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  • Congress's retirement
    fed sw dc
    I don't see why you mention that congress is covered by the same plan. While this is true, many members of congress are millionaires and federal retirement income is not really that important to them. Not so most federal workers.
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  • Congress
    Bud
    The key questions here are is this just a congressional ploy to get votes by pretending to do something OR is Congress really going to pass legislation in the House/Senate torpedoing Feds and will Obama actually sign it.I think this is all posturing.A lot of form but no substance.But I could be wrong.I'm just trying to be optimistic,folks.
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  • FERS Supplement is being targeted unfairly !!!
    DOtransportation
    Write Your Representative!!! I Did and here is what I said -- I am a Federal employee working with the ******************* on ***************** at the ***********. I have served for over 25 years. I was one of the first bunch that came in under the FERS retirement program instead of the old CSRS. Concerning the last couple years and the current proposed H. R. 3813, I can swallow the pay raise freezes... (I was not promised pay raises) I can even stomach contributing more to the pot that will fund my annuity as described in H.R. 3813 BUT I cannot understand why I would be told (in literature and briefings) over and over for decades that I would, at age 57 (with over 38 years of service) be able to retire and collect a Supplement to my annuity to get me through to the age when I could collect Social Security therefore making retirement at my MRA (min. retirement age) possible. I chose Federal service partly because I desired to go into a field that could allow me to retire at a younger age and I sacrificed other opportunities in the private sector because of a few important benefit elements that fit my desires for my future. I had full faith that I could count on the Federal Gov. to live up to honoring the benefits they touted through HR literature upon taking my first job with the Gov. in the 1980's and often through HR briefings that followed. Removing the Supplement provision from folks that have served honorably believing in and planning for it is a slap in the face. I would need to come up with about 90k in order to make up for the Supplement dollars that were promised to carry me through those 5 years. In reality it will mean missing years with my grandkids as I continue to work to age 62 because I will not have 90k lying around to allow me to go out at 57. I planned on the Supplement, and why should I not have? I was told over and over that it was part of my retirement plan that I was working for. It was part of my benefit package! I have also served over 20 years in the Air National Guard and served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. My federal Gov. counted on me the last few decades and I did my country proud. It is wrong to bait and switch like this. As with the retirement change proposal to base annuities on a "High 5" year average instead of a "High 3" year average this removal of the Supplement should be for new hires that have full knowledge from the get go of the Retirement Plan fundamentals. Please submit a modification to this part of HR3813 ( when and if it gets to the Senate ) to grandfather those already in FERS to keep the Supplement they were promised. Please speak to your colleagues concerning this necessary change. Thanks *********** ***********
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  • great letter
    contrarian
    You hit all the key points. Let's hope they get it.
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  • I agree
    Moderate
    I am CSRS and am not affected by that aspect. However, I agree with your position 100%.
    worker
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  • Perfectly said, the SSS is not dead...yet.
    FED UP IRS FERS FED
    DOT, Perfectly worded. I wrote a similar account of the importance of the SSS for current FERS employees at the request of my union last week. For the last 25 years, I too factored this into my retirement plans at age 56 in 6 years. It would be insane, and probably illegal, for these clowns (a/k/a Congress) to think of eliminating this benefit retroactively. When I left a CPA firm 25 years ago to take a lower paying job at the IRS, I took into account the FERS retirement package where I accepted less pay and greater benefits. If the union let these clowns get away with this one and Obama signs off on this sham, I would somehow sue. What about all those poor CSRSs who transferred into FERS based on information they had at the time? I know one of those poor souls who knew he made a mistake doing this years ago who might kill himself (if his wife doesn't kill him first) if this SSS gets eliminated retroactively. Congress s@#$s!!!!!!! What a disfunctional bunch of terd!!!!!!!
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  • It's not right.
    Joe
    I am a conservative and could not be more against the plan to drop the Social Security Supplement any more than a liberal. Ideology has nothing to do with it. I have worked 28 years under the FERS system with the expectation of receiving the Social Security Supplement at my minimum retirement age. This ia an earned benefit. There must be grounds for a lawsuit if it is taken away from us. If Congress and Obama want to make FERS and CSRS employees contribute 1.5% more or go to high five, those are totallydifferent issues.That change is prospective and not retroactive like stripping away the Social Security Supplement. It is even more galling that these savings are used to pay for pork barrel highway projects rather than reduce the deficit or debt.
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  • Ideology has nothing to do with it - Give me a break!
    Hector
    After three years of Democrats destroying the economic vitality of this once great Republic - that is why we are at this point seeing reforms et al in federal benefits. The vast majority of federal employees, KoolAid drinking robotic Democrat voters fail to realize this. The more people slopping at the government dependency trough, the happier Democrats are at creating a more permanent voter bloc.
