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  • My Thoughts
    Hector
    I do not think the elimination of the FERS Supplement will prvail as it stands now. However, if elimination of the FERS supplement applied to new hires under the newly proposed retirement regime, that could perhaps ease the proposed increase in retirement contributions now. I can live with the increase in retirement contributions now as long as the high-three remains for those already in CSRS or FERS as the stand now. What they need is a way to get rid of the deadwood in the federal ranks and the bogus fulltime telework agreements for thsr that care for children, shop at Home Depot and share home office space with Miller Lite during the federal workday leaving the burden on their similarly situated counterparts that are more qualified, yet are denied telework and need to remain in the office doing double duty due to their freeloader teleworker countertparts.
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  • Why take a Fed Job?
    contrarian
    The main reason I stayed was not for the lower pay, but for the long term pension/retirement benefit. Our health plan isn't that great, no vision or dental, and noone really knows the impact of the govt managed Health plans that don't kick in until next year. Unless you're going into a job with some huge perks, e.g. 1st class air travel or free trips to the moon, I really couldn't recommend govt service as a career option.
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  • Poor, poor Hector!
    FERS Fed
    "...denied telework and need to remain in the office doing double duty..."? If it's so bad, why not leave for the private sector you're always touting? Or is that more conservative hypocrisy we detect?
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  • To hector
    Moderate
    I was not aware that you knew what the teleworkers do at their alternative sites. Do you have Xray vision or were you just affected by red kryptonite? Base your opinions on just the facts and not your biased speculation. For what it is worth, I do not telework often.
    worker
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  • Broken Contract
    Darrell
    As a federal employee I know that I'm not working under a contract, but I liken these proposals and many likely changes as the government breaking their contracts with their employees. Yes, if I don't like it I could leave, but I have nearly 22 years already invested in working for the government. When I signed up for this deal I knew what I was getting into just like most everyone else that works for the government. Now they want to change it all right in the middle of my "contract". If they want to create a new system for new employees then fine. They will know what they are getting into under a new deal. The survey is correct. Morale is extremely low, but I'm still living up to my part of the bargain.
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  • Knew what I was getting......Not
    Linda
    Darrell, You may have known what you were getting when you signed up for the Federal Government, but I had no idea. I was 23, just out of college and in 11.5% unemployment. I took the first job I could get. After I worked there awhile, I realized the retirement and the steady hours were the best part. I got my CPA after starting work for the government. Yes, I could work in the private sector, but the 80 hours a week during filing season just doesn't appeal to me. So I will stick it out, no matter what Congress does, until at least minimum retirement. I would rather work until 62 - 64. ...............I would feel better about having to pay more to my retirement if everyone had to do this. Congress should be increasing the amount of FICA taxes, not decreasing them, and increasing the minimum age of retirement for those under 25 and tying it to life expenctantcy. But, I don't like having to balance the budge solely on the backs of Federal Workers, as there is not enough money to do that....some CPA's make twice or more than I do in my area. Per hour, we are probably closer, but how do you figure that.
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  • Similar Drones Always Vote Democrat
    Hector
    Yes, do nothing about the government waste known as telework, that platform that allows the democrat drones to screw off at taxpayer expense, yet at the same time do all they can to increase the ranks of democrat drones slopping at the trough funded by hard working taxpayers simply to get another term for the big time democrat drone.
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  • And let's not forget the...
    FERS Fed
    ...hypocrite feds like Hector, who lack the courage of their allegedly 'conservative' convictions to stop "...slopping at the trough funded by hard working taxpayers" and go get jobs working in their cherished private sector.
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  • Plop Plop Fizz Fizz
    Hector
    FEDS Fed would make a great member of the French Army in World War II. A commender of a French tank with 21 speeds in reverse. It is the private sector that built this once great Repuplic before democrat drones decided it to destroy it to remake it into an unsustainable euro-socialist utopian paradise. Liberal democrat drones are destroying the country right before our eyes. Democrat drones want more slop at the trough to make a democrat voter block. Since they have nothing else to stand for, what else would you expect?
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  • "It is the private sector that built this once great Repuplic..."?
    FERS Fed
    Actually, I was a great member of the U.S. Army in the Vietnam War, but that's a different matter. So why aren't you working in your glorious free market private sector, Hector? Why do you, of all people, continue "...slopping at the trough funded by hard working taxpayers"? Please tell us. Or would that expose the hypocrisy that passes as modern conservative 'thinking'?
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  • Hector the radical rightist
    Moderate
    You write like someone who wants us to go back to the early 20th century. This is when we had little children and adults working 60-70 hours per week for pennies per day. The owners would lockand block doors so that if there was a fire and workers died...too bad. If people demonstrated for things like decent pay and working conditions, the bribed police would bang their heads with nightsticks and then arrest them for assault. If you got sick, well tough. Magic elixirs were sold. Good jobs and education were for the wealthy. They were the ones at the pigs' trough. Yeh Hector, that is your speed.
    worker
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  • Democrat Drones Lesson II
    Hector
    1. Democrat drones believe a fetus is nothing more than a glob of tooth decay with a heartbeat. 2. Democrat drones support more democrat drones slopping at the trough of government dependency to create a permanent voter bloc since the democrat party stands for nothing more than making more slop at the trough. 3. The democrat party depends on a permanent class of democrat created faux "downtrodden" democrat clones to smear the opposition as the anti-christ since they believe in individual responsibility.
