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  • Pay, pensions, premiums: So many horrible options, so little time
    LongTimeFed
    Nothing new is this article. It must be very hard to come up with creative ways to keep writing the same "what if" story about Fed pay and pension cuts
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  • Pay, Pensions, Premiums: So Many HORRIBLE options, so LITTLE
    Celtic Wolf
    Federal Employees are sometimes called Civil or Public Servants. We are asked to SERVE our country. Now for some bizarre and possibly irrational reason Congress seeks us, the very few, the very underpaid - per Congress own research, SAVE America after they, Congress - all parties included - have SOLD out America by SPENDING like DRUNKEN Sailors. The Federal Employee who willingly enters government to SERVE, is now being forced into SLAVERY. The solution needs to be an AMERICAN solution. We need to look at the BIG PICTURE, like all EXECUTIVES and so called LEADERS are told to do. We need to look at our Defense Budget, our Research Budget. our Entitlement Programs. And PLEASE note I see Social Security and Federal Retirement Benefits as NOT BEING ENTITLEMENTS. We CONTRIBUTE to those and ergo NOT ENTITLEMENTS. Yesterday we spoke about SOLUTIONS versus continuing the WHINES. We need to SPEAK UP and vote these people OUT, we need to submit EMPLOYEE SUGGESTIONS and change Wasteful Procedures and save Resources, we need to work SMARTER and not HARDER, we need to REVAMP American POLITICS and American GOVERNMENT. As for CONTRACTORS we need them to start performing non-Governmental tasks, or at minimum be held accountable for all their DELIVERABLES with HIGH Penalities if they FAIL, something like what happens to us FEDS.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • SPENDING like DRUNKEN Sailors
    Doors
    It's been said before but it's still true. As a fomer member of group correctly identified as drunken sailors, I resent the implication. Drunken sailors, unlike Congress Critters, stop spending when we run out of money. Maybe Drunken Sailors would be an improvement over the Representatives of the The Democratic Party and the Republican Party. Both parties seem well-represented on the Hill. Why can't the same be said of the People?
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  • Apology from an old Wolf
    Celtic Wolf
    Doors - I deeply apoligize for using the term. My Dad proudly served in the Navy. My Uncles proudly served in the Navy. My cousin currently serves as a Lt Col in the Marines. I, myself, was simply Army. Accept my apology for this error. Thanks.
    Celtic Wolf
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  • To Celtic Wolf
    Moderate
    I basically agree with your position as to how we, federal employees, are getting the short end of the stick. I would like to add that social security should be classified, for the most part, in the same way as our pensions. Those on social security, for the most part, contribute to teh retirement plan and expect to collect. The problem is that social security was never set up in a sound actuarial way. That was impossible during the Roosevelt era. Now we are paying the piper because the bulge (baby boomers) are starting to retire and want to collect. Fewer workers are paying in. So, what is the solution?-----------Additionally, we are taxed too low. I believe, historically, the government collects about 20% of GDP. Now it collects 15% of GDP. These are approximate numbers. So taxes, calling them by any name, must be raised. That could put a dent in the deficit.----------Anyway, good post.
    worker
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  • Yea, but...
    StarTrek1701
    I am in complete agreeement providing the extra taxes were used to maintain the many social programs that people rely upon to live from day to day. But, that would never happen. There are too many irresponsible people in Congress that would never leave that extra money alone. They would insist on eye-marking it for some special interest purpose. And then, once again, the American people get screwed.
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  • Yea, but...
    StarTrek1701
    I am in complete agreeement providing the extra taxes were used to maintain the many social programs that people rely upon to live from day to day. But, that would never happen. There are too many irresponsible people in Congress that would never leave that extra money alone. They would insist on eye-marking it for some special interest purpose. And then, once again, the American people get screwed.
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  • Moderate and Mariem
    deployed decoy
    Read the 2011 US State Dept Trafficking In Persons report. Kuwait is a Tier 3 violator. The equivalent of a modern transatlantic slave trafficking country. By US federal law, it is a violation for any American to be here. This extends to Saudi, N Korea, Cuba and a few other key and close allies. Well some not as close as say Saudi using American made and very recently sold state of the art weapons to suppress peaceful demonstrations or for that matter to invade Bahrain to suppress that Arab Spring. Kuwait used MRAPS (US Made) a few months ago to quash the only attempt for basic human rights movement here in Kuwait. Did a darn good job of it I will add. Just did not make the liberal news. Reason, because we are moving 80% or something of the troops out of Iraq and they are all staying right here in Kuwait. Unless the President proper signed an annual waiver for Kuwait specifically, this is in violation of US federal law. I will also say US Immigration has no copy of any waiver on fileā€¦ I just love the fact that Americas first mostly black president (he was actually born white as the US Census defines Arabs of N Africa as white) supports the open abuse and enslavement of people, to better his cause. Then factor in I have heard the cost of replacing real trigger pullers with contractors in Iraq and building the base camps with flush toilets in Kuwait for all the real trigger pullers to sit around in the heat is costing something like $20 Billion out the door, no follow on tail figured in. Just what I observe here, that total cost to hide the troops from the US public in Kuwait will cost $500 BILLION over 3 years. This same leader voted against raising the debt ceiling a few years ago, when it was under $2T. Then factor in social security is 20% of the current default mess because these elected fools have been spending it on bridges to nowhere for years and I vote every American demand they all be jailed for taxation without representation.
