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  • Buyout Predictor Guidelines
    Celtic Wolf
    A 21 day furlough is (21 time 8) - 168 hours or 8% of 2087 hours. That in my book is an 8% pay cut for federal employees (about 12k for the highest paid GS15s). Now we talk about paying for buyouts (25K and where the fed walks away with 12-16k). You begin to wonder how much fuzzy math the Congress is dealing with. We have all those billions of dollars the bailed out banks have (and are afraid to loan out) and now all the talk about what to do with the 2 million or so (out of what 310 million Americans). How and when (and moreso why) are we the focus of all the economic woes of today's US? The average American now hates 'government' so much that we (federal employees) need to placed on the endangered species list (jump us ahead of the snow leopard, the lemurs, and the tea partiers). My question to Mike Causey and the rest of media is "When will it all stop? Will April 8, 2011 go down in American history as the day the President killed America?. Is America, the America we know, dying (and is Obama sending it to its death?). We are waiting to hear about a family member in Afghanistan - he is a Marine and a pawn of officer politics (trying to get a promotion before getting a bullet before the next billet). What is America doing to itself? Buyouts? What a joke! Bailouts? What a disgrace! How about Getouts? For Obama, Tea Party, and most of all multi-term politicians (like Obama who just announced his second term run, when he already brought America to its knees in round one). We need a One Term President, a One Term Congress - who are not afraid of lobbyists, and actually do something for their constituents.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Hostage negotiations
    contrarian
    I've been reading Mike for almost 20 years. He's had a never ending supply of articles about annual budget neotiations where Fed Emps have frequently been held hostage. As Mike points out, most of the worst bargaining chips have never happened. This time it looks like we are in the middle of something big, but then again, is there time for a deal? We are living the downside of CR's that in other years were a solution and not the problem. See how things change? Now, no COLA is not enough, they've got us prepped for unpaid furlough days, the equivalent of a management lockout. But there will be exceptions if that happens and maybe we'll see how that works out. It's easy to see the problem, one side says we're broke (true) the other side says we need to spend trillions (really?) we don't have. Where's the middle ground?
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  • Hostage Negotiations
    Celtic Wolf
    Some countries fight for their hostages, others do not. A possible middle ground for America, may be to clearly cite the true issue, address the true cause of the economic downturn, and fix it (as opposed to presenting 2 million federal employees as the cause, the fix, and end game). That is a 8% reduction in federal salaries will not fix the deficit, and the American view on federal employees.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Celtic Wolf
    LindaL
    You are asking Mike the wrong question? It is not OBAMA who is ruining this country, it is the Republicans with their bs nonsense. The President cannot do a thing until Congress get their act together. I am so surprised that you of all people would try to blame Obama when its clear that Congress are the problem, especially these sorry tea party people. Haven't you looked at Boehner lately? He looks sick, tired and frustrated at his co-fools.
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  • WRONG!
    1st generation American
    The Dems were in full control when this budget was submitted. Why did they not do their jobs when they had TOTAL control?? Why? Because they were to busy trying to change social things like healthcare and gays in the military. The BS is your comment. Obummer is the problem for not doing what is important while trying to curry favor with his special interest groups.
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  • Wrong?
    APGQASAS
    1st Generation American I don't think you get it. Both parties curry favor w/ their special interest groups. You are just objecting to a president who disagrees w/ YOUR social agenda & isn't 'beholding' to YOUR special interests. Neither party really listens to the 'man in the street' no matter how much each might claim to listen. No one person can 'destroy' the country although we might not like the direction it happens to be moving f/ a period of time. Neither party has 'done their jobs' for quite some time and passed a budget that was both in balance and on time. G W Bush certainly didn't manage to balance a budget and they weren't usually on time. You've gotta love the 'family values' party with 'wide stanced' senators and congressmenwho were cheating their wives while giving speachers about how terrible it was that someone else was doing the same thiing and others who resign after it was found they were sexting underage pages. Good christian values there on the part of the republicant leadership.
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  • Wrong again!
    1st generation American
    I totally get it and agree that both parties curry favor. But the stuff the last congress spent their time on was not as important as passing a budget in a timely manner. I suspect you are seeing that now ;-) You are also correct that they did not focus on MY special interests. As a Libertarian I wish they would spend time on ways making Government less obtrusive. If YOUR special interests are so important to YOU then You should pay for them not ME. The current congress is no better than the last in my opinion. PEACE!
