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  • 10% of 5% = 0.5%
    paverfed
    The Federal workforce (including Salary and Benefits) is 5% of the entire federal budget. At best, this proposal reclaims 0.5 percent of the Federal Budget, and that's not accounting for the fact that some crafty manager will figure out a way to replace some of these workers with more expensive contractors. You ***HAVE*** to cut programs and services. That's where the beef is. I know more about this than the people that are tasked with coming up with the solution. What are these people doing?
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  • Unions talking trash again.
    tncem
    Seems, by performance, that is all they are capable of doing anymore. Dismantle all of the blood sucking leach unions. They haven't stopped anything from happening, nor will they ever.
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  • To Incem
    Moderate
    and what do you expect the unions to do that they have not done and is within the law? Unions cannot bargain over wages and we cannot strike. Unions are just using the powers that they do have. Are you a member of the union? If not, you should not get their benefits if you get in trouble.-------In response to the articlethe idiots in congress have no clue. If you cut the IRS budget you also cut enforcement and collection of taxes. This will increase the deficit. If you cut other budgets such as auditing, you could also increase the deficit because others will get away with cheating.-------The republicans serve their wealthy clients and not the people.
    worker
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  • To moderate
    fedforlife
    For someone who has no idea how the IRS operates, you haven't got a clue. Most people (over 95%), file their returns timely. For the 5% that do not, they do get caught. Sometimes, the cost of enforcing what a person owes is a lot less than what it would take to get it. Enforcement has to concentrate on the people that not only don't file, but owe in the tens of thousands of dollars. Most people are honest and file and pay on time. As for auditing, most of the preliminaries are automated, unless you are in for a hard audit. I think that the RRA 98, which requires all IRS employees to file and pay timely, should be extended to ALL federal employees. And if you haven't noticed lately, it is the democrats that are the ones serving the wealthy clients, not the republicans. Though both are guilty about it.
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  • To clueless
    Moderate
    If you were knowledgeable you would be dangerous. Just because a person files a return on time, does not mean the return is materially correct. And just because a person is late does not mean the return is not correct. The theory is that returns are audited based on the probabilty of error. This is after priorities which are taking much of our time due to lack of enforcement people. However, enforcement does go after those that may owe material additional tax and not the small potatoes.-----As far as who represents the wealthy, look at what the Bush administration did and what the present Republicans did vs the Democrats. Your statement there was a joke.----Please stick to your MITS work.
    worker
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  • Don't Try to Reason With Ignorance
    Richard729
    Yes, you are 100% right, government unions cannot by law strike nor can they negotiated any pay scale or wages. But, those right-wing loonies are so immersed with their Queen Ant Rush Limbaugh pheromones that they are incapable of rational thought or discourse. Republicans' wildest dream has always been to hand over huge no-bid government contracts to their greedhead benefactors. That's what they do and that is what they will always do whenever they get the power as they have over the House today. Unless the public wakes up and jettisons this odious, depraved mob in November 2012 we will see a degradation in both services and quality of work that has been performed by a well-educated and dedicated work force for decades. Republicans want to undo that dedication in one fell swoop. Once again, they see the evisceration of the federal government as another unprecedented grab of taxpayer dollars.
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  • Benefits when I get into trouble?
    tncem
    So, you belong to a union in case you get into trouble? Pssst, here's a money-saving idea for you. DON'T DO ANYTHING WRONG! Moron.
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  • Not a moron
    Zoopy
    Federal employees are bound by many more laws (with both civil and criminal penalties) than are private-sector workers. The laws are so numerous and wordy that no one employee has a reasonable chance to understand and remember them all, especially when they're in addition to, not instead of, the main work the employee has to get done. --- So speaking for myself, I'm glad to have a union there to defend me, even though I make a concerted effort to obey all the rules.
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  • To tncem
    Moderate
    Read what Zoopy said. He said it best. Hope you are perfect. Otherwise you will get in trouble.
    worker
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  • Not a bad idea
    CharlieS
    As a nearly 25 year Fed, I can tell you that in many offices, losing 10% of the employees would not be a bad thing. The problem is that because of the rules that are in place you cannot get rid of the right 10% - you end up losing good people and keep some rotten ones. I would prefer that we lose 10% of the workforce to losing anything in pay, benefits, or retirement.
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  • Good point.
    Zoopy
    Excellent point. There is a dysfunction in Federal management (policies and individuals and politics) they somehow prevents the bottom 10% from being fired. Which is a shame, because the bottom 10% are a cancer that degrades the other 90%.
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  • Cutting the federal workforce
    onthebrightside
    There are so many ways the cost of the federal government could be cut but none of them are politically feasible. Both sides are incapable of telling Americans the truth that waste, fraud, misuse, ineffective and inefficient programs, lazy employees, bad decisions from the top on down, unsustainable entitlements, corruption, bribery, cryonism, etc. are all of the reasons the debt and deficit are expanding. Since Congress and the president and his administration are the ones who have created the mess, they certainly aren't going to do anything to jeopardize their careers or their wealth.
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  • Proposal to cut federal workforce raises concerns
    Revenuer
    Silly congresspersons! Even a static budget will result in a reduced workforce of at least 10%. A bill mandating a reduced workforce is redundant, so much grandstanding, so little substance. Are they trying to fool us? Or are they just kidding themselves? Or are they really just that stupid?
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