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  • OF COURSE
    BeanerECMO
    Why pay your own retirement fund when you can always go to the private sector cash cow; the majority of the taxpayers in the US.
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  • further
    paverfed
    Further to the point, newbee, if you're going to ask millions of middle class feds to shoulder the burden of 0.25% of the budget at extraordinary loss of their disposable income, then we need to man up and require the top 2% of earners to take a hit by repealing the Bush Obama tax for them which will save many billions more than this take-home pay cut on the middle class.
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  • No Newbee Here
    BeanerECMO
    The top 1% pay 39% of federal income taxes. The top 25% pay 86+% of federal income taxes. The top 50% pay 97+% of federal income taxes. From the Wall Street Journal: β€œIn 1980, when the top tax rate was 70%, the richest 1% paid only 19% of all income taxes; now, with the top rate of 35%, they pay more than double that share.” As an aside - the bottom 51% of taxpayers do not pay any income tax; and, in fact, receive a check from the government (taxpayers) from the earned income credit. So, I pray, just what do the 51% do to compensate for their continual fleecing of those who do pay income tax? I'm sure they are more than willing to have someone else pay their way through life. Further, 80% of the tax cuts in 2001 & 2003 were aimed at families, small bus owners earning less than $250K/yr. How many private sector jobs does it take to fund one public sector job (even considering they pay taxes), and fed pay leads private industry by 1/3 to 1/2? Public sector employees are paid with the majority of private sector tax dollars; their retirement portion is paid from their pay (the majority of private sector tax dollars); the government's matching funds are paid with the majority of private sector tax dollars; their SocSec is paid with the majority of private sector tax dollars; their Medicare is paid with the majority of private sector tax dollars. That goes for state, county and municipal employees as well (e.g., teachers in public schools/colleges) – exempt state and municipal police and fire personnel who are on the front line; they provide great service; however, cut the management/admin staff by 30%.
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  • Baloney Beaner
    Spanky
    First, all your stats are baloney and fabricated GOP drivel. 51% bottom TPs do not pay? Where is that from? That alone shows your who spew is baloney! You are on this news blog as a right-wing, tea-punklian to falter and twist the uprising against federal workers. I see clowns like you all over federal news blogs. Please go get a life. Second, if you have been paying attention, the top 25% do not pay taxes or have a ZERO liability because of all the GOP and lobby crap input into the tax code. In fact 60 minutes done a news article on it recently. You should go and watch it. Most of those top companies hoard the bulk of their wealth overseas so they pay ZERO taxes on that money alone. Third, this baloney about public employees are paid by private tax dollars. That would be true for any and ALL federal expenditures their Einstein! Whether it is goods OR services, the tax payer MUST pay for it. Where your real twisted baloney is... if we didn't fund the federal worker, it would increase service contracts to do the work for your private sector buddies. Bloated contracts with all those hidden costs... paying the workers a fine wage with better benefits then the feds, but gouging abd reaping billions to do the same work. Please take your anti-fed workers, anti-union baloney back to your GOP-Tea-bagger streets who want to hear and read your baloney, with your twisted data. It's not wanted here.
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  • DRIVEL - NOT
    BeanerECMO
    It's from the IRS, but as long as y'all keep that thought, I'm sure you're comforted. No, the US companies don't hoard oversees; they don't have to when they have BHO in the WH; e.g., GE; or when the taxpayers are bailing out the unions ; e.g., GM & Chrysler. Such a thoughtful diatribe. It's typical when finally backed into a corner that is indefensible, but it's the only weapon at your disposable.
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  • To Beaner
    Moderate
    I like Spanky's response to you. It is true that taxpayer dollars pay my salary, but they also pay the salaries and profits of the contractors. That is private industry. They make up more of the federal "worker" staff than acttual federal workers. I have never heard you advocating that the contractor payments should be reduced and their jobs be eliminated. I wonder why.------You were never a liberal or progressive. You learned how to read from the writings of monopolists and sweatshop owners. They have given you the job of spouting off their propaganda.
    worker
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  • get over it.
    paverfed
    ...because it's already factored into the salary that the government negotiated with the employee. Furthermore, it won't save the govt much because.......................................... a) New employees will factor this pay hit into the negotiating process and bargain for greater pay.......................................................... b) Existing employees account for less than 5% of the total budget. So asking them to contribute 5% of their salary amounts to 1/20th of 5% of the total budget which is .2% of the Federal Budget. The .2% will hurt millions of Americans that for the most part are proud to serve their country. ............................................................ Get over yourself, newbie.
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  • correction 0.25%
    paverfed
    Correction - 0.25% of the total budget. That's a lot of energy and political currency being spent to save very little money when their are multiple hundred billion dollar cash cows laying around out there. Heck the US spends more than twice on Air Conditioning in Iraq and Afghanistan that this bill will save (look it up).
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  • Hidden Appropriations
    Spanky
    Look, if they were serious they would eliminate all these pet-projects these lawmakers place into all the appropriations bills. Just look at the Pentagon bill. It climbed from 400B to 700B in a decade... not include the cost of 2 wars. Most of those billions are these multi-billion dollar contracts designing and building planes, ships, tanks and weapons WE DO NOT NEED. Just because Boing sits in some of these GOP congress district! They will fight tooth and nail to keep the billions into those contracts. We could cut the DoD budget in half and still operate normally. Because most of it is bloated with these contracts... lining the pockets of Congress corporate buddies. Cheney is still reaping into the wealth with Haliburton. Although they've violated every rule in the book, the feds are still buying their goods and services. Enough baloney!
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  • They're Not Even Hidden
    BeanerECMO
    We can only pray that people with some modicum of integrity would smash the pet rocks of those on both sides of the Potomac. 'Boing' (sic) doesn't sit in just republican districts; the vast majority of the former McDonnel-Douglas and Boeing reside in dem controlled districts and states, which just happen to be "Not Right To Work States". But, there is wholehearted agreement to get rid of the pet rocks as much as possible. However, in the meantime, stop paying on contracts where agreed to performance metrics are not being met.
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