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  • federal retirement
    marien
    Quite frankly, I'm sick and tired of these comments, made by Republicans, that federal workers get benefits that are far better than their private counterparts. Show me the data. They make these inflammatory comments just to rile their base. We pay federal, state, and local taxes. We pay the maximum withholding into medicare. Meanwhile, many federal workers also "work" for members of Congress via writing responses to letters from their constituents, researching questions from demanding Hill staff, etc. And, our jobs result from legislation that must be administered, regulated, enforced, monitored, and reported on back to Congress. Those folks need to go home and stay home and out of our lives unless they thorougly understand the what, why, and who of federal workers.
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  • Bubble Legislation
    bwhunan
    Typical beltway bubble bill proposals from two congressman who have no idea what it's like to live like the common American or serve in the Federal government. Burr worked as a sales manager for a major lawn equipment distributor and Coburn opened his own medical practice and they both have approximate net worth(s) of 1.4 and 2.9 million respectively. Neither one of them spent any time as a public servant in the Federal government and none of us need two, millionaire congressman telling us that our benefits are undeserved because our private counterparts don't receive equal benefits. And for the bill to state that it will affect Congressman as well; oh please - how chivalrous...as if Congressman rely on their cushy pension anyway; based on their financial standing, none of them appear to "need" the money or benefits. Federal workers receive "far more generous retirement benefits than private sector employees," Burr said in his statement. I'd like Burr to name one private company whose corporate culture employs someone for 20+ years!!!! I can't think of one but I can think of a few that employed folks for 19 years and then fired them to avoid paying a pension. And when comparing private to public sector work, let's not forget that private sector retail associates, grocery store clerks, fast food, etc... shouldn't be factored (even though they are) since these don't exist in the public sector. "The cost to taxpayers of these benefits is unsustainable and we simply cannot afford it," Burr said. "We cannot ask taxpayers to continue to foot the bill for public employee benefits that are far more generous than their own." No, the cost of taxpayers spending too much on WORTHLESS pork bill spending is unsustainable!!!!!!! Uhhh, Obamba Care?!?!?! Let's get rid of that ridiculous piece of legislation and others like it such as "Wood Utilization" for $4.9 million and "Reach out and read" for 6 million - both of which Burr approved. Fix your lack of fiscal responsibility before you axe the equitable compensation from the folks that carry out your legislation!
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  • Ignoring the Sacred Cows
    DJP
    Interesting to again see one senator from North Carolina and the other from Oklahoma leave the $40 billion a year in farm and other agriculture subsidies off the table. Throw in the $14 billion in the Rural Development program funded through the Agriculture appropriation, we are talking some serious money. If these fine senators, along with their leader from Kentucky, Senator McConnell would agree to eliminate these programs to save over $60 billion a year, then I would no longer classify thm as hypocrits.
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  • Ignoring the Sacred Cows
    DJP
    Interesting to again see one senator from North Carolina and the other from Oklahoma leave the $40 billion a year in farm and other agriculture subsidies off the table. Throw in the $14 billion in the Rural Development program funded through the Agriculture appropriation, we are talking some serious money. If these fine senators, along with their leader from Kentucky, Senator McConnell would agree to eliminate these programs to save over $60 billion a year, then I would no longer classify thm as hypocrits.
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  • You can't afford what you want ...
    MAZ
    So now Congress wants us to be like private industry ... Govt Doctors should make over a million a year, lawyers over a million per year, managers who control billion dollar budgets over 10 million per year, contract and grant managers a million per year, property managers with billion dollar portfolios over 5 million per year, managers with 10,000 people over a million just think of them as $10 per person with a min at 100K unless you have a key function then your making more, adminstrator of a or a few business processes (most people in Govt) 75 - 150K, now if you work in a mail room non-management) , 30 - 50K (high side in high cost of living areas), driver 25 - 50K, plumber (they do well in private side as independent biz owner) 80 - 135K, grocery worker 25 - 45K ... now I don't know this for sure, but if you add it all up, it will cost far more to provide the jobs we do at private industry rates since most of us are educated, working professional jobs, have to maintain proper integrity of other people's funds (SOC SEC Checks and others) and we have the added responsiblity to understand that if we do things wrong we will hurt many hundreds of thousands of people (think food inspectors). To add to that many high level people in private industry get profit sharing, partnerships, and everyone in the SEC should get a min of a $1 Million bonus for managing stock market transactions and business/investment management some key people in the SEC should get $10 - 100M bonuses cuz that is what Wall Street pays ... Do you know what the IRS should be worth in bonuses I think that will be the place to work (like all good money people), they should all be on a commision payment plan ... now after we do this ... only those people with lower level educations should loose out (its OK they don't vote so Congress does not care about them) ... all the others will be able to save more (just like private industry folks) and as a nation we will be developing new levels of the working lower class ... I have to say I would not be getting over a million a year, but as that I am in the DOD I would like to go back to the spoils of war plans and the DOD employees will get land grants of other people's property we take due to future wars (in private industry its all about profits, so why go to war if we can't take ownership of other peoples property), we could cut the State Dept and re-tool them to be the profit center for third world takeovers. Now after we all get a cut of the action (private industry folks get to enjoy some of the profits and company stock buying plans to save for retirement) I would be willing to drop my 1% per year I get for working 30 years that I also invest in with my own money via payroll deductions. It might work, it might not, but hey to show our distaste of it all, I suggest this ... don't donate to the CFC this year, provide your money to the same charities online, don't hurt the people who need donations.
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