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  • VOTE!
    Lisa Lisa
    VOTE! VOTE! VOTE! We as Americans should cherish this given right where in other countries, people risk their very lives for an opportunity to vote. At the end of the day, whatever your persuasion (did I spell that right? Need spellcheck on here!) you shouldnt lay on your back and let a majority decide your fate. This is one way to speak up and let your voice be heard. VOTE VOTE VOTE! Ok..off my soap box on that matter. If republicans take control of the house, we as federal workers will have to face another adjustment. If my only choices were a RIF or furlough, then I take the furlough. That being said, no more will I work the many hours of OT for free. No more will I work for comp time. If I have to tighten up, I will, but management will have to understand that they can no longer approach me to work OT hours for comp time. I always did (and paid for a babysitter to boot). I never complained of the fact that OT actually cost me money because of having to pay a sitter just to work OT to be a team player. If my choices are a pay freeze, no new hires and no step promos, then I would rather have THAT above all else. Unfortunately, at a time when some of the sentiment is that fed workers are uneducated, having furloughs certainly isnt going to bring anymore folks in. Most of these politicians never worked a DAY in a federal position outside of being a politician and writing their memoirs.
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  • Vote for what?
    contrarian
    I'm still waiting for a budget for the current fiscal year that was due Oct 1. I guess we get the government we deserve, but until we start addressing the root causes of problems, I doubt the symptoms will change. But I tend to be optimistic and think that when it really matters we will do the right thing.
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  • Vote
    Moderate
    the reason why there is no budget is because the Republicans want one thing and the Democrats want something else. For whatever reason they cannot get together on the issues. This is why we have CR's.------------------------------------------------- Vote because your vote could possibly be the difference between your representative having your philosophy and your representative having another philosophy.
    worker
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  • Huh?
    Joe
    Democrats have the majority in the House and the Senate. They can pass whatever budget they want. They just didn't have the guts to do it before the election. So we're all wondering what next year's budget will be and taxpaying Americans are wondering what next year's tax rate will be. The election is more important than a stable government or the economy. Politicians make me sick.
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  • You forgot
    Moderate
    The party of no, the Republicans have been using the filibuster in the Senate, to block any budget that does not suit their needs.
    worker
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  • Filibuster
    BeanerECMO
    Not only the party of NO!; but H## NO!! There has been no actual filibuster, only the threat of filibuster. There have been cloture votes, and, fortunately, they held for a long while, but were finally overcome by the bribes in TARP, stimulus and Healthcare Insurance reform, which, in the end, cannot be instituted. The dems own people knew this was the wrong way to go; otherwise, all of these massive takeovers would have been passed in Feb/Mar '09.
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  • Party of H##no
    Moderate
    The threat of a filibuster is as good as a filibuster. As Joe says we do not have a budget in spite of a Democratic majority. That is why we have CR's.------------------ The party of H##no does not want the poor and unemployed to have health insurance unless they can afford to buy it.. This includes those who lost their jobs due to the Bush depression.---------------------------------------------------------------- the party of H##no does not mind hiring Cheney's ex company to do defense work, and from what I heard, do a lousy job, but they do not mind talking about alleged bribes to continue the stimulus program initiated by Bush. Actually, bribes are illegal, so why doesn't the party of no attempt to prosecute those involved in the bribe programs? This is because they lie. There were no bribes. The tradeoffs are done by both parties to get the votes they need for a particular item.------------- Actually, bean counter, the Dems knew the programs were correct and necessary to allviate the horrors of the Bush programs. They were passed late due to the radical rights's filibuster.-------------------------------------------------------------------- You are a radical right regressive now. You follow, by rote, the radical right's objective which is sweatshops for everyone but the wealthy. You want unions eliminated because they stand in the way of the wealthy regressive rightists who want to take over the country.
    worker
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  • Join the Club
    Doctor L
    As was mentioned in yesterday's post there are about 600,000 persons in each congressional district. However, surveys show that member of congress are influenced by about 2500 people. This small group are the ones who have their ear and influence their votes on legislation. Every congressional district has a many, many more federal employees and retirees than 2500. How big of an influence could we have on legislation if we each communicated with our Representative and Senators regularly? All federal employees and retirees should strive to become a member of the "2500 Club".
