Social Security, part two......Judging
from all the comments, calls, emails and letters, quite a
lot of my readers related to my story of woe (Star, June 28,
2006) about the Social Security Administration. I need to
give you an update.
Almost immediately after my article came
out, I received my new replacement social security card.
A coincidence -I think not. In any event
I plan to hang on to that sucker as I now know how hard it
is to get one. I should have just gone down to the flea
market and bought one like everybody else!
But right after I wrote the article and
before I got my card, I was reading my own article and got
all riled up again. So I called the 1-800 number as the
local number is ALWAYS busy.
When I finally reached someone on the
other end of the 1-800 call, I asked for her supervisor and
explained to the supervisor my dilemma about not being able
to get my driver’s license and how I had jumped through all
the hoops to get proper documentation, waited in line twice
for several hours, was told that I had never been put in the
system for a new card and even had a receipt from the local
office that I received at the library when I waited in line
I told the helpful supervisor (I got her
name when I started) on the other end of the line that I
knew she could contact the local office because she (or some
other 1-800 person) had done so before to discover I had not
been put into the system. I told her that I knew the name of
the man who had given me the receipt at the library on my
final visit as he had signed the receipt and that I wanted
the name of his supervisor at the local office so I could
call and get him in trouble.
The 1-800 lady had me hold while she
contacted the Sharpstown office. When she came back on line,
she asked me to physically describe the man at the library
also. When I told her what he looked like, she informed me
he WAS the supervisor at the Sharpstown office and she had
left my number for him to call me.
Sure enough he called the next day and I
complained that he had not put me in the system as I had a
receipt promising I would get my card in two weeks. I
reminded him it had been two months, and my friend who was
with me that day had received hers quite some time ago. I
also told him that my friend had been helped by the lady
His excuse was that SHE (the lady
accompanying him) was responsible for the paperwork and he
had only seen some of us to help her out, but she was
ultimately responsible for the paperwork as he was the
supervisor. I told him he was not a very good supervisor if
he had let her get away with not filing my paperwork yet.
He promised to check on it and get back
to me. I thought I had pulled a real coupe because I had
caller ID and I now had his private telephone number and I
could call him every day. “He’s MINE now!” I thought.
Sure enough, that number didn’t work
either as it was never answered, but I did get my card very
shortly after that and after my article. I scampered into
the house from the mailbox singing and hallelujahing, so
imagine my surprise when three days later, I got ANOTHER
letter from them telling me they were in the process of
sending me my card, as if nothing had ever happened in
Mind you, my checks had continue to
arrive unabated. They didn’t seem to mind giving me money,
but I wasn’t going to get that card without a fight.
I had an interesting thought. Why were
they so reluctant to give a 65-year-old woman a card? It’s
not like I would need it to get a job. And therein lies the
dilemma. The reason I did not have a card is because I had
my own business for the past 27 years, so had no need to
show anyone a social security card.
And by the way, thanks to those who told
me that the driver’s license people can not legally make me
have a social security card. I received that information
after I got my SS card. Of course, I guess I could always
have bought a driver’s license at the flea market also.
And if that wasn’t bad enough.....I
had to laugh about the man who wrote me a letter and said he
had problems with social security but his representative,
Tom DeLay, got them resolved quickly and here I had gone off
and run ol’ Tom out of office so it served me right to be
without a representative when I needed him.
The reason I thought this was funny is
because I did not hound Mr. DeLay out of office. In fact,
after the primary, I was mad that he was too chicken to run
against Nick Lampson and had to resort to lying, something
that should be quite against his religion I think, in order
to get off the ballot. Everyone knows that Tom DeLay has not
moved from Sugar Land. Heck fire, his neighbors see him all
the time. He spends more time in Sugar Land now than he ever
No sir, it’s not my fault I don’t have a
representative. It’s Mr. DeLay’s, the state Republican party
and Rick Perry. When DeLay withdrew, the Governor should
have had a special election immediately so we would not be
unrepresented. That was the right thing to do.
And as Richard Armour said,
“Politics......has been concerned with right or left instead
of right or wrong.”
I have a theory.....I think that
President Bush is a Democrat really deep down. He ran as a
Republican and has been the worse president we’ve had in a
long time, all to drive everyone back to the Democrat party
and usher in another 25 years of Democrat rule.
But like Robert W. Kenny (I’m into
quoting this week), I’m “ashamed of being a Republican and
afraid of being a Democrat.”
Such fun.....You know I play gin at
the Swinging Door every week. Well, a couple of weeks ago,
Jay Onstad mentioned that the restaurant was having a comedy
team the next night (Friday) and we couldn’t change the
table arrangements. “What? How come we didn’t know about
this?” we asked. Steve Onstad had arrived by then to have us
“test” his recipe for onion rings and bell pepper rings (a
delicious addition to the menu). He told us that they were
sold out, but he thought he could make room. He seemed
surprised that some of us old “buffaloes” could stay up
until 9 p.m. when the act started and warned us the jokes
might be a little raunchy.
Just what we liked, we thought, so Joan
Eicke, Wanda Manville, Ruth Olsen, Gale Bullock and I
saddled up Friday night for a bunch of laughs at the
Swinging Door. Steve said the comics approached him with the
idea of a comedy act and he thought it was unique to Fort
Bend and might be something his customers would enjoy. We
did! And he promises to do it again in September.