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  • Governmental Malaise
    Simon Bar Sinister
    Simon says: Most people are starting to believe that the work life is never going to get better here at the Company. One day the economy will improve, people will start working again, making the big money and once again they will say that we work for the government because we are unable to get a real job and we will be looked down upon by many members of society. We will know that our jobs maintain us through the highs and lows of the economy and that what we do is important. We must hold on to that.
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  • When does it turn around?
    Honest Broker
    I was looking a trade magazine and for a change, I'm making about the same as my commercial counterpart so we must be nearing bottom in the economy. Before Reagan, my job was to solve military needs by a combination of having the hardware built and software written and then install it. Since then its digressed to the point that we get dictated who the "right" company should be for the contract, so figure out how to write the sole source and then write the outstanding review about the company whether you agree or not. Heaven forbid a Government group write the software to save some money, prevent re-inventing the wheel and spread the wealth among multiple companies. Maybe this all time low will have a silver lining and belt tightening will force some changes back to more practical acquisition solutions. Then you see the SuperPAC advertisements and realize those come with an expensive IOU note attached. When will the economy improve? Have you seen any serious discussions about insourcing to US companies and punishing ones that do not by taking away taxpayer investment dollars? Serious immigration reform to stop businesses from using illegal labor and paying for other country students getting educated with our tax dollars? When will this pendulum start to swing back up for the Government employee and the politicians quit taking away our earned benefits? I do not see any signs. Do you?
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  • We're going the way of Rome
    JAFO
    Mike Causey hits it on the head: "The glory days of a great professional federal bureaucracy are going away to pay for things like wars in the Middle East." That's what it's all about: fighting multiple wars on multiple continents. Keep the war machine well fed and oiled.
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  • Obvious?
    contrarian
    We're going broke paying for wars we don't need. If Obama had declared victory after Bin Laden and brought the troops home and closed Gitmo, he'd be a hero. And a keeper of campaign promises. Right now he's done nothing to deserve reelection, except fear of Ryan pushing Grandma over the cliff. Now, Obama's pushing FED EMPS over the cliff and some of our "friends" want to help him push? Really, isn't it obvious that FED EMPS will be better off taking a chance on Romney with a Dem Senate? Obama is a sure loser for FEDs, but with Romney there's a chance.
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  • Trust in Mitt?
    SGT Pepper
    This is a conundrum. On one hand, we have Obama who publicly recognized that the federal pay freeze would amount to a drop in the bucket toward addressing our defecit. But then proceeded to say he did it as a symbolic move, thereby treating all federal workers as symbols and demonstrating a weakness the Republican party has attacked ever since....Versus Mitt Romney, who demonstrates public contempt for all federal and unionized workers by calling them "stooges" and who threatens further cuts to federal pay and benefits. He's also the quintessential "trust me" candidate, who won't tell Americans how he's going to pay for his tax cuts until after the election, won't discuss any of his failings and disavows himself of his single greatest political accomplishment. Just trust me, he says. Well, I don't trust him. Nor do I trust Obama. Why do you think it's so obvious that Feds will be better off taking a chance on Romney?
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  • Who Knows?
    Rob
    Nobody knows what kind of president Romney would be. What we do know is what kind of president Obama is. We kick elected officials out of office when they fail to deliver. People are afraid of Romney because of what they hear in sound bites and read in headlines. Romney was governor of one of the most liberal states in the country. His policies as governor were far from conservative (Romney Care). That's why the conservative base is nervous. Romney is saying what the base wants to hear, but I doubt he'd be as conservative as people think. I thought the true moderates/independents in this country wanted a president who would work with the other party and get things done. I don't believe that what folks really want. If they did John McCain would have gotten more of the independent vote in '08. Let's face it, John McCain was hated by the conservative base because he worked with Democrats. You don't typically see moderate candidates make it through the primary. Romney is about as moderate a GOP candidate as you'll see other than John McCain. Obama is far from moderate. Before being elected in '08 Obama had a more liberal voting record in the Senate than Ted Kennedy.
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  • Romney is a radical rightist like most of the GOP
    Moderate
    I will agree with you on one point. Romney is as moderate as the you will get from the Republicans. That is not saying much. As far as delivering, the unemployment rate for the country is around 8% or lower. Although this stinks, it is better than the low point of George's depression. Yeh, there is Romneycare. We might have had it nationwide if the Republicans would have worked with the Democrats to create a better Obamacare program. However, they decided to not cooperate at all. And didn't Romney say he wants to repeal Obamacare. He said nothing about its replacement. So, your comments about Romneycare are not relevant. You may doubt his conservatism, but what he says and his choice for VP says it all.
    worker
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  • Will Romney be Romney?
