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  • Where is the middle?
    will4567
    I agree that the climate seems to be filled with tax-hating lunatics that want the benefits of civilization but don't want to pay. However, the reality is that our politicians have made somewhere on the order of $40 trillion in promises over the next 50 years with no plan on how to pay for them. The civilian retirement system is a good example of that. Except for the post office, where is the budget line item where the federal government has set aside the funds necessary to pay retirees the benefits promised in the employee handbook? There is middle ground between the people who don't want any tax increase and those who want to make any cuts. The sooner this compromise is made, the less dramatic the cuts and tax increases need to be. The compromise is pretty obvious - downsize Defense, slightly raise the SS retirement age as lifespans increase, less foreign aid, less subsidies, less tax exemptions, raising the rates on investment income. Unfortunately, compromise seems to be not on the table. To get it back on the table, I would suggest not re-electing any of the current Congress, and not voting for any nominee who doesn't say the Country is more important than Grover Norquist.
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  • Excellent plan
    contrarian
    But Obama didn't want to go for it.
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  • "Obama didn't want to go for it."?
    FERS Fed
    Now that's revisionist history!
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  • Excellent plan butread what w says
    Moderate
    Great comment FERS FED. It is the Republicans who will not compromise.
    worker
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  • Good Question
    Linda
    Where is the middle? We really need to get rid of a lot of the Bush Tax Cuts, increase SSA, increase the age of retirement, get rid of all refundable credits, except excess withholding, and get out of a few wars. People want it all and to not to pay in, the politics listen to that because they want elected, not because it is good for the country. FERS pensions, from what I hear are funded. The funds have just been spent, I would guess Civil Sevice is mostly funded as well if the money had been left in a trust a allowed to earn interst, same for Social Security. Federal Employees should not have to take cuts because our money has been spent on other projects. If all the gas tax went into roads like it should, and not the general fund, construction workers would be working, and no mor bridges would collapse there would be so much money. Spend the money where it was intended, and let the politicians find the money elsewhere for their wars, congressional budgets and other pet projects.
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  • IRS Rules of Conduct
    Dennis Retiree
    Linda, how easy for you to support increasing the age for SSA Benefits when it will not impact you. How easy for you to support getting rid of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) that greatly helps many poor working Americans. You state that FERS and CSRS Retirement should not be touched because one of these programs FERS does impact you. Others should sacrifice, but not the wonderful, pure of heart government workers. I was a Federal Employee at the IRS for 32 years before I retired. There is some hypocrisy on your part. You work for the IRS. The IRS Rules of Conduct prohibit IRS Employees from using government computers or government time to blog on sites such as this. I hope that you are adhering to the IRS Rules of Conduct, otherwise a referral to TIGTA may be in order.
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  • Shame on you...
    SGT Pepper
    ...For responding to an opinion you don't agree with by injecting a threatening tone of TIGTA involvement.
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  • Really Dennis??
    X-taxman
    Yes that was kinda low. Not only that, you are wrong. There is a policy for limited personal use of government computers and, as long as it's done on break and doesn't interfere with work operations, responding to a fedweek article is well within the terms of the personal use agreement. And look who's talking....how easy it is for YOU to threaten an IRS employee with a TIGTA referral when you can no longer be referred to TIGTA for such nonsense as this since you are retired. And your point about federal employees not sacrificing enough shows how out of touch with reality you are. Here's a tip...get back to your soap operas and leave the computer alone.
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  • To X
    Moderate
    Good comments except for the last phrase. We need people to write, but he should be reasonable. I had right wingers make similar threats. They are just as wrong as Dennis was.
    worker
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  • Censorship, heck no
    Moderate
    Dennis, I disagree with Linda sometimes, but you are grossly out of line for threatening her with TIGTA. She can express her opinion just like anyone else at any time. PLEASE, never threaten anyone who exercises their right to freedom of speech. I would never threaten Rob, Contrarian, or anyone else like that. And they would never threaten me. We all have fun on the board and that is the way it should be.-----Also, Linda is on FERS and is very much affected by Social Security. She is also a darn good writer. So, no censorship.
    worker
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  • liquor taxes
    disgusted fed who hopes to hold out until retirement
    How about let's go back to the pre-Prohibition days when liquor taxes paid for everything. That was scrapped for Prohibition, and income tax was introduced. Check it out for yourself.
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  • Liquor Taxes
    Dennis Retiree
    So you want to go back to the good old days when Federal Employees were miserably paid and had horrendous pensions? Until President Harry S. Truman changed the rules after World War 2, Federal Employees worked on Saturdays too until around 1:00 PM in the afternoon.
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  • Simpson-Bowles
    Rob
    Neither party liked the Simpson-Bowles plan but that's the sort of plan that has to be implemented if we truly want to solve the debt crisis. The problem is there's not enough urgency by our elected officials to adopt such a plan. Kicking the can down the road is what Washington is most comfortable doing. I'm sorry, but tough decisions have to come from the top. It's easy to sit there in the White House and blame Congress, but we need a president who not only puts together a debt commission (Simpson-Bowles), but one who is willing to push the plan regardless of whether his party wants it. We don't have that type of leadership in the White House. What we have is Dems, Repubs, and the president who are more worried about retaining their power. Every politician knows that if they vote for a plan like Simpson-Bowles they will lose their seat in the next election. Until we get past that, the country will continue to hemorrhage about $3 million per minute.
