Obama – “Oops, We Goofed”

A retail goods website from which I receive regular email, DYNOMITE OFFERS, recently offered FREE SHIPPING on orders received before Thanksgiving 2013. Today (November 18, 2013), I received an email that rescinded that offer. “Ooops, We Goofed” was in the subject line. It seems that the free shipping was only for orders for more than $50.00 or $25.00 if ordered today! Otherwise regular shipping costs would be assessed.

Now, I have no problem with legitimate and reasonable shipping costs from internet companies I do business with. Frankly, I enjoy shopping online. I hate to shop in stores. For one thing, it’s a hassle to get into my pickup and drive to the mall. For another thing, I am old and a bit crippled up and people look at the cane I use with pity in their eyes. I’d much rather see hate in their eyes than pity. But I digress.

I’m certainly willing to forgive and forget the company’s error in offering me free shipping when they didn’t mean to offer it. After all, people do make mistakes. I know I have made a mistake or two in my lifetime. I remember a mistake I made in 1947….but that’s a story for a different time and place.

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The absurdity of the Affordable Care Act debacle that seems to be an ongoing soap opera saga, is not forgivable. For me to be inconvenienced a little because of an unintended offer for free shipping is one thing. For my family and me to have our physical wellbeing jeopardized because of an “unintended” offer of support for my present health insurance and cadre of doctors is another.

It just keeps going on, doesn’t it? It seems never to end. Now we have the big “fix,” and several people who should know, have deemed the fix to have worsened the situation. You can read one of those commentaries from Ramesh Ponnuru, a less than conservative voice in a less than conservative news outlet, Bloomberg Press.

OopsIf it weren’t so serious, we could all laugh about it; like the time my wife told me she got two ingredients mixed up and put a cup of salt and a teaspoon of sugar in a pumpkin pie she was baking for Thanksgiving dinner when she was 12 years old. Incidentally, her dad, being a true father, ate his whole piece of pie and told her it was wonderful. It wasn’t until later that she discovered what a mistake she had made. But it was not a life threatening mistake.

Just today, I had my quarterly visit with my primary care physician. For a man my age with diabetes and neuropathy, I’m in pretty good physical condition. He didn’t even scold me for still being overweight this time because I had lost 5 pounds since August. (Actually, I took my car keys out of my pocket and left my pocket knife in my pickup along with my gun and my Bible before I got on the scales this morning. I have a big Bible, large print, don’t you know. And a large pocket knife too.)

Yes, mistakes are mistakes. Sometimes we even make two mistakes. As a nation, we proved that in 2008 and again in 2012. May I hear an “Amen”?


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Harry Livermore

Harry Livermore spent a lifetime teaching English in high schools and junior colleges in Kansas, Oklahoma, and Georgia. He now writes for and is editor of the Valdosta Magazine. Harry and his wife Janice live in Valdosta, GA. They are members of the First Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Valdosta. Harry has two sons, six grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren who live in Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas.

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