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  • Let me ask you this, DD
    FERS Fed
    Would it be your position that there should be no US combat boots on the ground anywhere in the ME, and that de facto control of the Persian Gulf should be ceded to a nuclear-armed Iran to shut off the flow of oil thru the SoH any time they get a wild hair up where the sun doesn't shine (seemingly a daily occurrence)? If so, please estimate the cost to the US economy of losing our ME oil supplies for the 6-9 months that it would take to send US combat troops BACK to the ME. Which is the larger number?
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  • Answer
    deployed decoy
    Well I can think of one ME country we (USA) gave nucs to years ago. If they dont hit Iran first and do the world a favor. Than yes, maybe we should, not with a nuc though, with FAE and carpet bombing. Yes I also agree the USA needs out of the ME. these people have been inbreading since time began. The USA and UK invented Kuwait, long after oil was discouvered. We gave the king, the land who did not even live here, because he was on our side. Now some 500,000 people (half the population) of Kuwait, that lived here before we gave it away. Do not get a birth certificate, death certificate, passport. They never were here as far as the current dictator cares. The rest of the population (around 400,000) get handed close to $35,000 a month just for keeping the peace. Course they are all related with each other. But heck whats wrong with taking (as in TAKING) your 14YO niece as a 4th wife... The cost to the economy when we charge $5 a Gal for gas as a flat tax. That pays for those bridges to Hawaii, will not suffer much. Proof, gas is $8-$10 a Gal in Europe. Basic income tax around 40% and a 19% sales tax. and well they survive well enough to take 5 week vacations in $60,000 cars. and default because they retire at 46 with enough state funded plans to live well. The USA has enough oil, it is the people that just like the ones that suck Welfare dry, expect gas at $2 or 3.00 a GAL. You get what you pay for. We are now paying to support slave traders, bent on taking over the planet. Next time you are at Applebees or Sears or Ford, ask the manager how much her folks earn. Then smile and say they make $350 a month in Kuwait working 65 hours a week, but come from countries where that feeds an extended family of 14.
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  • DD
    Moderate
    You write too many allegations with all sorts of items that I do not have time to look up and prove you true or false. What is a tier 3 violator? If what you say is correct, why are any Americans there.N Korea and Cuba are allies whether close or not? Please not so much allegations in the posts. I cannot take the time to respond to that.
    worker
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  • http://kuwait.usembassy.gov/policy-news/tip-reports.html
    deployed decoy
    The link is to the USA Kuwait embassy. While you are reading this report, be sure to check out the accompanying religious freedom (or lack thereof) for Kuwait. On this page is the link to the 2011 worldwide TIP report. It is a US Federal law for any American to be in any Tier3 country. Unless the sitting president signs a country specific annual waiver. The White House has NOT released said Memo (if one has been signed) in about 2 years. Kuwait, Saudi and a few other countries the USA defends, fall in this same list along with Cuba and North Korea. Please also remember as we arm Saudi to the teeth, we (the CIA) armed Bin Laden when he was on our side. Every American supports modern slavery. It is the price we pay for federally subsidized gasoline. The true cost of gas if we all paid our fair share would be around $10/Gal. So before any fed whines about a pay freeze or any Welfare professional mom cries she cant feed her children after entering the USA illegally. Please remember we are all paying for gas at $3/Gal while supporting the free trade of slaves at the same time in the Middle East.
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  • Price of gasoline at $10 dollars per gallon?
    Moderate
    Oil is about $96 per barrel. That is about $2.30 per gallon. Refining is extra but not $7.70. So, the wages paid to the people working at the well are slave wages? I do not think so. I believe they are paid very well per the information I received in my job.------------And stop with the professional welfare mom. They are not living in luxury contrary to what you think. I will try to find the rest of your items when I can.
    worker
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  • Add in the DoD cost
    deployed decoy
    Gas is $10 plus a Gal, when you add in the federal cost to get it to you from a slave state. No different than fame and cheese offsets. Yes real engineers from places like the USA mke all sorts of oil money here, far more than they could make in the USA, most of federal income tax free I will add. The Arabs do not work. They do drink tea and sign a few papers a couple days a week. 90% of the labor however, are slaves making $500 a month. Factor in what a KBR employee makes int he USA for the same work. And Kuwait oil is pure profit, even at $40 a drum.
