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  • Thank you, Congress for supporting the Government Employees!
    The Original Joe S
    Thank you for calling our AFTER-TAX contributions to the retirement fund DIFFERENT from the deductions off the income tax, and spreading it out over 30 years so that you hope we DIE without our heirs knowing there's a pot of money being held without interest by the government. We are happy to have you steal it. Thanks so much for hiring contractors to work for us at 2 and a half times the rate of our pay, so that you can pander to the rabble voters by saying you are reducing the federal workforce. Thanks for putting us into the Medicare Ponzi scheme, which the latest dirtbag is raiding / destroying so that we lose it all. Thanks for installing functional illiterates who couldn't pass a civil service exam in with us and over us to make our work lives miserable, and forcing us to perform the mission in spite of those bozos. Thanks for gutting the retirement system and trying to snooker us into signing up for a piece of dung. Passage of time has shown that the new system is dung. I stayed in the old one. Thanks for trying to force us to buy savings bonds at crummy rates of interest, and TAXING that interest, so that you'd have a CHEAP way of funding the black hole of government at our expense. Thanks for having the thought police force us to salute discriminatory programs which scrood us, and forcing us to voice our support of these shaftings of us. Thank the Lord I was able to survive for 30 years, put in my papers, and start collecting. It's been almost five years, and I have collected a nice amount of money from the government, almost as if I were a worthless welfare bum. Difference is, I EARNED my retirement. The 50% or so of people getting freebies from MY TAXES didn't earn anything. Please ensure that the government doesn't go belly-up. I hope to be collecting the payment every first of the month at 0005 hours for the next 30 plus years. I plan to spend it on women and whiskey, and simply waste the rest.
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  • Nail on the Head
    Kenny Ray
    Joe, I have absolutely nothing to add. You said it all and quite well at that.
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  • Who is among the "freeloading" 50%
    HCS
    Among those 50% getting "freebies" from your tax dollar are people like my parents, living on Social Security. They are hardly living it up on your tax payments. Check your facts on just who doesn't pay taxes before you lump everyone in as a "welfare bum".
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  • National Socialistic Security Ponzi Scheme
    The Original Joe S
    People PAID into it, and then are TAXED on it again if they "make too much money". |||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||||| Living on National Socialistic Security? It is a SUPPLEMENT. You are supposed to save other money for your retirement if you don't have a retirement package. Some people save, invest,and also have a retirement package. Expecting to live on National Socialistic Security is not a good idea. Anyone who believed that the government would take good care of them on National Socialistic Security was suckered.||||||||||||||||||| I didn't lump everyone into the "welfare bum" category. Your parents paid into the National Socialistic Security Ponzi Scheme. I referred to the scumbags who paid in NOTHING, and suck out EVERYTHING. Perhaps you should have paid better attention when they taught English, logic and economics in school.|||||||||||||||||||| Have a wonderful day, and keep those taxes coming in to pay my retirement. Gotta run now; time to meet the other old geezers for a beer.
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  • Profit Sharing?
    Big Joe
    If we're getting aligned to the private sector, how will our profit sharing and stock options work?
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  • Simplistic, aincha?
    The Original Joe S
    Take a look at the TSP, for example. Works quite well. |||||||||||||||||||||||||| Tell me, are we better off under this National Socialistic Security Ponzi Scheme and the MEDICARE racket from which they STOLE and which are GOING BROKE, or would be have been better off had the money been invested in the INDUSTRY of our COUNTRY? Probably no one would have to pay taxes now had that been done.
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  • More of the Same
    Fed1979
    The GOP has mastered the art of saying what taxpayers want to hear whether it has merit or not. Congress, not federal employees, is not responsive to taxpayers. If I recall correctly, they have a lower approval rating than federal employees. I live for the day when the somebody admits there is no way to turn federal service into the private sector unless it's totally staffed by contractors. Isn't that the GOP's goal anyway??? Wait until the taxpayers see how service is delivered when that happens.
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  • Congressional Approval
    Rob
    I always laugh when I read articles about congressional approval ratings. Their approval rating is like 15% however more than 90% get re-elected every two years. Go figure. You're right the average American is not a big fan of federal employees so the GOP is more than willing to beat them up. Will the Dems come out in their convention and speak in favor of federal employees? I doubt it. Most Dems in congress quietly agree with a lot of what the GOP is saying. I'd be curious to see what the tone of the headlines were when Clinton said "the era of big government is over." I think the GOP gets beat up more by the liberal media over anti-fed moves than Dems. I didn't see much of a fuss when Obama froze our pay for 2 years. The unions certainly were much more quiet than they would have been had a Republican froze our pay for 2 years. I think the liberal bias by the mainstream media outlets in this country is pretty well documented.
