The Death of Common Sense

Thought I’d take this opportunity of returning here to highlight the lack of sensible thought and common sense in this world. Especially when it comes to those who seem to lack a coherent vision.

My latest encounter concerns my giant, monster, mega-bank..as consumer advocate, Clark Howard,  fondly refers to them.

My inquiry concerned which routing number to use for IRS tax refunds. I just wanted to clarify. And their website isn’t exactly clear.

This was the response:

“Thank you for contacting XXXXXX. My name is Wilma, and it is my
pleasure to assist you today.

Good Afternoon!

I received your inquiry about the correct information needed for the
IRS. I do realize the importance of this request and I appreciate the
opportunity to provide you with the following information.

XXXXX Online Customer Service does not provide tax advice. I
apologize for any inconvenience this may cause you.

We believe that the most effective way to obtain reliable tax advice
concerning your accounts is to speak with a financial expert
specifically trained in tax law. To help ensure that you get accurate
information that relates to your individual situation, please consult a
tax advisor.

As a valued customer, we want to ensure that you are provided with a
banking experience that provides you with convenience and gives you
peace of mind.

On behalf of XXXXX, thank you for your business. We are happy to
have you as our customer and appreciate the opportunity to assist you
today.

Sincerely,
Wilma L.
XXXXXX Online Customer Service”

 

Correct me if I’m wrong, but I don’t think I need a tax advisor in order to find a correct routing number!…Obviously, Wilma didn’t bother to realize what I was asking! It’s this sort of cluelessness that gives one grave concerns about our future!..

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Here we go again!..

As election time nears, and just like clockwork, the Democrats have found and eager accomplice in the Republican candidate. Whether it’s apologizing for something that didn’t happen or explaining a stance on a non existent issue, the GOP falls for the bait every single time.

This year is different only in the sense that Donald Trump’s combative attitude plays right in to Hillary’s scheme. The Clinton campaign has shifted the debate away from immigration, debt, unemployment, and national security to Donald Trump’s taxes and Miss Universe. Of course, the media enhances the message with the premise that these sorts of matters are of vital concern to the American people. And you wonder why we are where we are in this country!

A ‘Second Chance’ for HYPOCRITICAL Democrats!

Democrats Want a Second Chance on Obamacare!

The following is excerpted from Rush Limbaugh’s radio show (2/16/15)  on some foolish Democrats in Congress claiming the ‘unintended consequences’ of the disastrous Affordable (boy! THERE’S a misnomer if there ever was one!) Care Act are “unfair”!..

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February 16, 2015BEGIN TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: Here’s this AP story on the Democrats. “Democrats Seek Relief From Obamacare Penalties — The official sign-up season for President Barack Obama’s health care law may be over, but leading congressional Democrats say millions of Americans facing new tax penalties deserve a second chance.”

A second chance? You’re the ones that saddle them with this mess. This is the Limbaugh Theorem on display. Here we have congressional Democrats acting like they had nothing to do with this law, that their voters are a bunch of victims of something. And they need a second chance. They need a second chance, ’cause the official sign-up season is ended, and these people didn’t know it, and now they’re saddled with higher costs and penalties and fines that they didn’t know that they were gonna be faced with, and the Democrat Party’s outraged and wants to do something about it. These people deserve a second chance.

This situation exists because the Democrat Party gave us this bill. The Democrat Party and the Democrat Party alone gave us Obamacare. There wasn’t a single Republican vote for it.

The three Democrats bellyaching are “Michigan’s Sander Levin, the ranking Democrat on the Ways and Means Committee, and Democratic Reps. Jim McDermott of Washington,” Baghdad Jim, “and Lloyd Doggett of Texas. All worked to help steer Obama’s law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010. The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it’s already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday.”

