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  • "sequestration" results
    disgusted fed who hopes to hold out until retirement
    An earlier report showed a breakout of what is non-military discretionary and what is mandatory. Don't plan on riding in any planes as the air marshal's budget is "discretionary," as is the TSA. That's just one of many examples. My job is "discretionary," so I'll spend my time calling up (bank) creditors and telling them that if they want to be paid, call their congressman.
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  • What's discretionary
    Linda
    "The largest mandatory spending programs were Social Security and Medicare, as follows: •Social Security - $820 billion •Medicare - $523 billion •Medicaid - $283 billion •TARP - $12 billion •All other mandatory programs - $654 billion. These programs include Food Stamps, Unemployment Compensation, Child Nutrition and Tax Credits, Supplemental Security for the Disabled and Student Loans." Don't get that. Mandatory spending should be US Security and Tax Collection. If people might not get all of their Social Security and Student Loans (studend loans....really?), Congress would have to do something to fix the problem. I think the system is very backwards here.
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  • Go back to the sweatshop era?
    Moderate
    Would you suggest elimiating or reducing social security which you and others have paid into for many years? How would people live? Or would you prefer that the elderly live in the streets? Perhaps you want to eliminate medicare? So, the elderly do not have proper medical insurance because they cannot afford it. Why should hospitals pick up the tab for the underinsured?Perhaps you prefer that students don't go to college because they cannot afford it.-----I agree that US security and tax collection should be mandatory also, but the welfare of the people is equally important. Otherwise we go back to the sweatshop era.
    worker
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  • Student Loans and the Federal Gov't
    Rob
    The cost of a college education is crazy. The whole system is eventually going to blow up. $100,000 to go in-state to a small school? No way we can sustain that. The biggest contributor to the rising costs is the federal government. The expansion of grants and other federal aid is a great talking point on college campuses; you might even convince a few students to vote for you in November, but the fact of the matter is these federal loans are counterproductive since colleges and universities soak of the gains by increasing tuition and other costs. This is just one more example of how government involvement exacerbates a problem. Those nasty unintended consequences that seem to result every time our leaders believe the government is the answer to a problem.
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  • "...nasty unintended consequences..."?
    FERS Fed
    Yeah, our nation doesn't derive any benefit at all from having a university trained population, does it? ........... My dad had a saying that I never understood until I started engaging with conservatives -- you know a heck of a lot that just isn't so.
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  • FERS Fed - what kind of response was that?
    Rob
    If you want to try and refute any point in my post then go for it. Your replies to my posts and others you disagree with are usually nothing more than gibberish. Go back and read my post on student loans and tell me where I'm wrong. This nonsense, "Yeah, our nation doesn't derive any benefit at all from having a university trained population" is silly. Of course our nation is better off with an educated population. Where in my post did I suggest otherwise?
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  • Straw Men
    contrarian
    Rob: This is the era of the straw men argument. It means they never have to have an intelligent conversation. They just argue with themselves.
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  • Rob and Contrarian
    Moderate
    Rob and Contrarian, You just do not like a liberal's post. That is the thrust of your comments. You are making no sense with this post, Contrarian. ----Rob, your comment makes no sense. You provide no evidence to show that student loans raise the cost of college education. You say you are for an educated population, but then go against federal student loans. How do the poor and middle class get an education? I will agree that starting with a 2 year college is a good idea.
    worker
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  • Rob and Contrarian
    Moderate
    Rob and Contrarian, You just do not like a liberal's post. That is the thrust of your comments. You are making no sense with this post, Contrarian. ----Rob, your comment makes no sense. You provide no evidence to show that student loans raise the cost of college education. You say you are for an educated population, but then go against federal student loans. How do the poor and middle class get an education? I will agree that starting with a 2 year college is a good idea.
    worker
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  • Censorship
    Moderate
    Just out of cuiousity, who eliminated FERS FED's post? Anybody want to volunteer the truth? I remember the radical right's postings were marked abusive. I had a major hand in getting them restored. Ask the person in charge of this Board.
    worker
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  • Censorship
    Moderate
    Once again some idiot(s) struck and censored the above comment. I guess that it is plural because, previously, both conservative and liberal writer remarks were removed. We should not have to contact the people who regulate this board. If you do not accept that others have the right disagree with your writings, then please do not make your comments. This goes for me or anyone else. If we abuse the abuse button, and the moderators get sick of us, then they might decide to take the board away from us.----I have recommended to them that we not be permitted to remove someone elses' writings by hitting the abuse button. If anyone else has any reasonable ideas on this issue, please post them.
    worker
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  • Correct Again
    Linda
    Rob, you are correct again with the cause of the high cost of higher education. Freely available grants and student loans has increased the number of students going to college. Simple economics, more demand,higher price.