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  • Who gave us the pay freeze?
    HCS
    Pay increases are not the President's to "give", they have to be in the budget, which Congress has to pass. Put the blame where it deserves to be - look back at the impasse and near-shut down the budget deliberations have been causing. Do you really think the Republicans were about to allow an increase in Federal pay?
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  • yep, it WAS Obama's pay freeze
    Rob
    I know you find it very difficult to blame Obama for anything, but it was Obama who issued the executive order (E.O. 13561) freezing federal pay for two years. But for arguments sake lets assume it was Congress who froze our pay. The decision was made when the Dems had super majorities in both the House and Senate. Nonetheless, you want to blame the Republicans. It's what liberals have come to do every time something goes wrong. Blame the Republicans. We have the White House, Senate, and House of Reps. Since 2006 the Dems have controlled at least 2 of the 3 and in 2009 & 2010 they controlled all three. Despite the near total control by Dems over the last 6 years you liberals continue blame the GOP. UNBELIEVEABLE!
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  • Revisionist History much?
    TommyD
    "Bowing to growing budget concerns and months of Republican political pressure on federal pay and benefits, President Obama today announced he would stop pay increases for most of the two million people who work for the federal government. In a statement, Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.), presumptive chairman of the House committee overseeing federal personnel issues, called Obama's decision 'long overdue.'" Yep, it was totally all Obama's idea and the Republicans were against it . . .
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  • A Puppet?
    Rob
    What are you implying? That Obama has strings coming from his arms and the Republicans are controlling his moves. Give me a break! Nobody said the GOP was against the pay freeze. To suggest that Obama froze our pay because of pressure from the GOP doesn't say much about Obama as a leader. Especially considering the freeze came at a time when the Republicans had ZERO control in Congress. Pressure from the GOP certainly didn't stop Obamacare from passing. Is there anything this president does that can't be blamed on the GOP? Good grief!!!
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  • Anti-Fed and Anti-Common Sense
    MichaelF
    "The platform also calls for changing federal pay and benefits packages 'to reflect those of the private sector.'" In other words, our pay will be in line with those who work at McDonald's or WalMart. After all, the studies showing federal pay as being high compare our apples with their oranges. True federal benefits are superior to those offered in the private sector, but that only compensates for the disadvantage feds have in pay for professional positions. "The platform also calls out federal employees who fail to pay their taxes, saying it has 'become too common in some segments of the civil service.' Under a Republican administration, cracking down on tax-delinquent feds would be given higher priority, the plan said." I will put my record and the records of my federal co-workers up against the tax paying record of the 1-per centers any day. Leave it to the Republicans to tax the middle class that drives our economy. "The Republican-controlled House passed a bill last month, allowing the government to boot federal employees who are seriously delinquent in paying their taxes." What the. . . ! I have been working for the federal government for 35 years. Rule 1 I learned when I first started is that failure to pay my taxes is cause of immediate dismissal. This has always been the rule. Again, I would like to compare my record with the 1-percenters, including Romney. "The platform calls for the privatization of airport security screening, a role now undertaken by the Transportation Security Administration." Didn't we try that already? Didn't it fail? No new ideas from the Republicans! Just the same old failed proposals. If once you don't succeed, pretend like you've succeeded and do the same thing over again.
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  • Please, equalize us with the private sector!
    HCS
    I work as a degreed health professional in a VA hospital. We have had to fight to keep our payscale on par with what area hospitals are paying, to enable us to hire and retain quality workers. My health benefits are, for cost and coverage, on par with what my friends in the private sector have (but we pay more for prescriptions!)and these are plans my private sector friends think are lousy. The only advantage, so far as benefits, is our vacation time. But to be honest, many hospitals, especially university-associated hospitals are also generous in this area. I think too many hear about what the senators and representatives have for healthcare and time off and think ALL Federal employees get that! No true.
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  • It's about time
    dailycheese
    According to the Washington Post, 1/23/12, federal employees owe S1.03 billion in back taxes. And even with an agency like the IRS, where you are supposed to be fired for not paying taxes, it's a rare occurance. So if they want to make non-payment of taxes a fireable offense. Do it.
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  • Not True
    Fed1979
    It is not a rare occurrence for IRS employees to be fired for not paying taxes. They are allowed by law to enter into payment agreements just like other taxpayers. However, defaulting on the agreement results in termination. I personally know of more than one that lost their job. It's simpler and cheaper to garnish their wages. If Congress wants to fire those that don't pay, I think their employees should be next in line after the IRS employees.
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