale #2: Just yesterday, I received a snail mail pamphlet instructing me on how and where to vote in the coming mid-term election. The last time I checked, convicted felons can’t vote. Or they have to make some sort of application to regain the voting right (an application I haven’t made). Ain’t y’all heard? Guess not.
And #3: Pursuant to my state charges, the feds want to monitor my computer. Oddly, I invited this invasion of my privacy figuring that when they found nothing incriminating, that realization could be used in my favor when the state’s case came to the fore. As it turns out, the feds simply want to install monitoring software to check up on what I’ll be doing with my computer – and not what I’ve done with it! Isn’t that closing the barn door after the horse runs away? Obviously, I’m not going to do anything they might frown upon once I know the software has been installed.
Regardless…it’s all a moot point. When they found out I have an iMac, the person in charge declared “We don’t deal with any Apple products. You’ll have to either park your computer with somebody who will sign an affidavit to that effect – or bring it into the office where we’ll hold it until your case has been concluded.” Predictably, I was stunned.
Let me get this straight. Apple Inc. is the very first corporation to boast a net worth of one trillion dollars…and it’s too nichy for the feds to deal with? They can’t install monitoring software on a computer manufactured by the richest corporation the world has ever seen?
There’s the swamp for ya. I’m a convicted felon who can vote. The IRS forgot to forward my payment to the Social Security Administration. And the feds can’t install monitoring software on a very popular computer. Plus, the guy who labeled the federal bureaucracy as a “swamp” – who just so happens to be president of that country – doesn’t know the words to the national anthem.