Yeah, they did it! This is classic. These three Democrats, it even says here, they “worked to help steer Obama’s law through rancorous congressional debates from 2009-2010.” But this story, they’re allowed to portray themselves like they have no idea any of this was gonna happen, and now their constituents are bellyaching to ’em, and their constituents deserve a second chance. As though some other group of people saddled them with this.This is so classic. Government comes along under the guise of fairness, fixes something, gonna make it fair, gonna make it equal, gonna make it affordable, maybe even make it free. What they end up doing is blowing it all to hell, screwing it up worse than it’s ever been screwed up, then their voters bellyache and complain about it, and the same Democrats come back and demand that something be done, because their voters need a second chance.

I’ll tell you, they can’t blame the Republicans for this because there isn’t a Republican fingerprint on Obamacare. The Republicans have done not one thing to support this. The Republicans, if they’ve done anything, and it’s been a while, but if they’ve done anything, it’s to try to stop it. So now these three Democrats are saying, government must do something, government must fix this mess. Government made this mess. The Democrat Party and Barack Obama made this mess.

“The lawmakers say they are concerned that many of their constituents will find out about the penalties after it’s already too late for them to sign up for coverage, since open enrollment ended Sunday. That means they could wind up uninsured for another year, only to owe substantially higher fines in 2016. The fines are collected through the income tax system.” Yeah, and wait ’til people find out how that happens. You Democrats think your constituents are mad now, you wait until next year when half or more of their refund is taken and kept by the IRS to pay their fine. You are gonna have an open revolt on your hands. And then you’re gonna bellyache and moan again and claim, “We gotta do something to fix it!” You broke it in the first place. It is your mess.

You know, there’s a part of me, just a small part of me, it’s Democrat voters who made all this possible, make ’em pay the consequence. You elected these charlatans. You openly elected these people. You buy into the lies they tell about how mean, evil, and all that the Republicans are. The Democrat Party voters’ best friend when it comes to Obamacare is any Republican he can find. And what does he probably think of any Republican you bring up? Racist, sexist, bigoted, homophobe, only cares about the rich banks, when in fact that is the Democrat Party today. Racist, sexist, bigot and phobic about practically everything, and tightly aligned with the banks.

It’s called crony corporatism, crony socialism, whatever you want to call it. And now all these people who elected all these Democrats to make it fair and to make it affordable. Life, not just health care, but make life fair, and to get even with all those rich people. Now they’re finding out that, oh, my God, it’s gonna cost me now. These same members of Congress who made this possible, made this happen, are now bellyaching that their voters got the shaft by somebody, and they need a second chance.

“This year is the first time ordinary Americans will experience the complicated interactions between the health care law and taxes. Based on congressional analysis, tax preparation giant H&R Block says roughly 4 million uninsured people will pay penalties.” And you know how that’s gonna happen. Their tax refunds, if they are due any, that’s where the money — it’s in the law. If you get a tax refund and you haven’t bought insurance, the fine will be held from your return, your refund.

You wait ’til that happens. Most people know that their refund is gonna be. Let’s say it’s a grand. They’ve already spent it before they got it. They’ve bought a mew muffler, whatever it is, they’ve spent it. And then all of a sudden that thousand-dollar refund becomes, say, 350 bucks, and they’re gonna do told, “Yeah, well, that’s the fine. It was in the law, it was in the law.”

“Nobody told us!” That’s probably right. And, by the way, AP, no sympathy for you. The AP’s writing about this as though, oh, look at how something is so unfortunate here. These poor voters, why, for the first time they’ll be saddled with the first law’s interactions with the law and tax. You knew this while it was being debated. The AP had the ability to tell voters the truth about this before it was voted on.

The entire Drive-By Media knew. Well, that maybe is an exaggeration. I don’t know how many of ’em actually read the health care law. But enough of them knew, enough to be able to tell voters that this law was gonna cost them much more money, that this law was not gonna reduce their costs at all. That was known. Anybody that ran around saying that was called a fearmonger or a liar, or worse, and now all of a sudden everything we’ve said about this bill every month or so, we’re validated again.And there’s a companion story to this, folks. This is in the UK Daily Mail: “Health and Human Services extends Obamacare deadline for some enrollees after computer glitch and long waits kept them from signing up over the weekend. The last day to sign up for Obamacare was Feb. 1, but as many as half a million Americans may have been unable to complete their applications. On Saturday an IRS function that verifies income was out of service, and over the weekend callers faced longer than normal wait times. Affected applicants will now have until Feb. 22 to sign up before they are assessed a fee of $325 or 2% of their income – whichever is greater.”

