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  • To be (evicted) or Not to be (Evicted)
    Lisa Lisa
    I have not been offered a buyout nor do I anticipate it, but really, who would leave now? Congress is not only messing with the workforce, but the retirees too. I think this will come down to more of an eviction from your position vs a gentle nudging of a buyout. A buyout is as attractive as our current Congress . I just dont see the math working as a benefit for a buyout. What the heck will $25K do for me or anyone? Im looking at the writing on the wall. For me it says: Half of the politicians want to privitize everything. Healthcare is poised to cost me more. I noticed that the fed retirees were/have been getting screwed the last 3 yrs, Not sure if the money I put in to soc sec will be there for me (an entitlement my butt! I paid in!) and the bonus here is that the economy is tanking and for some, so is their TSP. So, at the end of the day, a buyout is worthless. (oh did I mention healthcare costs for fed retirees? Will I even have healthcare at this rate?). Unless I get evicted from my job, I'm not going anywhere. Maybe I will even stay until I am 90 just to tick off Congress.
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  • It's a golden handshake
    contrarian
    for those that already decided to leave. But it's not much for anybody else. So what's the point? Would you get more under an eviction , eg. severance pay? SO if you suspect your job is goinig bye bye, there may be an advantage one way or another. It would be nice if Mike or NARFE or somebody would help us navigate through the maze. But right now it's a ball of confusion.
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  • leaving
    Moderate
    To Lisa Lisa, It would be beneficial for those who are close to the maximum pension under CSRS and if they high 5 the pension. The $25000 is peanuts, but it is something. Otherwise, I do understand your point. Since you appear to be under FERS, I agree with your position.-----------The rightwingers have made the entitlement sound bad. Entitlements are not bad. You are entitled to social security because you paid into it. The people who earned a pension, whether public or private are entitled to their pensions as they are part of their compensation. Welfare and medicaid are not entitlements as they are not earned. They should not be combined with earned items.
    worker
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  • You need to check the definition of entitlement
    Rob
    Government programs that require payment to anyone who meets specific qualifications; those who qualify are thus “entitled” to the payments. Social Security, Medicare, food stamps, etc. are entitlement programs.
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  • "...entitlement programs"?
    FERS Fed
    US citizens qualify for Social Security and Medicare by making MANDATORY 'contributions' into those programs throughout their working lives. Social Security and Medicare are EARNED benefits. "[E]ntitlement programs" is a phrase made up by right-wing conservatives such as yourself, Right-Wing Rob, to make it sound like people are getting something for nothing from the government.
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  • To Rob
    Moderate
    Good try. You are combining items that are compensation such as social security and medicare with those that are not compensation such as food stamps. This is typical of the right wing propaganda that is sticking it to federal workers and other workers. Let's tell the truth and not your propaganda. Thank you FERS fed for correcting Rob. However, we will never correct his attitude which is to lump all of the earned items with the unearned items and indoctrinate others.
    worker
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  • Retirement incentive
    Vern H.
    They didn't offer me anything to retire, they just eliminated my job! Didn't cost the govt a cent.
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  • To Vern
    Moderate
    Sorry you got stuck.
    worker
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