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  • 2500 CLUB
    BeanerECMO
    You already are members. The taxpayers are helping to pay your union to lobby congress through paying your wages, and you pay dues to the AFSCME.
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  • 2500 club
    Moderate
    Actually, it is your friends, the radical right who shout down the progressives, who are members of the 2500 club. They and their corporate friends, have the money to finance elections and get our representatives to listen to them and not the people. You were never a progressive. You follow, blindly, the propaganda of the radical right. You may have learned to read and write, but you have not learned how to think in a critical matter. Otherwise, just like I question Obama on various issues such as Israel and the civil rights part of the justice department on those who allegedly intiimidated voters. I said question because I do not follow Fox's blind garbage on that issue. You are attempting to mug the middle class with the stuff you write.
    worker
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  • How about this for cost cutting
    BeanerECMO
    All the focus in DC is raising taxes including BHO's 'bipartisan' economic (tax) task force. It confirms that government believes the money that anyone earns is the government's by default. Remember when the politicians say that a tax cut of any amount will "cost" the government? Here's what needs to be done: All agencies at the federal, state and local levels should cut programs by 5% each year for the next 5 years except for those efforts that directly support combat ops, counter-illegal immigration ops, or DHS ops. However, each agency should still be held to a budget cut of 5% made up of cuts to programs that do not directly support combat ops, counter-illegal immigration ops, or DHS ops. All open federal, state and local positions not filled should be eliminated immediately. VA care (except for service connected maladies) as well as Social Security and Medicare/Medicaid should be means tested. Cut federal and state congressional operational funding by 10% per year for 5 years. Freeze federal, state and local congressional / administrative / support staff pay for the next 10 years. Stop federal government funding of FFRDCs and have them compete for programs as other non-FFRDCs must. Cut corporate taxes; cut capital gain taxes; do not fund any part of the just past Obamacare (let it wither on the vine), and stop the additional taxes passed under that healthcare insurance law. Stop all grain-based ethanol production subsidies; in fact, stop all subsidies; products should stand on their own merits. Fannie and Freddie are NOT too big to fail; no more bailout funds to them, and have them repay what they have received. There are no sure things in the market; if companies/brokers want to make high risk investments, they must notify their shareholders/clients for due diligence; if not, they suffer criminal prosecution. Bonuses to be taxed as regular income. No, there is no point where one has earned enough contrary to what BHO says. Further, 80% of the tax cuts in 2001 and 2003 were aimed at families earning less than $250K/yr. Also, families of four earning less than $88K/yr will have their health care insurance subsidized. That means that families earning more than $88K/yr will be helping to subsidize the former. So much for BHO's claim that no family earning less than $250K/yr would see their taxes raised a "dime". Technically, he is correct; they won't be raised a dime; they'll be raised 50,000 dimes. Re: Government furlough; First, how many private sector jobs does it take to fund one fed job considering that fed personnel also pay taxes, and fed pay leads private industry by 1/3 to 1/2. Equivalency of pay is not a reality. What does government provide as a real product beyond those in security/defense? What effort does government do to produce one drop of oil revenue? What does government do to produce one loaf of bread. Oh, they manage. Yes, much like MMS, USAID, COE, DOE, HHS, EPA, OPM, GAO et al. Yes, I know this is a repeat from a post on another thread, but it still needs discussion.
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  • Budget cuts
    Moderate
    We have read this nonsense already. All of your favorite programs are left alone. All of the social programs are cut. I got a better idea. Cut your favorite programs by 10% per year and leave the social programs alone. both suggestions are stupid and should not be instituted. I guess you woutld cut the IRS budget by 10% per year. All they do is enforce tax laws and collect taxes to finance the government, including your favorite programs. Medicaid is means tested. Medicare is partially means tested. We pay social security taxes so we can collect at whatever age. Let us not forget road building which comes out of the federal budget. How about public schools? Are you going to deny the children the right to an education unless they can afford public schools?------------------------------------------------------------ You want to bring us back to the age of sweatshops and union busting. You want to bring us back to the age of robber barons and magical elixirs to cure diseases instead of having the government make sure our drugs and food are good. Guess you read and write the wrong stuff.
    worker
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