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  • Why Blame The Republicans
    Hector
    The Obama administration first proposed the majority of these retirement reforms to the Debt Commission as a strawman and setup to eventually blame the Republicans if they ran with them, as they have. It's a typical Democrat political strategy when you have no tangible platform or record. Wake up feds. Too many of you drink the liberal Koolaid.
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  • Because the republicans deserve blame?
    Just me
    Hector, maybe YOU should stop drinking the, metaphorical, koolaid? Your specious argument is this: But for the Bowles-Simpson commission, or other presidential panels, the republicans would not be attacking feds. This is demonstrably false. President Reagan (a republican) popularized attacking the federal service, more than thirty years ago, and republicans have used this theme (as a plank in their election or re-election campaigns) for decades. Most feds can "see a church by daylight" and recognize that as bad as the Democrats are they have one saving grace...they are not republicans. Republicans have openly declared war on the feds and any federal employee who votes republican has done himself (and the rest of us) no good service.
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  • Woe is Just Me
    Rob
    Single issue voters are brainless individuals. Gas prices have doubled since Obama took office, the middle east is on the verge of a nuclear arms race, people can't find jobs despite trillions spent by the federal gov't, and poor old Just Me thinks any fed who votes Republican has done himself (and the rest of us) no good service. WOW
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  • More radical right republican propaganda from rob
    Moderate
    Get serious. Gas prices go up and down no matter who is in office. They did it during the Nixon years, Carter years, Reagan years, Clinton years, and Bush years. And they have not doubled during Obama years. Iran was creating nuclear items during Bush years. Nuclear items were sold by Pakistan at least during the Bush years and probably during Clinton years. And guess what. Unemployment is officially coming down. Economic actions take time both to develop and to be cured. The bush depression took time to reach its peak during the obama years. Obama's actions took time to take effect. Who knows. maybe the effects of your friend, George Bush, are starting to fade. Time will tell.
    worker
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  • Really Mr. Liberal
    Rob
    The month Obama took office, January 2009, the average price per gallon of unleaded was $1.85. Obama's energy policy has plenty to do with what we pay at the pump. Do you ever look behind the unemployment numbers? That was probably a stupid question. Of course you don't. I will not waste my time trying to explain to the ignorant what the true unemployment figure is. You just keep those blinders on Mr. liberal.
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  • So, what are saying, Right Wing Rob?
    FERS Fed
    That the President has control over domestic gasoline prices? In the real world, gasoline prices are set by the free market so cherished by conservatives. You want to kvetch about the price of gasoline, go complain to your conservative right wing pals.
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  • To right wing rob
    Moderate
    First, please tell us how Obama's policies have raised gas prices. But please tell the truth. And cite your sources so I can check them. The last time I did that I showed you were not so truthful. Second, You must admit that the Bush depression is a huge factor in both unemployment and underemployment. However, I would be irrational if I expected you to admit the truth about you radical rightists. I know you know the truth. I also know you will spin the truth so you will give us newspeak like Big Brother. However, 2 + 2 will never equal 5.
    worker
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  • Hiway Bills
    deployed decoy
    The road does not have a center or safety strip. Just drive into that tunnel to nowhere down the middle (and hope a cement truck is not backing out). Once we feds all pile up at the end of the dark and damp tunnel they (congress) will blow the opening. Leaving us to eat our dead before we slowly suffocate. I love this 4th world country, cant wait to retire in a 1st, 2nd or 3rd world country across the big water though. I also consider myself republican, I would not vote for any of the contenders. One wants to enforce Christian Law on the land, another uses tax laws to fund his kids $100M trust funds, one is so old school nothing could possible change and I just don’t like his hair. Then there is that boner guy who cries (literally) all the time.
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  • Lunch
    contrarian
    Email MC for contact info.
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  • email sent
    deployed decoy
    I just sent Mike the request. He needs to reply to my private email... I cant access my .SWA account away from here and make a special effort to have my Army AKO forwarded to my SWA account with only CAC PKI access authorized... I never get a work email at home this way and it is impossible for me to log on (network security at its best). I fly out on the red eye tonight. Hopefully I'll have contact info when I shake off 8 time zones Sunday.
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  • email sent
    deployed decoy
    I just sent Mike the request. He needs to reply to my private email... I cant access my .SWA account away from here and make a special effort to have my Army AKO forwarded to my SWA account with only CAC PKI access authorized... I never get a work email at home this way and it is impossible for me to log on (network security at its best). I fly out on the red eye tonight. Hopefully I'll have contact info when I shake off 8 time zones Sunday.
