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  • Your Threat Assessment Score Card!
    Celtic Wolf
    How do we attract good federal employees in 2011 and beyond? What employee benefit can we share with potential new hires? Obama will now get what he thinks we are already, that is a Federal Employee Workforce comprised of "slugs". How die 2 million men and women, as federal employees, become the target of so much hate and disgust in America. We need to thank our politicians, at election time, for their misguided focus and assumption that federal employees are the cause for the Federal Deficit, for the wars, and for economic unrest in America. We need to campaign as federal employees and ask our elected officials to pick on another demographic, how about -- 'themselves first'.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • Score Card
    Moderate
    The problem is that you stick it all on obama. it is the Republicans and their lackeys (Heritage Foundation and Cato) that are pushing this garbage down our throats. If it wasn't for the Republicans, none of this nonsense would be happening. Oh well, I can leave at any time.
    worker
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  • Your Comments are Hilarious
    Rob
    None of the proposals being floated around by those evil republicans can become law without the Messiah's signature. Your savior would never sign into law a bill that would hurt us feds. Or would he? Oh that's right, he already did. It was Obama's signature that gave us no pay raise for 2 years and Obamacare which will ruin the FEHBP. You liberals are a hoot, blaming Bush, the Heritage Foundation, Cheney, Newt, Rush, ect. yet you refuse to acknowledge the fact that the Dems are running the country and running it into the ground. Now we have to listen to 18 of healthSCARE from the Dems. It's the only way they know how to win elections. Twist the facts and scare granny into submission.
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  • Your comments are totally twisted
    Moderate
    I have rarely read such twisted nonsense as what you write. You must have had newspeak as your major. See 1984 by George Orwell.----------First, you radical rightists have been the ones calling Obama the messiah or saviour. No liberal has stated that. I guess that shows your twisted mentality.------------Obviously, the president signs bills into laws. But just as obvious, the Republicans can force the issue through propaganda, filibusters, shutting the government down unless they get their way, and other temper tantrums. They also lie (the death panels in the health reform act) and say that the FEHB is hit by the health care act.--------Again, the health care act was passed to help the poor, who cannot get health insurance do so. And how many of those people were affected by your friend, George Bush's depression? All you have to do is look at the increase in official unemployment and multiply that by those whose unemployment ran out. Add to that the jobs that do not include health insurance.-------------As far as scaring granny, it was you radical rightists that gave us the death panels to scare granny. Too bad it backfired on you.
    worker
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  • Your comments are totally twisted
    LindaH
    Well said Moderate and I will repeat you one more time in lager caps!----------- To Rob, like Moderate said, TOO BAD IT BACKFIRED ON YOU rightist and it will keep on BACKFIRING.
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  • Thanks Linda H
    Moderate
    Thanks for backing me.
    worker
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  • Your Comments are Hilarious/ And yours are way beyond HILARIOUS!
    LindaH
    Rob for heaven sake, pls stops talking out of your 4 corner contact. Bush l, Bush ll, Cheney, Newt and that fat racist good-for-nothing Rush L are people I will never vote for or tuned in to listen to on the Tele or National Radio. The country started going down hill after Bush l left office. When Bush ll got in, the burrowing money from SSN, giving HUGE tax cuts to himself and rich friends and putting this country in a MAJOR debt by sticking US soldiers over in the Middle East to hunt down Hussein and Osama started.- Lets not forget those idiot Republicans like ryan supported Bush ll 100% hands down. Obama came along after Bush/Republicans and added his spend on it by borrowing to much money. Now you have those ryan idiots who got bought and paid for by the Big Business trying to destroy the Fed Employees jobs because Big Businesses wants the contracts>which mean more money for them- Force Senior citizens and poor people to suffer for their meds in which this will cause a surmounting number of deaths among Seniors/the poor- Take away healthcare and let some Big Insurance run it so we can be nickel and dime to death- Steal dreams from kids who are trying to make something out of themselves in which it doesn't matter to those ryan devils because they are RICH, but YOU are not.
