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  • My Sensitivities are not impacted
    Budgetweenie
    I retired earlier this year with nearly 34 years of Fed Gov service. In having a couple of months to reflect on why I retired there isn't one strong issue I can point to as to why now and not later. With several breaks in service due to either poor supervisors or being burned out from the frequent exposure to inane policies/procedures, or decisions made by politicians without evidence of them caring to understand their impacts, I conclude the following: I chose government service because I felt, and still do, idealistic, and that getting rich wasn't high on my bucket list. I felt, no matter what job I had, I would do my best and, therefore, would have a positive effect. I am one to prefer stability and job security but can take certain risks because of the belief in my capabilities. While others may not have had the level of commitment to do more or deal with the more difficult challenges, the majority surely did what was asked of them. Many having done so with stellar results. But, the one thing that, if you are idealistic, surfaces as a motivator to retire, is the inability of Departments and Agencies to be forthright in their programs' legitimacy. Whether intentional empire building or directed from above, the redundancies are beyond defensible, the needs of many should be questioned honestly, and someone who really cares should better align people and dollars to needs versus wants.
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  • What was Obama thinking?
    Cathy
    "I was just relieved to learn this was not a GSA conference. Unbelievable. Not even the mind reader knew what they were thinking." Quote from Obama. What about the almost $470K spent on vacationing Michelle? You'd think that in these times, the white house inhabitants would be mindful of excess spending.
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  • Trying to make light of the matter
    contrarian
    Not sure it worked.
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  • RHIP
    deployed decoy
    Rank Has Its Privilege. Just ask a former World Banker, president or for that matter the current SECDEF. People in power are not there for the money. Just ask the front contender for the White House this year what he really is in it for (as in make sure his kids trust funds never pay any taxes). They are in it for what they can get out of it. Be it free travel, millions in speaking fees or subletting the servant quarters to the secret service who are protecting them, at a cost no NYC person would pay. I am just guessing but I bet Michelle, chatted with a veteran living under a bridge or military spouse gripping that same veteran bumped her out of a federal job or maybe just spoke at an local womans group about welfare to welfare continued forever. Her vacation thus fully justified and earned. Until we vote (as in vote) everyone of these fools out of Washington and elect people whose first agenda is term limits and actually reduce the debt without earmark bills for uncle Fred back home. Nothing will ever change. Had this been an actual emergency. The brilliant flash of light would have been the last thing you ever sensed, as the over pressure and heat reduced you to subatomic particles. We might be drilling, but not a sole has realized the world is on a tipping point. Not unlike every other major empire that ever ruled the earth, this one will end. It is just a matter of when and Washington is dead set that will never happen while they are alive. Dreamers, well maybe more of an money and power as a drug induced illusion.
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  • No different than Bush
    Moderate
    No different that Bush's trip to some ship to proclaim victory in Iraq. That must have been pretty costly.
    worker
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  • Making the Federal Government a Cool Place to Work (Typo free version)
    MDBBALL02
    Remember when President Obama campaigned and said public service was laudable and he would help restore the attitude that the "Federal Government is a Cool Place to Work?" Although I cannot vote for Romeny (THAT would be worse) I am dissapointed that the view of Feds has decreased to an all time low, and that while that is happening, WE are the only people paying down the debt, with our COLAs. The Federal Bashing for years has taken its toll, and now thanks to GSA and the Secret Service, we are once again in the crosshairs. Now, in addition to frozen COLA's, it is expected that additonal retirement contributions will be next. WHEN ARE ALL THE OTHER AMERICANS IN THIS COUNTRY GOING TO BE ASKED TO PAY AN EXTRA DIME???????????? I HOPE in the second term, the President, and hopefully Democratic Congress, vote to enact an overdue WAR TAX, on EVERY AMERICAN. BOTH PARTIES ARE RESONSIBLE FOR THE 10 years of war, so no one can claim they didn't vote for it--you put the Members of Congress in who did--AND WE have to get out of this financial mess! We should not rely ONLY on the Federal Workforce to pay for it! (I agree, the run for the door is being caused by all these freezes, proposed increases in contributions, the constant targeting of Feds as the ONLY source of revenue, AND the Daily Federal Bashing...) The Floggings can cease! We can all retire and the public STILL won't stop bashing--at least they will be complaining there is NO ONE in the GOVERNMENT TO PROVIDE THE ASSISTANCE I NEED ... and after the past 10 years, I can't wait to hear THAT chorus!!!!
