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  • Invest in plastic (POGS)
    deployed decoy
    DoD lectures Congress on budget rules of the game, this FNR headline should be mandatory reading today. Raising retired military health care to a whopping $75 a month for the highest paid active duty retirees is completely out of line. Never mind these very same retired Sergeant Major or Colonial in many cases walk into GS14 or higher paid federal jobs. I have saw two such positions advertised as GS12/13 filled at the 13 step 10 level in the last few years, another at the GS14 step 10. Or maybe what occurs more often, their spouse used that stopper list - gotta hire them over a disabled Vet - to land the perfect GS13 job before they retired. I know one guy that retired as an E9, and started as a GS12 (step 1) the next day. He of course never bothered with federal employee health care, because he is paying something like $300 a year for health care for the entire family with Tricare. Naturally long after he was retired, he got VA to bump up his retirement another 40% (tax free) for stuff that I had no idea was wrong with him in the year we worked together. Must be pretty nasty things though to get 40%, be allowed to stay on active duty years after said illness/injury and not miss a day of work using sick leave the first full year he was a fed. I only make it day to day on the hopes a group of disgruntled former US federal employees on their way out the door. Declare the entire US Congress and White House as domestic enemies of the USA. These folks BTW would be the US Supreme Court. Wait congress already knows this treat against them and has brought legislation in the recent past to limit the power of the Judicial Branch. In other words not a sole in America really has a vote worth a 5 cent plastic POG, the US money we use in the war.
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  • Pogo Politics
    contrarian
    Anybody that doesn't realize that both side including the administration is no longer on our side is playing Machaivellian politics with hope that someday we'll get back our pay. THe lower ends have suffered worse than DD's examples. DD's people are the govt version of the 1%. The rest of us pay more, get less, while union leaders tell us to reelect the same bunch that got us here? WTH? They can't even criticize the current leadership because they helped put 'em here? Right now, we all agree that reasonable cutbacks are okay, but FEDS are going to get the triple whammy: Higher health costs, higher taxes (especially when FSAs are slashed) and lower pay. And you expect me to vote for ANY of this bunch?
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  • so who are you voting for?
    Moderate
    So who are you voting for? the Republicans who are out to stick it to us much worse than the actor of the 80's(who was a sdisaster for the feds? The Democrats who are fighting for us? Will you abstain which means not voting at all?
    worker
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  • No good choices
    tag1555
    If this is what "fighting for us" looks like, we're probably better off playing the two sides against each other to forward our interests. Having our unions so beholden to the Democrats hasn't worked out so well for Feds: the Democrats take us for granted, and the Republicans see us as the enemy.
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  • invisible is correct
    Rob
    Our Democratic friends in DC always disappear when a Dem is in the White House. The facts speak for themselves. Our so-called democratic friends failed to give us pay parity in 2010, which by the way was the only raise we've received in three years under this Dem president. The decision not to give feds pay parity in 2010 and to freeze our pay in 2011 and 2012 came when the Dems had super majorities in both the House and Senate. Where were our democratic and union friends? NOWHERE TO BE FOUND that's where. Now lets go back to the previous Dem in the White House, Bill Clinton. Even when the economy was booming (thanks to Al Gore and his invention of the internet) Bill Clinton managed to give feds measly raises during his 8 years and even recommended no raise in at least one of his 8 years. Now lets examine how our democratic friends in DC acted when GWB was in the White House. They jumped up and down and screamed bloody murder each time GWB recommended a raise without pay parity. The unions complained every year about the tiny raises recommended by GWB. Lets see, during those horrible 8 years under GWB we managed an average raise of 4%. My point is the Dems and unions ARE invisible when a Dem is in the White House, especially when it comes to pay raises.
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  • Nice
    Skippy
    Nice to be loved and appreciated by BOTH parties (note sarcasm).
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  • Nice X2
    deployed decoy
    Yep, I sure blame them all. It was the Republican House that just approved the VA Bill. In that one, they freeze DOD and VA federal salary 2 more years, note not the rest of the Govt. Not that the after tax take home pay of 87 cents a day would really have mattered. It is just more proof a lousy 87 cents per employee a day is going to solve a $15T debt on paper. I vote we contract out congress and the White House to say India, who can manage the mess from 12 times zones away.
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  • bills that never become law
    Rob
    If I got worked up over every anti-federal employee bill passed by either the House or Senate I'd be pretty stressed out. The fact is most of these anti-fed bills never become law so I pay little attention to articles about this bill or that bill passing the House or Senate. I look at what's passed by both chambers and signed into law. The GOP takes the brunt of the criticism because most of the anti-fed bills originate with them; bills that never become law mind you. The Dems escape criticism even though they are 100% responsible for no pay parity in 2010 and no pay raise in 2011 and 2012. Those anti-fed actions actually became law yet the Dems are our friends. Does anyone realize the long-term financial impact a two year pay freeze has? The bottom line is the Dems will become visible again when a republican is in the White House. Until then it's nothing but lip service from our so-called buddies.
