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  • Eat Cheese
    deployed decoy
    Well, as I remember reading the National Weather Service (NWS) is going to start furloughing employees 2-3 days a pay period very soon. So I just hope it gets a LOT worse for congress as they return from summer vacation. You know a couple wide body commercial jets slamming into apartment buildings on final into Dulles and Reagan, because the wind shear alert was not relayed to the tower. The only problem with this is it would be far to sudden and mostly painless for those elected folks and some poor person who voted for the idiot, grandmother was on the same flight. And that 0.5% raise would be closer to 0.4% overseas. After taxes and other deductions, would put an extra $0.80 in my bank every work day. Congress can keep that 10 cents an hour, maybe even pay off the debt. This assumes social security, defense were terminated immediately and everyone else in the federal Govt paid in bulk surplus cheese.
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  • Furlough NWS?
    Linda
    Really? Good timing, fulough the FWS at the beginning of Hurricane Season. June - October ish
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  • Good News/Bad News
    Bud
    I'm retired under CSRS.Any COLA of about 1% will be more than offset by the annual health insurance increases which usually are 7%.In addition,copays increase about 15% a year.The CPI formula is now so flawed it doesn't even truly track real inflation.As for working FEDS,the Obama .5 percent proposal is pure rubbish.Either propose a raise matching true inflation but stop the insulting .5 percent nonsense.
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  • Still.....
    X-taxman
    Feeling a little 'glass half empty' today, Bud?? Any increase we get to our benefits is better than no increase. I wouldn't turn down half a percent if the alternative was zero percent. And,,,you really ought to consider switching insurance providers if your premiums are going up 7 percent each year. I actually had a very slight decrease in mine, and our COLA raise was fairly good. Of course things could be better, much better. But they could also be much MUCH worse (and will be if we don't elect a new leader).
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  • Response to X
    Moderate
    We already had the Bush and the Republicans Depression. At least Obama and the Democrats are for the non wealthy. Bush's party is for the wealthy, but can sell that their ideas help the middle class. I had enough of that act in the 1980's with the actor Reagan and George Bush 2. (Bush 1 was pretty decent. As far as insurance is concerned, BX did not go upmaterially, but the benefits went down.
    worker
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  • pay raise
    marien
    Are we all missing the underlying truth? This Republican control of our income and retirement income is a diversion to make us worry about things other than what will happen if the Republicans win the White House in November. As long as we worry about stuff like a non-pay raise, etc., we won't think about life returning to the Bush years when expensive wars were put on "credit cards" and taxes were reduced for the wealthy. Does anyone out there actually believe the wealthy candidates, super PACs, and wealthy members of Congress actually care about the middle and lower classes? Does anyone out there actually wonder why corporations currently have more cash on hand than during the Bush administration? Why aren't they "creating jobs" (totally farcical talk) with that money instead of pouring it into super PACs and lobbying to get Republicans elected?
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  • Currrent Occupant is no friend
    contrarian
    People just aren't getting it yet. Folks need to read more than the NUFs. Although today's has always been one of those mysteries, is it really human will to live that keeps people alive to their birthday?
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  • Marien, you are right
    Moderate
    The Repubs want to stick it to us even more. We are paying for items for the middle class instead of the wealthy paying for it. And marien, you are 100% correct. If Romney is elected the feds and the middle class will be stuck while the wealthy will still get wealthier as in the Reagan years when the middle class got little while the wealthy got it all.
    worker
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  • Truth changes
    deployed decoy
    I remember back during the Nasdaq boom years (well the DOW was doing pretty good then also), when the monthly national unemployment report showed a 10% higher number on unemployed from the month before, the markets all went up. Every time some huge American company (now called super PAC) laid off (as in off shored to India/China) 10,000 Americans their stock bolted north. If the Dems win the White House, Romneys income tax bill is projected got go up $5M. If he wins, Obama is in line for a $900K refund. Neither of these options tackle the $15T debt or what will be hyper inflation and skyrocketing interest rates when all this guano hits the rotating blades. More to this point is every week the media piece meals Europe. Yep Greece might have stayed off instant destruction this weekend. Spain wont have a run on the banks, just yet. But now Italy is front and center with interest rates spiking and in need of more bailout Euros. If anyone thinks the USA is immune or for that matter not set up for self destruction, whoever wins the next election. I want some of those feel good drugs also. What it is going to take is a congress and a White House that makes hard decisions now, that will withstand the Supreme Court and result in those same people impossible to get reelected. The alternative will make a 0.5% pay raise for any American look like winning the lottery.
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  • REVENUE! WE NEED REVENUE!