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  • No DD
    Moderate
    What is the federal cost. Please show the numbers and the computations to arrive at $10 per gallon. You are the one who put out the numbers so you can back them. Anyway, from my work, I found that these "slaves" makemuch more than any $500 per month.
    worker
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  • Waiting for the shoe to drop
    O2B XFed
    While we all sit around waiting for the debt ceiling shoe to drop on Federal workers and retirees, I thought I would mention an iteresting analogy I heard on NPR. The Congress passes the budget every year. That is equivalent to running around a mall with a credit card buying whatever they like. Then the debt ceiling comes up and they say they are not going to raise it. Well gang ... that is like refusing to pay your VISA bill at the end of the month because you bought to much at the mall. How can the Congress that approved the budget make a big deal over the debt ceiling? They are the ones that created and approved the expendatures that got us here. It is not magic. You can't lower taxes and not lower expendatures without creating more debt. You can't add more expendatures and not raise taxes without creating more debt.
    Finally ExFed
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  • This whole thing is not now, and never has been, about the debt limit
    FERS Fed
    Increasing the debt limit has passed from the realm of governing to the realm of politics. If it gets fixed now, it cannot be used in the 2012 elections. The Republicans are not going to let that happen, consequences be damned.
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  • Responsibility Means the USA Keeps Its Word and Pays Its Bills!
    Navy Comm O
    Finally Ex Fed: You have hit the nail on the head: Taxes are necessary. In 2000 when the "problem" was that the adminsitration was looking at a surplus that they didn't want to spend, they refunded it in the form of the Bush tax cuts. When the world changed and we invaded Afghanistan and then Iraq and then decided to provide prescription drug benefits, taxes needed to be raised in order to account for the increased outgo. Instead, we put those things on the credit card and are continuing to put payments of the past debts on the credit card. Taxes need to be raised to account for what we are spending. If the country as a whole decides it doesn't want to buy anymore, that is done in the budget process. We don't (or shouldn't) as a world leader, tell the world we are not going to pay the bills that we have already obligated to pay. We need responsible grownups to quit playing politics and become leaders. If the incumbents won't, let's try Sailors! (Thanks to Doors and Celtic Wolf for that idea!)
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  • To Navy
    Moderate
    Just a correction, I think. I believe the tax reductions were passed because we went into a recession and Bush was stimulating the economy. Unfortunately, he also started wars without paying for them. And when the economy "recovered" he continued to reduce taxes for the wealthy instead of raising taxes to cover the deficit and the wars.
    worker
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  • Pay,Benefits,etc.
    Bud
    Had a life changing experience yesterday.Went to dentist.Diagnosis:$2500 worth of root canals,crowns,etc.Told Dentist my BCBS Basic doesn't cover work.His response was borrow the money to get work done.At next dental chair was a person about my age.You could overhear the conversation.She needed about the same amount of dental work.But she's receiving welfare,food stamps,Medicaid,SSI,etc.Dentist told her he'd start her repairs asap since state will pay via a combo of all her assistance programs.This really ticked me off since my taxes pay for these assistance programs.I have to go find the money for the dental work but the unemployed person gets a free ride.Unbelievable!!!!
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  • Pay Benefits and Etc.
    Celtic Wolf
    Bud - point taken and now I will take the story to the next level. What happens when we retire, as feds, and start trying to get our pension annuities and continued benefits. First, it takes OPM 6 to 18 months to ajudicate your annuity. That means you spend up to 1.5 years dipping into your savings, if any, to meet your rising bills. Then if you get sick and go to the doctor or dentist, you have higher co-pays, less coverage and soon higher contributions. The only thing I promised my wife when I retire is that I plan to keep the 3X Life Insurance so she can be well off, I hope, when I finally pass -- yet I am a Fighter and plan to live to be 120 years old and fight daily for my RIGHTS!
    Celtic Wolf
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  • it's called . . .
    Sevelyn
    a Benevolent Society.
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  • To Bud
    Moderate
    These are my ideas. First, ask the dentist how soon the work is needed. If it can wait, without risk to your health, get a dental plan through work. Check the plans out for the best benefits vs. costs. Then coordinate the plan and work. If it cannot work, find out from AAA what coverage you can get for what price and act accordingly. Be careful, the plans offer high premiums and the coverage is not so great. But it is better than nothing. And good luck with the results.
    worker
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