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  • FAA furlough
    marien
    This is yet again an incredible event perpetrated by a Congress simply unable to govern. This shutdown is costing millions of dollars and has put approximately 77,000 construction workers out of work during the peak construction season. There will undoubtedly be cost overruns on the construction jobs. Then, you also have thousands of FAA workers without pay and possible health insurance premium lapses. I say impose a $500 a day fine on each and every member of Congress for failure to meet their fiscal responsibility. The money will go to offset the EXTREME WASTE their inaction on the FAA situation is causing. They blab ad nausem about fiscal waste and abuse and here they are setting the example of what they mean! Write to your Congressman or woman and Senators and ask them what they did to insist the FAA problem be resolved before they ran off on vacation? Better still, show up at one of their town meetings and ask the question of how they can intentionally waste millions on the back of EMPLOYED PEOPLE yet blame the overstuffed federal payroll for the budget woes. Do it in a nice way, as long as you are successful in pointing out their supreme hypocrisy to all who are at the meeting and hopefull the media. Remind them that their vacation flight or return flight to DC very well could be on an aircraft inspected or repaired by a furloughed FAA worker who continues doing their job without pay. How is anyone in this country supposed to have an ounce of respect for these people?
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  • The FAA funding saga
    Rob
    Has anyone done their homework on the FAA appropriations issue? Since 2007 there have been 20 separate funding extensions for the FAA. Yes, that's right Congress has been kicking the can down the road for 4 years doing nothing more than passing temporary funding measures. Now each side wants to try and convince you, the voter, that it's the others guys fault. NOTE: the Dems controlled all of Congress from 2007-2010 including super majorities in both houses of congress from 2009-2010. So why are the Dems trying to pin this on the GOP? Because that's what they do best.
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  • At least the Democrats...
    FERS Fed
    ...managed 20 times to work out compromises -- you know, the essence of democracy -- that kept people on the job, Right-Wing Rob.
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  • Liberal Fed
    Rob
    I see my point went right over your liberal thinking head. Why have the Dems been passing TEMPORARY funding measures when they controlled all of congress plus the white house? Is this too hard of a question for you?
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  • "Why have the Dems been passing TEMPORARY funding measures... "?
    FERS Fed
    Let's see, was it because the Bush Adminstration threatened to veto the Democrat's FAA authorization legislation, and then Senate Republicans threatened to filibuister the same legislation, so the Democrats set aside politics to actually GOVERN -- you know, the thing they were elected to do -- and COMPROMISED on temporary solutions that kept people working, as opposed to stamping their feet and holding their breath until they turned right-wing red to get their way? Is that the point you're trying so inelegantly to make, Right-Wing Rob?
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  • Bleeding Heart Liberal Fed
    Rob
    In 2009 through mid 2010 the GOP couldn't filibuster squat because the Dems had a super majority in the senate. Good grief when are you liberals going to take responsibility for anything? We’re three years into Obama’s rule and you lefties still come out with that same asinine “blame Bush” junk.
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  • CNN Breaking News Thu 8/4/2011 3:42 PM
    FERS Fed
    Congressional leaders have reached "a bipartisan compromise between the House and the Senate" to fully fund the Federal Aviation Administration, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid says....................................................................................... The deal will "put 74,000 transportation and construction workers back to work," Reid says........................................................................................................... "This agreement does not resolve the important differences that still remain," Reid said in a written statement. "But I believe we should keep Americans working while Congress settles its differences."......................................................................... You mean like this, Righ-Wing Rob?
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  • Breaking News - DOW loses 513 pts
    Rob
    Congress kicked the can down the road on the major FAA issues just like they kicked the can down the road on solving our $12 trillion debt. The markets are reacting to the do nothing congress and so will the voters in 2012. More tea partiers will be elected to congress because the losers there now keeping avoiding the major issues facing this country (run away spending). Sorry liberal Fed but your president and party has failed. You and your liberal friends can keep blaming Bush but the folks who decide elections (independents) aren't buying it any more.
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  • "DOW loses 513 pts"
    FERS Fed
    Yeah, because the markets really appreciate the uncertainty of not knowing which sector of the US economy, such as aviation, that the Tea Party is going to have a hissy-fit over next and try to fundamentally alter or threaten to shutdown if they don't get their way. Your economic analysis is surpassed only by your political acumen...................................................................................... And you can stow your 'whack-a-liberal' mallet where the sun doesn't shine, pal. I've been a reliable Republican Party vote since the Reagan campaign, and am a card-carrying NRA member. I'm no fan of President Obama, but given a choice between him and a Republican presidential candidate endorsed by the Tea Party, I'll vote for Obama...................................................................................... You can believe the Tea Party is going to save the country if you want, but those my-way-or-the-highway, "shut 'er down" simpletons are the very antithesis of everything I've ever been taught that this great country is all about.
