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  • DAYD Jobs anyone?
    Just me
    Die At Your Desk...the new republican plan for federal employees.
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  • DAYD
    LittleD
    That pretty well sums it all up.... after over 25 years and almost to the retirement date it's like playing the game "Sorry" and I just got sent back to start over again. It should be mandatory that whatever is imposed on us is imposed on Congress! Bet they would change their tune in a hurry!
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  • DAYD
    LittleD
    That pretty well sums it all up.... after over 25 years and almost to the retirement date it's like playing the game "Sorry" and I just got sent back to start over again. It should be mandatory that whatever is imposed on us is imposed on Congress! Bet they would change their tune in a hurry!
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  • 8 year pay freeze?
    dross1167
    Mike, how about a clarification on the following statement you made: "Your pay has been frozen for two years, and that is the good news!!! The freeze may be extended another one, two or even three years. Worst case: Your next raise would be January 2016. If then. It may be extended another one to three years." I try to keep up with these issues, and have heard of a few republicans who propose extending the freeze to 5 years, but i've heard nothing of an additional 3 year freeze beyond that. Are you implying the possibility of an 8 year pay freeze? Is this brand new information? Do you have a source? If so, how about sharing some details.
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  • 8 year pay freeze
    Moderate
    To the Historians, Didn't Eisenhower have an 8 year pay freeze?
    worker
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  • 8 year pay freeze
    Linda
    According to OPM with information back to 1948 the longest pay freeze for Federal Employees has been 3 years. Congress has had longer freezers, but over all has had a higher percentage increase from that same time.
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  • Your Threat Level: Pretty Darn High!
    Celtic Wolf
    What incentive is there to serve your country? How do you tell your children or grandchildren to love a country that takes money away from them and their future? What rights do the current Congress have to change policy at whim impacting 2 million people? The answer to all these questions is an easy one. The federal employee is only .6% of the American population. We, federal employees, are less than 1 percent of the American popluation. Yet, we, the federal employee, are being used to save America from debt, to fund the continuing wars, to ensure entitlement programs continue, and to distract Americans too arrogant to read the truth about what is really happening. Case in point --- OPM tells the America it has too heavy a workload processing federal retirement requests. OPM gets the approval, and yet to hire, 40 new staff. The truth is that federal retirement has dropped significantly over the past 4-5 years, especially in the area of FERS employees. The truth is OPM lied to America, and used federal employees as the scapegoat. Second case in point, there are several bills in Congress that plan to make it very easy for federal agencies to 'fire' or 'remove' employees for reasons that many Americans incur daily --- like public liens or poor performance after only year of service. Congress is like a group of illusionists. They are purposely distracting the ignorant American, who is unfamiliar with exactly what federal employees are and do. Many of my friends to this day think the local Building Code Inspector is a federal employee, that the DMV guy is a federal employee, and worse of all they think some school teachers are federal employees. The problem is that most Americans lump federal employees into the pool with every public sector employee. What ever happened to state versus federal. Apparently many Americans have little civic awareness. Apparently the average American is simply pretty darn stupid. That is why Federal Employees, who are generally more educated than the Average American, is being forced to bail out America. It just proves that to be a true American it is better to be dumb and stupid. That way you can reap the benefits of tax avoidance without penalty, company bailouts when your company goes belly up, and most of all never have to serve your country and still get all the entitlements you want. My bottomline for the day is that the Federal Employee is the Sucker of the Decade. The Federal Employee is America's saviour and yet the Dumbest of all Americans. So next time you are asked to recruit or hire someone --- run for the door, or simply laugh and welcome the new hire to the Worst Job of Earth, second only to Bin Laden's tailor -- who is currently looking for work -- most likely as a contractor to DOD as a "Measures Analyst".
    Celtic Wolf
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  • re: Threat Level
    Nestorsky
    What incentive is there to serve your country? Though the US has and will continue to have issues (especially economic) that won't be solved easily, this is still the freest country in the world and I wouldn't live anywhere else. How do you tell your children or grandchildren to love a country that takes money away from them and their future? Much blood has been shed for freedom and for the preservation pf our Republic. America offers opportunity to all and that's why millions risk death just to come here and work, even at slave wages. We all have to pay taxes and that is another way the government takes our money. There's more to life than working for the federal government. In fact, if it's so bad, why not take your education and experience with you to a job in the private sector, eh Celtic? What rights do the current Congress have to change policy at whim impacting 2 million people? Enacting legislation is their Constitutional responsibility. However, it is your Constitutional right to vote them out of office. The previous Congress spent our money stupidly on bail-outs that weren't deserved, and stimulus that didn't work. Now about 70 of them are unemployed (or employed elsewhere). Lets bring Civics back into the classroom. As Americans we want it all: Entitlements, new schools, repaired infrastructure, strong military, free healthcare for the old and poor, etc. Unfortunately, all of this costs money, and borrowing from Peter to pay Paul isn't working when the economy is sluggish and not producing the taxes needed to pay for all the things we want. Should we just continue to kick the can down the road, or should we face the challenge of actually doing the heavy lifting and fixing the problem? If you want to continue being dillusional allowing the governement to continue borrowing money while continuing out of control spending, the pain we (the entire country) feel will be far worse than the pain federal workers feel from a pay freeze. God bless America!
