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  • Wow
    FrankJr
    Wow, the White House is choosing pay raises and higher budgets for the GSA money burners over the Veterans who are getting maimed in our long standing wars? Raising health care premiums on our returning soldiers is disgusting. They should never have to pay a dime for health care for the rest of their lives.
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  • Who do you think they are?
    wisenekt
    Congressman?
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  • Let's torment Federal Freeloaders
    Goshkruse
    Republicans obviously believe tormenting Federal employees is nothing but win, win, and win in their race for re-election. If such legislation fails, Republicans will run negative advertisements proclaiming Democrats would rather give away money to Federal employees for cushy retirements then build highways or reduce student loan interest rates. If the legislation passes, Republicans deliver red meat to their tea-bag simpletons. BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY are applauded by their corporate sponsors for helping lower labor costs. Anytime federal pay or benefits are reduced, it encourages corporate America to do likewise. Soon a ripple in the economy turns into a wave as companies try to increase the almighty profit margin. Greedy CEOs however fail to learn from history that such events reduces overall consumer buying power, which in turn will actually lower profit margins in the long term and lead to a deeper recession. This is why economists preach that a country must spend its way out of a recession and do not cut your way out. Obviously greed makes people stupid.
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  • A change is coming!
    Rogers Rangers
    My federal employee friends. Have you ever heard of a full day's work for a full day's pay. You folks are like school teachers. I do not mean to demonize teachers or federal employees but you just don't understand how hard it is having a real job with real responsibilities. Let's face it - the number federal employees could be reduced by 50% and no one would care. I hear derogatory comments made about Governor Romney and his Bain Capital management style. We could use some of that management approach applied to the federal agencies. Less federal employees doing badly what need not be done at all. 130 more days - stand by.
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  • Back to you Rogers Rangers
    Budgetweenie
    Have you, in your private sector Xanadu, ever heard someone speak of their co-worker as "worthless"? Or, perhaps, their boss isn't worth the air they breath? If not, you are not working in the USA. Federal workers are not always perfect, but the rule that 80% of the work is done by 20% of the people isn't accurate at all. (maybe 50%) I would love to see a realignment, that, when done, puts the right people in the right job doing the right things. It does occur that some organizations have too many at the top and not enough at the middle or bottom. It also occurs that there are too many of one skill and not enough of another. If you think this is unique to feds and you firmly believe it, I would suggest you ask for enlightenment.
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  • Rogers Rangers?
    FERS Fed
    Wikipedia - Rogers' Rangers were a North American colonial militia that fought during what was called the French and Indian War for the Kingdom of Great Britain (aka the 1%ers of the time)............................................... And this - Rogers offered his help to the commander of the Colonial Army, George Washington. Washington refused, fearing that Rogers was a spy because Rogers had just returned from a long stay in England. Infuriated by the rejection, Rogers joined the British, where he formed the Queen's Rangers (1776) and later the King's Rangers................. You mean those Rogers Rangers? We see which side you're on, 'friend'.
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  • Federal employees are hired
    NormalDude
    to enforce the laws and mandates voted into law by the Congress/Senate/President. Stop passing these regulations or vote get rid of the ones that exist. Then you can reduce the workforce. Until then....we still gotta send out benefit checks, administer medicare, blah, blah blah. If politicians want to mandate a service to the public, you have to expect that someone has to be hired to actually perform that service, however inefficient or wasteful you may think it is. Banging on civil servants is a waste of time. They aren't the problem.
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  • Let me ask you this, Mr. Rogers.
    FERS Fed
    Do you think the federal government would be MORE efficient and effective if ALL federal employees were terminated and replaced with each new President's administration? Because in my experience over the last 30+ years, the majority of new political appointees are unable to find their hindparts with both hands and a couple of mirrors without a career civil servant to help them.
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  • Are you nuts?
    Zoopy
    I've worked full-time in private industry for 8 years starting to work for the federal government. I've had just as many 16-hour days as a fed as I did in the private sector. Just because we can't get rid of deadwood as easily as the private sector usually can, it doesn't follow that we're all lazy. You're painting with an absurdly broad brush. Also, don't confuse a policy being unpopular, with the workers who implement it being lazy. For example, just because most people under 25 years old would do away with the DEA, does it follow that DEA workers are lazy? No.
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  • Government is not like Bain
    Moderate
    I replied to your nonsense in another column. You hear negative comments about Romney and Bain Capital because that objective is profits. Romney did not care who he stuck it to as long as he made profits. He also proved himself to be a bully. Governments are not profit making entities. If you apply Bain to government, you get reduced services. That may make you happy until you need the services. Then you might get them in a few years.
    worker
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  • Government is not like Bain
    Moderate
    I replied to your nonsense in another column. You hear negative comments about Romney and Bain Capital because that objective is profits. Romney did not care who he stuck it to as long as he made profits. He also proved himself to be a bully. Governments are not profit making entities. If you apply Bain to government, you get reduced services. That may make you happy until you need the services. Then you might get them in a few years.
    worker
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  • Probably Not Worth Commenting
    khp3655
    It is so easy to try and distill this debate to too many overpaid feds and bloated payrolls vs there are a lot of top notch federal employees and leave them alone. The truth is much more complicated, yet I truly doubt any words written here really matter. Yet, I still try. We all must keep in mind that Congress and the President (who are supposed to be the collective us) insist that the government be part social program that reflect the nation's diversity. We insist that the people in their jobs have all sorts of protections to remain in those jobs regardless of how they do them (works too well). We also insist that those in civil service be protected from political reprisal (mostly works). We insist that government contracts be awarded to small, women and minority owned businesses, We also insist on 100% accountability for every taxpayer dollar that goes through the system (this is like buying a $10 million insurance policy for $10 million dollars worth of stuff). All of this costs extra $ and makes government seem inefficient by standard business definitions (and it is -- by design). But there is a lot of work being done and it is the very work that is being required of federal workers. Yet people are mad at the individual workers carrying these policies out? On top of that Federal pay accounts for about only $200 billion per year. If you got rid of every federal employee, it would only reduce the deficit from $1.3 trillion to $1.1 trillion per year. And we would add 2.2 million people to the unemployment rolls. People need to wake up and think for themselves, not just point a jealous finger at their neighbor and cry, "no fair. punish them," and then watch as America drifts toward economic ruin.
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