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  • To hector
    Moderate
    FERS Fed has given better answers than I can. However, let us go back tp the era before this so called dependency. Let us go back to the era of sweatshops when people, including children worked 7 days per week 10-12 hours per day. If a worker was injured on the job, well that was tough. Unionization was resisted by banging heads and buying off the police and the judges. Let us not forget the magic elixirs that were sold until the creators had to prove that they worked. There was no such thing as social security, thus the aged and the crippled had to make do. I could add more, but you are too insulated to be able to think of the truth.
    worker
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  • "...KoolAid drinking robotic Democrat voters..."?
    FERS Fed
    That's where you would be wrong, Hector. There are a lot more feds who regularly vote Republican, myself included, than is generally realized. But every one of them I know has indicated they'll be voting Democrat in 2012, not so much as an endorsement of President Obama, but in protest against what the Republican Party has become, and against giving corporate raider and serial flip-flopper Mitt Romney the oportunity to sell off the Social Security Trust Fund to Wall Street, thus completing the bankruptcy of our country begun by George Bush, Dick Cheney, and Republican's voodoo economics. Keep living up to your 'handle', Hector (noun - a swaggering fellow, bully; verb - continual bullying or nagging in order to intimidate or break down resistance).
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  • Hello FERs Fed
    Hector
    How many of your counterparts have ever said this: "I am grateful for my protected government job and am willing to sacrifice some of my benefits for the sake of the private sector that can be fired in a minute and are vastly unemployed at the time? Zero You are coddled and spoiled and slopping at the public trough. Bite me. Liberals are destroying America.
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  • "Liberals are destroying America"?
    FERS Fed
    Right. It was those 'liberals' George W. Bush, Dick Cheney, and Donald Rumsfeld who dragged the country into war in Iraq that lasted twice as long as World War II under false pretenses and with no clue how to pay for it. Exactly where did they find those weapons of mass destruction? ............ "Bite me"? No thanks. I prefer meals, not snacks.
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  • Why should we say that Hector?
    Moderate
    Your memory is short. During the Reagan years, the wealthy got huge benefits from the improving economy. During Bush 2 the wealthy got huge benefits from the tax cuts. Feds got nil from Reagan. It was better under Bush 1, Clinton, and Bush 2, but nothing like what the wealthy got from Reagan and Bush 2. The wealthy are the ones who should do the give backs. The feds fell behind.
    worker
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  • Be careful about the Wall Street quotes
    contrarian
    The Dems and Obama have collected much more there than Romney ever did. That's where you open yourself up to the kool aid critiques. That said, the GOP is doing its best to give up any chance for Fed votes, but the House can't get us without the Senate or White House. The real question is why are we all so nervous. Answer that and you'll find the truth.
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  • "The Dems and Obama have collected much more there than Romney ever did"?
    FERS Fed
    But the Dems and Obama haven't proposed privatizing Social Security, have they? Remind us again who made that proposal? If you think that idea wouldn't be resurrected in a presidency of Mitt Romney, who made his fortune plundering employee pension plans and leaving his takeover companies with inescapable debt, you're only kidding yourself, friend.
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  • Give Me a break
    Hector
    If it wasn't for affirmative action Mr. Obama would still be counting sunsets on the beach in Hawaii. Liberals, and the vast cadre of federal employees that are within their ranks, under the guise of progressive Democrat social justice, are out to destroy America and remake it into an unsustainable euro-type utopian paradise. Many feds, slopping at the trough of hard working taxpayersmm have no idea whatsoever where their salaries come from. God save us from liberalism.
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  • "God save us from liberalism"?
    FERS Fed
    With conservative leadership like Michele Bachmann ("HPV Vaccine Causes Mental Retardation"), Sarah Palin ("Polls. They're for strippers and cross-country skiers."), Ron Paul ("Global warming is the greatest hoax I think that has been around for many, many years.”), and Dick Cheney ("Reagan proved that deficits don't matter."), 'liberalism' ought to be the least of your worries. .......... And "...hard working taxpayersmm..."? Is it hard to type wearing that white robe and hood, Hector?
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  • To Hector
    Moderate
    Are you Southern American spanish? If so, why do you make such as stupid racist comment? Haven't these people suffered discrimination also? You cannot believe that the Spanish people have less brains that Caucasians. So why do you believe that black people do? Your comment was stupid.
    worker
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  • To Contrarian
    Moderate
    I am trying to follow what the Dems and Obama collected. If you are writing about federal votes, then look at what your Repubs advocate, and look at what the Democrats advocate. And the Repubs have done and do have the power to push their policies through by the frequent use of filibusters. So why are you imitating Rob and holding the Democrats responsible for stopping the Republicans. The Republicans are responsible for their actions.---We are so nervous because the idiots in the GOP do not mind pushing the country over the brink if they do not get their way.
    worker
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