There is a ceiling on that at some point, but it’s much more than these people — out of their league. So these three members of Congress were able to get a one-week extension, yeah, Sander Levin, big Baghdad Jim McDermott, Lloyd Doggett of Texas, concerned that many of their constituents didn’t find out in time. Yeah, there was a glitch in the law there. Yeah, yeah, there was a glitch, we didn’t realize. Maybe they didn’t know, either. Hell, nobody read this thing. I wouldn’t be surprised if these clowns didn’t know what was in it. Actually, I don’t. I’m not gonna let ’em get by with that. They knew exactly what was in it.

They knew exactly what Obamacare was gonna do. They might not know the details, but they new exactly what this was: government taking over health care. They knew exactly what they were doing. They knew it was gonna cost people more money. They knew and anybody they told the opposite they were lying to. They knew this was not gonna make health care cheaper for people that buy it. People that get it free that’s a whole different ball of wax. But even the subsidy thing is all messed up now.

They knew it, the media and everybody, this was so unnecessary, this need not have happened. See, this is just the ancillary little problems you deal with when you’re taking over a country. “Ah, it’s okay, get some angry constituents for a couple of months, maybe a couple years, we’ll deal with it. But taking over the country, transforming the country and making it into what we want it to be, it’s worth a few people being upset now and then. We’ll deal with it.” And that’s exactly what is going on.

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RUSH: In fact, I think it’s safe to say, if my memory on this is right, that Obama, in a speech or two, actually assured the American people that they would have an additional $2,500 every year, disposable income, after Obamacare was implemented. Because their premiums are gonna come down. He said the average premium would be $2,500 less. That means $2,500 more disposable income every American’s gonna have. Well, what the hell happened to that? Well, the thing about that was, it was never true. It was a lie from the get-go. Just as was, “You like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Everybody has known this is coming. Everybody has known that the vast majority of the American people have no idea what’s in this plan. They are laboring under misconception upon misconception. Chief among them is it’s gonna cost me less. In fact, it might even be free. The concept of a fine or a penalty, the Fourth Amendment battle over this, the government requiring you to buy a product escaped ’em. They didn’t have any idea what that’s about. So now this is all happening and they’re not prepared for it. “What do you mean, if I don’t have insurance by February 1st I gotta pay a fine?”

So members of Congress come along and act like they didn’t know it, either. They wrote the law. They voted for the law. They debated it. They did it. And yet they come along and act like they had no idea this was in there, and they’re gonna get to the bottom of it, they’re gonna find out who’s screwing their constituents. They had no idea it was there, which is a bunch of BS. It’s what these Democrats do every time, every damn time. It’s the Limbaugh Theorem. Make victims out of everybody, out of stuff you do to ’em, and then when it happens, blame the Republicans for it.

BREAK TRANSCRIPT

RUSH: In fact, I think it’s safe to say, if my memory on this is right, that Obama, in a speech or two, actually assured the American people that they would have an additional $2,500 every year, disposable income, after Obamacare was implemented. Because their premiums are gonna come down. He said the average premium would be $2,500 less. That means $2,500 more disposable income every American’s gonna have. Well, what the hell happened to that? Well, the thing about that was, it was never true. It was a lie from the get-go. Just as was, “You like your doctor, you can keep your doctor. You like your plan, you can keep your plan.”

Divert & Distract

Though I’ve remiss in keeping this page current, I can see not much has changed in several weeks..

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Barack Obama is STILL lying to the American people..The Democrats are DESPERATE for something…ANYTHING..to divert the public’s attention away from the disastrous, deplorable record they have on the issues that REALLY matter…and the media is STILL making sure to go out of its way to cover for both!