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  • News to Rob
    Moderate
    The reason for the huge present operating deficits is the Bush depression. We have to spend to get out of his mess. When there was relative prosperity, why were we running deficits during Bush's reign? The wealthy should not have been given all of those tax cuts. And the coming recession can be blamed on your radical right Republicans and their tea party friends.
    worker
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  • Wondering
    Cindi
    Was wondering where you where when I was reading this string. I can't wait in 10 years to see if you are still blaming Bush. Can you tell me what Obama has been doing these past months, the only time you heard anything from the White House was to bash someone, do they not have a clue, I thought the President was suppose to change things for the better!!!!! Where were his proposals, he had none. People can bash the "tea party", Bush and republicans, but there are more then just them in DC, I get so tired of just blaming someone else, if you don't have a solution that's what you do. Congress needs to get a pair, and start doing what this country needs and not what they need. ------ People are only talking about the tax cuts for the rich passed by the Bush administration, have you looked at what the Stimulus passed by Obama gave the rich, and now all you hear him talk about is "private jets" getting tax breaks, well he was the one that gave it to them. You never hear him talk about that. --------- This whole blame game is getting old, it's everyone who hold office in DC.
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  • Hi Cindi
    Moderate
    I guess you will have to wait the 10 years to see whether I still blame Bush. Anyway, why do you bring that up? It is not 10 or even 5 years. You can put a great deal of the blame for the 1929 depression on Herbert Hoover for keeping with tight money while the economy soured. So 10 years was legitimate in that case. However, Bush, with his stimulus and Obama, with his stimulus managed to keep us from having a 1929 depression.------In answer to your question, Obama's and to a lesser extent, Bush's stimulus kept the economy from getting worse than it had already gotten. And true unemployment, not statistical unemployment, was going down. Statistical unemployment stayed pretty static or went up slightly from a reduced point because the discouraged were coming back to the hunt for jobs. This is not to say we have any major recovery. We do not. But at least there is an improvement over the depths of the Bush depression.---------With the above in mind, I believe we are going into a recession or a nil improvement period now. I cannot prove that statement, so we shall see.--------As far as the tea party and the Republicans are concerned they are just obstructionists and doing nothing positive for the country.---------Please give me more information aout the jets and tax breaks. It smells based on what you said, but I do not have enough information.
    worker
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  • Independent
    Linbob
    I'm and independent, Rob, and I distinctly remember two wars that were paid for under the table, not budgeted (doubling and tehn some the debt at that time). But, beyond that, this goes back to supply-side - 30 years ago. Supply side failed. It took 30 years for the effects to fully manifest across the nation, lord knows they have been showing up for at least twenty years in small pockets of the country. Now the effects are broadly felt and Congress, that includes the do-nothing 109th US Congress of 2006 (The one where the Republicans failed to pass a budget and left it to the 110th Congress). There is enoughblame to go around. Whatever. The bottom line is that our government, as it is now, is not working for the middile class, the working poor, or the poor - that is a majority of the citizens of our country. It only seems to be working for the minority of already well-off (and they don't want that to change). So, while the President has disappointed me by caving to the right. unless something really drastic happens in the next 18 months, I plan to support him again because the alternative (that I have watched over the last several weeks) is much too frightening to consider. Independents are paying attention.
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  • Two Wars
    deployed decoy
    These wars were for the most part for oil. One can argue it was about human rights WMD or whatever. But the fact remains Saudi and Kuwait provide most of the worlds oil and are formally documented slave states the sitting presidnet supports. All that asside (as every president since TIP bacaume a US federal law also supported slave states). the cost oil gas at the pump has been federlly supported with trillions in tax dollars. So before we take money from SS or Welfare, lets charge the real price of gas, say $11.499 self serve.
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  • Frightening?
    Rob
    Please explain what's so frightening about forcing the gov't to balance its budget. What's frightening is the $12 trillion debt which will grow to $17 trillion over the next 10 years. That should frighten you. Liberals are afraid of tea partiers who simply want the gov't operate within a budget. This is absolutely stunning. If you and the liberal left are correct, that Americans are being "held hostage" by the GOP and tea party, then the Dems will take back the House, hold the Senate, and re-elect Obama in 2012. Guess what? That ain't going to happen because the fact is Americans are scared to death that our out of control spending is taking us down the same road Europe is headed. Of course that was Obama's plan all along, to turn us into a European style socialist utopia. Do you even realize that the spending cut deal (that's funny) reached Monday will actually increase our debt by $7 trillion over the next 10 years? Does that not bother you in the least?
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  • No, what's frightening, Right-Wing Rob, is...
    FERS Fed
    ...the Tea Party's plans to gut government programs that help our citizens who are most in need, while preserving things like taxpayer subsidies for hugely profitable oil companies and corporate jets for CEOs, and tax breaks for the wealthy so that they can have their 4 or 5 golf club memberships, and swill $10,000 bottles of champagne in their second, third and fourth homes while veterans of our Iraq and Afghanistan intrusions wander our streets homeless.
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  • WOW
    Rob
    What an asinine response. Please stay home Nov 2012.