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  • War Tax
    deployed decoy
    First and foremost. These wars are not really accomplishing much. Sure nothing that a few aircraft with fuel air explosives would not solve in terrorist areas. Our county looks blindly while Arabs kill and main women and school girl age forced wives in the same countries we are helping. We armed Saudi with better military hardware (F35 strike fighter) than we have in the ME, then they used some of this hardware to suppress human rights marches in both Kuwait and Bahrain last year. Thats right, you never heard of an Arab Spring in Kuwait, because it lasted about 3 hours before it was squashed by Kuwait using US military hardware. We armed Israel with Nukes years ago. Then we vetoed dozens of UN sanctions aimed at curbing Israel abuses of humans, while we have the audacity to lay the problems in Syria on the Russia Veto. We allow any sitting president to violate US federal law in places like Saudi and Kuwait. Where these slave states are banned from any US support except emergency humanitarian aid because of the way they enslave humans. More trivia that never made US news. Recently an American was gutted like a sheep here in Kuwait. Allegedly for having an affair with an influential Arabs wife. They have yet to find her body. The American with something very private cut off and stuck in his mouth, beside his guts hanging out, officially committed suicide. One American woman a couple years ago was only saved by the Bengali guards employed by the apartment building. The guards smashed the Kuwait drivers window, while in midday sun his friend was stuffing the American girl into the back seat. This girl was the sister inlaw of a senior USA federal security officer. This person never so much as informally warned the other women in this building of this threat on the property. To do so, you know would offend the Arabs. My vote is the USA leave the entire Middle East today, 100% pull out, then stop selling them spare parts for those fighters. With any luck Iran will use their one nuke on Israel and Israel will use several when they hit back. Add in another few more generations of inbreeding and the problem will solve itself. We can use the Defense and State Dept money saved to subsidize gas at $1 a gallon for oil from Canada.
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  • War Tax -DD
    CAfed
    Thank you for the insight. I agree we should get out of the ME. Let them solve their own problems on their own heads. With a President who makes such stupid remarks in public, I fear our country is rapidy deteriorating. Where is our honor? Sold out to politicians.
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  • Have Hears but Don't Understand
    Linda
    Decoy, I have heard about how the middle eastern countries have slaves, and the way they treat women and girls not only in Aghanistan, but other places. Didn't hear about the Kuwaiti Spring (or rather Fall?) But I 100% agree, let's get out of the middle east and let them nuke each other. If they attach us, use our missels to toast them.
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  • War Tax
    Bud
    DD,great post.Oldest son just returned from Afghanistan.He's now a civilian Govt.type rather than military(paratrooper).He's quiet on his opinions but here are mine.Afghan is a 13th poophole whose main export is opium(sounds like 1960s Vietnam).Russia got it's rearend handed to them 30 years ago in Afghan.Time to exit now,no rear guard actions needed.Let Karzaid play his games alone.As for Iran and that guy,sounds like I'm a nut job,tell him any disturbance and Iran becomes glass,more sand,and no people.Israel can take care of itself.And I suspect the Israeli hierarchy could care less about Obama and Hillary's opinions.Regardless of party affiliation,those two are not viewed on the world stage as very powerful/influential personas.If they were,Afghan/Iran wouldn't be acting up.
