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  • COLA For Retirees/Pay Raise for Postals!
    Celtic Wolf
    I have been reading and re-reading today's article and several previous articles trying to figure out today's Congress and Administration. I finally, with serious thought and focused concentration, figured out how they (Obama and his two headed Congress) do things. They simply wake up each day and decide what laws and agreements to follow. Some days they follow the law (like now with COLA) and some days they decide to ignore it (like pensions, hiring, pay reform acts). Today's politics is one of entitlements -- you are entitled to change your mind as a politician daily without any regard to whom you impact. We may want to suggest (as part of federal Employee Recognition Month) that they enact a No Fly Zone over DC. We had Dubya, now Libya, and soon (to federal employees) Forgidya!
    Celtic Wolf
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  • COLAs
    marien
    Does anyone out there trust this Congress not to go after retirees' COLAs, even though we've already gone 2 years without a COLA? Republicans continue to stir up animosity towards us both among themselves and with their followers. I swear I don't know why they hate us. I know I spent my entire career working with the Hill, working closely with the public, enforcing the statute for which my office was responsible, researching and writing letters to letters sent to Senators and Representatives, etc. I always found it interesting that the elected folks and their staff generally knew very little about the laws they enacted - the details, the discrepancies, the contradictions, the paperwork requirements, the cost to administer, the actual impact of those laws on citizens. We rank and file feds were the ones that pulled it all off for them. But, alas, why should they care? I truly believe that in most of their egotistical eyes feds are nothing but disposable hired help for them.
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  • COLAs and Politicians View on Federal Employees
    Celtic Wolf
    I remember as a Vietnam vet being told the I (as a soldier) was viewed simply as a commodity, an asset, to be used at the will of the President and politicians. Body counts were lies and many cared less about us. Now as federal employee nearing the end of my career I see once again that my country (paid politicians and the President) think very little of me as a human and one who served their country. I think part of that reason is that they (politicians) must always be "politically correct" and "seeking votes". Unfortunately a large portion of America is of the age or the belief in "entitlement". No one wants to work for money, they want hand outs, they want welfare. they want free schools and free health care. As a federal employee I paid in my x% toward CSRS every pay check; I saved up my sick leave so it could be added to my years of service; and I forgo'ed private sector offerings to keep my CSRS pension. Now my country is giving me the "finger" and I too am unsure why. The only reason I can see is that we (federal employees) are the only ones in America without the ability to talk back to the politicians. I am proud to be a federal employee and a veteran. I am unsure if I am proud of my country's politicians (none of whom I voted for, and yes I agree that Bush was no better than Obama - the problem with all that is that our politicians are all for sale - for sale to lobbyists and big corporations, and never serve their country or their constiuents.). What is the answer? First, Term Limits, Second, No More Lobbying in DC, and Third - Stronger Impeachment Laws.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Response to Celtic wolf
    Moderate
    Yes, we are entitled to certain entitlements. We are entitled to public schools. They are, for the most part free, as we pay for them with real estate taxes. (Why did you bring that one up? That is a bad example) We want free health care if we cannot afford it. How many of us were laid off due to the Bush depression and cannot get decent jobs that include health insurance?). Would you prefer that we use medicaid and stick the onus on hospitals because medicaid does not properly reimburse for medical care? Yes, we want social security, although the tax might have to be increased and retirement age raised. We paid for it throughout our lives I also am paying my 7-71/2 %(only a few years over 7%) to CSRS. Yes, I save my sick leave, but that is my disability insurance. The increase in my pension is very small.------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ We should not have stronger impeachment laws. It should be very difficult to impeach and convict a president. Otherwise it will be done and successful for poitical reasons and not for crimes. It was almost done to Clinton for being oversexed, but not to Reagan for supplying arms to the contras in spite of the law not allowing him to do so.-------------------------------------------------------------------
    worker
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  • Seek Help ASAP Mr. Moderate
    Rob
    Stop with the Bush depression nonsense. Do you realize how stupid you sound????
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  • No she doesn't know
    contrarian
    Too much kool aid.
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  • To Rob and Contrarian
    Moderate
    To Rob-Actually, you are the one who sounds stupid when you talk about Obama. You love to criticize him unmercifully. Yet, when someone points out that many of his actions are the result of the actions of his predecessor, George Bush, you go crazy with stupid remarks. Get the message. Obama is trying to stimulate the economy out of the Bush depression. This causes huge deficits. When the economy recovers, hopefully, the deficits will go away instead of having tax cuts for the wealthy (on a per capita basis).---------------------------------------------------- To contrarian-Your comment reflects your lack of intelligence. Say something of substance next time.
    worker
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  • Moderate
    Cindi
    Even Obama refers to it as a recession, and how long do you plan on blaming everything that goes wrong on Bush. As far a stimulating the economy I don't see any improvement since Obama took office, I know a lot of money was given away but what did it stimulate, it didn't create any jobs, my gas and groceries cost more and Obama not Bush froze my pay.
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  • Response to Cindi
    Moderate
    As I said before regarding your first phrase, I could care less what Obama calls it. I think it will be labelled by economists as a depression. Reality is that we will not know for another 10 years.Regarding the second phrase of your sentence, until we get out of Bush's mess (depression) I will blame the economic situation on George.- Regarding the second sentence Obama's and the Democrats actions have prevented us from sinking deeper into the mess that George created. Additionally, it appears that the automotive industry, as represented by GM and Ford MAY be starting to recover. GDP MAY be improving. Housing stinks and government stats on unemployment and underemployment mean nothing (includes Obama's stats) as I do not believe they include those whose unemployment ran out. Please correct me if I am wrong on that comment. There is an increase in jobs, but not enough to really reduce unemployment.--------------------------------------------------------------- Obama froze your pay? Technically, that is true, but under extreme pressure from your friends, the Republicans, the Heritage and CATO organizations. If you have not noticed, the proposals top stick it to us are coming from the Republicans. This includes new employees losing the defined benefit plan, the 10 day furlough, reducing government employment by 10%. Hope you do not think Tom is a Democrat. I did like your answer to him.
    worker
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  • Congressional hypocrite
    Big Joe
    She has no problems having govvies that don't pay their taxes fired, but she's already backpedeling once she is outed!! Oh, and she's a millionaire to boot..... http://politics.blogs.foxnews.com/2011/03/21/democratic-senator-reveals-nearly-300000-unpaid-property-taxes
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  • What perks?
    contrarian
    I've worked for an agency with very few perks. Travel to unglamorous locations always in wrong time of year and very sporadic. No over time. No golf courses. No summers off. What made the deal fair was the steady paycheck, with some security and a pension. Now that social contract is being rewritten. Teachers in some areas are going crazy over having to pay a small fraction of health and retirement. I guess it's the case that when you rob Peter to pay Paul, Paul never compains.
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  • Teachers and health care
    Moderate
    Yes, teachers are getting angry over being forced to pay more for their health care insurance. That is part of their total compensation. And, for the job they do, they are hardly overpaid. Starting pay is about $40000 in public schools here. Let yus not forget how many teachers have their masters degree. Unless you have taught, you do not know what it is like to teach
    worker
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