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  • Federally subsidized gas
    deployed decoy
    I stopped reading todays story after the first sentence. I vote that congress stop federally subsidizing gas in the USA. You say this is not true. How about the Billions if not Trillions spent in the Middle East by the Defense and State Depts, to name two agencies. OK, they say Iraq was about human rights and bogus WMD and kicking Sadom out of Kuwait in 1991 basically the same. I wont even get into Pakistan and Afghanistan today... However, Kuwait is a TIP 3 country under that USA federal law, we cannot give these people water after a natural disaster unless they come begging for Humanitarian Aid. Same for Saudi. But, every sitting President since this law was passed, has signed an annual waiver in effect supporting the human slave trade in exchange for the greater good (cheep gas) of the USA. Obama signed his last waiver in Sept 2011 (10th anniversary of 911, how fitting). So please do not tell me I am in Kuwait promoting or protecting human rights. I tried to report one runaway slave I witnessed with infected cigarette burns on his arms (as required as a formal condition of federal employment). The OFFICIAL US Army reply to me was, if you dont like the ways things are done here, resign federal service. That slave had begged (kissing the police chiefs boots) to be put in jail, instead he was cable tied and tossed in the back of his owners pickup truck. The EU takes this cheapest oil on the planet to supertanker out, a cost of about $20 a barrel due to use of slave labor, and charges $10/Gal to pay for EU social programs. Note the EU does not even come close to paying a fraction of their fair share protecting this oil. So I say, let gas prices in the USA raise to the real cost, including all costs of every dime spent by US federal agencies in the ME, that support rape and disfigurement of women, abuse of third country national slaves, while allowing the ruling families to live like they did in the middle ages, except eating at Applebees or Chilies in air conditioned comfort. After this funding source for all these costs are placed in the budget. I will hazard to guess feds would be in line for a very affordable 6% pay raise this year while socialized America could also afford unlimited welfare, health care and home relief programs for people that don’t pay property taxes or the bank what they owe.
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  • MOD
    deployed decoy
    The above post had the link to the white house TIP waiver automatically deleted please add to read this for yourself; http://www to the following: .whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2011/09/30/presidential-memorandum-trafficking-persons
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  • More of your nonsense
    Moderate
    I tried your link at received a list of anti Obama garbage. I already read your first nonsense cite. I will not write that there is no slavery. I will write that there is no evidence of it being government policy. The rest of your stuff is pure nonsense (except for the 6% raise. That is a dream that will not happen.)
    worker
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  • no idea
    deployed decoy
    I hit the link from this post without using the http part and google took me straight to the OFFICIAL White House press release posted on the White House home page... But when U read the official TIP report on the US Embassy Kuwait page, U will see the Kuwait Govt is not doing a darn thing. So yes the Kuwait Govt is not formally condoning slavery, but it also is not doing a thing to halt it... same with Saudi, who the USA Armed with better fighter aircraft then we have in the ME...
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  • Is this what you are writing about?
    Moderate
    Determine, consistent with section 110(d)(4) of the Act, with respect to Algeria, the Central African Republic, Guinea-Bissau, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Micronesia, Papua New Guinea, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Turkmenistan, and Yemen that provision to these countries' governments of all programs, projects, or activities of assistance described in sections 110(d)(l)(A)(i)-(ii) and 110(d)(l)(B) of the Act would promote the purposes of the Act or is otherwise in the national interest of the United States; How does this correspond to what you are asserting?
    worker
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  • nothing
    deployed decoy
    Unless you read the entire federal law and presidnet waiver, not a darn thing. Read the law and see as a tier 3 state only humintarian aid and some limited non federal trade is authorized to a slave state. Somehow I feel selling the best strike fighter aircraft to saudi and armored MRAPs to Kuwait - used to crush the arab springs in two countries. Does not meet the non military aid section. except for the quote from the white house you ask about.