    SGT Pepper
    The problem with Romney is will he be his own man, or will he be a puppet? Right now he looks like he'll be a puppet. There's no reason to believe he'll take back the core moderate beliefs he's forsaken to get elected, and no reason to believe he'd even be able to if he wanted to do so. We're dealing with a hijacked Republican party. The question then is, if you elect Romney, do you trust the tea party? Because it's certainly possible they will be calling at least some of the shots.
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  • Is Obama his own man?
    contrarian
    Who's pulling his strings?
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  • Who is pulling his strings?
    Moderate
    The radical rightists Republicans are pulling his strings. If he does not do what they say, he will not get nominated again. How many moderate Republicans were tossed out of office? Plenty.
    worker
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  • Exactly
    SGT Pepper
    All you need to do is look at all the position changes Mitt has made just to get nominated. Of course he's not the first to do this, but the tea party wouldn't simply allow him to morph back into Moderate Mitt Mode once he's elected.
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  • Trust the Republicans? Are you for real?
    Moderate
    And who do you think gave us these wars. Yes, it was George. At least Obama is winding down the Iraqi mess. George refused to do that. As far as deserving re election, at least he helped stop George's depression from becoming the Great Depression 11. and speaking of Grandma, you obviously do not remember the Republican campaign to stop Obamacare by bringing out the death panels with granny being the victim. I do not think Mitt would be better than Obama. He sounds more like Reagan 11 as to how he will treat us. If you do not remember, Reagan really stuck it to us. Obama is doing the best possible job after inheriting the Bush Depression.
    worker
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  • Take a chance on Romney? You can't be serious
    Moderate
    This is for Contrarian and Rob. Your comments about taking a chance on Romney had perfect timing. The Republican Party has come out on their platform to stick it to us Feds. 10% reduction in employees, allegedly through attrition and realignment of compensation to compare to the private sector during these hard economic times. Lovely. Another way to stick it to Feds. And you really want us to consider Romney? Are you for real. My cats would be better than him. And look at his running mate, a real federal hater. I'll stick with Obama.
    worker
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  • We're Going the Way of Rome?
    Sasha
    Actually, as a 40 year Federal historian, I can tell you that, in fact, the Roman Empire lasted some 400 years despite incompetent imperial leadership in large part because of its professional bureaucracy. Whatever the doings of corrupt emperors and legislators, the empire's civil service dredged harbors and repaired roads to ensure that commerce continued; purchased weapons for the legions; and paid the salaries of soldiers, contractors, and senators alike when expected, even if that meant debasing the coinage at times with lead. History teaches many lessons, but only if we pay attention to it.
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  • Navel gazing or bloviating?
    Jeremiah
    The lamentations over a perceived passing of the glory days of the Federal civil service occasioned for me a sense of deja vu, as it recalls the very similar jeremiads and breast beatings of woe that I remember seeing periodically erupt over my own decades of Federal service. Get a grip, people. The trials and tribulations of the Federal workforce over the recent past in particulr are akin to a mere spring zephyr compared to the harsh cyclone that has sept over the private sector since 2008. The record shows that most posted Federal job openings still result in overwhelming numbers of well qualified candidates applying; our health, retirement, and other benefits package still outclasses by far what's typically offered by most private sector employers, while Federal job security is much more stable than found outside the charmed Federal circle. Prevailing public views of Federal workers as useless drones have been around for much longer than the Reagan years. (I can well remember my own relatives badmouthing "paper-shuffling, lazy bureaucrats" in the 1960s after I had begun working for Uncle Sam, always with the tack-on ending proviso of "except you, of course.) It's hilarious to see Hamilton being dragged in as some sort of populist, when his own view of the common people was to refer to them collectively as "a great beast," and he argued at the Constitutional Convention for a much reduced electoral role for the public in the new government. Above all, we need to step back and consider our blessings. Are significant numbers of Federal employees actually leaving their jobs to seek employment in the private sector? Are many willing to exchange their benefits package for what's typically available outside government? These are rhetorical questions. Deep down, most Federal employees know they enjoy a very favorable employment milieu, which renders the "tide of woe" picture as being hollow at best.
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  • Distorted view
    Moderate
    Jeremiah, the problem with your comments is that you are comparing us in hard economic times. The private sector employees get nice fat checks during periods of prosperity. During bad times we get screwed, but do not share in the prosperity of good times.
    worker
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