So, most of you are probably wondering how the glitch error was even discovered. I really wish I could nail down the exact date, but all I could find on the Web was the year 2005. However, way back in 2008, a man passed (God bless his soul) and somehow the government found out he had received around $515,000—all benefits meant for his father who had died himself in 1971! Yes folks, that’s year nineteen aught seventy one—or 37 years the son received ineligible benefits for his deceased dad.
I have a problem here folks and it’s a big one. The U.S. Government is $14 trillion dollars in debt. The U.S. Postal Service better come up with around $5.5 billion or so by the end of this month (that’s tomorrow) or they’ll have to make some large cuts with many affecting workers and process stations.
Our great government and those we elected to run it also said it couldn’t afford FEMA or emergency funds for fellow countrymen (and women and children) who were affected by fires, floods or other natural disasters, and they are simply running out of money (no kidding).
Medicare and Social Security benefits are too-often threatened making those who truly need (and deserve) them live in fear on a daily basis. But no, no, no, not one government leader had any ideas on how to find out which government workers were dead or alive. My goodness people, this is mind-blowing really, isn’t it?
Top financial blogger The Consumerist (aka Ben Popken) blogged about the AP story and said, “The inspector general laid out 14 recommendations for fixing the holes in the system. The Office of Personnel Management (OPM) says they've already adopted 10 of the proposals. Some of the methods include cross-referencing their database with Social Security death records, checking out tax records, and speeding up death reporting."
What? These are our tax dollars funding this accounting software glitch and these top shots have received 14 recommendations for “fixing the holes in the system" and thought 10 were great but just can’t totally decide? Fear not fellow Americans, again according to blogger Ben Popken, “they are making it a top priority."
I need help understanding all of this, I really do. And, it’s embarrassing. Even former Cuban leader Fidel Castro called President Obama “stupid" today according to report by CNN after the President slammed Cuban policies to Hispanic Journalists. Castro, always the dictator, said of the U.S. economy, "Perhaps that empire will collapse first."
This is now really scary—a slam by Castro on how well we are handling our money or should I say the managing and allocation of that money. Do we owe Cuba any bucks? Hmmm?
Each and every day, one stupid comment or another comes out of one of our political leader’s mouths or those who want the top job, such as Michele Bachmann or Rick Perry. The two main political parties in this great country we call home can’t even agree on anything because they’d rather fight, disagree and call each other names.
I must say, as a business owner, if I had found a $515,000 mistake, I’d have to answer to my bank, my franchisor, and my business partner—and fast. I’d have no time to decide on a new policy, implement it, and “make the tax payers a top priority." No siree. I’d have to pull an all-nighter and either find the $515,000 mistake or if indeed the payouts were really made, find a way to get it back ASAP!
However, the government doesn’t work that way, folks and it is sad really. What do you think about this debacle? Or, are you a government retiree or disabled worker receiving benefits you shouldn’t be receiving? You can drop me a comment under the name “anonymous."
After all, the government will take its time and it will be years before you’re discovered; actually it’s probably better if you are discovered once you’re dead because your family will be racking in the dough.
If you think this is the craziest thing since Michelle Obama shopping at Target (no one recognized her except the cashier—sure, people, like the Secret Service wasn’t even there), then drop me a note and let’s discuss this accounting software mess-up.