Friday, January 23, 2009

Gotta Love Bureaucracy

I came home today and my mother was all excited to tell me this wonderful story, about my grandfather.

So, my grandfather is 65 and has applied for Medicare. When he received his card, it said "female" on it. So my grandfather went over to the medicare office, and was like "Umm... There's been a mistake, I'm male."

The great government bureaucrat said "There is no mistake, your SS# is filed as female, if you have a problem, you must go to the Social Security office."

My grandfather went on his merry way to the main SS office in Manhattan and was like "Dude, I'm male!"

The SS office looked him up and was like "Sir, there is no mistake it says you're female, and you're also not a legal resident of the United States."

My grandfather, who has been living here for almost 30 years, and has been a citizen for at least 20, showed them his Drivers License and his passport. He was like "I'm a citizen, how could I not be a legal resident?"

So they sent him to some other office, where everything was supposedly straightened out. In the meantime, they checked out my grandma, and she's legal, as well as female :-).

Btw...True Story.

In the meantime, I propose Gov. Patterson tax the stupid people. This way, either one of two things happen

1- People feel the burden of the tax and stop being stupid (which may not help the NY budget, but will help benefit society)

OR

2- NY will prosper, with a never-ending supply of money. Then other states will follow. Once we get hick states, that's it... the US will never have to worry about financial issues.

10 comments:

Child Ish Behavior said...

So simple, so funny, yet so infeasible. O well.

frumskeptic said...

how about we submit government employee stories (or just general union worker stories) to some sort of comedy contest. The government would win SOOOO much money, they'd never have to worry about budget deficits either.

And it would be easier to do than taxing the stupid. :-)

comfortablynumb said...

the problem with taxing the stupid is that most of them seem to work for the government and therefore dont pay taxes at all.A very good idea though

Mikeinmidwood said...

Comfortably Numb

And then you wonder why we are in a depression, half our government is stupid, and the biggest of em all was just elected.

Moshe said...

comfortablynumb, government workers don't pay taxes?! Are you for real?!
My wife is a federal employee, maybe you should tell her employer that they're not supposed to be taxing her.

FS, so you grandparents are an official lesbian couple? How can they have a marriage certificate in NY?!
He should've just taken the card. This way he could've had so many adventures with doctors.

"Sir, it appears that you're not menopausal"
"Indeed I'm not"

Though there is the possibility of some psycho anti gay group finding out about your grandparents and following them around.

Moshe said...

You really shouldn't have posted about this. If it gets out that your grandparents are a lesbian couple, no shadchan will have anything to do with you.

Lion of Zion said...
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Lion of Zion said...

"the problem with taxing the stupid is that most of them seem to work for the government and therefore dont pay taxes at all."

government employees do indeed pay taxes.

of course that's not to say that many (most?) government employees are not stupid. personally i would like to see the entire government workforce dissolved.

Anonymous said...

government employees do indeed pay taxes.

of course that's not to say that many (most?) government employees are not stupid. personally i would like to see the entire government workforce dissolved.


It's true that government employees pay taxes, but it's sort of like they're just returning part of their salary back to where it came from. Just with some extra bureaucracy in between.

Mark

Tuvia said...

That is so dumb and unbelievable, yet not surprising at all.