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  • Its not the same
    deployed decoy
    Well, while deployed and socially isolated here in Kuwait, they issue us old guys a years supply of Ginkgo/Viagra. So we can remember what it was like. I can buy the same pills downtown, in this mans world (say to marry his 14YO niece he raped to stay out of jail for the rape) for $10 but why bother. I took my years supply of the free issue pills (all 3 of them) last week (on one night). Then got stood up. The lady downstairs from me is still angry I kept her awake all night because I was shouting my own name, yelling ‘Im so good’, ‘Im not stopping’… I am just so glad I will retire this year and be able to forget forever silly things like my agency missing a formal suspense by the higher HQ to offer VSIPs last year or for that matter the latest OPM Whats New posting that all of you folks in the USA are under paid a national average of 26.3%. The only surprise I keep waiting for, is congress to order an across the board nationwide termination (with no save pay) of Locality Pay. That you know is so much more politically correct than to tax (private business) contractors getting paid twice what the fed doing the same work is paid overseas.
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  • Glad to see you're back
    contrarian
    Sorry I missed you while you were in town. Hang in there man it's gonna get better.
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  • It will get better?
    Moderate
    It will be a long time. And if the Republicans get in, it will get much worse unless they become moderates (no pun intended)
    worker
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  • Based on recent experience....
    NOVAJacket
    Our best situation has been a Republican Congress with a Democratic President. Republicans controlled spending policy while the President controlled taxing policy. Pretty soon we had a balanced budget. If the Democratic President had a Democratic Congress he would spend like no tomorrow, and tax like no tomorrow. If the Republican President had a Republican Congress, he would spend like no tomorrow, and borrow like no tomorrow. Time to mix it up again.... Now back to the subject at hand..... Until the unemployment rate comes down, there will be a lot of applicants for federal jobs...and that means a lot of pressure to reduce compensation.
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  • Fedyslexia
    contrarian
    I think you mean we do better under Democrat Congress with a Republican president. (That way the unions can speak up rather than bite their tongues). Remember: Clinton-Gore fired more Feds than anybody. Mike, Mike, Mike, help the newbies remember the past.
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  • Federal Unions are irrelevant
    NOVAJacket
    They can yammer all they want. They have no power. Even FDR and AFL-CIO Meany believed strongly that unions have no place in government workplace.
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  • Fed Unions are relevant
    Moderate
    First feds cannot go on strike or get binding arbitration for pay. So you are right with that issue.-----------However, they can bargain for certain working conditions. They can also enforce rules violated by managers or management officials by the grievance process or another process whose name I do not remember the name of it.(It is similar to the grievance process) They supply a limited protection in exchange for what should be union dues. Are unions great? No. But it is the best we have unless you prefer to go it alone.
    worker
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  • Unfortunately
    Moderate
    Bush gave us the Bush depression. Therefore, we need the extra spending to stimulate the economy to get us out of Bush's mess. Additionally we need the Healthcare Act of 2010 (whatever the label) to stop forcing medical people to treat medicaid patients. Medicaid does not sufficiently reimburse hospitals and doctors for the services provided. Many doctors do not accept medicaid because of the reimbursement policies. Therefore, these patients go for more expensive services of hospitals.-------The real shame is that the present day Republicans are so far to the right. If they were more like the 60's and 70's Republicans, Contrarian and NOVA might have a good point. I woonder whether the present day Republicans make Barry Goldwater look like a moderate.
    worker
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  • The Bush Depression????
    NOVAJacket
    Bush inherited a Clinton Recession brought on by the Dot.com bust. Add to that 9/11 and you have an economy in peril. Tax cuts lifted the economy until the housing bust. The housing bust 7 years into Bush's term was the result of misguided policies all around - - Bush believing that no money down loans would allow people of limited means to buy homes and the Dems looking the other way because Banks were lending to a constituency they otherwise would not. If you want to really understand the debacle, read The Housing Boom and Bust by Thomas Sowell. That last thing we need is another Republican President with a Democratic Congress. We'll get the budget balanced quicker with the Republicans holding down spending while the President ratches up taxes - - just like the 1990's. Does anyone really think Clinton would have had a balanced budget with a Democratic Congress????
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  • Republican Recession and Depression
    Moderate
    Dot com bust and recession happened during the Bush reign of power. It was not a Clinton recession. Tax cuts lifted the economy? Perhaps to some degree, but i would go for the economic cycle instead. Much of the tax cuts were pushed for the wealthy on a per capita basis. And that broad stats will probably show that much of the recovery went to the upper classes and not the middle and lower economic classes.-------- Banks should not have done the minimal money down loans. Bush should not have looked the other way. And the Democrats were not in power in Congress or the presidency from 2001-2007. They also lost power for most of the time starting in 1995. So your comments about what Clinton would have done are hypothetical.
    worker
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  • It was the weekend
    deployed decoy
    C., I stayed in Woodbridge and did the train into DC 3 days over Presidents Day weekend... I kept an eye out for bad guys, the perfect weekend for them to make someting go boom. Maybe next time we can meet up. Now if Army would only offer VSIP with an out date of 31 August like Air Force the sun would shine.
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  • No problem
    contrarian
    Some other time some other place.
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