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  • Welcome back?
    contrarian
    Thanks for the support yesterday. I support all those who are outspoken here. Anything else is just plain scary. As for RIFs, we got close a couple times, but haven't actually had one in my 20+ years. I know there are many younger folks around, than me, so I guess I should relax a little. But we've lost so many to retirements I know there is plenty of front line work to keep the jobs. The FISCAL cliff could be the whammy many have been dreading. Mike's been talking about it a long time now, I'm sure we'd both be happy to be wrong. But after watching last night's lies, I don't think we're getting any closer. The only hope we have is Clinton's speech pushing cooperation. Maybe both sides will try it?
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  • Master Yoda
    Rob
    Clinton is the master when it comes to politics. Obama is still the apprentice. If you look at the midterm election in '94 and compare it to the midterm in 2010 you'll see many similarities. The voters sent strong messages in those midterms. One president listened (the Master) and moved to the center. The other ignored the message (the Apprentice)and went further left. That's the big difference between Clinton and Obama. I said this yesterday and I'll say it again; you can't force a radical liberal agenda down the throat of a center right country.
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  • And the Repubs are masters of deception
    Moderate
    Guess I hope you are wrong about the country. I would hate to see another Bush and the Republicans Depression caused by the Republicans attitudes towards the middle class. The evil wealthy just gotta pay their fair share to the fed government to reduce the deficit.-----And Clinton was far from a master. How many shut downs die we have caused by the idiot Republicans. And the Republicans are worse now than they were then. Also, the recession that took place then was no where near the Bush Depression. At least there were no shut downs during the Obama administration although I expect that to change unless the tea party Republicans lose some power. I will agree with you it has been easier for the right wing to get its garbage passed than the left wing.
    worker
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  • Budget Cuts
    Simon Bar Sinister
    Simon says: I don't understand how the politicians from both parties can continually prepare budgets that cost more than the money being brought in. We are now $16 trillion in the hole. We have hit bottom but we keep digging. Politicians from both sides are to blame. Many politicians are taking actions that will get them re-elected rather than doing what is right for the country. Again, both parties are to blame. They are going to have to start working together to get this fixed. Do we need a balanced budget amendment and/or term limits? This is all very unfortunate and we are all paying the price.
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  • I agree...both parties are to blame
    Rob
    The question is what are our leaders going to do about it. We can't keep demonizing people for putting forth ideas to cut our debt. Tea partiers are demonized everyday and for what? These folks stand for one thing and that's fiscal responsibility; nothing more and nothing less. Yeah, we may not agree with the cuts proposed by the tea partiers, but at least they are offering suggestions. If our gov't doesn't take action soon then some of those more radical cuts will have to happen.....By now we've all seen the dismal job numbers released this morning. The numbers are not going to improve until businesses have some certainty on taxes, regulations, and the overall impact of Obamacare. The WP's initial headline when the numbers were released read, "96K jobs added unemployment rate down to 8.1%" The WP has since revised this headline to be more accurate. The unemployment rate is down because people are giving up looking for work not because of the number of jobs created.
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  • To Rob
    Linda
    I wish the Teapartiers were only interested in reducing the deficit, but they are not. They started as fiscally conservative and Social Moderate (i.e. pro marriage equality, pro choice, pro religions and non religious freedom) to fiscally conservative and Social Conservative (ie. anti gay marriage, anti abortion and conservatice religion as in protestant or catholic is the only way to be - in other words back to barefoot, pregnant and chained to the stove). They are so far right as to be left. As the Republicans originally stood for States and Individual Rights, this political world has done a complete flip flop. Democrats are more for individual and states rights than Republicans anymore. Republicans seem to just want to be ultra religion right and cut taxes until there are no services.
