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  • 10 day furlough
    deployed decoy
    My money is on 4 March the furloughs starts. Then someone will say anyone with prior approved annual leave will get paid. Then everyone else will cry how unfair that is. So one of two things will happen. One, just like back in the 90s everyone that got a couple weeks off while congress played this game the last time, will get paid and annual leave restored as if it was never taken (talk about fraud waste and abuse at the elected level). Two (more likely this time) all those non Emergency Essential folks will see LWOP for these 2 weeks (or longer). Me I am in the Middle East, but my HR folks forgot to place Emergency Essential on my (and many others) assignment orders. So that begs the question if the overarching federal law saying we are all EE will apply. If not EE, I surely expect a commercial plane ticket out of here on 4 March – paid for by the agency to my home of record 11 times zones west. Now who has the upper hand. On a similar note CSA just lost the base wide contract to ITT. ITT low balled this COST contract. Forgot about bidding two HAZMAT facilities with some $10M a year in COSTs. So I hear they just got a contract mod to cover that neglect in the bidding process (is is still the lowest bid, I wont ask). Better yet, ITT lowballed all the labor, both US and those slaves from India (not trusted with weapons I will add). 90% of the slaves elected to quit rather than work for the USA for less than the Arabs pay to sweep the street. Most of the Americans were not carried to the new ITT contract due to lowball bid. So here we sit, getting close to a crisis due to lack of contracted personnel and surly not any job the military should be performing, like cooking meals, guarding the front gate, driving supply trucks or sweeping the office… It can only get better from here. The USA is still paying the full cost of the original newest contract award…So the CEO is getting fat while Americans go hungry, whats new.
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  • Probably right
    contrarian
    BO can't help but see how BC's stature was elevated after sticking NG with the govt shutdown blame. I"m betting on a repeat. We've seen this movie before, but like many DVDs today, will it have an alternate ending?
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  • deployed decoy
    Sparrowhawk
    I am not sure why the ranting. It is hard to follow your thought stream.
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  • It's easier if you think of DD as Brother Bluto in 'Animal House'...
    FERS Fed
    Bluto: Over? Did you say "over"? Nothing is over until we decide it is! Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? [expletive deleted] no!....................... Otter: [whispering] Germans?.......................................................................... Boon: Forget it, he's rolling.
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  • Sorry if I was ambiguous
    deployed decoy
    New contract here. Covers everything from peeling potatoes in the chow hall to base security. Vender low balled the bid. Forgot MILLIONS in silly work like hazardous waste disposal. Added that COST to the COSTcontract because the Govt is too chicken to award a firm fixed price contract. Still paying the original cost for those potatoes and security and for the most part everyone quit or was fired (if they were US making any money) so the CEO is getting FAT while the mission leans toward failure… And on 4 March if there is a shut down, I have every intention of telling the boss to fly me out of the ME, since I am not emergency essential and refuse to sit here in LWOP.
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  • Furloughs?
    Moderate
    Somehow I think the politicians know better than to let the money run out March 4. We all got paid in the mid 90's and got a vacation. The polititians do not want. I bwelieve we will get another CR. Come to think of it, I believe we will be doing CR's for the next 2 years due to the political differences between the Republicans and the Democrats. I cannot prove my assertions, but they are unsubstantiated beliefs.
    worker
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  • You got a vacation
    contrarian
    SOme of us had to work.
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  • You had to work
    Moderate
    Then you had to get paid. Us non essentials are not guaranteed to be paid, but probably will be paid. My position is a belief and not a fact.
    worker
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  • Unfortunately....
    wag the dog
    There seems to be a lot more momentum this time than in the mid 90's. If you look at other news sites, the outcry against federal employees is unreal. Being low hanging fruit is a lot of fun. Things are bad out there, but yanking money out of someone's pocket isn't the answer - especially considering how much savings one individual will see by doing it (over the next few years), and how much damage it may cause. So withhold money from a paycheck - that's less money to spend, less money going back into the economy, less money for the store owner to pay their employee, less tax revenue for the state or local municipality to maintain services or pay their employees, etc etc. I know, it's a simplistic view of a vicious cycle. In the mean time, they are probably squabbling more over who got what office than actually figuring out what really needs to be done. Maybe the first thing they ought to do is clean their own house before they start sucking the air out of everyone elses. Just my two cents. Actually, probably one cent...