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  • 1st Generation America
    Moderate
    Who says the items worked on were not as important as the budget? That is your opinion. My opinion is that universal health insurance is as important as the budget. And if the Republicans would have worked with the Democrats on this, we would have had a better bill than the one passed, more acceptable to the Republicans, and in much less time. The same applies to the budget. Instead we had Republican obstruction and baloney. and now we may a shut down due to their lack of interest in passing a true budget instead of their nonsense they know will go nowhere.
    worker
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  • Moderate/Liberal
    1st generation American
    Moderate you really need to change your name to reflect your true poistion. Liberal would fit you much better. My name tells who I really am.
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  • Change of name?
    Moderate
    Maybe you are so far to the right that anything left of the John Birch Society is a liberal or radical. Back in the 60's I was considered a conservative. I have gone to the left a little, but not that much. Therefore, I consider myself a moderate.------ Maybe libertarians want as little government as possible and do not care about regulations for the good of society (environment, job, food and vitamins etc.)
    worker
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  • FOCUS & Reality Check
    APGQASAS
    Folks how about some focus. ***************************** Suggestion to contact your congressman and/ or senators is one of the most sensible in a while except why wait until the budget busts. Start NOW. ********************************* Get off discussion which president is ‘worst’ ever. Dems will likely ‘nominate’ G W Bush and repubs will ‘debate’ Obama vs Carter w/ occasional nods to Clinton. A POINTLESS WASTE OF TIME. ************************************************ Forget all issues - birthplace, abortion, ‘family values’, flag burning, global warming, ACORN, gay marriage, compact florescent light bulbs , etc - EXCEPT THE BUDGET. *********************** At home if you have been spending more than you are making you have 2 choices – earn more and or spend less. Our nation should try the same thing. Cutting some spending, especially truly wasteful spending makes sense. At home cut cable and phone bills, eat in more and borrow DVDs from the local library. The government might reduce subsidies to profitable businesses, and some of the many duplicate programs. Long term that might mean some changes to social security and/ or Medicare. *********************************** However RAISING REVENUE also makes sense. At home that would mean a second job or having one’s spouse get a job would be the usual plan. The government should raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2% and close most corporate tax loopholes. I won’t detail them but we KNOW they exist (they exist because they were ‘bought’ by lobbyists ‘educating’ out legislators w/ campaign contributions. ************************************************* And for all you good Christians you would actually be doing the very wealthy a favor if you cut their bank balances by raising taxes for isn’t it written in the ‘GOOD BOOK’ words to the effect that it is easier to put a camel through the eye of a needle than for a rich man into the kingdom of heaven? The rich should THANK YOU for raising their taxes. I also know it also discusses taxes telling you that you should be giving unto Caesar that which belongs to Caesar. There is much more to the ‘GOOD BOOK’ than just the 10 commandments. But certainly nothing that I have seen that implies taxation is theft.
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  • Focus and Reality Check
    Celtic Wolf
    How abouts? Very interesting story line and catchy too. My story is this: I make $155,500 a year. I am eligible to retire. My mortgage is paid. No kids in college now. I am blessed. I help family members (elderly parents, out of work siblings, and friends) with tuitions, mortgages, dog food, and rents. I also donate money to many (not several many) CFC types. I eat bagels for breakfast, I eat nothing that costs more than $2 to $3 for lunch (so it is pizza, hotdog, or other bad for me yet cheap stuff), then for dinner we have a can of beans, or tuna, or pasta. We do our best also to put some money aside for retirement (to cover future property tax and not covered medical bills). Now for what angers me. I am blessed and I know it. I also know a great deal of folks who make (in my organization, in TSA offices, in IRS offices, in DOJ/DOD, that make a lot less). My anger is up, because these folks like me are cutting corners already when they were on full salary (and no they are not living beyond their means -- they are living in DC, LA, Chicago, NY, Boston, Houston and Phoenix. We, as feds, know how to go without, we know how pinch the penny. The problem is now that we are concerned that the penny will be a half penny and the costs of all will be doubled. I appreciate the lesson in frugal behaviours, yet I am astounded at the idea that anyone out there thinks FEDS live high on the hog. If you find one let me know and ask them to teach the rest of us the secret. thanks.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • To Celtic
    Moderate
    I assume you are on CSRS. If so, you may want to consider retiring and getting another job. Look at the difference between your net salary after mandatory deductions and your pension after mandatory deductions. Then decide.-------------- If you are on FERS, just work until you decide you do not want to work for the government any more. Your defined benefit plan is not so great.
    worker
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