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  • Agree with the retired Marine
    Cathy
    EXACTLY. I'm really getting screwed with the pay freezes because I was planning to retire at the end of this year.
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  • Of course he's right
    contrarian
    The choice is pay cuts or RIFs, pick your poison. What's unsaid is that some Feds are more equal than others, but that divide and conquer arguement would play right into the cutters hands (which by the way include all of Congress and the Prez). Will someone please tell me who's looking out for Feds and not just by saying "the other guys are worse."
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  • Finally......
    Rob
    It's about time somebody pointed out the long term consequences of a pay freeze. I'm not surprised by the vote in the House to freeze our pay another year. I'm also not surprised that 72 democrats went along with the GOP. This vote proves once again that the Dems don't have the courage of their convictions when it comes to the federal employee. They talk big when a republican is in the White House (as do the labor unions) but once they have the White House they drop the fight on pay raises, pay parity, etc. What's disgusting to me is the labor unions and how they spin pay freezes, low raises, no pay parity when the Dems are in power.
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  • You are amazing rob
    Moderate
    The Republicans push and push to cut our pay and benefits. They supply the majority vote to do so. And then you actually find a way to blame the Democrats and the unions. It is the crumby Republicans and their allies such as the tea party and the Heritage foundation who are sticking it to us. They are the disgusting ones. As for the economy which is a major cause you can blame Republican George Bush and his depression for this.-----to contrarian, Another choice is to raise taxes on the wealthy. The Republicans are blocking this choice. That is the "poison" that should be swallowed.
    worker
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  • Right on
    Joe
    Rob, you are so right. The best combination for federal pay raises (at least for the last 20 years) has been a Republican president and Democratic Congress. Under Obama (with Republican House in 2011-2012) and Clinton (1995-2000) the pay raises have been much worse than both Bushes. The unions and Dems speak a lot louder when a GOP is in the White House.
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  • Are you trying to confuse people with the fact?
    contrarian
    I think you're going to upset Moderate. They don't get it. I restate my question: WHO is looking out for Feds, other than MC of course?
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  • Let us have all of the facts
    Moderate
    Let us go back to the Eisenhower years with no raises. Kennedy was much better. Nixon wasn't bad. Carter gave us good raises with high inflation. Reagan was a #*@*% to federal workers. He included low raises and huge increases to our health insurance. We had a substantial recession under Reagan, but blame that on LBJ and Carter. Of course, when the economy was recovering he still stuck it to us. Clinton was not bad. Bush gave us decent raises (after Congress forced the issue) and gave us the Bush Depression. The Republicans are pushing the freezes now. So who is better? Listen to the Repubs talk. The answer is obvious.
    worker
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  • See response above.
    Moderate
    The repubs also gave us the depression which of course gives us little in raises. Guess poor contrarian does not realize that George Bush 11 had a Republican Congress, for the most part, from 2001-2006. He also had an economy that was nothing like what Obama inherited.
    worker
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  • Trying it again
    Moderate
    My response ended up in the wrong location. No blame, just facts. You forgot an alternative. Raise taxes on the wealthy.
    worker
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  • NUF
    deployed decoy
    I am way too depressed and angry to comment on congress and federal employee salary today. I like the NUF better. I remember the time before Heuy Lewis’s New Drug (the Cell phone), when cordless ruled. One morning I was on the john and the phone rang. When my friend what I was doing, I told them in the kitchen making coffee, you can hear it perking… Wait, perked coffee. Now I know it is time to retire. Back to the new drug. Heuy was a visionary. Think about that cell phone. It causes brain damage, twice. Once when you push to talk, firing microwave spectrum radiation through your brain and the other time when you let the battery go dead and beat yourself in the head with it. They are expensive and for the most part a waste of money. You get very angry and moody when you don’t have any. They dont make you itch, but do keep you up some nights. And are highly addictive. Now if I can just make them in my garage and sell them on street corners I can afford to retire.
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  • Pay Freeze
    Bud
    I'm a retired CSRS type(36 years).You can sense the frustration/disappointment/disgust from working Feds comments.It's an election year and Congressmen/women are doing their normal posturing at Fed employee expense.Remember this when you vote in November.FYI,there was another "study" published yesterday stating Feds are paid 16% more than private industry.Of course,this "study" fails to hold water when you read the assumptions for 30 seconds or more.Hang in there folks,it's a rocky ride but don't let the Congressional "geniuses" wear you down.They're only interested in 2 things;1)get elected,and 2)get reelected.In my humble opinion,they could care less about working Feds.
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  • Great points Bud
    Moderate
    I will not be able to hang in because it is not worth it. I am close to maxing out as a CSRS employee. Yes, there are valid reasons for me to work this long. But your points are well taken.
    worker
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