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  • email sent
    deployed decoy
    I just sent Mike the request. He needs to reply to my private email... I cant access my .SWA account away from here and make a special effort to have my Army AKO forwarded to my SWA account with only CAC PKI access authorized... I never get a work email at home this way and it is impossible for me to log on (network security at its best). I fly out on the red eye tonight. Hopefully I'll have contact info when I shake off 8 time zones Sunday.
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  • I give
    Linda
    Ok Decoy - I get most of your candidates - Santorum, Romney, Paul, Newt but, who is the cryer?
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  • Bohner
    deployed decoy
    You didnt see the 60 minutes or 20/20 spot where he cried for the cameria I bet. He gets so torn up and cares so much he busts out in tears. Wonder how many votes he gets for that. You know he is right up there with 2 or 3 unexpected deaths to being in charge of the whole thing. We gotta hope the secret service stays alert,the other option would send the planet out of orbit.
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  • What about the Senate version?
    Rob
    We'll soon see if the Dems have the courage of their convictions when it comes to protecting the benefits of federal employees. The Senate version of the highway bill is progressing through the chamber with bi-partisan support. Of course the Senate version doesn't have any of the so-called "anti-fed" provisions that the House bill has. Soon the House and Senate will pass the bills setting up a show-down when the two bills go to conference to reconcile the differences. The Dems will have TWO shots to show their support for federal employees. SHOT NUMBER 1...The Dems can stand their ground when the two bills go to conference and have the "anti-fed" provisions stripped. SHOT NUMBER 2...If the Dems fail to strip the provisions during the conference phase then Obama can veto the bill. What do you think the Dems will do? The bottom line is they can stop this thing if they want, but will they?
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  • Question
    Moderate
    The republicans bring up all of the anti fed employee stuff and you wriote no condemnation. They even almost send us into default. You write nothing. When the Democrats are forced to compromise (that is normal) you condemn the Democrats. Why are you such as hypocrite. Personally, I would condemn the Democrats if they do participate in sticking it to current federal employees. I did not like Allyson Schwartz's vote against us. However, she is usually pro fed worker. How about you condemning your republican friends for their continuous attempts at sticking it to us.
    worker
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  • Answer
    Rob
    Yes, I don't like the fact that the media keeps printing articles about how much federal employees make. I wish they'd spend more time being critical of Obama's failed policies. Do you honestly believe that the non-federal worker feels sorry for us that Congress is freezing our pay and slashing our benefits? Get real. Your Democratic friends in Congress can stop any anti-federal employee bill they want. Let me repeat that for you Mr. liberal. Your Democratic friends in Congress can stop any anti-federal employee bill they want. But you know what? They won't because deep down it's not that important to them. Besides, they know liberal folks like you will never vote for a Republican.
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  • "Obama's failed policies"?
    FERS Fed
    Could you be a little more specific about which failed policies you're talking about, Right Wing Rob? Are you taking about President Obama's anti-terror policies, which finally brought Osama bin Laden to justice (after 7 years of failure by President Bush's administration), have wiped out most of al Qaeda's command structure, and have terrorists everywhere constantly looking over their shoulders for a Predator-applied Hellfire missile 'enema'? ............... Or are you talking about President Obama's domestic policies, which kept two of three major American automakers from going bankrupt, throwing hundreds of thousands more Americans out of work? ................. Are you talking about President Obama's military policies, which finally got U.S. troops out of Dick Cheney's no-win Iraq hellhole? ............. Are you talking about President Obama's health care policies, which have made it possible for hundreds of thousands of uninsured Americans with 'pre-existing conditions' to finally get affordable health insurance coverage? ............. Are you talking about President Obama's housing policies, which made it possible for hundreds of thousands of Americans to refinance their home mortgages instead of losing them to foreclosure by unscrupulous lenders encouraged by 8 years of Republican deregulation? ............ Or are you talking about President Obama's economic policies, which despite Senate Republican's filibustering of every piece of jobs legislation put forth by the Obama administration are finally bringing down unemployment rates leftover from 8 years of Republican economic policies?