Obamacare slowly sinks in as Americans grapple with WHAT it is..and HOW it works. I don’t foresee some massive bombshell with it that will lead to massive anger. It’s going to be one of those things that, as word spreads, more and more will realize what a gigantic pain in the ass it will be dealing with your personal healthcare.The fact that the president LIED about it, along with the Democrats, is NOT going to help matters, as far as their electoral chances. But, on the other hand, we’re talking about a nation that elected Barack Obama, not once, but TWICE! So, I’m hoping for the best and preparing for the worst.

The administration’s indifference and continuous ‘CYA’ mode when it comes to what happened in Benghazi could lead to more unsettling discoveries, pending a Congressional investigation. But, don’t expect much to come of it, no matter how obviously incompetent the Obama White House is. The press would NEVER allow that to happen!

And now we have the doomsday scenario floated by the administration when it comes to climate change. Basically, if we don’t STOP RIGHT NOW, WE’RE DEAD! PERIOD! That’s what they’d like you to believe. It’s all part of the grand strategic move to divert attention away from issues like the economy..jobs..debt. These require SERIOUS consideration and DIFFICULT decisions. But President Obama and the Democrats lack the fortitude and courage to make these decisions. So they continue with the divert and distract tactic. But with a record number of Americans not working, I’m not so sure of their luck this time around.

Let’s face it, folks. We were duped in 2008 and again in 2012. Well, I wasn’t..at least not in the last election. The majority of voters, many who lack basic common sense, were lead down the primrose path by lies and promises from a man most of us never heard of! It’s just that simple. He was considered a viable, attractive alternative and propped up by a national political force as the answer to our woes. Instead, we got a deceitful, incompetent, arrogant, and vindictive man, whose efforts have left us with what you see around you today. Admittedly, the opposition lacked much backbone…over fears of racism and what have you. But that’s no excuse. We are in dire need of someone who is NOT afraid to stand up and tell the truth. The nation needs that terribly. So far, those are few and far between.

In the meantime, we’re left with a struggling economy, a diminished presence on the national stage, and a frustrated, exhausted citizenry. Think about it as you see story after story in the media and you realize how utterly ridiculous and STUPID it all is! I’m hoping 2014 will see more of us coming to our senses. HOPING, mind you. America has failed itself time and again in the past. Maybe this time will be different. We shall see!

 

 

The Answer to Everything…

I think we all know the Obama presidency has NOT been what many Americans had hoped for. Whether they will admit that or not…well, that’s another question.

The administration has taken its tired responses from the Democrat playbook for years now. Of course, there is a predominate favorite that’s used. Tried and true, it’s utilized time and again, no matter what a weak, baseless defense it is….

The American people have real concerns and Barack Obama has been completely unable and unwilling to offer any sense of authority…any show of capability..any concerted effort beyond that which wins him political points…such as they are…

I thought I’d review some issues that have been quite egregious and offer the president a chance to respond…

Mr. President, our government continues to mount debt at a breakneck pace and there seems to be no willingness to tackle out of control spending. It’s very frightening for our nation…wouldn’t you agree?

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Mr. President, the IRS targeting of select groups is something that’s very disturbing and unsettling to us..and we feel nothing is really being done about it…

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Mr. President, Benghazi was obviously more than what your administration told us and we feel you’re trying to cover up what really happened….

 

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Mr. President, Obamcare..excuse me, the affordable care act, is not what most Americans want or expected…

 

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Mr. president, we don’t like what’s been going on with the NSA and the phone line tapping at the A.P…

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Mr. President, we really don’t like the idea of the federal government become so involved in birth control access and all of that..it seems that is something the vast majority of individuals could decide and obtain for themselves..

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Mr. President, illegal immigration is out of control and a major strain on our economy…despite the theory that those workers are needed for supposed jobs Americans won’t do…

 

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Speaking of jobs, Mr. President…unemployment is still significant…especially with so many leaving the workforce and your administration has yet to focus on policies to encourage hiring….

