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  • Welfare Poem
    deployed decoy
    I cross the border poor and broke, Take bus see employment folk. Nice man treat me good in there, Say I need to see welfare. Welfare say you come no more, We send cash right to your door. Welfare checks they make you wealthy, Medicaid it keep you healthy! By and by I get plenty money, Thanks to you American dummy. Write to friends in motherland, Tell them come fast as you money pander. They come by boat, foot and Ford trucks, I buy big house with welfare bucks. They come here we live together, More welfare checks it gets better! Fourteen families they moving in, But neighbor's patience wearing thin. Finally neighbor guy moves away, Now I buy his house and then I say. Find more aliens for house to rent, And in the yard I put a tent. Send for family they just trash, But they too draw the welfare cash! Everything is very good, And soon we own the congressman neighborhood. We have hobby it's called breeding, Welfare pay for baby feeding. Kid need dentist me need pills, We get free we got no bills! Americans crazy pay all year, To keep welfare running here. We think America darn good place! Too darn good for American face.
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  • Welfare Poem
    Zee
    Deployed decoy: Excellent , funny but how so true.
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  • Hilarious
    Low Paid Fed
    But the TRUTH
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  • Is Management Having Conversations with their People?
    Lisa Lisa
    I know its hard to believe, but there are federal employees that have no idea what potentially might be happening in the next week or so. There has been a LOT of closed door meetings with all of the "bosses" in my quasi agency. However, nothing and I mean NOTHING has been discussed with staff about the potential shut down. Dont you think management should have a meeting with their people to at least identify those that would not be essential and put out some sort of memo to at least say SOMETHING? I have had many conversations with some of the newer folks at work and basically said, dont spend your tax return-you might need it to cover expenses for a few weeks. I have even had this conversation with people that have been in for 10 yrs or so because most of us havent gone through a shutdown and all indicates that just because its a shutdown doesnt guarantee we will be back paid this time around. We are left just hanging-yet I know that our management has devised a plan at least for personnel. Another thing, if there were a shut down and knowing it affects contractors, we have contractors that perform services to our escalators, elevators, and handicap lifts. They wouodnt get paid so no service to those pieces of equip as well as janitorial services I would imagine. -----------------------------One question Mike, Is there a higher being that approves each agencies contingency plan when it comes to who they want to keep or not keep for personnel? How does Congress know that each agency is truly identifying on essential personnel? Is there oversight?
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  • Shutdown Survivors: A Real Reality Show
    Celtic Wolf
    The media turns it into a joke. Our leaders (SES) are in the dark about it. Our families are worried and frightened about its impact. The possible furlough or Continuing Resolution solution is the best kept secret since McDonald's secret sauce and the Coke formula. When a federal employee misses a deadline they get counselled and if repeatedly then fired. When a federal organization fails they get GAO or the IG on their case and must adhere to myriads of recommendations and findings. When Congress fails they get re-elected.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Mike's an artful dodger!
    contrarian
    I notice that Mike is not including stories from his former employer, The Wash Post. I guess he's too much of a gentleman to remind us of all those front page humiliating stories of the shut down. LIke fond memories of college all-nighters, we remember the good and forget the bad. I'm sure they're available somehow, but my favorites are the folks who applied for unemployment and had to pay it back!
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  • Reality Check
    Tea Partier
    It's always amazing how the Left & their allies in the media can spin history to suit themselves. A little history lesson here. The AMERICAN PEOPLE voted for the "evil Republicans" to balance the budget in the 1994 election. They were sick & tired of an out of control Democratic Congress who couldn't stop their spending sickness. The only way they could get the Clinton administration to take them seriously was to shut down the government. That eventually led to the budget being balanced for the first time in decades, which Bill Clinton then proceeded to take credit for, and still does to this day. The reason we may have a government shutdown is because once again, the Democrats can't stop their out of control spending sickness. We see in Ohio, Indiana & Wisconsin how Democrat legislators react when they are forced to confront the reality of their out of control spending: they cut & run.
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  • State Union Issues
    LS
    You may be correct on the events in the 90s but you do not have an accurate idea of what is happening in the state legislatures. What is going on in these states is a coordinated movement by Republican legislators to destroy public unions. It has little to due with budget issues. It has a lot to due with eliminating a traditional ally of the Democratic Party. It is being done on behalf of the corporate masters of these bought and paid for Republican politicians. Just about every state has a budget deficit, even those without unionized public employees. The deficits are not the result of public employee bargaining rights. The deficits are mostly the result of the recession and, in the case of Wisconsin, giving large corporate tax breaks which turned a budget surplus into a deficit which is now being blamed on public employees.