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  • To FERS FED
    Moderate
    I was going to respond to Right Wing Rob, but you gave a much better answer than I would. Great job. I will add that Rob should criticise his friends for bringing up this garbage in the first place instead of saying that the Democrats are responsible for stopping his idiotic friends.
    worker
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  • Not too far from now
    Just me
    Congress appears to have a, singular, ability to ignore the unintended consequences of its actoins. I can foresee a time, not too far distant from now, where the decisions they are making today will come back to haunt them, and the American taxpayer. The simple facts are these: The federal workforce is aging, Contractors are NOT cheaper (when compared by total contractual cost) universally, fewer college graduates (even in the current economy) are willing to work for the federal government, and the economic outlook won't stay bleak forever. At that point, and I think it will occur within the next seven years, Congress will make a great show of asking why no one wants to work for the government anymore. They will spend a couple of million dollars investigating the problem, that they created, and come up with some ridiculous answer that will equate to "better branding." The truth is that Congress will have driven anyone, with any sense of public service, out of the government with their constant attacks on federal employees...which serve little purpose other than to garner them election support by turning public service into public servitude. Just my two cents
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  • Your are correct
    Linda
    Just Me, you are correct in that the government will have problems in the future (and to a point have now) getting qualified federal employees. When most positions anymore require a college education or higher, they will need to pay retention bonuses. Maybe if I work long enough I can get one to make up for the pay freezes now!
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  • Win,win for republicans
    Goshkruse
    This is a win-win for the republicans! Not only do they get the praise of their mindless followers for kicking lazy government workers in the behind, but by slowly depleting the ranks of quality federal workers and replacing with more incompetent ones,it will give them something to whine about for years. And one thing republicans love is a scapegoat for all the things they screwup. Everyone knows republicans are perfect.
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  • Spending
    Cathy
    If Congress would spend wisely, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in. That body of lawmakers needs to think USA, not me, me, me and my constituent base. The people who are doing the right things... education, working hard, saving are getting screwed from all sides. The parasites are having a field day. Something's wrong with this picture. Cutting Federal benefits isn't going to fix the mess. How about cutting all the handouts as well. Tax capital gains on a tiered schedule. It's ridiculous that a person with millions in capital gains are taxed at 15%.
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  • Hate to tell you
    Linda
    Hi Cathy, I hate to tell you this, but Capital Gains are already on a tiered schedule. The lowest tax rate is Zero! The top, with the exception of collectables is 15%. Collectables are taxed at 28%, so if you sell your coin collection or Rembrant you are in trouble!
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  • Ah
    deployed decoy
    But if you trade that 1870CC $20 Double Liberty that is worth $500,000 today to a collector. After the fall of the empire (and IRS) to the person who has a pint of gas, and case of expired dog food or beans. You will lose money, not that it matters because we will be burning money to keep warm and that gold will still be worth dinner for two for a week. I think Cathy, like I feel, meant 15% tax rate is too low for say the $100,000,000.00 trust fund one canidate kids share. But not to worry that trust fund does not pay close to even 15%.
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  • No DD
    Moderate
    It must be a like kind exchange. Perhaps the dog food and gas are collectibles, but they are not like kind collectibles. Therefore, you are batering and will pay taxes on it. See an estate and gift tax agent to find out whether you can call it a gift and use the difference in value to reduce your estate exemption by the gift or you would have to pay gift tax.
    worker
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  • "semi-automatic 3 percent increase every one, two or three years"
    obscurechemist
    Come on. Mike, this is not even close to the truth. I was at the top step of one grade for 11 years, and at the top step of the next higher grade for 12 years. That comes to 23 (out of 36+ total) years WITHOUT a step increase. Now, with that in mind, will you please retract your incorrect statement? Apology accepted.
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  • yep
    deployed decoy
    I also went from GS11 step 10 to GS12 step 10 in one big bang. Got the promotion to GS12 step 10 in 2004. Would have gotten the GS12 step 10 back in Jan 2013, but retire first. Through thr magic on pay for performance (NSPS) and exceedeing GS12 step 10 by 5% in 2010, I got to see GS12 step 9 for the first time that June. But heck they back dated the step increase to step 9 to January 2010. And we grip about congress on this web site.
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  • Not Semi-Automatic
    Linda
    The people I see who don't qualify for a step increase get fired. That is why most of the rest qualify for them. The rest are toast! At least in my agency.
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  • We are not discussing
    obscurechemist
    qualifications. We are discussing the fact that the step increase system maxes out and Causey made a statement that contradicts this truth.
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