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  • re: Threat Level and Dearest Nestorsky
    Celtic Wolf
    I served in the military, and yes shed blood. I have a MPA so I know Civics, and do like Hondas too. America is a democracy - and it should promote parity and balance in approach. The rich push back when people want the rich to pay more taxes. The poor want more entitlements when they see rich kids getting better schools or better jobs. I get it, I get that. What I do not get is one group of Americans paying the Pied Piper and all other Americans getting the free ride. And yes God Bless America and I would never leave it, even though many times tempted and stated so. I am here to fight, and fight I will. I believe every American deserves to pull their own weight. I think Federal Employees should and do, yet unsure about a great deal of other Americans.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • To Nestorsky
    Moderate
    Your comment:"How do you tell your children or grandchildren to love a country that takes money away from them and their future?" This is called taxes. It is used to fund various government programs.-----Your comment:"In fact, if it's so bad, why not take your education and experience with you to a job in the private sector, eh Celtic?" One reason is that Celtic chose to work for the feds and may be trapped in CSRS. If he retires before age 55 with 30 years experience then he must wait until age 62 before he can collect his pension. Additionally, any fed who retires before the minimum retirement age and years of experience loses a major benefit called health benefits into retirement. I guess, in your mind, this justifies the employer changinfg the rules in midstream. Maybe that should happen to you. Another reason is that your friend, George Bush, gave us an economy that does not support going into the priovate sector. I will continue my response on the next post
    worker
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  • To Nestorsky part 2
    Moderate
    Your comment:"The previous Congress spent our money stupidly on bail-outs that weren't deserved, and stimulus that didn't work. Now about 70 of them are unemployed (or employed elsewhere)." How simplistic of you. In 2006 the Dems captured Congress. In 2008 the Dems increased their hold on Congress and cap0tured the Presidency. This was due to economics. In 2010 the Dems were more vulnerable and lost the House and got a reduced number in the Senate due to the economy. We will see what happens in 2012 because the Republicans will share in the economy.-----------The bailouts were started by a Republican president and increased under a Democratic president. As far as money spent on the bailouts, the amounts may turn out to be small or the government may even make a profit on them after all is said and done.----------The stimulus may have prevented an even larger depression than the one we had. The 1929 depression was aggravated by Hoover's refusal to spend money and tight money. The stimulus prevented that. That sounds pretty successful. (continued)
    worker
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  • To Nestorsky part 3
    Moderate
    Your comment:" As Americans we want it all: Entitlements, new schools, repaired infrastructure, strong military, free healthcare for the old and poor, etc. Unfortunately, all of this costs money, and borrowing from Peter to pay Paul isn't working when the economy is sluggish and not producing the taxes needed to pay for all the things we want. Should we just continue to kick the can down the road, or should we face the challenge of actually doing the heavy lifting and fixing the problem? I guess we have choices. We can kick the lousy infrastructure, lousy economy, and no insdurance for the unfortunate can down the road or take the bull by the horn by raising taxes on the wealthy and doing something about the economy so people can live better and pay taxes which cabn balance the budget. For what it is worth, the feds have been paying the piper since the Reagan years, while the wealthy increased their share of the economy.
    worker
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  • You've got to be serious.
    StarTrek1701
    "God Bless America?" How about "shame on you, Congress"? First, for allowing the country to get in the state it is in; thank you Congress. Second, for Congress thinking they can solve the problems they created by harming the Federal workforce by cutting their pay; which is already 22% LESS then their private sector counterparts. There is so much waste and redundency out there and for them to stick it to us... You need a reality check!
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  • Your Threat Level: Pretty Darn High!
    Irish_Eyes
    We talk a lot about employee engagement, and much of that is just talk. But how about the dangers of employee dis-engagement? It is extremely difficult (at least for me) to stay actively engaged when the assault on the Federal workforce is in the news on a regular basis. I have 21+ years as a Fed civilian and 10+ years active military that I bought back and I decided last Friday that I've had enough. Going to take an 80% pay cut to go do work I can be actively engaged in. The good news is that I'm FERS, so I don't get much retirement that can be messed with!
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  • Your Threat Level: Pretty Darn High!
    My2Cents
    This whole thing is sad and very scary. Federal employees are the only people that Congress can play around with this way. They have the power to make scapegoats out of us. I hope people remember this when it is time to vote - I know I will! Bottom line is (and basically with any politician), if it doesn't impact them (in the pocketbook), oh well, they will still live comfortably, take exotic vacations, have second homes, etc. Time for us to open our eyes, we have sacrificed enough, now we should have a say on what they want to continue to do with us - and who is "leading" us in the future.
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  • Finally...
    StarTrek1701
    It is great to see people finally getting the idea...something I have been advocating since January. Send them packing.
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