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  • Dude????
    X-taxman
    WHAT are you smokin'????
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  • To hector
    Moderate
    To Xtaxman, Great answer to Hector. However, I will respond to him in more detail.-----Where do you get the idea that a fetus is a glob. Problem is that neither you nor your cohorts have the right to force a woman to carry an unwanted child for any reason. Problem is that entities like you think that you have the right to impose your conditions on the rest of the country (depressions every 20 years etc) and then have the less fortunate starve or get no medical care because they cannot afford it. It would be your actions that create the downtrodden and not the Democrats. And where does religion come into the picture? Not everyone is a Christian. Respect all religions
    worker
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  • Political Candy
    Rob
    Our leaders have to stop with the never ending handouts. This 2% reduction in payroll tax is nothing more than political candy. Once it's given out it's nearly impossible to take back. Ok, so Congress and POTUS extend the payroll tax cut the rest of this year (and don't pay for it - a cave in by the GOP). What's going to happen as we near the end of 2012? Will it be extended another year? How will Congress shut it off? The answer is they won't. It's yet another political give away meant to make more and more people reliant on the federal gov't. At some point the clock will run out as it has in Greece and other European countries. You can't keep adding a trillion dollars to the national debt every year and get away with it. At some point the gov't will have to face reality and start taking back some of the candy. When that happens (and it will) you'll see the liberals and progressives hurling rocks at police officers and burning down cities just like they're doing in Greece.
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  • Who needs 2012 when we can do it ourselves
    deployed decoy
    Lets see. My platinum health care cost me about $15,000 last year in insurance, federal insurance 70%, Copays, not paid and not covered stuff. Out of over $3000 I submitted for just my kids, BCBS shield paid $1200. Boiled down I want this platinum health coverage that pays back less than 5% forced on part time Fred at the coffee shop and every welfare mom in the USA. If they cant afford it, then get off this countries soil. You can move to Saudi and serve as a slave to the oil fat TIER3 slave traders that will feed you once a day and maybe pay you $300 once a month. Just hope the sitting President continues to sign the annual waiver that allows you to be in Saudi or Kuwait. Without said waiver, you will be in violation of federal law, not unlike living in and supporting North Korea today. If the Social Security ‘Trust Fund’ was made whole today, that would add about $3 Trillion instantly to the $15T debt – that has gone up 20% in less than a year, while congress argues how to pay for less than half of the increase in the rears. These are the reasons we have the highest paid military on the planet and not a sole in congress is talking about much more than making a retired E8 pay about two months of charges in federal BCBS going forward for Tricare. The direction of the muzzle flash is going to be very important in the near future. It sure is a good thing they are putting Nukes in storage. As it stands now, just two people in a submarine or strategic bomber have the codes. Only a matter of time before the two of them makes the decision to strike first. Just a small 8KT air burst over a sitting session of congress would solve a lot of problems, those guys under the ice cap know it. China and Russia know this also. They are just sitting back and waiting on the self destruct mode of the USA. Course Iran is not in a waiting mood and might use one of their bombs on the USA instead of waiting it out, but with luck Iran will hit Israel and Israel will hit Iran back and solve a couple of problems at the same time. Not that either will help the USA much, but it would make for a more polite and humbled ME going forward.
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  • Thank George
    Moderate
    You can thank George Bush and his depression for the economic conditions we are in. You must remember his tax giveaways to the wealthy (on a per capita basis) when we were in relative prosperity. That was the time to have budget surpluses and not deficits. Oh, and let us not forget the expensive war in Iraq that was a total waste of taxpayer funds.
    worker
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  • Nice try Liberal
    1st generation American
    Bush has been gone for 3 years. When is it going to be Obama's issue? When? Next you will blame Regan. What a joke. I'm putting the blame where it is deserved with our current president and the other fools we have elected. Throw them all out and start over. Both sides just stink!
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  • To first generation radical rightist
    Moderate
    Actually, at least you want to get rid of all of them. That is not a terrible point. However, radical rightist, depressions take a long time to get rid of. Study history and you will find the truth. Statistically, unemployment is starting to come down. Therefore, until the situation is corrected, I blame Bush and his cronies for the current economy.------------With that in mind, the alleged unemployment figure is coming down. The question is how truthful are those figures. I wish I could answer that because I am very anti Republican, but I cannot do so. Only history will answer that question.
    worker
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  • FERS Supplement
    DOtransportation
    Both parties need to hear load and clear that the elimination on the Supplement is is no-go .... It is no different than saying "Oh, instead of 1% x salary x # of years served we decided to give .8% x salary x # of years served. Changing the rules for those who STAYED IN becuase they were promised certain benefits is criminal. Pay freeze, fine -- I was never promised a pay raise
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  • Rocket scienctest in washington
    PAULE
    Feds in the old system do not pay SS and they do not get SS unlses that have other jobs. Whe the amount of SS taken out of ones pay was reduced did they reduce the CSRS amount, or when the SS members received money when there was no incress for the two years did the feds in the old system get anything, I did not. Retired CSRS should be just like SS, if they don't raise SS deduction to 8% leave the working CSRS deduction the same.
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