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  • Brain Salad Surgery
    contrarian
    Don't anyone take this personally, but many of the comments on CSRS and FERS and the 2% are just plain wrong. That makes it harder for me to accept your opinions when you say "Bush ruined the country," especially when you realize that Kerry and Gore had lower college GPAs! I do have to correct the person who stated that it's 2% of $7000 in FICA, because she'll be saving 2% of the $50,000, which comes out to $1000 more in net pay. Look, we all see how convoluted everything's getting and intuitively know that everybody else is getting a better deal but we're happy to get our crumbs. In fact, I've used that same argument for ANY tax cut over the years. I'm pretty sure we're reaching the tipping point on the past two years, I'm guessing there will be a shut down in March and would advise everyone to plan accordingly. Make sure you have a month or two pay setting aside for the house and credit payments. But please, don't spend your first day off waiting in the unemployment line just to be on TV! We'll get back-pay after the vacation. Instead, go volunteer at a homeless shelter or school.
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  • To Contrarian
    Moderate
    My first question is whether you are addressing Mr. Causey with your comments or someone else?-------------------------------------------------------------------------------My next question is whether you have the facts and figures concerning the GPa's for each of the people named, mainly Bush 2, Kerry, and Gore? If so, please disclose them to us.------------------------------------------------------------------------- My next comment is that GPA's are not very relevant. Bush was the president of the country. Kerry and Gore were each one of 100 senators. A president has more power than 1 senator.---------------------------------------------------------------- Yes, I say that Bush had a major negative impact on the economy. I cannot say he ruined the country because we will bounce back. That is why I refer to the state of the economy as the Bush depression.--------------------------------------------------People should have more than a month or two of savings jsut in case of anything.
    worker
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  • Read the fine print on SSN - not a benefit for your furture
    pr
    This 2% is not a pay raise benefit. It is a reduction toward paying into SSN which effects everyone’s future retirement. Folks need to understand the impact of this. Whose bright idea was it to change the amount we pay in SSN each pay day - scary. Hum think this is a pay raise – no its a reduction you are putting toward SSN... This is not a good deal folks. Does not matter if you are CSRS, CSRS Offset or FERs this change in SSN effects everyone one way or another. If you are married to, a person that pays SSN this affects you etc. Therefore, it would be wise to take this 2% and reinvest it in TSP not the economy. It just appears that you are getting extra money each payday when in reality you are putting less toward your future. This was done to make it appear that we are getting a pay raise because of the pay freeze now in effect too. We all need to pay attention to the fine print on this SSN issue and stop saying that this is a pay increase of 2% each payday, when it is a reduction in SSN benefits. Remember this was your money in the first place that you were contributing and you are now not required to pay 6.2 % you now will pay 4.2% which equates to 2% more each pay day . Don't let the "Whom ever" that came up with this idea thank that we are stupid. Therefore, REINVEST that 2% in TSP or you will loose in the long term. This is less for the government to pay toward your retirement benefits is the real story on the SSN reduction you pay starting in Jan 2011
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  • TIRED OF BAD VIBES!!
    Low Paid Fed
    For all you people who is whining. Pls stop the crying!! Instead of putting your faith in this stupid Congress, you ought to put your faith in GOD! A lot of people spend to much time on the negative side of things.Start praying that God will change things for the better. All this stuff about people need to save up paychecks is really a bad vibe. Nobody wants to hear that stuff. It is time that the the whole USA start praying and asking God to fix this mess that these men have gotten the country in. It does not matter what these so-called Congress men/women do. They all are in it for themselves to save their jobs and the enemy is running lose in the WH. But, people we have a HIGHER POWER than Congress. All things on this good earth belong to the Almight Lord Jehovah. Congress cannot do nothing except "think" they can do this or that, but God always have someone to do his will. We need to stop all this negative stuff, I had to tell myself this when I first started commenting. I realize it is Jesus that saved this world and through him we have a father in heaven that is more mightier and owns everything. Do you know when you speak negativity, you put it out in the air and it returns back to you negative. Speak positive, positive, POSITIVE!! Speak positive in asking through the Lord Jesus that God will save us and bring us out of this chaos that the enemy is trying to bestow on this country. Pray that God will restore peace in this land and bring peace among the people and among nations throughout this good earth. People, God can change thing if we only ask him earnestly in out hearts/spirit. Al we need to do is ask.Lets pray for this country and watch God work.
