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  • buyouts
    marien
    Careful. Remember the government is now operating on the federal employees retirement and disability funds which was solvent before being used to cover the budget until this dysfunctional Congress raises the debt ceiling. According to law, the funds must be replaced as soon as the debt limit is raised. Who believes that now? All Congress has to do is change that law and presto, there goes the retirement fund. Also, who is to say this lousy Congress will do anything with the debt ceiling anytime soon, meaning the whole retirement fund could be gone. Then where do they turn for money? The social security fund, of course. I don't trust these jokers as far as I could throw them. whether you're active or retired, we're all in for financial ruin with this Congress and THEY DON'T CARE.
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  • SSA
    Linda
    Too late to worry about the Government raiding SSA, they started doing that a long time ago. If the money put in, had been left in, even at minimal interest, there wouldn't be a solvency issue for a long time.
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  • Elitist liberals
    Tea Partier
    The time has finally arrived when the American people are revolting against an out of control liberal/progressive establishment in Washington, who are addicted to more & more spending. The national credit card has to be cut up, because we as a nation are essentially bankrupt. This new Congress, which you so arrogantly despise, was sent there to stop the slide into national bankruptcy and reverse it. When you attack this new Congress, you are attacking the voters who sent them there. Those are the people who actually pay income taxes. Many of the Democratic party's voters don't even pay Federal income taxes. They are either living on Social Security, Medicare. welfare, unemployment benefits, food stamps, housing assistance, or any other of a myriad of entitlement programs, which are bankrupting us. As Lady Margaret Thatcher famously said, "The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people's money to spend". Europe is coming to grips with that fact and has started reversing it. We need to do the same and quit following the failed model of Keynesian Socialism/Marxism, or we won't have a country to leave to our children. Get a grip. Quit living in liberal Fantasyland, where everything can be provided at someone else's expense.
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  • Tea Partier
    Spunky
    Amen! Spoken with reason, conviction and common sense.
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  • Was it "Elitist liberals"...
    FERS Fed
    ...who started not one, but TWO wars that they couldn't pay for when the country was already $8.5 trillion in debt?..........................................................................Typical Tea Party claptrap.
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  • All of them
    Zoopy
    Almost much all of Congress rolled over and let Bush start an unnecessary war.
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  • Greedy radical right tea partier
    Moderate
    This will take more than one blog to give an adequate response.-------- The American people did not revolt against the Democrats. The problem is that too many of the voters, who voted in 2008, did not vote in 2010. Thus we got the party of no in power in the House and they got some seats in the Senate. Yes, I am attacking the voters who put the party of no in power in the House as they represent the radical right. Hopefully, that will change in 2012.------- As far as the bankruptcy, George Bush 2 gave us the Bush depression. He gave us the massive unemployment which is the reason for the huge spending and deficits. He gave nice tax cuts to the wealthy. To get out of the depression, we need massive spending. It may actually be working as unemployment is dropping. Of course government stats are not credible as they exclude those who gave up or are underemployed. But the economy may be turning around.------ Of course the radical right does not want its constituents to help with the deficit by raising taxes on the wealthy who can afford it. They would rather stick it on the middle class and the poor who cannot afford it.
    worker
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  • Response to Tea Partier part 2
    Moderate
    Tea partier, I was unaware that you had to pay taxes in order to vote. Please cite your favorite document, the Constitution, and show where it says that. As far as I know social security is an earned benefit. So is medicare. So what is the problem if a person lives onsocial security and medicare. It is also extremely difficult to live on social security. Try living on that income and you will know what I am writing about. And those people will not pay federal, state, and local income taxes. I guess you would want to suck income taxes out of those living in poverty.-----You do not need to cite Margaret Thatcher. She was a radical rightist like you.---------By the way, socialism works pretty well in israel. I am also not an advocate of socialism, but I do agree with a mixed economy and not the sweatshops of the early 1900's.-----------It sounds like you would like to leave an elitist sweatshop economy to our children instead of letting them have the opportunity to get ahead.
    worker
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  • Buyouts
    Tea Partier
    I am appalled at the fact that agencies can't force employees to retire, once they have hit the maximum years of service needed for a pension, especially when agencies are on a hiring freeze. We have an employee with nearly 45 years of service, who could take a buyout through a job swap with a coworker with 20 years of service, due to a reorg., but the employee with 45 years refuses to retire. So we end up paying 2 employees for 1 position, since they are both permanent. Why can't agencies save money by forcing employees with over 40 years of service to retire, unless the agency gets a waiver to keep them? I guess it would take an act of Congress to change it.
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  • Buyouts by Tea Partier
    O2B XFed
    Tea Partier be careful what you ask for. That 45 year employee will get over 80% of their high 3 salaries to NOT come to work. A CSRS retiree get 80% at 41 years and 11 months plus another 1/6 of 1% for each 176 hours of sick leave. If they retire and the Govt re-hires their position, even at a very reduced grade, the Govt pays a lot more.
    Finally ExFed
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  • CSRS Retirements-Maximum
    CaptMidnight
    From my days at the Commission in the early 70's, the maximum retirement annuity for a CSRS employee is a stated in 5 USC 8339: (f) The annuity computed under subsections (a) through (e), (n), (q), (r), and (s) may not exceed 80 percent of— (1) the average pay of the employee; or (2) the greatest of— (A) the final basic pay of the Member; (B) the average pay of the Member; or (C) the final basic pay of the appointive position of a former Member who elects to have his annuity computed or recomputed under section 8344 (d)(1) of this title. That includes sick leave as well.
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  • Buyouts
    Moderate
    Guess you never heard of age discrimination. It is against the law. I hope that answers your question.
    worker
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  • elitist liberal
    sandra5199
    I didn't vote for the morons that is in office now and I pay allots of taxes. You do not know what you are talking about.
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  • Did they ever
    StarTrek1701
    Most Tea Partiers don't know what they are talking about. They are just repeating what they have been told to think adn say. Heavens if any one of them ever started thinking for themselves.
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  • To Sandra
    Moderate
    i cannot tell what you are trying to say. Morons is plural and is is singular. Allots of taxes? Is this a satire of something?
    worker
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