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  • Free Petroleum Jelly!
    Lisa Lisa
    I see the signs and advertisements now: FREE PETROLEUM JELLY with each refill. After all, it might ease the pain of getting scre....well...you know. Look, they are probably weighing out the politically charged year since elections are painfully so, around the corner (another reason for the jelly). As a fed employee, do I think we will get screws to us even more? Heck ya I do. They see that bigline item that equates us with a monetary value and thats what they are going at. It is not important that the government be a model for business practices; the government is the follower and has stopped being a leader for years now. So, I have my jar and am preparing
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  • Jelly
    FedUp2MyIBalls
    Well, you know it will be poor quality pretroleum jelly since it'll be bought with LPTA procurement methods...both of which will still be more than just going down to Wal-Mart and getting some.
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  • Pay freeze over years = pay cut
    Hefeweizen
    Now 2 years into the federal salary freeze, we have actually endured 3 years (come December) that federal employees have had no pay increase. Add to this the potential for a 2013 continuation of this punishment, we will have gone through 4 full years without a pay raise. When you calculate the ongoing 6.x percent annual "Daily Living Cost" price inflation, our effective purchase power will have suffered by as much as 25 percent over this period. The federal workforce is not a hord of thugs deserving punishment like this. We are also not over-paid as the popular press likes to claim.
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  • The real facts
    Goshkruse
    The report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office suggested that some federal government employees earn more than their private sector counterparts of equal or similar education levels (www.cbo.gov/publication/42921). However the report also suggested that many federal government employees also earn much less than their counterparts. There are clearly inconsistencies in the system, but it is hard to offer any praise to any political wonks that offer across the board solutions, but fail to address these underlying problems. Republicans simply prefer to throw government employees under the bus simply because it is red meat for their Tea-Bag simpletons and good financially for their corporate campaign donors. Actual leaders would address the existing imbalances and look to correct them while carefully considering the economics of change. For any attempt to address this problem, economics must be a major consideration. The government is the largest single employer in the country. What happens when that employer lays employees off, reduces wages, or reduces benefits? Those changes start with a small ripple through the economy, but can easily become a tidal wave. Consider this, changes involving such a large workforce would then justify corporate America to do likewise to increase their almighty profit margin. A small ripple now causes many more employees, both public and private sector, to have much less income, which then equates to less spending power. Less spending power means fewer services and less manufacturing. Yes, carefully consider that changes to the government workforce may well affect your own wages and benefits. If political wonks are not careful, this can easily be the first domino in a quickly turning downward spiral. My suggestion is to encourage political leaders to focus upon what is broken and think carefully before acting. If you have a broken car, you need to get into the garage and get your hands dirty. Putting a little less gas in the tank is not going to fix your car. Nothing is ever easy; life is hard work. Vote for people who solve problems, not people who promise you only red meat!
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  • Politicians
    Moderate
    They are too lazy to think and analyze the problem. Also, how do they tell this to their constituents in one or 2 small sentences. We are dealing with politicians not logical(not distorted logic) people.
    worker
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  • Lipservice
    Rock Man
    A 0.5% pay increase would be merely lipservice. Then, those politicians who oppose any pay raise would use it as fodder in later years to continue to deny Feds their raises. So I say forget the 0.5% now. Endure a few more years of frozen pay, and if you can hang in there, reap the benefits that will eventually come down the pike when the tsunami hits.
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  • No From This Dem to More of the Same
    FedUp2MyIBalls
    I am saying NO...for the 1st time in my life to voting for another Democratic Party president if feds do not get a full COLA this year. No...a 1.5% will not be accepted after the rheeming we've taken for nearly 3 years now. Enough is enough. I'm outta KY Jelly and my butt's sore enough.
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  • Do not vote republican
    Moderate
    So you vote Republican and need lots more jelly if you even keep your job? That makes no sense.
    worker
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