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  • All of the Above
    deployed decoy
    Well lets see. Congress makes trades on stocks based on insider info that would place me in a federal prison for life. They receive bribes and kickbacks and call them reelection contributions. They get favorable loans (one has to assume a few nice places at discount prices from a lobbyist for that ski chalet in Colorado). They have the very best FEHB because all the providers do their best to please the elected orifices, err officials (I hate my built in spell check) inside the beltway. For years they violated frequent flyer laws, that by some BIG mistake they wrote to include themselves. They work (sic) at best part time, but receive better retirement than a covert DEA official in Mexico City whose life is endanger every minute of every day. They have more hired hands to do the real work than the BoA CEO (both federally subsidized I will add). They draw the lines in the cities to isolate the oppressed who vote for them, in part because no one is on the ballet for the other side because it would be fruitless to even try to pry the incumbent out of their den of ill repute, swindle and bribes they are so entrenched into. But, then they investigate themselves for violations of federal, state and local crimes. I would have to estimate 90% of all laws they pass do not apply to them. I could go on. I only asked that all comments today note at least one more major in OUR face perk these fools receive (please try and be generic, they are all the same D, R or I). If we can get enough charges maybe one of our colleagues (a federal EMPLOYEE judge) will act fast to have them hung as enemies of the state... They need to do this fast however, I heard on BBC radio coming to work today congress wants to severely limit the Judicial Branch power in favor of congress taking it over...
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  • Parking at Reagan National Airport
    contrarian
    Several years ago the Wash Post had a picture on the Federal page of the sign "Congressional Parking Only" for the VIP lot, which generated much outrage. The sign was changed to something generic, e.g. Lot B, put the perk remains for these Frequent Flyer VIPS. Meanwhile civilians get no raise, military gets 1.6% and retirees get 3.6%. It's obvious where the real workers stand on the totem pole.
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  • and don't foget....
    Rob
    Members of Congress can fail to pay taxes on rental income, use congressional letterhead and staff to solicit "donations" for personal gain, etc, etc, etc. This and what DD points out above leads me to this question --- what's worse, the crimes our elected officials commit or the lunacy of the voters who keep re-electing them? Congress as a whole has an approval rate of 13% yet more than 90% are re-elected every 2 years. I think the electorate in the country is a bit nuts.
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  • You all agree and it's depressing
    Linda
    DD, Contrarian and Rob all agree? You are all right and it is really depressing. Don't take all my hope for a better world away, maybe someone will have the country's interests at heart instead of their own someday. Actually, there is probably one in Congress, but one doesn't get much done.
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  • Amtrak
    Cindi
    I thought Amtrak was private owned? Rail – The Federal Railroad Administration is funded at $1.6 billion, which is $6.6 billion below the President’s request and $326 million above last year’s level. Of this amount, $1.4 billion is targeted to Amtrak, primarily for capital improvements to the nation’s rail lines. The agreement also includes policy reforms for Amtrak – requiring overtime limits on Amtrak employees to reduce unnecessary costs, and reinstates a provision that prohibits federal funding for routes where Amtrak offers a discount of 50% or more off normal, peak fares. In addition, the agreement does NOT include funding for High Speed Rail or Intercity Passenger Rail Service.
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  • Amtrak
    Linda
    Amtrak is privately owned and heavily federally subsidized. Which is why my mother can take the train from Seattle to Portland for Christmas for $40. That being a 3 hour drive each way in good traffic, is cheaper than you can drive it. Let alone she can read on the way and have a nice lunch. By the way that is the first class with the dinning car, not the economy with just seats.
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  • Cheaper
    Moderate
    Yes, it is cheaper for one person to use Amtrak. Is it cheaper for 2, 3, 4, or more? Also, count the number of people on an Amtrak train. Put them in cars. Which is less pollutting? What is the additional cost of this pollution in medical bills etc?
    worker
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  • What a waste
    Cindi
    So its basically like the post office, we pay for it because thats the only way they can afford to run their business. What a waste of tax payers dollars. If your business can't afford to run its self then you should not be in business. I say take that 1.4 billion and feed some hungry kids with it and let Amtrak take care of it's self. Think I could get money if I opened a business, Oh @## no.
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  • Not really a waste.
    Moderate
    I will start with the post office. You describe it as a business. That is false. It has social responsibilities. It charges very little postage for non profits' mailings. It charges too little for books and I am guessing magazines, but I am not sure of the latter. it has locations in sparcely populated areas to serve those citizens. First class mail can no longer subsidize these activities because of alternative means to communicate. Do we eliminate the above items or should taxpayers subsidize them?----As for AMTRAK it should be subsidized because it does not pollute while cars do. Are there any taxes imposed on cars for this pollution and the illnesses that they produce? And were all roads paid for with car type taxes?
    worker
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  • What is your point?
    Magoo
    In this informative article (up to the last paragraph...to be explained), you left out the "...retired by date". Most veteran retired folks know the date, however a series of keystrokes will not assist newbees. With regards to the last paragraph about how reporters, etc. get chuckles at the expense of the retirement rules is confusing in conjunction with the information provided in this article. What is your point here? How does this comment assist the readers?
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  • COLA is steady
    FemFedWorker
    Great that retirees get a boost - but what about working Feds? We've had to deal with the uncertainty of multiple shutdowns this year. No COLA last year. No COLA this year. Transportation benefits cut. Operating budgets cut to bare bones and still we have to do more with less.
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  • COLA is not so steady
    Moderate
    COLA is not so steady. It is based on the government stated inflation, which may or may not be true. They also had two years of so called no inflation. Our salaries are supposed to be based on comparisons to private industry but, even the paymaster says we are 26% behind. So our salaries are based on politics.
    worker
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  • "Working" Feds
    X-taxman
    How quick 'working' feds are to forget that retirees also have had two consecutive years of ZERO raises. I was a 'working' fed for 35 years. How long have YOU been a 'working' fed???
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