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  • Tea Party needs to go
    Teabag Hunter II
    Get rid of the Tea Party politicians in office and we would not have this problem. None of them even have the slightest clue how an agency operates and how a budget should be constructed. They get their "information" from the unemployed twits back in their home districts. These twits are the ones who sit at a diner for 3 hours in the morning, b.s.-ing, whining about every little thing, then seem to know everything there need to know about how to balance the federal budget. Yeah they have the magic answer!!! Drawn out on a paper napkin!!
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  • Is that right Teabag Hunter?
    Rob
    The Tea Party politicians are the least of your worries. You should be more concerned with the "Career" politicians. These are the folks who have run this country into the ground with their out of control spending. The folks who don't like what the '"Tea Baggers" offer are those who have no clue how to manage a budget. Are you one of those folks? Do you spend more than you take in? What's wrong with politicians who want the gov't to only spend what it takes in? Hmmm, living within your means. Now that's a concept we all should adhere to including the Fed Gov't.
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  • Hey Rob
    Buffalo Bob
    How in the heck do you expect a person to live within their means??? It is definitely within the scope of the Constitution's Commerce Clause to allow everybody to live beyond their means. The Commerce Clause allows the Congress to do it!!!
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  • Out of Control Politicians
    Moderate
    Do not forget the out of control Republicans like George Bush and Company. They cut taxes, had 2 expensive wars which helped create some very large deficits. Do not forget that Bush and Company gave us the depression that we may or may not be working our way out of. At least Obama's spending has had some positive effect. I am not sure because I do not trust government (including Obama's) unemployment figures. They do not include those whose unemployment ran out. They do not include the underemployed. And what kind of jobs are being created?
    worker
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  • furlough
    marien
    Um, excuse me, but it was Japan, not Germany, that bombed Pearl Harbor. With that corrected, I'm waiting with baited breath for Congress to be furloughed, too, so they take a pay hit along with all their staff. It's curious that they aren't including themselves, i.e., Congress, in the budget hits. My my, even the new Tea Party boys and girls on the block aren't willing to include themselves in all this saving of America. Let us not forget, too, that they only work a few days a week and get full pay and percs. The hypocrisy of the Republicans and Tea Party types in the House is really too much to bear.
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  • Reply
    Tea Partier
    Actually, the new Congress did vote for a 5% reduction in their budget, so they are leading by example. It's fascinating to see the left (including posters to this blog) show that they are the real haters in this country. A few of these posts are dripping with venom. We see this administration and their allies labeling the Tea Party as terrorists, while ignoring or making nice with radical American Marxists & Muslim terrorists. This country is upside down, and the Tea Party is trying to restore some sanity to it.
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  • Reply to Tea Partier
    Moderate
    Gee, they vote themselves a 5% reduction from their bloated budget. How nice (Note my sarcasm). This is called form over substance. An outside accountant, without an ax to grind, should be hired by the executive branch of the government, to conduct an audit of the legislative branch to see what cuts should be made to the legislative branch. Note, it should be a non political audit.---------------------------------------------- You talk about the "left" and its venom. Then you talk about making nice to American Marxists and Muslim terrorists. Who are the Marxists, anyone left of the John Birch Society or tea party? You write about Muslim terrorists. Are there any non Muslim terrorists such as those that advocate and do violence against abortion providers or block women from getting abortions? And what percentage of Muslims are terrorists?
    worker
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  • Moderate
    Tea Partier
    Anyone who advocates replacing the U.S. Constitution with either Sharia Law or the Communist Manifesto is an enemy of the Constitution and should be treated as such, not be embraced by the left. That is what we are talking about. Try reading "The Grand Jihad" by Andrew McCarthy. Maybe you might actually get a clue.
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  • Response to an anti Muslim radical rightist
    Moderate
    First, you are the one who needs to get a clue. Exactly where did you hear obama say that he wants to replace the US Constitution with Sahria law or the Communist Manifesto. Cite your source. And please do not fruits like Andrew mcCarthy. I read some of his answers on the internet.------------------------------------------------ He and you sound alike. Most Muslims want to make a living and be successful. They are not interested in getting the West.I did not go further because his comments were stupid.---------------------------------------------------------------------- You are beginning to sound like Adolph Hitler in Mein Kampf in which he blamed, among others, the Jews, for what was wrong with Germany in the 1920's. He promoted the Arayan Germans and you promoted your version of Christianity. I hope you do not intend to do this, but that is the way you come across.--------------Please remember that most or all religions, including the Muslim religion, promote good. It is the radicals, including the radical Muslims, who screw it up for the rest. You have the right to your beliefs, but please do not step on others for their religious beliefs. If you do, then you are no different from the radical Muslims and other radicals.
