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  • Testify in Front of Congress
    Boru73
    We need to find a way to get this guy in front of Congress to speak in defense of the Federal Worker.
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  • Yeah, but...
    Zoopy
    But I'm not certain that Congress wants to hear things that contradict their re-election talking points.
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  • Mr. Shapiro's got my vote!!!
    FEDup2
    I agree Boru, finally someone who makes sense.
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  • Why do people continue to think that this is about the federal budget?
    FERS Fed
    What we're observing is nothing less than a strategic attempt by the Republicans to fundamentally restructure the American way of life, favoring the "haves" and punishing the "have nots". The federal deficit -- which Republicans showed absolutely no qualms whatsoever about increasing throughout the Bush Administration -- is simply their tactical vehicle of choice for doing so. You should not be surprised if the Republicans actually force a default by the USG because it's the endgame to their strategy. Think about it. Who would be most harmed by a USG default? Hint -- it will not be the "haves" of this country. And deficit financing of all the 'safety net' and other social programs with which they disagree would be a thing of the past never to be repeated.
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  • The Republicans did not freeze federal wages
    Ungarkelt
    Blame the Republicans all you want, the President froze federal wages. Both parties are attacking federal employees. Also, blaming the Republicans for the federal deficit when the current Democratic President has spent more / committed to more spending than the previous 43 presidents COMBINED is a little silly!
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  • I blame all of us
    Zoopy
    If we were a really wise, deliberate electorate, politicians over the past decades wouldn't have come to see sensible budgeting and re-election as being mutually exclusive. In the long view of things, we're all responsible for this.
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  • " blaming the Republicans for the federal deficit..."?
    FERS Fed
    If eliminating annual federal budget deficits and reducing the federal debt is such a high Republican priority, then why didn't Republicans begin taking these steps when they controlled the Presidency and both houses of Congress, and could have begun exercising responsible stewardship of federal spending?........................................ If eliminating annual federal budget deficits and reducing the federal debt is such a high Republican priority, then why are Republicans taking anything 'off the table', i.e., taxes, for doing so? Who tries to fix a problem with only half the tools available to them?.............................................................................................. Why are the very same Republicans who voted to enact deficit budgets and debt limit increases throughout the Bush Administration now crying hysterically that they must be eliminated?
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  • ...why didn't Republicans begin taking these steps when they controlled the Presidency and both houses of Congress, and could have begun exercising responsible stewardship of federal spending?
    Ungarkelt
    In 2006, the last year that the Republicans controlled both houses of Congress, the budget deficit was 248 billion and the national debt was 8.45 trillion. February 2011, after 5 years of fiscally responsible governing by the Democrates, the budget deficit is 1.62 (650% increase) trillion and the national debt is 14.3 trillion (169%).
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  • What -- $8.5 trillion in federal debt simply wasn't enough for Republicans to act on?
    FERS Fed
    If memory serves me, more than a few 'fiscally responsible' Republicans voted for that 2011 "..budget deficit [of] 1.62 (650% increase) trillion and the national debt [of] 14.3 trillion (169%).".................................................................................... Again I ask, if eliminating annual federal budget deficits and reducing the federal debt is such a high Republican priority, then why are Republicans taking anything 'off the table', i.e., tax increases, for doing so? Who tries to fix a problem with only half the tools available to them?............................................................. Instead, Republicans propose cutting Medicare by having states issue federal-block-grant-based vouchers to seniors and letting them deal with the health insurance industry -- THE HEALTH INSURANCE INDUSTRY!?!?............................................... You can keep on believing that what the Republicans are doing now has anything to do with the federal budget, but you're fooling only yourself, friend.
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  • ...after 5 years of fiscally responsible governing by the Democrats, the budget deficit is 1.62 (650% increase) trillion and the national debt is 14.3 trillion (169%).
    Ungarkelt
    "If memory serves me, more than a few 'fiscally responsible' Republicans voted for that 2011 ". - The fact that a few Republicans voted for it is not indicative of party doctrine. "...why are Republicans taking anything 'off the table', i.e., tax increases, for doing so?" - If you feel you aren't being taxed enough, I encourage you to write a big check to the IRS and do the right thing.
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  • "If you feel you aren't being taxed enough..."?
    FERS Fed
    Being in the 33% marginal tax bracket, I pay my fair share of federal taxes. How about you? How about Warren Buffet, who pays less than his admin assistant? How about GE? How about the oil companies? Do you really believe the Big 5 oil companies need to be subsidized billions of dollars by US taxpayers?
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  • Being in the 33% marginal tax bracket, I pay my fair share of federal taxes.
    Ungarkelt
    And yet you want lawmakers to put income tax increases "on the table"? I also pay my "fair share", thank you very much, to the extent that I don't want to pay a dime more. Maybe you enjoy working Jan-Apr for the government every year - I don't. Like I said, if you want to pay more taxes, write a check. Buffet, GE, the oil companies, etc., are gaming the tax system, but are doing nothing illegal. The answer is to fix the system, not to blindly raise everyone's taxes. The Democrats had complete control over Congress 2006-10 and the Presidency from 2009-present, why didn't they reform the tax system?
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  • Thanks Ungarkelt
    freddy
    I was no longer going to make comments here since most comments are very lopsided. Just wanted you to know you are not alone.
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  • Of course "...most comments are very lopsided" here!
    FERS Fed
    Republicans plans to fix the federal debt are lopsided towards federal employees. Duh!
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  • less than 6 percent
    paverfed
    Further to the point, Federal payroll plus benefits is less than 6 percent of the ENTIRE FEDERAL BUDGET. You could do a hiring freeze, you could even spend time thinking through and wasting energy to push through a 5% paycut, you could even lay off half of the federal workforce, but IN REALITY you'd be doing nothing of consequence to address the budget deficit. Here's the real solution: 1) Go after entitlement programs for otherwise able-bodied people (not the disabled) 2) increase insourcing of roll-up your sleeves and get-er done type of work (when I was a contractor, there would be 2 or 3 contractor "manager mouths" trimming the gravy off of my work and off of the tax payer dime. Now that I'm a fed I just work directly with other feds to "get 'er done". The important point is that you need to insource "get er done" jobs, not redundant "manager mouth" jobs. 3) ELIMINATE WASTEFUL PROGRAMS/CUT AGENCY BUDGETS - then let the agency's themselves decide who to let go. 4) Look to scale your agency investments. I work on projects in my agency, and sometimes I can't help but wonder if there's another agency out there spending duplicitous money developing a similar tool or capability. It's just dumb that so many common infrastructure things are duplicated everywhere. The only 2 good examples I've seen of cross-agency resouce sharing are WebTA and the Employee Personal Page as tools that are shared across multiple agencies. You could save hundreds of billions easily without taking the dumbed down approach of broadly attacking every fed across the board.
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  • Add this to the debt reduction toolkit, too
    FERS Fed
    Tack a little tariff onto all the food we sell to China, and dedicate it to reducing the federal debt.
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