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  • Wrong
    Rob
    Unions and the glorious benefits they secure for their members have everything to do with the deficits. You suggest that Republicans are bought and paid for by corporate masters. You fail to recognize that unions have been lining the pockets of democrats for decades because they know those democrats will return the favor by agreeing to benefits that are absurdly generous. So generous in fact that they HAVE contributed to the red ink despite what you claim. Blame the deficits on the economy if you wish, but you're WRONG. Most working Americans don't belong to unions and although the majority may support one's right to bargain they do not support increased taxes to pay for those benefits. I'm glad this is being debated because it's a loser for the democrats which is why Obama has backed off. He knows what the polls say. Folks are fed up with unions telling them who they should vote for. Contrary to what you believe there are many dues paying members who are republicans and independents. These folks don't appreciate their union dues being spent on candidates they don't support.
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  • Tunnel Vision
    Richard729
    Republicans have always loathed unions in good times and bad. That is why the Citizens United v. FEC ruling just about puts the nail in the coffins of Democrats because unions are the last vestige of America's middle class livable wages and security in retirement. If Republicans get their way and get rid of the remaining public sector unions they will then go right after Social Security and Medicare. Everything to Republicans is equated to increasing corporate profits for the 2% of the richest while lowering the standard of living for the majority. There is nothing else. Considering the loss of manufacturing jobs that have gone to China, India and other cheap labor countries we are looking at the next generation of Americans who will be far worse off than their parents during their working years. Consider this, most workers today don't put nearly enough aside in either 401Ks or other investments like Roth IRAs to retire. They end up taking money out just to survive, paying a penalty and then they don't repay it, especially if they have lost their jobs due to outsourcing or illness. Using your fractured logic you would believe that government benefits are a sin even when the those government workers contribute to their retirements and health plans. But, consider that the Defense Department under Robert Gates that recognize the value of government benefits going to 9 million active and retired military retirement and health benefits plus VA benefits, also paid entirely by taxpayers. If you want a Third World country in America you will have it under Republican rule where we already have seen wages drop while corporate profits soar. Obviously, the American consumer is tapped out. That is why you see every financial report braying about the emerging middle classes in India and China. True, they both have a middle class that equals the entire population of the United States. What you don't hear is the two-thirds of those countries' citizens who live in abject poverty. That is the future for America under a Republican Party whose thralls worship at the altar of money and bloated profits while risking the lives and welfare of American citizens.
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  • The American citizens saved this country
    Rob
    In Nov. 2010 this country was saved from financial disaster. The country would not have survived two more years of Dem control. People didn't suddenly fall in love with the GOP. No, they voted for a check on BHO and his progressive agenda. The American people don't want a European style socialist utopia. There are folks out there that want a cradle to grave system but thankfully they don't represent the majority. Why are liberals so against individual responsibility? Does it make you feel good to stand there with your hand open looking for the next gov't entitlement?
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  • Wrong Rob
    Moderate
    The union contracts have something to do with the deficits, but very little. It was Bush and company's failure to audit and regulate the housing industry that pushed us towards the depression. Yeh, I know that banks are regulated by an independent agency, but Bush and Company could have pushed the regulators to stop the lousy loans and the idiotic games that were played. The Republicans did nothing and everything crashed. This was very relevant in the depression. ---------The decreased tax revenue coupled with the stimulus programs to get us out of the depression are causing the deficit. Of course, without the increased spending we could do a Herbert Hoover and convert a relatively minor depression into a major depression. I am thankful that did not happen.------------------------------------------ At least the stimulus programs are helping the middle class by keeping unemployment from going higher than it did. Bush's deficit funded tax cuts for the wealthy on a per capita basis and a stupid lying war in Iraq where no chemical or atomic weapons were found. (This does not defend a tyrant like Hussein)------------ You state that most Americans support one person's right to bargain. How would one person be able to seriously bargain with a large entity like the government? Your comment makes no sense. Do you mean collective bargaining? If so, that is what unions do. If so, then generally, employee costs will go up. That does mean increased taxes. So those 2 comments about bargaining and taxes make no sense unless you are not serious about bargaining.
    worker
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  • Your reality check bounced due to insufficient reality.