    worker
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  • Social State
    deployed decoy
    Well I see the USA falling into a social state. Little boots on the ground (keep air superiority to bomb when needed and Nukes on subs, just in case), cant afford anything else. No defense other than that. Then an across the board 48% federal income tax (everyone/every company that sells/builds/exports anything in the USA, that includes a mandatory 5% to the religion of your choice, no choice, than you still pay and that money funds the State Dept or CIA (we will never know, but the choice box will be: country). That added to 19% VAT (national sales tax) and 35% import duties on everything and you all might begin to understand where America is going. And, I honestly believe it is too late to fix this mess, even if congress held hands today and intermarried.
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  • Wow
    Moderate
    102% of our income going for taxes. Sounds like feudalism or just feudism to me. I hope you are going tongue in cheek on this one. Anyway, it was a good laugh. Income taxes have been dropping and not going up. Have a good day.
    worker
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  • "Um, excuse me, but it was Japan, not Germany, that bombed Pearl Harbor"?
    FERS Fed
    Really, marien? That was an excerpt from a movie dialog. You really should try to get out more often.
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  • Coming home to roost
    khp3655
    It's really too bad this is all working out this way and that Federal employees are paying the price for things that are little or no fault of their own. We are suffering disproportionately now, but the media and much of the public is enjoying using us as whipping boys. Of the 14 trillion debt, 1.1 trillion is from the Iraq and Afgan wars, $800 billion from the stimulus, $600 billion from QE2, and $780 billion from the latest round of tax cuts and stimulus that the Tea Bag Republicans insisted we need. That is $3.3 trillion! And now the solution is to freeze federal pay for 2-5 years and save $4 billion? Maybe another $6 billion in furloughs? Is $100 oil, elevated terror levels and naked pictures of us at the airports worth all this? Meanwhile, the companies that we paid to bail out and save are paying record bonuses and hiring again. Look at JP Morgan Chase, GM, and Chrystler. They are seen as success stories, but federal workers must sacrifice as the people whose jobs they saved gorge in bonus cash. This is seen as a good thing and a positive step, while government workers are villianized are suffering through pay cuts. No matter what we think or do, it is important to remember that this is politics and the civil service workforce are now 2 million pawns and many of us are to be sacrificed. Pawns really can't fight back either, but I will not be surprised when people start to leave, quality of work declines and workforce ethics plummet.
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  • YEAH you got it right.
    FEDMAN
    Totally agree with you, but must add this. Until the US acknowledges the fact we have economic problems due to the sending of manufacturing jobs and factories (steel, foundries, machine shops, tool and die) overseas, eliminate the EPA, OSHA, and other laws that stop these industries, and START BUILIDING PRODUCTS IN THE US, textiles, shoes, steel, appliances, eletronics and our OWN MILITARY hardware, the US will continue on a downswing. Our workforce consists of hardworking people who MAKE things, not people who just sit at a desk, our country will remain in this or worse condition. Get rid of the Wall Street Exects who only care about increasing profit by eliminating US Jobs to get labor cheap so they can get their fat bonus. WAKE UP, a few are getting rich over the bodies of millions out of work. Federal works will remain the sacrificial lambs, especiallyl during the upcoming elections. Just because we do our jobs, live within our means, and provide a necessary dedicated service, we get the short end of the stick. The rich run this nation, and they are in the Senate, House, Wall Street, and run the Government to suit their needs.
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  • To Fedman
    Moderate
    I agree with some of your items, but disagree with some. Did you write to get rid of the EPA and OSHA. Perhaps you would like to die of cancer by breathing the grossly polluted air from cars with no emission contols. Remember the huge number of cars now on the road and consider them without pollution controls. Perhaps you would like to breathe the polluted air caused by unrestricted smoke stacks. Or perhaps you would prefer to allow companies to bar exits and then an accidental fire takes place. These are a few of the examples of why the EPA and OSHA are needed.--------------------------------------------------------------------------- I will agree that there should be less incentives to ship jobs or even profits overseas. A company that does its work here and shifts its headquarters overseas for profit reasons should not be allowed a huge deduction for the money sent overseas. A US company that shifts its jobs overseas and sends the products back to the US should not be alloweed much of a deduction for this expense.
    worker
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