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Back to work

I got a call from the government today offering me a job. I took it.

To set the stage, here’s what Falcon wrote at Birther Report a few days back:

Please discuss your 150 dollar a year Obama stipend for running interference. We all want to know why you are paid less than an intern. Those were your words.

I frankly was puzzled by that remark because I don’t get a stipend from Obama, much less would have said so. I had to search BR comments to figure out what he meant. The context was someone saying they wished they could see my W2 form. I replied:

My W2 for 2014 shows $150 in wages, from being a Poll Manager in the 2014 general election. That’s all my earned income.

And as happens so often in this birther business, a coincidence occurred. This afternoon I got a call from the County Elections Commission asking me to work the polls for the upcoming November 3 general election. I agreed.

10 Responses to Back to work

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    Sef October 20, 2015 at 8:28 pm #

    Does your County send you a 1099 form for the $150?

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    Dr. Conspiracy October 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm #

    No, a W2. I’m a very part time county employee. I even get direct deposit!

    This year, though, it will only be $75 because I didn’t have to go to training.

    Sef: Does your County send you a 1099 form for the $150?

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    Keith October 20, 2015 at 10:15 pm #

    Geese louise man. When I worked elections back in the early to mid 70’s I got time and a half on my regular salary*. You need to join a union or something, you’re way way under paid – even if all you are doing is sweeping up at the end of the day.

    * of course I was working at my regular desk and just ‘on-call’ for any software problems with ‘my’ computer – I was the lead systems programmer for the City. But I did have to be there for rehearsals and to take the handover when the counting was done. Oh and I did get to ‘clean up’ the ballot cards to make sure there weren’t any ‘hanging chads’ and turn over any unreadable ballots to the County Attorney staff for scrutinizing.

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    Tomtech October 20, 2015 at 11:22 pm #

    Poll Workers unite! I don’t think I ever received a W-2. I know that I haven’t filled out an I-9.

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    Sef October 21, 2015 at 3:40 am #

    Tomtech:
    Poll Workers unite! I don’t think I ever received a W-2. I know that I haven’t filled out an I-9.

    You can get a 1099 if the yearly total exceeds $600. Then you really see how much they think of your 19 hour days.

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    Lupin October 21, 2015 at 4:50 am #

    In my youth $150 would have bought 1,000 comics. These were the days.

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    Keith October 21, 2015 at 6:10 am #

    Lupin:
    In my youth $150 would have bought 1,000 comics. These were the days.

    In my youth I had a 4 year subscription to every Marvel action comic (I left out the girlie ones and the westerns) which included number one issue of a LOT of the characters solo series. I had Fantastic Four number 1; I had Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D number 1; I had Dr. Strange number 1 (or whatever the actual title of his mag was). I don’t specifically remember having Spiderman number 1 but I certainly had low numbers.

    When I moved out of the house, I left them (it was a pile about 3 feet high – near enough to a meter) and a big stack of 45rpm records in the closet to be reclaimed later. When I got back to reclaim them, Dad had cleaned everything out and dumped it in the landfill.

    For some reason he didn’t throw out the flursluggin accordian though. I don’t know what the heck possessed him – maybe it was Dr. Doom.

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    Lupin October 21, 2015 at 7:31 am #

    Keith: In my youth I had a 4 year subscription to every Marvel action comic (I left out the girlie ones and the westerns) which included number one issue of a LOT of the characters solo series. I had Fantastic Four number 1; I had Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D number 1; I had Dr. Strange number 1 (or whatever the actual title of his mag was). I don’t specifically remember having Spiderman number 1 but I certainly had low numbers.

    When I moved out of the house, I left them (it was a pile about 3 feet high – near enough to a meter) and a big stack of 45rpm records in the closet to be reclaimed later. When I got back to reclaim them, Dad had cleaned everything out and dumped it in the landfill.

    For some reason he didn’t throw out the flursluggin accordian though. I don’t know what the heck possessed him – maybe it was Dr. Doom.

    That is one of the saddest stories I’ve ever read. My heart bleeds.

    In my own case, due to life’s changing circumstances, I have had to sell a number books & comics, then bough them again, then sold them again… There are books that I must have bought (in replacement) three times since i was a kid. I’ve been good for the market. 🙂

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    Dr. Conspiracy October 21, 2015 at 8:34 am #

    I have a similar story, except it was DC comics. I had JLA #1. My stack was only about a foot.

    Keith: When I moved out of the house, I left them (it was a pile about 3 feet high – near enough to a meter) and a big stack of 45rpm records in the closet to be reclaimed later. When I got back to reclaim them, Dad had cleaned everything out and dumped it in the landfill.

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    Lupin October 21, 2015 at 8:44 am #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    I have a similar story, except it was DC comics. I had JLA #1. My stack was only about a foot.

    Aaaahhh.. The threat of Starro the conqueror… A menace to rival even that of Donald Trump… Although come to think of it, that was in BRAVE & THE BOLD… JLA #1 was either Amazo or Despero, me memory is a bit hazy and I;m too lazy to google it…