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  • College
    Moderate
    A small school is generally not a state school to the best of my knowledge. Additionally, $25000 per year for 4 years is not unreasonable for a small school. I will agree with you that I cannot understand why colleges increase the cost of education beyond inflation. Your speculation that it is federal aid is not proven, but only speculation. And how much of that aid is loans that have to be repaid in one form or another. Perhaps you would prefer that the poor and lower middle economic class should not go to college because these people cannot afford it. Just so you know, I paid for the last 2 years of my college education out of my earnings from a job. That was over 40 years ago to a state related school. Parents paid for the first two years.---I would agree that maybe the funds should be spent going to a 2 year college first since costs are so high.
    worker
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  • Mandatory vs discretionary
    FERS Fed
    In the context of the sequestration report, these are specific budgetary terms with technical meanings different from their generally understood meanings. 'Discretionary' refers to spending DIRECTLY controlled thru the congressional appropriations process, i.e., Congress sets the spending levels for discretionary spending thru annual appropriations legislation. 'Mandatory' refers to spending for 'entitlement' programs, e.g., Medicare and Medicaid, established under existing substantive laws such as the Social Security Act Amendments of 1965. By defining eligibility and setting benefit/payment rules, Congress INDIRECTLY controls spending for such programs, and cannot change these program's spending without changing the underlying laws.
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  • Linda - Food Stamps, Unemployment Benefits.....
    Rob
    Even conservatives would agree that these programs are necessary however the policies of the current administration make it nearly impossible to wean able-bodied people off the programs. The amount of able-bodied people on some sort of government assistance, i.e. food stamps has grown considerably over the past 3.5 years. I'll be blasted by the liberals for saying this, but I truly believe this is what Obama wants. Dependency on government equals votes for Democrats.
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  • A Little Satire
    Linda
    It seems like no one appreciates a little satire anymore. Social Security and Medicare I agree need to be paid as promised to those currently earning it. Some of the other Mandatory programs such as student loans, TARP, and other programs could take the 10% cut. Have you seen how much people get for Food Stamps? It is too high! Cuts can and must be made in the Madatory Programs, or taxes have to be raised to pay for them. Take your choice.
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  • Raise taxes on the wealthy
    Moderate
    And how much are the food stamp benefits for a family of 4 (average I guess) Could you live on that? I probably could because I use coupons, but could you? I am for raising taxes on the wealthy to cover these costs. They got more than the middle class from the Bush tax cuts. An example you know so well is the dividend tax rate of 15%. See Romney's tax return as an example. By the way, I am just using him as an example. He should legally minimize his federal income taxes. He does not have less rights than any of us.
    worker
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  • Bush and the Republicans Depression
    Moderate
    Uh Rob, might it ever occur to you that the growth in food stamps and unemployment compensation is due to the Bush and the Republicans Depression. The effects are still here.
    worker
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  • FEDS
    Bud
    Mike L from IRS described the situation precisely.Crapiola rolls downward through a bureaucracy.When IRS SES types do not have the courage to make decisions on facts and just defer to political whims,then that agency is in deep trouble.
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  • Trapped by the politicians
    Moderate
    How true, how true. I believe you went pretty high up so correct me if I am wrong. If a SES person does something contrary to what the politician wants, doesn't he (she) get reamed. What does that person do?
    worker
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  • Mike L is Spot On
    Kenny Ray
    Mike L, You spoke my thoughts precisely. I am in the same boat as you (thankfully) Those of us about to retire or those already retired should not be too comfortable though. I have been in the civil service for 36 years and I can tell you that while we have been through these "beatings cycles" in the past, I have NEVER seen one to match the current levels of vitriol. Worse, I do not recall a time when the underlying economic realities were as grave as they are today. Do not think for one minute that Congress can't reach back and reduce or even eliminate parts of our pensions and/or benefits. Retired feds are without doubt in a better position than our colleagues who still have 10+ years in front of them, but we are all exposed to danger.
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  • I Agree
    Fed1979
    I have been around 34 years and I agree. The verbal lashings and abuse from our elected officials has never been this bad. I too am saying "enough". It's time to go.
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