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  • Phased retirement and give up your supplement
    Honest Broker
    Has anyone read the details about your phased retirement check? For people on FERS, it only pays out the non-working percentage of your annuity payment (1%/yr) and you give up your rights to the supplement payment. In many cases with 30 years of civil service, you lose $14,000 per year until 62. For some phasing out at 56, that is 6 years or $84,000. I seem to remember that you have to fully retire within a set period such as 3-5 years, so you are going to have a small pension during that time window unless the politicians shift the social security age of 62 to the right a few more years. Would they do that? I had thought about staying a couple extra years, but not ready for a 6 year commitment. You will be deducted social security taxes, while you are phased working but you have probably reached your 40 quarters so your payment stays at $14K/yr. As my fellow commentor has pointed out, we are wasting money on DOD, DOT and other Govt pork barrel projects plus our law makers and staff get 1.7%/yr vice we only get 1%. I'm getting out while I still have something and I hope the politicians leave that alone.
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  • Time Phase correction
    deployed decoy
    Thanks Broker. To put the $15T debt into someting humans can maybe understand. There are 31,536,000 seconds in a year. A piddly 86,400 seconds in a day. If we pay the debt off at $1 per secound. It will only take 475,647 years... So much easier to just print $10,000 bills (to replace the $1) dont you think, and do it in 47 years.
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  • Phasers set to what? Stun?
    contrarian
    I have no idea how this will work out, I've seen nothing but the teasers. It's really remarkable that noone, not even Mike has the details on what this is. I'm really getting tired of the "we have to pass it to find out what's in it" process that now permeates DC. According to a UN Survey there are more people in USA on anti-depressents than in Kuwait. We continually see why.
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  • Ya but
    deployed decoy
    A lot of Kuwaiti women use skin whiting creams so they look American (the America they think is over there). It is just real hard to tell at the Hard Rock while enjoying an alcohol free Long Island icetea, since all I can see is the whites of their eyes, around blue contact lens. I grind up my anti-depressants, put them in two shot glasses of bootleg gin, seal the glasses under my eyes, tilt my head back and let the calming effects go straight through my optic nerve to my brain. I cant get FEHB to pay for this, since it is experimental.
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  • Phased out.Nop completely gone
    Moderate
    I have no reason to phase out. I'll just look for another job. My adjusted salary will be too close to my pension. Some may want to do this, but not me.
    worker
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  • Phased and confused
    MDBBALL02
    I read your article Mike and I am at a loss how what I've heard so far is in any way attractive to the FERS employee. After 38 years of service, one would only get 38% of their paycheck to begin with (as opposed to the minimal 60% the CSRS employee gets for the same number of years). To voluntarily reduce that further (just to keep working and train the next generation ... when lets face it most of us bucked up and learned everything we do thru hard work over a 38 year career and it is not appreciated by the Taxpayer or Congress) would be INSANE! Oh sure Uncle Sam gets reduced costs and in-house training at a bargain...but not seeing ANY benefit to the quasi-retiring Fed. This is another program they made up to reduce the deficit "in theory" ... becaue they have cut taxes for over a decade to buy votes! All Americans need to chip in financially--NOT JUST FEDS!
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  • Not Enough Information
    Linda
    Actually gas prices are going down right now, not up, but I am sure that will change...........I also agree there is not enough information for anyone to seriously consider the phased out retirement. I asked what happens to the high 3? Does the lower salary at the phase out count against the high three or is it based on the full time salary, even if your not working it? If it cuts my high 3, no way. I also won't even consider it until I hit 62 as I want the 1.1% for FERS and this may also effect that calculation. But, as no exact details have been given it is hard to tell. Maybe time to go to Thomas.gov and see if I can find the bill, the see if I can read it!
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  • Mentor young people?
    G Street
    That's the last thing these old folks should be doing - the young should be mentoring the dinosaurs ... Sunk costs (their growing $ retirement) and sunk behavior (their institutional *knowledge* they will pass on)
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  • Mentoring and other thoughts
    UmbratilisFed
    I tend to agree. There may be some old timers who have something to add, although there will be no possibility that anyone will keep track of "mentoring" time. Will other employees promotions be deferred until the retiree actually finally retires? The professionals who do have something viable to offer have never worked "on the clock" and the idea of them putting in exactly 20 hours a week is laughable. They will work as hard as they always have and management, unable to back fill, will expect them to. Not to mention that the new system will be susceptible to old boy nepotism as were past re-employment plans. I believe the young folks are ready to take over now. I think they have been ready for some time. Finally, it will take at least two years to write and clear the regulations to implement the new system. Thats why none of the experts have the answers to your questions. They don't know how it will turn out.
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