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  • Offensive
    Moderate
    As a Jewish person I am very offended by your comments. Would you write the same if the comment was about the Vatican?
    worker
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  • Yep
    deployed decoy
    Yep and even if it was the sun god of the natives in the new world. It is not the job of the USA to protect any slave state or state that violates human rights, as Israel does. Sure not our job to protect Kuwait oil so Europe can tax it at around $8/Gal to pay for their social ways and austerity problems. I am sure I offended a few Muslims also, not that I have a gripe against them. It is the Arabs, whatever religion they believe, I have a problem with. Most never made it out of the middle ages, the ones that did, stuck in the 1960s. Course that might be a reason a high ranking American is so pro Arab these days. Dont figure we will be carpet bombing the Arab world like Dresden or Nurnberg any time soon as a result, since they are not Christian with a scattering of oppressed Jews in hiding.
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  • Keep supplying aid to israel
    Moderate
    Any human rights violations of Israel is because they need the intelligence to survive. It is a country the size of what small US state with a few million people surrounded by how many 10's of millions of people bent on its destruction. It is more democratic than most countries in the world.----How much intelligence does the US get from Israel? Probably a good amount for the aid it receives-----So, if the terrorists blow up the Vatican, it would not bother you? That is truly incredible. It would bother me and I am not even Christian.
    worker
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  • Are you kidding
    deployed decoy
    The only reason Israel is a country is because of WWII and the UK making it so after the war. Remember please the Germans killed off gays, Russians, Catholic priests and a whole bunch of other classes they did not like, the best book I ever read on Dachau written by a Catholic Priest that was there for years. Course visiting the Holocaust Museum in DC a person would not learn this because of about 20 words on the subject of others in the camps in the entire museum. No homeland was made for gays. No Homeland made for Christians in the holy land. 40% of the Palestines that are being squashed by Israel are Christian. The USA media, largely owned and operated by the Jewish community forget to note that bit of trivia, when they are forced to write about the latest settlement expansion. Maybe the next president will be Mormon and he can baptize everyone in the ME as such. Problem solved. AS for intel, we have the spy satellites and drones. They have a few boots on the ground. I would not believe a word they said, because of the vested interest they have for the USA support them hitting Iran in a first strike. No the Vatican is nothing I care about. I believe we burnt into this rock 3.5 billion years ago and evolved from microbial DNA that might have come from Mars. Heck the evidence is still out. However, it appears humans committed the first genocide when we killed off Neanderthal who buried their dead and were religious and they were not even human. What god do you suppose they believed in.
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  • Surely you jest part 1
    Moderate
    Jews have been migrating to Israel, called Palestine, way before WW1, much less WW2. Israel was bound to happen. 6 million Jews were killed by the slobs. Not only that, if you had any clue about Jewish History, you would know about the English expulsion in 1290, the French expulsion in 1390, the Spanish expulsion in 1492, the pogrums in many countries, and all sorts of historical actions against the Jews. Read the Merchant of Venice as a perfect example of a scummy attitude towards Jews. Remember, during those times Jews were not allowed to own land in many areas and were limited in the work they could do.
    worker
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  • Surely you jest part 2
    Moderate
    Also remember that the Jews are a tiny minority. So 6 million Jews is huge compared to other segments. This does not justify or minimize what scumball Hitler did to others. As far as homelands are concerned, the Jews have a claim to Israel dating back way before the Christian or Muslim religions were even thought of. And the Jews fought to establish Israel. England tried to stop the establishment of Israel. The Arabs have tried to destroy and are continuing to try to destroy Israel.-----You say Israel is crushing the Arabs. Compare the standard of living for the Arabs in Israel to the other Muslim countries and let me know the results.
    worker
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  • Surely you jest part 3
    Moderate
    You say the US media is largely owned and operated by the Jewish community? Where did you get that nonsense from? Your imagination. Show me that one. And start with Fox news. Is Murdoch Jewish? I have no idea.---- Your last few sentences, starting with I believe, make absolutely no sense.
    worker
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  • They won't leave!
    G Street
    Funny how college grads can’t get jobs today...
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  • Time
    snldr1
    Last year, after 39 1/2 years of service, I felt it was time to embark on another phase of my life. I really enjoyed working for the Federal Government most of that time. Fed bashing seems to be a cyclical process, however, the current tone has gotten far more virulent than in the past. In the past five or six years, I have observed that working for the government has become more political for the rank and file than at any time in the past 39 years.
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