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  • What an intelligent response
    FERS Fed
    "Please stay home Nov 2012"? Not a chance, friend. Our country faces an uncertain future. I don't have the answer, but I'm D-A-M-N sure it ain't the Tea Party.
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  • Not the tea party?
    Linbob
    @FERS Fed-- Why stop there? The entire Republican party lost it's collective mind after Gerald Ford left office (I voted for Nixon in spite of Agnew - my last Presidential Republican vote). I have to admit, though, the GOP knows how to get their sympathizers to the polls on election day. Democrats and independents need ot do better for 2012. As for what I fear - I fear people like you who have have only one answer for every situation (No new taxes), who don't know American history ( and therefore allow it to repeat), who claim God is on their side (God doesn't take sides), who are convinced that they are righat and have no need or desire to listen to other oposing opinions (or, God forbid, scientific, historical, or mathematical evidence that shows how wrong they are - global warming, for example), who have so little substance to support their positions that they resort to name calling, ridicule, misrepresenting what others have said, and misdirection. If you are right and the tea party wins more seats in 2012, you will be living in a country similar to what Russia has become since the fall of the USSR - a place with three classes - the rich, the super rich, and everybody else (waiting for trickle down). Good luck with that, Rob.
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  • To Rob
    Moderate
    It is really frightening that a facist like you would tell someone not to vote next year because he does not agree with you. I will tell you that even though we disagree, I would tell you to vote because we live in a democracy. I think you need to withdrawl your comment telling anyone not to vote. That would be true of anyone, whether a liberal, moderate, or conservative.
    worker
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  • To Rob
    Moderate
    Hey Rob, did you miss me? I wish I was here for this exchange, but I was out of town for pleasure. FERS FED and Linbob, you guys did a great job in responding to Rob.---------Correct me if I am wrong, but didn't the Democrats object to the Republican insertion of an amendment that would not allow a union unless the union received a majority of the votes from the represented population rather than a majority of the people who voted? If that is correct, then those who do not vote are counted as no. That is totally stupid as the non voters would not have voted. If you apply that to our national elections, then there would never be a winner because the no nonvoters would overwhelm the voters. However, that is the present Republican logic.------------Rob, you are a radical rightist. Anyone to the left of the John Birch Society is a liberal or worse in your mind. This is for someone who would have voted for Nixon in 1968 and voted for him in 1972. He would have been a good president if he did not hide the Watergate baloney. In 1980 I voted for Reagan. I apologize to the country for voting for that louse.
    worker
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  • Wicked Witch
    contrarian
    Well, she was a great entertainer, and isn't that what kindergarteners really what?
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  • WWoftheW
    X-taxman
    LOL that witch scared the bejeezus out of me when I was seven. Now Democrats do!
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  • Scary
    Moderate
    What is really scary are the right wing Republicans and their radicalized offshoots, the tea party. I really wish they took a different moniker such as the selfish me generation children of the 60's. The tea party has some good historical significance while their namesakes are totally harmful.-------I agree with the person who said not to tighten spending as we are weakly coming out of the Bush depression (my terminology) We will be going right back into bad economic times, thanks to the right wing republicans and their allies.
    worker
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  • More of the same?
    Just me
    Okay, we get it. Congress is going to do bad things to federal employees. We are their target of choice, and attacking us will cure everything from bad hair to mesothelioma. What NEVER seems to be on the table are things that would make the trade-off more fair. You know, things that the government does (and can do) that the private sector is prohibited from doing. If the Congress is really interested in making federal service like the private sector, then I propose the following: Eliminate the law that allows the government to raid our retirement funds when the debt ceiling isn't passed on time. I don't care that it's eventually repaid, it's not their money. Eliminate the ability of the government to require employees to work in an unpaid status during a furlough. If you can't afford to pay us, you can't afford to have us work. Abolish the Hatch Act. Give federal employees the same rights as the rest of the country. End the ability of federal agencies to discipline employees for acts committed while not in a duty status. What we do on our own time is none of your business. End the ability of the government to restrict outside employment. Once again, what we do on our time is none of the government's business. End the practice of federal employees fronting the government the money for government travel. If you want us to travel you pay the costs...up front. End the restrictions on where a former fed may work after separation. If the Congress doesn't value us, and wants us gone, then they certainly should have no say about what we do after separation, or for whom we do it. Finally, the government should lose the ability to IMPOSE a uniform compensation range based on grade. Wages should be individually negotiated based on job specialty, experience,education and other factors (like the need for a clearance). If the government truly wants the best and brightest to come work for them, then they should be willing to pay the true market rate that person would command in the private sector.
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  • Whack-job
    jemiwick
    Mike, refering to the 12 member congressional panel you said, "if the members are ideological whack-jobs (of the right or left) intent on destroying the village in order to save it, not much will happen" - there is no way you can blame that burn-the-house-down/shoot-the-hostage, etc. type of tactic on anybody but the right-wing nuts/teabaggers in congress. That bird was flying on right wings only!
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