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  • Gloves off..maybe?
    Lisa Lisa
    There is no disputing that cuts and freezes need to be made. Most of average Joe workers would tell you within their own workplace where those cuts could be made but politicians arent interested in hearing Average Joe's opinion in their grand world of data collecting. They only listen to the elite. The problem is, the elite arent in the trenches with Average Joe. For the elite its all about the buzz words of matrixes and metrics, pretty pie charts, and the ever tiring "collection of data".......... I doubt most elite would know Average Joe's name let alone take time to know all of the ins and outs of their agency and departments. I buy freezing new hires. I also buy no pay raises and step promos for a few years. I COMPLETELY buy in to getting rid of deadbeat GS14's and above whom sit in their offices and make pretty pie charts all day, take credit for work that Average Joe does, and have pre-meetings for meetings. I dont buy furloughing. I would gladly give back some of my vacation time that I have EARNED but furloughing, no way........I have a real problem with the words similarly spoked by newly elected officials that say in a nutshell : "The People wanted change". "The people have spoken"!....well..hold the phone there Bub....its really only about HALF the people that have spoken for said Congressman or Senator. The OTHERHALF is PO'd. These newly elected Congressmen and Senators need to be VERY careful in not alienating the OTHER HALF. I believe that was the mistake of Obama (and I am a democrat). There was still the OTHER HALF that didnt appreciate having all of the Democratic fundamentals shoved down their throat and the mid-term elections proved that the OTHER HALF got highly motivated. The same will happen come 2012 for the newly OTHER HALF that are democrats if the Republicans arent careful in shoving their values down everyones throat.......at the end of the day, this whole political circus is just tiring and exhausting. The idea of having to go through more campaigning and mud slinging is mind numbing. I think I will pack my family and move to Switzerland instead..sheesh
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  • Furloughs, etc.
    Ray W.
    Will someone please publish the cost of one day of the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq compared to what would be saved by furloughing feds for a day? Let's put this thing in perspective with the real issues facing the country - too much bluster out of the new legislators and not enough real talk about what is depleting our resources as a nation.
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  • Furloughs, etc.
    Sasha
    Bravo, Ray! Well said.
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  • Trip to India
    Tea Partier
    Why not compare the cost of furloughing employees for 1 day to the cost of Obama's trip to India? The Press Trust of India is reporting that the trip is costing taxpayers $200 million per day.
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  • Trip To India
    Celtic Wolf
    It was discussed that when Clinton went to India that the cost was $50 million a day. The $200 million discussion for Obama came from a Indian official (who most likely would have no idea what the Secret Service detail costs would be). It should also be noted that rarely, if ever, the costs of such travel by any President (Democrat or Republican) be shared with the general public. Now for furloughing federal employees. What is the goal? Also what is the impact from an essential personnel perspective. We need to get folks into office who can actually think, as opposed to simply follow the line of lobbyists. What about "by the people, for the people"? What about "elected" official do these politicians forget? We may need to realize that regardless of who is in Congress, Senate, or White House, that Federal Employees are like the lowest group in America. We clean up the mess, we live and die due to the mess, and most of all we get messed with due to the Hatch Act and similar "keep our hands tied" laws -written by bullies.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • super secret
    deployed decoy
    Yep I agree, the WH would never disclose the cost of the President travel costs. To do that would show the cost to everyone of us when every president goes on the road in an attempt to keep his (currently still a mans world) in power. But that cost is disclosed by some states. Idaho years ago stated it was costing the state in unreimbursed costs over a million a day for law enforcement OT alone. Then costs to loss in business productivity because of road closing and entire blocks of buildings not opened when the boss comes to stump for a loser will never be known. I suggest the true cost of the current vacation to the far east is easily $200M per day when you factor in say all the US EOD people that go to every airport and possible airport to divert to in cases of security problems at one or another. Those EOD folks are Military who then by default leave the Soldiers in the war less protected as the EOD folks are on much higher priority missions. So the true cost in say dead Americans in Iraq will never be known, but heck that is covered by insurance. And last time I checked Idaho still tells the WH to stay away because they cannot afford the Prince to stop by.
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  • President's trips
    Moderate
    let us not forget George Bush's trip to some aircraft carrier or other warship to declare victory in a war. A much bigger farce with no redeeming value.
    worker
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  • New Hires
    Tea Partier
    If there is one overriding message that was sent by the electorate Tuesday night, it would be saying "no" to the hiring of 16,000 new IRS employees to enforce the new Health Care mandate. 60% of the electorate want it repealed in poll after poll. Will Washington listen to the voters, or say "the voters be damned"? I think the new Congress will deny funding to hire those new employees.
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  • Really Mr. Obama, Really!
    Rob
    Apparently Obama is saying that Tuesday was not a rejection of his liberal agenda. He claims that poor communication is to blame. WOW!! Can you say bye bye in 2012. There are 23 Dem Senators up in 2012 and many of those are from red states. This is what happens when you take a community organizer and make the person the leader of the world.
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  • New Hires
    Moderate
    Actually, these new hires might be more useful in the audit staff or collection staff. In any case, they are needed to make sure that employers obey the law requiring them to supply health insurance to their employees among other things. Actually Rob, I remember the election in 2008 was a clear rejection of the Bush radical right hooray for the rich philosophy. Actually, both you and I are wrong. In 2008 the economy stunk. People were being laid off and there were lots of economic problems. The people reacted by voting the Republicans out of office. Well, guess what. The economy still stinks. And the public reacted by voting Democrats out of office. What will happen in 2012? if the economy still stinks, which I believe it will, the Dems will blame the Republicans who control the House and the Republicans will blame the Democrats who have a majority in the Senate and controls the Presidency. Whoever, gets their message out better will win. or we may have gridlock again. By the way Obama was a Senator before he became president. I know he was an organizer in his life. And what was Bush Jr? Before he became governor, he was a spoiled brat with low grades from school.
    worker
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  • Feds Speak Out on Congress's Belt-Tightening Plans
    Celtic Wolf
    The planning process is one place where the Federal Government needs to improve. We need a process that fully identifies the resources to design, implement and maintain any new work activity. Then once that is done, Congress needs to commit to fund that identified activity until it is dismantled or no longer needed. When or if Congress decides to limit funding they need to provide specifics. I see it too often where we (federal employees) are told to do more with less. To me this translates that Congress views I was overpaid in one year and now can assume more of a workload. All this said, how does GAO or OMB support projects going through a life cycle or capital improvement process and then cut resources long after it is operational. All this makes no sense to me, other than politicians are bullying federal employees because they can - remember we are unable to strike like the auto workers, the theatre workers, even ball players.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • The true impact of government furloughs.
    strizhko
    It still amazes me the negative perception people have of federal workers. And I can’t believe that Congress would actually layoff off millions of workers just to appease the desire the unemployed. That lost income will certainly translate into less purchasing this holiday season, as I for one am already cutting back planned expenditures and saving to make up for the potential lost salary. And if there is to be furloughs, I would like it to be two straight weeks with the government totally closed. No Social Security checks, no disability checks, no veterans care, no flight controllers, no TSA airport security, no border patrol, no Coast Guard, no processing of any applications by industry for licenses and permits, no national parks, on and on. Only maybe then will the general public actually begin to see that most federal workers are productive and quit whining about us being overpaid and underworked.
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