    Just me
    Here is what I predict for all you haters of public servants: Sooner or later the current economic problems will go away and so will the public servants. In the federal sector alone about 60% of employees are eligible for retirement now, or will be in the next ten years. You will then pay 1.5 times what you pay them, now, to have a contractor do the same work...because the work isn't going away. You will also have to hire MORE contractors, because they only do what's in the contract. Currently you have four to six contractors for every public sector employee. To make it simple it works like this: if you paid a dollar a year to each FTE (in total compensation) so you'd be paying 2 million dollars a year for FTE while you'd be paying 12 to 18 million dollars a year to the contractors (fully burdended rate). By the way, this is not a matter of buying something from a contractor (like goods) this is supplemental services, filling billets created after 9/11 or jobs outsourced between the Clinton administration and now. You see, the jobs didn't go away and you didn't save any money by outsourcing (which is what CATO advocates)...not one penny. Congress likes to say how they "cut government" but what they did was fire FTE while giving MORE money to their patrons. BTW, there's another difference between the public and the private sector, other than profit. When times are good the government has demand and when times are bad they have MORE demand. They never reach a "no demand" state. In the end few people will go into public service as a career. Ten years after you get to your magical "goal" of driving everyone you can out of public service there will be a huge hue and cry about the cost of contractors. You will wonder how you got where you are, politicians will blame the opposing party, and some newspaper, somewhere, will write about the tenfold increase in fraud, waste, and abuse. There won't be any choice then, because no one in their right mind would work for a public that despises them and politicians who villify them at every turn. You will have the Mcgovernment you deserve.
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  • To tea partier
    Moderate
    You are parially correct in your presentation of the 1994 elections. However the American people did not vote the Republicans into Congress. It was the american people who voted voted them in. As most people know smaller percentage of the electorate votes in off year elections than in presidential elections. When there were presidential elections in 1992 and 1996, Clinton, the Democrat won. and to further confuse things the Republicans won congressional elections in 1996. So do not try to simplify a complex issue with your comment that the American people voted...It is totally untrue.------------------------------------------------------------------Additionally, you said they were tired of the out of control Congress...You forget that prior to 1992 Republicans controlled the presidency from 1981-1991. They could veto the out of control spending of the Democrats. Reagans tax cuts caused much of the deficits. Increased defense spending proposed by Reagan caused much of the deficits.------------------------------------------------------------------------- Clinton did not take the Republicans seriously because they shut down the government. He took them seriously because they control the apprpriations and spending. The Republicans accomplished nothing by shutting down the government except to reduce services, which is what the Republicans want.------------------------ The Democrats today are trying their best not to have the government workers lose their contract rights voided by a bunch of idiot Republicans in the various states you cited.
    worker
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  • The reality of a Reality Check
    Truth by Assertion
    It's always amazing how the Right & their allies in the media can ignore history to suit themselves. A little history lesson here. The AMERICAN PEOPLE do not vote as a block on virtually anything (look at voting patterns since the Civil War). If "the people" made balanced budgets the no. 1 priority, Reagan and Bush never would have made it to a second term. You mention out-of-control spending sickness with zero specifics. The last two Presidents to balance the budget are Bill Clinton and "Great Society" builder Lyndon Johnson. When was the last time a Republican President balanced the budget? Here is a hint - it hasn't happened for over 50 years. Why? Perhaps in part because cutting taxes for the rich to raise revenue is a fraud (money in the pockets of rich people does not result in raised revenue because they don't spend it - ask Republicans David Stockman and Kevin Phillips). Second, any political party that makes well over half the budget such as defense spending (and wars of first resort) and entitlements virtually untouchable (privatization is incongruent with budget cutting in and of itself) is not interested in reducing deficits (how ironic is it that Medicare was invented by Democrats and fought by Republicans who now treat it [Constitutional socialized medicine] with kid gloves but still whine about "socialist healthcare"). You can't balance the budget targeting the NEA, Planned Parenthood, NPR, unions (approaching single digits in the workforce) etc. But you can use it as an excuse for ideological gains. If the Republicans were serious about deficits and passing meaningful budgets, they (and the Democrats - too few are also willing to make the real sacrifices necessary) would be pushing the Simpson/Bowles commission recommendations, at least as a starting point. Get back to us when the Repubs talk shared sacrifice and have any real track record of fiscal responsibility.