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  • Actually
    Moderate
    We cannot have a balanced budget until the Bush Depression is cured. We need to stimulate the economy in order to stimulate demand for goods and services. Then more people will be hired. Then we should look for a balanced and surpluses in the budget. Herbert Hoover consistently tried to keep money tight. Then we had the Great Depression. I guess the tea partiers want another depression. Actually, you radical rightists are demonizing the liberals. So, stop with the sympathy act. You are the demonizers. And I endorse Linda's comments about all of the non fiscal items the radical right stands for. Women have and should have the right to an abortion, which should be treated as a medical issue subject to reimbursements.
    worker
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  • Remember the 90s
    Linda
    I remember the 90's well. I had just moved and signed a contract to build a new house when I got the news I was on the hit list. Can we say this was an "Oh S..t!" moment. After calmly reflecting on the numbers and facts, it was easily determined that the serverance pay would be more than the buy out, not to mention I would get unemployment. So I waited until they threw me out......still here!
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  • layoffs
    Moderate
    That must have been a female dog. Sorry you had to go through that. But, I do not think they were laying off front line people with your job.
    worker
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  • What to cut?
    Linda
    Maybe I am naive, but to me 10% doesn't seem huge. I am sure every agency has that much waste without cutting jobs. I remember when we had a Director of a Service Center married to a Area Director in different cities and the government flew one spouse or the other back and forth every weekend. What did that cost??? Cut executive travel and you'd probably save 5% anyway! I do see travel getting the big hit. Our face to face CPE got cut already for all of it to be done on the computers. Not as affective, but a lot cheaper. There is a lot of travel that would be better than by phone or OC, but the other is cheaper, I see that coming in my future. We already do not get face to face group meetings because we are in 4 different towns. If the peons can do it, so can the executives.
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  • end of FY spending spree
    Rob
    It's going on right now at an agency near you. It's the same old thing at my agency. There's a frenzy going on to 'zero' out every budget area for no other reason than to ensure the same money in the budget next FY. It's nothing more than gov't waste or dare I say fraud. It amounts to pennies when you look at the overall debt, but how can you be a proponent to increase taxes on anyone when you see tax payer $ being wasted every day.
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  • Stupidity of law
    Moderate
    Rob, you bring up a great point. I might be ignorant of this, but I blame Congress. I am guessing that there is a law that forces these agencies to either spend the money or lose it. And, if they return the money, then Congress will reduce appropriations to the agency because it does not need the money. The money may be needed, but the program did not use it or the program needed to be developed. To correct your cited problem, the agency should be allowed to keep the money. That will allow it to be spent more wisely instead of squandered.----And yes, taxes should go up on your "evil wealthy" as they benefitted more from the Bush tax cuts than us regular people.
    worker
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  • I agree with Linda!
    Taxpayer Too
    I don't know how many times I've read where these top level execs are traveling around the country putting on these town hall mtgs and the worker bees can't even go out to do an audit because there's no money. The worker bees bring in the tax dollars to support the government and the higher ups spend it on their paid vacations! Caca still rolls down hill.
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  • What to cut
    Moderate
    I wish we had the numbers about the excutives and their abuse. I have a feeling that, even if the cuts were made, it would not be enough. And I doubt they would give up the perks. The more important items would be cut. An example is the tuition reimbursement program, which was eliminated from a bureau. They still want us to go to school, but they do not want to help us out with the reimbursements. I can understand your point about face to face CPE, but I prefer computer CPE. I learn better by active participation (reading) rather than listening. It also allows for more flexibility. However that is me. Others would do better with face to face. Also, I do not have overnight audits. They emphasize that audit travel is not cut for us. perhaps, they are cutting overnight audits. That is not bright, but what can I say.
    worker
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  • Last hired ... still on the job?
    Jeremiah
    Let's take a couple of aspirin here and calm down; the fever will pass. Both parties are playing a high stakes game of chicken, but neither wants to face the political heat of actually allowing the full-blown "fiscal cliff" and sequestration scenarios to happen. So while the "usual suspects" play their own frightening versions of the "Chicken Little" fairy tale, I think it's a safe bet that come next January - regardless as to who wins the presidential sweepstakes - we'll see a largely business-as-usual operating climate (though quite a few Feds will no doubt have developed stress-related ulcers in the interim or be subject to sudden panic attacks for some time thereafter).
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