If you are planning on renting a car with Hertz, beware of some perceived collusion between Hotwire and Hertz.
Four weeks ago I visited Hotwire and rented and prepaid a car for a trip to DFW. The rental company for that trip was Thrifty. I arrived at the counter and was given the car no issues.
Two weeks ago I did the same thing and was assigned Hertz. I arrived and was denied a car because the name on my drivers license did not match EXACTLY the name on my credit card. This is the same drivers license and credit card I used two weeks prior. Hertz had no problem keeping the money they received from Hotwire for the prepaid rental.
Short of being stranded, I had to find another rental company and rented a car that cost 2x what I already prepaid. Now I am asking for Hertz to do the right thing and pay for the secondary rental. I will keep everyone up to speed.
Bummer for Hertz, I need a car next week in Baltimore, the following week in Dallas and March 2nd in London. Please be very careful when renting a car from Hertz. I’d steer clear if I were you.
COSTELLO: I want to talk about the unemployment rate in America.
ABBOTT: Good Subject. Terrible Times. It’s 7.8%.
COSTELLO: That many people are out of work?
ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.
COSTELLO: You just said 7.8%.
ABBOTT: 7.8% Unemployed.
COSTELLO: Right 7.8% out of work.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 14.7%.
COSTELLO: Okay, so it’s 14.7% unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, that’s 7.8%.
COSTELLO: WAIT A MINUTE. Is it 7.8% or 14.7%?
ABBOTT: 7.8% are unemployed. 14.7% are out of work.
COSTELLO: If you are out of work, you are unemployed.
ABBOTT: No, Congress said you can’t count the “Out of Work” as the unemployed. You have to look for work to be unemployed.
COSTELLO: BUT THEY ARE OUT OF WORK!!!
ABBOTT: No, you miss his point.
COSTELLO: What point?
ABBOTT: Someone who doesn’t look for work can’t be counted with those who look for work. It wouldn’t be fair.
COSTELLO: To whom?
ABBOTT: The unemployed.
COSTELLO: But ALL of them are out of work.
ABBOTT: No, the unemployed are actively looking for work. Those who are out of work gave up looking and if you give up, you are no longer in the ranks of the unemployed.
COSTELLO: So if you’re off the unemployment roles, that would count as less unemployment?
ABBOTT: Unemployment would go down. Absolutely!
COSTELLO: The unemployment just goes down because you don’t look for work?
ABBOTT: Absolutely it goes down. That’s how it gets to 7.8%. Otherwise it would be 14.7%.
COSTELLO: Wait, I got a question for you. That means there are two ways to bring down the unemployment number?
ABBOTT: Two ways is correct.
COSTELLO: Unemployment can go down if someone gets a job?
COSTELLO: And unemployment can also go down if you stop looking for a job?
COSTELLO: So there are two ways to bring unemployment down, and the easier of the two is to have people stop looking for work.
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like an Economist.
COSTELLO: I don’t even know what the hell I just said!
ABBOTT: Now you’re thinking like Congress.
Your passport is the property of the issuing government. Several circumstances exist under which authorities can cancel or confiscate your U.S. passport, or the State Department can refuse to issue or renew it:
- If a federal court has issued a warrant for your arrest
- If a federal or state court has ordered you not to leave the United States
- If another country has requested your extradition
- If you owe more than $2,500 in delinquent child support payments
- If doubts arise about the legitimacy of your birthplace or naturalization as a U.S. citizen.
Even if none of these criteria apply, the list of reasons for the United States to confiscate or non-renew your passport is increasing:
- The 2012 Highway Funding Bill eventually signed by President Obama contained a provision that would confiscate the passport of anyone with a “seriously delinquent tax debt.
- In 2011, the State Department proposed a new “Biographical Questionnaire” that, if approved, you might have to complete to receive a passport. Among numerous other intrusive questions, the State Department wanted to know “if there were any religious or institutional recoding of your birth or event occurring around the time of birth (Example: baptism, circumcision, confirmation or other religious ceremony).”
The last time the Dow was this high…
•Food stamp participation was 26 million, today it’s 48 million
•Gas was $2.75, today it’s $3.80
•Gold was $748, today it’s near $1,600
•U.S. National debt was 9 trillion, today we are at $16.4 trillion
Who knew that Hunger Games would be so prophetic? Every single child in America can look forward to at least performing slave labor with a good chance that they may be forced to kill others in order to survive. They will be forced to take their chances literally with life and limb to satisfy the bloody ambitions of sociopathic criminal politicians.
H.R. 748 was introduced on February 14th, 2013 and was referred to the House Armed Services Committee the very same day! Unemployed Youths to be conscripted.