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  • Not the same as 95-96
    Richard729
    The government shutdown then was driven not so much by deficits as it was a disgust with 40 years of almost complete Democratic Party control. Today, the shutdown and the events leading up to it are driven by a sheer, raw power grab by Republicans who have a much bigger hammer today than then. Overwhelming majorities in the House and probably enough Democrat Lite U.S. Senators could give Republicans everything they want. Mainly, Republicans loathe all public workers, whether federal or state. As we read recently, they long ago succeeded in gutting private sector unions which represent less than 7% of the entire U.S. workforce. Republicans always bow at the altar of profits for the corporations above all else. They say they are godly but the truth is, they worship only their wallets. Today, they also have a more partisan, activist right-wing ideology on the U. S. Supreme Court, five of whom make no pretense about their party preference and their total lack of impartiality. This country's citizens and voters, in spite of a population of over 308 million, are less informed and breathtakingly illiterate in almost every subject compared to other modern industrialized countries. They are ripe for just the sort of propaganda and spoon-fed distortions that engulf all of Fox News and a good part of the mainstream media. The latter, unfortunately, are fixated on their own survival and a ratings-thirsty obsession. Political smear ads, no matter how insidious and inflammatory, pay off big time for TV revenue. We are on the cusp of seeing the biggest, unbridled government takeover in our history by a plutocracy that years ago drew up their paradigm for permanent control of America. Their moment is here. Ours, the peoples' moment, is past.
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  • Not the same as 95-96
    Truth by Assertion
    Yeah, what he said! Excellent post.
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  • Tea Partier, you need to drink some Coffee and stay off the Tea
    Low Paid Fed
    You sound like a stork raven mad f**l. I do recall before Obama got there, GWB and the Republicans where spending like a mad hatter. Open your brain and think before you post idiotic words. You tea party folks need to wake up and smell the coffee. It ain't all the DEMs fault either. It ain't the DEMs who want to cut ya benefits, freeze ya pay for 3 more years, fire ya from ya job, cut education programs, health programs ad other stuff. It is your Almighty Good For Nothing Republicans!
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  • History lesson
    Linbob
    It's always amazing how the LeftRight & their allies in the media can spin history to suit themselves. A bit of truth here - THE AMERICAN PEOPLE did not vote in the Republicans - only a subset of all registered voters, and a subset of those who were either Republican or right-leaning during the last election, voted the Republicans in. More than that, most of those elections were won by narrow margins. There certainly was not a mandate for the Republicans to declare war on the middle class, in the form of union members and the state, local and federal government workforce. When the government was shut down during the Clinton Administraiton, the Republicans were viewed as the culprits, not the saviors of the Nation. The budget was balanced IN SPITE of the Republicans, not because of them - they were forced to bend by THE PEOPLE who say through the facade. The reason we may have a government shutdown is because once again, the Rpublicans won't accept responsibily for the huge debt that they wracked up during the Bush administraiton by funding two wars under the table, and giving huge tax cuts on top of that, to their already-rich campaign contributors. They were dishonest and failed to fulfill their fiduciary duty to THE PEOPLE. We see in Ohio, Indiana & Wisconsin how Republican Governors and state legislators are attacking the middle class (unions and the government workforce) in order to provide more goodies to their campaign contributors.
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  • Response to tea partier
    Moderate
    It is amazing how you spin history to suit your radical right views.------------------------ You are fully aware that Clinton was elected in 1992 with a Democratic congress. You are also aware that Clinton was re elected in 1996 with a Republican Congress. You are also aware that generally non presidential elections produce a smaller turnout among eligible voters than presidential elections. The Republicans did a better job of getting their people to vote than the Democrats. It was not the American people that gave the Republicans the win, but a minority of the eligible voters.---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Second, I sincerely doubt that the American people wanted the government to be shut down. I have been told that the shut down cost the Republicans.---------------- The reason why the Republicans won in 2010 is the economy and not the deficit. The Democrats won in 2008 because of the economy. The public does not realize that it takes more than 2 years to clean up Bush and Company's mess. So the public again reacted. It appears that you think that the Republicans should shut down the government again if they do not get their bottle. Since the Republicans got us into this mess maybe the Democrats should just wait them out until they truly come to their senses (if that is possible) Let them take the blame again for lost services and perhaps another Republican depression.------------------------------ As far as the cited states are concerned, the Democrats are suing the tactics available to them to defend middle class working people against the Republican onslaught. Perhaps this is a different version of the minority Republican filibusters that took place in 2009 and 2010.
    worker
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