|No Hope Based on this Change
||[Jan. 20th, 2010|11:27 am]
|[||Tags|||||baracknaphobia, fica, gettin' fucked, obamanomics, phone bill, progressive tax, sixteenth amendment, social security, ssa, taxes, verizon||]|
Because of campaign work, I went over my plan last month by 190 minutes. Granted, I had a 900 minute plan, so excluding the mobile to mobile and nights and weekends, I had a grand total of 1090 minutes used. 190 minutes at $0.40/minute = $76! Add this to the usual $76 and you've got $152 bill. Add to this that somehow I put the payment for last month's bill in the checkbook register but somehow never submitted it, you've got nothing but a mess on your hands.
I called Verizon to sort the mess out. I was going to see if they would drop the entire overage charge if I were to switch to their unlimited minutes plan. They would only drop half. I should have pushed the issue more, but they use all kinds of fuzzy math and circular reasoning to make you think that you're getting a deal when really you're getting screwed.
And that Reminds Me...
...of the IRS. They too use fuzzy math and don't know what the hell they're doing. Because I'm going to be short at the first of the month because of the phone fiasco, I had an overwhelming desire to estimate how much I would get back in taxes this year. I made $5K less in 2009 than I did in 2008, so I can accurately claim that I made more money under Bush than I have Obama, much like people used to claim about Bush 41 and Clinton. Using the 2008 tax form/table and 2009 numbers, I'm being taxed at 21.5% and I'll owe the State while only get $300 back from the Feds.
The Sixteenth Amendment really needs to be repealed. In light of the original document, it's un-Constitutional.
Social Security and FICA can go while we're at it.
If you'd like to make a Paypal donation, you can click on the Baracknaphobia button below. I really just need to cover the cost of the difference between what my phone bill normally is and how much I owe now, so really, a few $5 and $10 donations will do the trick.