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  • Nice article
    Linda
    Nicely written article. And yes, there are lots of fears that may never come true, and some that might. The fact that some fears may never happen doesn't stop people from worrying, especially if they live close to the budget line and can't afford to lose 3% of pay.........I wouldn't like losing 3% of takehome pay, but it would put me into bankraptcy or foreclosure, so I worry a little less.
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  • Bad news vs worse news
    Moderate
    I think that the contributions to our defined benefit plans will increase. I do not know by how much. Remember, people hired after a certain date will get hit. If the Repubs get in, it will be much worse based on what they are saying. I also think that pay raises will be negligible until the economy gets moving forward.-----Linda, I assume you meant that a 3% loss of net pay will not put you in bankruptcy etc. No big deal. However, you are probably in better financial shape. Aren't you an RA (probably a 12 or 13. Excuse me for speculating) Doesn't your husband work also? As you wrote lots of people are living close to the budget line for various reasons and cannot afford a net pay cut. I think it would be a disaster for this net pay cut as it would hurt many people and it would set a precedent. What would happen next? I still remember the horror years of Reagan. This could be worse.
    worker
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  • WHAT???
    Rob
    The horror days under Reagan? You're right, the country would have been much better off with 4 more years of Carter. Give me a break!!! If they were horror years under Reagan what would you call the first 4 years under Obama? No need to respond to that question. I already know it's all Bush's fault.
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  • So much for bi-partisanship
    contrarian
    It's all about what's in it for me.
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  • you're right
    Rob
    I read many comments, some on this site, that suggest federal employees are crazy if they vote Rep. If all that mattered in life was me and my federal job then I'd probably vote Dem. I value my job and benefits, but I care more about the future of my kids and the future of this country. I cannot and will not vote for a party whose goal is to make the citizens of this country dependent on gov't. If that means voting for candidates who are less friendly in terms of my pay and benefits then so be it.
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  • Are you really bipartisan?
    Moderate
    Give it a break.
    worker
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  • Bad news vs bad news not what??
    Moderate
    Under Carter we had high inflation partially caused by the oil crisis and patially caused by guns and butter. We also had his inability to get the message to the Iranian idiots that you either get away from the embassy or we will blast you back to the stone age without nuclear weapons. And we should have been very quick about it to save the embassy people AND the embassy secrets. I give Reagan credit for solving the problem when he had the power to do so.---------However, Reaganomics stunk for the average person. First, we had a huge recession with many regular people thrown out of work. Second, there was a recovery, but most of the wealth went to the wealthy. The average person did not benefit during the Reagan years (continued)
    worker
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  • Reply to rob and Contrarian part 2
    Moderate
    Rob, we may have been better off under Carter than under Reagan. At least the middle class and lower economic classes would have gotten a larger share of the recovery. Anyway, the reference was to government employment. Even during the years of recovery we fell from 9% behind the private sector to 30% behind. I remember that we got no pay raise in one year and a 2% raise the next year so that our morale would not be hurt. Meanwhile the execs were getting much larger raises. Also, the raise was absorbed by a huge increase to our health insurance. I also remember that, at the start of the Reagan years, a number of people were hired to work for the feds. Reagan promptly froze the hiring so these people who quit their other jobs could not have a federal job and could not go back to their other jobs. And with a huge recession, these people were screwed. Yes, horror is appropriate. (cont)
    worker
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  • To Rob and Contrarian part 3
    Moderate
    You complain about Obama, but given the Bush and the Republicans Depression, I would say it is Bush's fault. At least Obama gave the poor healthcare insurance. At least he is moving forward on unemployment. G-d knows what would happen if the clown from Alaska and McCain (a decent man, but an known) would have suceeded Bush. maybe we would have had a second great depression.----Contrarian, your comment is exactly on point for the Bush era. It was all about the wealthy getting their government contracts, more tax cuts, and sticking it to the rest of the people. Now, at least, those victimized by the Bush era will have some kind of hope.
    worker
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  • Great thing about being a Democrat
    contrarian
    Is even after being on the job for 3.5 years, it's someone else's fault. My hypocrisy detector is on full red alert!
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  • Horrors of the Radical Right
    Moderate
    Your hypocrisy as very apparant. The Great Depression took 12 or more years to go away. Bush and the Republican's Depression has only lasted for about 4 years or so. Your friends of the radical right are blaming Obama for their screw ups.
    worker
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