 

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Mr. President, your attempts to frame “wage inequality”, that you say hinders women in the workplace, is not really based upon all of the factors which would normally be included before your administration drafts a policy…

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Well, we can see we’re really not getting anywhere with you….You should know, sir, that come the 2014 midterms, it’s looking like the Democrats are facing quite an obstacle in their arrogance and ineptitude, when it comes to trust and truth…

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There you have it folks! Straight from the president himself… I think we ALL know where we stand, when it comes to what lies ahead with Barack Obama in the White House…

The Joke’s on US!

I can’t think of a better occassion than April Fools day to review some of the highlights of endless laundry list of lies courtesy of Barack Obama…

 

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Our nation continues to suffer under what passes for guidance under undoubtedly one of the worse administrations in American history. Divisive, malicious, and vindictive…yet utterly incompetent. How they manage to merge those two is beyond me!……..

“We will close the detention camp in Guantanamo Bay…”

April Fool!

“Today I’m pledging to cut the deficit in half by the end of my first term in office…”

April Fool!

“As soon as we’re out of this recession, we’ve got to get serious about starting to live within our means!….”

April Fool!

“We agree on reforms that will reduce the costs of healthcare. Families will save on their premiums..”

April Fool!

“We’ve got shovel-ready projects all across the country…”

April Fool!

“I don’t take a dime of their (lobbyists) money, and when I am president they won’t find a job in my White House!”

April Fool!

“I pledge to preserve, protect, and defend the Constitution..”

April Fool!

“If you’ve got a business, you didn’t build that! Somebody else made that happen!”

April Fool!

“Eighty percent of Americans support including higher taxes as part of the debt ceiling deal…”

April Fool!

“If you like your healthcare plan, you will be able to keep your healthcare plan! Period!”…

BIG, BIG, BIG, April Fool!

Face it, America….you continue to fall prey to lie after lie after lie.. And, as it has been noted, THIS isn’t politics as usual, the give and take, back and forth…this administration has managed, and continues to do so, to inflict damage upon the well being of this nation, the likes we’ve never seen….and THAT is no APRIL FOOL!

 

"Love Obama or detest him, the evidence mounts that millions of Americans don't know the man who is their president.." - John R.. Smith, Bizpac Review, December 18, 2013

“Love Obama or detest him, the evidence mounts that millions of Americans don’t know the man who is their president..” – John R.. Smith, Bizpac Review, December 18, 2013

 

 

 

Detached Cluelessness!

"Is it preposterous' to consider a black hole as a possibility?"

“Is it preposterous’ to consider a black hole as a possibility?”

CNN’s resident loon, Don Lemon, speculating on the whereabouts of the Malaysian airliner…  @donlemon

.."Change is hard..."

..”Change is hard…”

Madame Speaker offers a analysis on the fourth anniversary of Obamacare vote…I’m sure Ms. Pelosi is quite aware that this train wreck is ANYTHING BUT ‘affordable’!…What an absolute embarrassing nit wit! @NancyPelosi

"I think everyone's grateful..you did this.."

“I think everyone’s grateful..you did this..”

I love ya’ Ellen, but gushing to the President over how “great” Obamacare is was a bit much…I thought you were MUCH smarter than that! @TheEllenShow

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You rich people should pay more taxes..because you can afford to..period.

The sadly clueless and FROZEN (brain) star of Showtime’s “House of Lies” proves how detached she’s become with a moronic tweet about rich people paying higher taxes…I’m sure the Feds would be happy to tack on a little something extra to Ms. Bell’s tax bill…  @IMKristenBell

This is brief, I know…but, you get the point…These are just four examples if rampant idiocy omnipresent in our culture, our media…the day to day narrative. These past 5 plus years have been utterly detrimental, to say the least, to the well being of the United States. It’s this kind of mindless, opportunistic garbage that passes of astute observation. When, in truth, these individuals, and more like them, lack even a shred of the capability to apply practical thought to what they’re saying…and what they believe. What a sad, sad state of affairs…

Our only hope lies in more and more of us realizing what complete lunacy is…and these guys are pointing the way…