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  • Part 2/Your Comments are Hilarious/ And yours are way beyond HILARIOUS
    LindaH
    Last but not least, DESTROY the middle class of this country with a lot stupidity for the sake getting the country out of debt...LOL! Though it is no laughing matter, but you got to laugh at ryan and the rest of those GANGSTER Republicans > no MIDDLE CLASS, no money spent in the US. For the hundredth time, there is absolutely NOTHING that these devils do that will work, these Republicans will FAIL and create a more severe problem for this country. Also, before you start posting and supporting these devils who are trying to DESTROY this country and the people (in including you), remember knees are bent and mouths are asking God to put a stop to these devils dangerous hands.
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  • Thanks
    bestoftimesworstoftimes
    Thanks for encapsulating all the compensation "threats" into 1 succint article. I second Celtic Wolf's comment. We as parents and our daughters doctors already struggle with one of the Federal Health plans not living up to their commitments, and now we're going to have to pay even higher premiums? My wife, an employee in one of the local county's in our area actually had BETTER health insurance than what we are getting through FEHBP, and mind you we have the most expensive FEHBP plan. We're actually thinking about switching back to that plan next year, because the FEHBP plan isn't living up to what this particular insurance company promised in their summary of benefits handouts. Thank god for FSA, or I'd be screwed, but then again I can get FSA-like benefits in private industry as well, and I when I switched over from private industry a few years ago I took a pay cut as it was. As for pay freezes the longer this goes on the more interesting it gets, because people that DO manage to get in from the private sector as new hires will soon be able to join the Feds at a higher salary than longer time feds which will further erode the value being placed in our experience and knowledge. What I mean by that is that with Private sector salaries continuing to go up (all the contractors where I work got across the board 2.5% raises while we got NO raise), new hires from the contracting world will have a better negotiating point than those already in service who've had their pay frozen for 3-5 years. We all know how that move plays out, right? By the way, if contractors are continuing to get pay raises, it most likely means that the bill rates our contracting firms are taking in are climbing by 2-5%/year. Interesting. As for hiring freezes, how does this affect our ability to transfer to other agencies? Surely there'll be fewer opportunities on USAJobs which means that if you're looking to climb the ladder, or looking to get out a bad situation with a bad boss then it'll be even harder to do so while remaining in the federal ranks.
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  • We need a Solomon
    contrarian
    There's no wisdom or peacemaking to be found these days. Makes leaders like Clinton and Reagan look even better. Hard to be optimistic because compromise isn't obvious. Fact don't matter. Opinions are taken as gospel. It's like we're an airplane in a holding pattern. Will the landing be smooth or worse?
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  • The 2 presidents
    Moderate
    The only thing I have against Clinton is that he never honored the 1990 Pay Act that was supposed to bring us within 5% of private industry. The reason for that was the study used to pass the act was allegedly flawed. This is obviously false as, if it was flawed, then a new study would have been done. This did not happen. Reagan, on the other hand, was the reason why the act was passed. We fell far behind with his lack of pay raise ideas. he also raised the price of our health insurance one year by 50% while cancelling open season. The cancellation was rescinded by the middle of the year. Reagan was very bad news.
    worker
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  • Incease retirement contributions?
    Loyal Civil Servant
    If Congress is seeing a need to increase FERS and CSRS retirement contributions by 5%, why did they recently reduce social security taxes? Of course, that only helped out FERS and the entire rest of the US workers. CSRS employees weren't included.
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  • Soc Sec Tax Cut
    James Madison III
    Yeah, I loved that social security tax break, I received an extra $9 a paycheck, and then my taxable inclome went up so I really only kept an additional $4... Great! now I can get an extra gallon of gas each pay period!
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  • sick of this....
    sick of this
    So let me get this straight......we take a 5% cut in pay for mandatory retirement contributions, have a pay freeze for 3 years now...(maybe 5), increase % of premiums for our insurance coverage ( and lessen the benefits - which will cost us $$ to receive health care), eliminate within grade increase, change retirement benefits - from high 3 to high 5, reduce COLAs by possibly 1 % if and when we get them........sounds like a recruitment incentive to me! Best place to work - really? Why is it that the federal employees are always the scape goats?
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  • Time to strike...
    James Madison III
    If the same proposals were made at a private unionized factory, the workers would have walked out and striked long time ago... Perhaps it's time for us to do the same... I'm already about to loose my job, and benifits... serously what do I have to loose? I say we all pick a day, and not go to work, every single federal employee across america walkout on the same day... and take a week off... oh wait, congress already wants to do that with us anyway! Hahahaha....
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