    MDBBALL02
    Hopefully, America will wake up and see the Republicans are the problem, refusing to raise taxes. For at least a decade it has become chic to lower taxes to basically buy the American voter. The Federal taxes are the lowest they have been since the 1950s....(Mention THAT to your friends at a cocktail party!) Meanwhile EVERY American, whether they voted their Congressperson who voted for 10 years of wars in or not, has benefitted from no further attacks on American soil. Be an American and Pay for that! The proposed tax of the super rich, and the changes in Super Pac transparency will go thru if a Democrat is in the White house and in the majority of seats on Capitol Hill. A simple 1 percent increase in EVERYONE's taxes would also go a long way to retiring the War debt...If we got a handle on our finances it could also have a ripple affect around the globe! I'm really starting the think ecember 20th might really be it afterall.....It's all imploding on itself people....Revenue is needed!
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  • It Serves Republicans Right
    Richard729
    Too bad Obama was elected in 2008 because nobody believed the country could recover from 8 years of Bush-Cheney borrow-and-spend and a policy favored by a rubber stamp Republican-controlled congress that allowed them to keep both wars off budget at the cost of $3 trillion to the taxpayers. That was the same policy that was used to push through the initial $1.35 trillion for the wealthiest 2% through reconciliation which only required a simple majority to pass. When arsonists get in and burn down the forest and then sell the propaganda to the people that it's all the fault of Barack Obama for not regrowing it overnight then in my opinion this catastrophe belongs totally to the Republicans. We know what their solution will be because it's spelled out clearly in the Romney-endorsed Paul Ryan plan that tears the guts right out of democracy and representative government which was once the bedrock of the U.S. Constitution. If Republicans run the table in November the people they should hold the ticker tape parade for is not Mitt Romney, but the Supreme Court phalanx of 5 activist, partisan, right-wing ideologues, Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Scalia (RATS) + one inaptly named swing vote, Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the Citizens United gift that they bequeathed to the Republican Party in their abominable, 5-4 edict. So, let the Republicans run the show for two years until 2014 under Romney and then watch the wave of public outrage jettison the deviant Republican Party whose rapacious assaults against the American people can only be compared to the predator, Jerry Sandusky who preyed on the weakest and most vulnerable.
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  • You're kidding right?
    contrarian
    When a landscaper takes a job saying he can rebuild the trees in the forest, wouldn't you expect to see green shoots within 3 1/2 years? When the new landscaper takes a hatchet to the remaining trees in the forest do you hire him to do more more work? When the landscaper wins prizes and accolades before accomplishing any work but then blames everybody else when his day job doesn't work out, do you keep him on the job?
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  • Ever Hear of the Filibuster?
    Richard729
    Yes, green shoots are hard to start when you have Republicans opposing every bit of legislation put forth by Barack Obama from the day he took the oath of office. There was a jobs bill in Congress that your party's leader, John Boehner, agreed to cut $4 trillion from the deficit over 10 years. That was filibustered in because the Tea Party threw a tantrum and wanted to shut down the government completely. Most people agree that the stimulus bill helped save tens of thousands of public and private sector jobs. It should have been way bigger, not smaller. Your standard bearer, Mitt Romney, wanted GM and Chrysler to go bankrupt. Maybe that worked at Bain Capital but it doesn't work in the real America job market. Stop and think about what it would take to wipe out $16 trillion in the national deficit and then ask yourself seriously if cutting taxes for the wealthiest 1% and retaining corporate taxpayer subsidies would erase that deficit. You could eliminate every single government program (the Tea Party plan) and you still would not get rid of the deficit. For your information, George W. Bush ran up the lion's share of the deficit spending, not Barack Obama. Read the Congressional Budget Office's own report in an article written by Washington Post's Lori Montgomery: http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/running-in-the-red-how-the-us-on-the-road-to-surplus-detoured-to-massive-debt/2011/04/28/AFFU7rNF_print.html Please, don't squawk about the WP being a liberal paper. Any paper that features Charles Krauthammer and George Will isn't liberal.
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  • Dude: GM & CHrysler did go bankrupt!
    contrarian
    They just got financing from Uncle Sam rather than private sector, and ownership given to UAW & USA & Fiat.
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  • GM & Chrysler
    sjcarl
    There was no private financing to be had at that time.