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  • the worst thing is that you are serious
    Moderate
    I am fully aware that Obama has given us no raises or crummy raises. I am aware that the raises given to us under George Bush, with huge prodding and amendments by Congress both controlled by the Republicans until the end of 2006 and byu the Democrats in 2007 and 2008, were much higher. I am also aware that George Bush gave obama the George Bush and the Republicans Depression, the effects of which have continued to this day. The reason why our raises are so low now is because the government has to spend its way out of your friends' economic mess.-----I wish you would stop the baloney about ignoring bills sticking it to the feds. They are all put up by your friends in the Republican party. They are the ones who, if they were in power, would stick it to the feds. Hopefully, the Dems will control both houses and the Whjitehouse after the elections. if your friends gain control, well, look to the Reagan era and multiply that disaster by a few integers to see what will happen to the feds.
    worker
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  • Remember this day?
    Putt-Putt
    Much electronic ink has been used to debate the effects of the "Bush Tax Cuts" on the economy, a debate that will continue for years because not even economists can agree on the definition of Economic Depression. Beyond this, thought, Mr. Mod I appreciate your fervor in trying to support an ideal that the two bills passed early in President Bush's first term caused a "depression" that President Obama is trying correct. However, please remember that on December 17, 2010 Mr. Obama signed an extension of the tax rates enacted in 2001 & 2003, and that the extension was passed by a Congress that was controlled, in both chambers, by the Democratic party. Maybe it is time you rename the current tax law as the BOTCHED law (the Bush Obama Tax Cut Heightening Economic Depression). You can use hyperbole in an attempt to deflect blame on the extension to the Republicans, but all that would do is to add weight to what I believe is Mr. Obama's true weakness - he is not a leader. A true political leader, through force of will and persuasion, would control his Party, compromise with the opposition, and move forward with his agenda. If Mr. Obama is so opposed to the current tax code, then he should present legislation to change it. If he faces opposition in his Party, he should pressure with the force of his position. If he faces opposition from the Republicans he should invite their leaders in for a compromision discussion. In extending the current law all I heard from him was complaints, and complaints are the defense of the weak. I want a strong leader (and agree or not, President Reagan was a strong leader - he was able to press forward with his agenda despite a strongly entrenched Democratic Congress); the country fell in behind him as they were tired of the weak leadership of President Carter. In the current presidential race I'm not convinced that Mr. Romney has strong leadership potential but I have decided that President Obama does not. Yes, I am tired of the constant attacks by the Republicans against the Federal workforce, but having been around for a few decades I also know that these come and go, and they follow the economic cycle. A stronger economy will abate these attacks, and to get to a stronger economy will take a leader other than Mr. Obama.
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  • Still just happy to be here?
    SGT Pepper
    I remember when our pay was on the verge of being frozen, and nearly every fed here on this board and in real life amazingly, stunningly, inexplicably said they were happy to do their share to help the economy. How do you feel now? Are you still just happy to be here? Federal workers are too passive. I urge everyone to do their jobs as effectively as ever, but only as much as you can fit into an 8 hour day. Arrive on time, leave on time. Take your coffee breaks. Take your lunch break. No more working extra for nothing. You're going to be treated like a punching bag no matter what, but that doesn't mean you have to say thank you, may I have another every time you get hit.
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  • Please.....
    X-taxman
    Dude, if every federal worker took your advice and came to work on time, left work on time, took ONLY their allowed breaks and lunches, and put in 'only' their full work day, the overall efficiency of the federal workforce would shoot through the ceiling. There would be no attacks on federal employees by the American public and polititians. And (my personal favorite) NTEU and other federal unions would be out of business!! Workers like mod would have nothing to gritch about so they would spend more time doing their jobs. It would be a federal utopia I tellya. But of course it ain't gonna happen, ever!
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  • I agree
    deployed decoy
    And when these same people started charging OT for work related phone calls at 10PM and meetings that started at 6PM. Funny how fast neither feds or contractors were really needed by the Army. Who I will note I see on Facebook all day everyday, while the feds and contractors do the work. I guess it is payback time when the server dies at 10PM.
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  • Retirement Contribution Change
    LS
    I take exception with you Mike. Congress did enact a change in FERS retirement contibutions for new employees and for rehires with less than 5 years of FERS coverage starting in 2013. I'm sure this won't be the last bill to impact our retirement laws during the next couple of years. With so many Federal employee currently eligible for immediate retirement, all Congress needs to do to cull the herd is say high-5 over and over and Feds will be heading for the exits. It will be downsizing without RIFs. The issue after that is who will be around to do the remaining work? Contractors perhaps.
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