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  • Simpson-Bowles
    Dennis Retiree
    Rob, I agree with you in part. We need a courageous deficit plan based on the parameters of Simpson-Bowles. I disagree with your characterization of President Barack Obama's lack of leadership. The Republicans have made it chrystal clear that they will oppose any and all initiatives of this President. Their goal from day 1 (January 20, 2009) was to deny this President any success and a second term. Note, the Health Care Law that did not get one Republican Vote. The President recognizes this lack of cooperation and has therefore not pushed a deficit reduction plan that will not pass without some Republican Votes. I live in New Jersey, and we have a Republican Governor Chris Christie and a Democratically controlled legislature. Our Governor has been successful in getting much of his reform agenda passed. Why, because Democrats have provided the necessary votes to pass pension, property tax, employee pay bargaining reforms and other initiatives. The most recent bipartisan initiative was a new teacher tenure reform law. These changes have come about without the chaos,animosity, and hostility that occurred in Wisconsin, Ohio, Michigan. When the parties work together for the good of the public, major progress can be made. I will vote to reelect President Obama on November 6, 2012 because I hold the Republicans in complete and utter contempt. For the last four years, they have refused to help get this country back on the road to recovery. They are the party of no, and in my opinion in many cases racist.
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  • Dennis with Alzheimer's
    contrarian
    You forget Obama's "I won" speech. You only blame one side. Leadership comes from the White House, we have had none in almost 4 years. Any FED EMP that votes Obama is guaranteeing massive pay cuts. With Romney and a Dem Senate there is hope.
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  • I couldn't agree more
    Rob
    Romney in the WH coupled with a Dem controlled Senate and/or a Dem controlled House is the best combo for feds. I will reiterate my point above about leadership comes from the top. Obama had a great opportunity when he put together the debt commission. Failing to support the recommendations of Simpson-Bowles shows a lack of leadership. How can you put together a debt commission then ignore what the commission recommends? It makes no sense.
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  • "Failing to support the recommendations of Simpson-Bowles shows a lack of leadership"?
    FERS Fed
    Except here's what REALLY happened -- The original proposal for a commission came from bipartisan legislation that would have required Congress to vote on its recommendations as presented, without any amendment. In January 2010, that bill failed in the Senate by a vote of 53–46, WHEN SIX REPUBLICANS WHO HAD CO-SPONSORED IT NEVERTHELESS VOTED AGAINST IT. Thereafter, Obama established the Commission by Executive Order 13531. Former Republican Senator Alan Simpson (R-Wyo.), after his appointment to co-chair the Commission, criticized the former supporters who had voted against the bill, saying that their purpose "was to stick it to the president". Source: Wikipedia. So, once again I must ask, what color is the sun in your fantasy world, Right Wing Rob?
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  • Wrong Again Mr. Socialist
    Rob
    The Dems had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate in January 2010 yet you blame the GOP for the bill failing. That's funny. The Dems got everything they wanted in 2009 and 2010. They got all of Obama's budgets, his stimulus plan, his healthcare bill, but you blame the GOP. I just love the way you cover for Obama's failed leadership by cherry picking certain facts and ignoring others. I'm certain you will blame anyone but Obama when the debt hits $20 trillion in 2016. You socialists will never hold Obama accountable for anything.
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  • "Dems had a filibuster proof majority in the Senate in January 2010"?
    FERS Fed
    Not quite, Mr. Make-Up-Facts-As-I-Go. In January 2010, Democrats held 57 seats, Republicans held 41, and independents (who caucused with the Democrats) held 2. A "filibuster proof majority" requires 60 seats. Do the math..............'Blame the GOP'? Yeah. Here's everything anyone needs to know about today's GOP -- Speaking with National Journal magazine about Republican Party priorities for the 2008-2010 Congress, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell explained that "the single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president."
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  • Great comments FERS FED
    Moderate
    Great comments FERS FED. However, I was opposed to what the commission wrote because it did not include raising taxes for the wealthy. It stuck it to the middle class and poor.
    worker
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  • To contrarian
    Moderate
    A perfect example of why I blame the Republicans as the I won't group is the healthcare issue. Obama invited the Republicans to help formulate a universal healthcare plan. The Republicans refused. They did everything they could to block passage of any plan. Before you write about alzheimers, you should look in the mirror.----You are writing about fed pay cuts with Obama? Look, Contrarian, 1984 with newspeak was almost 30 years ago. It is the radical right Republicans and their minions, including Fox, Heritage, and CATO that are trying to stick it to the feds. Obama is trying to give us a fair shake. So, please write the truth and not fiction.
    worker
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  • Taxes. Who need them?
    Cathy
    I don't mind paying my share of taxes. But EVERYONE should pay SOME tax. All I ask is that our tax money is used WISELY. We need a balanced budget and pay down the deficit. EVERYONE should pitch in to do that. There should be no FREELOADERS.
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  • budgeting
    Moderate
    You cannot collect federal income taxes from those in poverty. That is why we have support fro the poor.----A balanced budget cannot happen while we have this type of economy. When we trully recover, then we must has a balanced budget or a surplus. If we try that now, we will have another great depression.
    worker
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