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  • Bankruptcies
    Moderate
    Would have been much worse if Uncle idd not intervene.
    worker
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  • Recovery from Bush
    Moderate
    Guess depressions take a long time to recover from. And Bush's depression is a doozy. Economics is not like landscaping. But the truth is we MAY be seeing some recovery from the Bush Depression if you believe the stats. We will not know for a number of years.
    worker
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  • MOBBALL02
    Linda
    Just put the Social Security Tax back up the 2% would be a good start. What were they thinking? Social Security is running out of money anyway, because Congress (all parties) stole from it with little pieces of paper to replace the money rather than earn even 1% interest on the "Trust Fund". Reducing the amount paid in, the giving it all away with the Advanced Child Tax Credit and Earned Income Tax Credit doesn't help. Everyone should pay something, even if just SSA and Medicare. Get rid of the Refundable Credits!
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  • The 2% is permanent
    Rob
    I agree, the 2% reduction in the payroll tax should never have happened. It's just like entitlements. Once the government provides something they can never take it away. Not without riots that is. Out of control entitlement spending is the reason the country is headed off the cliff. It's not because we are under taxed. It's funny that people think we can tax our way out of a $16 trillion hole.
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  • "It's funny that people think we can tax our way out of a $16 trillion hole"?
    FERS Fed
    Not nearly as funny as Republicans saying we can GROW our way out of a $16 trillion hole with lower taxes!
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  • Print paper
    deployed decoy
    The answer. Print billions of $1,0000 bills. We pay off the debt and bread only costs $4,999.99. Then we kill the penny. That saves another few million over 10 years and the rounding error will not even be noticable. Oh and Mod, 729 and Fed, bet you would keep that landscaper. I mean at some point a future president would make him legal and you would have to pay him more that $120 a month. Even if all he did was kill everything he touched that could be used as paper pulp. The price is right. The right answer is hard to define. But it is NOT with any party in America these days. The right to keep and bear arms, possibly one answer that should be discussed by the states and states National Guard. Since voting and impeachment dont appear to work. I would trade no federal post office, welfare or federal freeway funds in my state in exchange for zero federal anythigh else. They cant fight 50 civil wars at the same time.
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  • Actually, I do...
    FERS Fed
    ...my own landscaping. I can kill plants with the best of them.
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  • Even dandelions
    Moderate
    If so, how?
    worker
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  • Black plastic sheeting
    FERS Fed
    The heat beneath kills everything.
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  • Response to Rob
    Moderate
    Actually, we can raise taxes on the wealthy, and hopefully, we can get unemployment down to the point where the deficits are reasonable or non existent. If we get surpluses we should use the money to reduce the accumulated deficit instead of the Bush tax cuts.-----Which entitlements are you referring to? If that is social security, then you must include our pensions. Since I and you are paying for pensions and you pay for social security, I totally disagree with you. These entitlements are earned.
    worker
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  • response to Linda
    Moderate
    I agree with Linda about the 2% reduction for social security. However, I am prejudiced as I am CSRS and did not benefit. So I will not go into hypotheticals as to what I would say if I did benefit. The refundables are for the poor who spend their money for essentials already. Why take tax money from people who cannot afford it. They may decide not to work. Then what happens? crime and incarceration at $50000/year
    worker
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  • working Fridays
    disgusted fed who hopes to hold out until retirement
    I was so busy Friday that I ended up working 4 hours on Sunday. Therefore, the late comment. We are always busy on Fridays. The only difference is, it's quiet. (18 months left less 5 days!)
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  • Hold On.............
    X-taxman
    Those 18 months (minus 5 days) will go by very fast. It won't seem like it, but all of a sudden they will be planning your retirement luncheon.
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  • Shafted either way
    Richard729
    Republicans have always hated federal workers so cutting salaries and benefits is what they do. Romney bought into the survey taken earlier that shows government employees making more than the private sector on average. Part of that survey was true. The lower end federal workers received more pay and benefits than their counterparts in the private sector. On the other hand, the better paying jobs that require higher education was lower. Romney has vowed to bring all federal workers in parity with private sector McJobs. In other words, lower, don't raise, the standard of living in America as a huge gift to the corporate billionaires who run the entire show. If Obama is reelected he has proven himself to be an appeaser and deal-maker with Republicans. It's doubtful that he will be reelected anyway since the flood of Citizen's United money is pouring into Romney's election campaign coffers. Since Republicans have vowed to never, ever raise taxes and Romney has vowed to increase defense spending by $100 billion guess where the money is going to come from? Out of the pockets of federal workers' pay and retirement, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Department of Education (which many Republicans want to abolish) and the elimination of Republican arch-enemies, the EPA and Dodd-Frank (the bill that mandates oversight of the corporate swindlers). Get ready for Third World Country America and a permanent low-wage workforce, a dream pursued by the Republican Party and their subversive, seditious Tea Party spawn. Obama will be relegated to a footnote and if Republicans get the chance to write his legacy it will that of the shoeshine boy who ingratiated himself to the corporate oligarchy.
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