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  • Bad vibes= reality
    contrarian
    So when Noah was building the boat you would have been doing what?
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  • Reduction in SSA contribution
    inMaryland
    Is there some way we can force politicians (especially the democrats) to take (and pass!) a basic economics course before they start making policy? I peronally don't want to be operated on by a doctor who couldn't pass Biology 101 and I'm tired of having the economy operated on by people totally unqualified to do so. If the reason for a pay freeze is to reduce the federal deficit why try to make it up by reducing the funds going into the so-called Social Security Trust Fund? The government is using a unified budget (it has been since the Nixon administration, if I recall correctly). The payroll tax "reduction" just adds to the deficit while insuring an earlier bankruptcy of the Social Security system. What genius thought this one up? As for the brain drain - we in the trenches see it every December. Valuable people walk out the door with virtually NO SUCCESSION PLANNING because the federal management workforce demonstrates the old adage - you pay peanuts and you get monkeys. Just like the Congress, federal executives keep kicking the can down the road - ignoring the long term needs of their agencies while they try to "look good" and get that promotion. Federal managers are a classic demonstration of the "Peter Principle" - no real managerial talent can be recruited for what feds pay and so the rank and file, with no grasp of real management beyond how to certify a pay sheet, get promoted until they reach a level where they are a giant failure. And there they stay until they retire. The whole Civil Service System needs a giant overhaul - managers make too little and paper-pushers make too much. Society has changed over the last three generations; the Civil Service System has not kept pace. And each successive administrations puts band aids on paper cuts hoping the brain cancer that will bring the whole house o
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  • Reduction in SSA contribution
    Moderate
    Are you sure it was not the Republicans who pushed this? After all, they are the ones who push tax cuts no matter what. I hope we agree that the social security trust fund is in trouble. Republican Bush is the one who set up the commission to study reforming social security. Of course, to be a member of the commission you could not be for raising the social security tax. I believe, but am not sure, that you had to believe that part of the contribution was to be invested in the stock market. Please correct me if I am wrong on that one.--------------------------------------------- I do agree that many CSRS people will leave if high 5 goes into effect. I will. Many or most are eligible for retirement. We are not working for much if you consider the net difference between our pay and pension. High 5 would destroy any financial reason for staying
    worker
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  • Elusive "Brain drain"
    Jeremiah
    OPM and various "good government" usual suspects have been in the position of Peter crying wolf every year for over a decade now regarding the imminent debacle of the mass retirement of seasoned Federal employees, leaving their clueless junior peers in the lurch. Every year there have been elaborate face-saving explanations as to why said debacle did not occur - but just wait until next year! That game is getting very old. It has been used to whip up support for expensive recruiting/retention programs on the rationale that doing without such would only hasten the said debacle's Armageddon. An example was seen recently in OPM's most annual report on the use of student loan repayments by agencies as an urgently needed recruiting/retention tool. That report trumpeted proudly the sizable increase in both the number of such authorized payments as well as their total dollar value - and at time of deep recession, when the government was essentially the only major employer seeking to fill a significant number of vacancies (thus being in a commanding position in a "buyers' market") and experiencing application rates averaging in the hundreds per announced vacancy. Not commented on was the disconnect between the reality of the job market favoring Federal agencies' staffing programs and the spectacle of the government putting massive resources into student loan repayment incentives to attract/retain employees, and for many whose occupations were anything but of the hard-to-fill variety. Enough, gentlemen, the jig has long been up. The government remains in a favored employer of choice position and will be so for the foreseeable future; there will be no "brain drain" debacle, and agencies will continue to function normally (unfortunately, in some cases).
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  • Brain drain
    Moderate
    Do not be too hasty with your predictions. A high 5 rule and/or the forced 10 day layoff could be the back breaker.
    worker
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