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  • POTUS
    Bud
    My take on the column is to grade Obama on how he treated us FEDS.Not other issues.He gets an "F" from me.Promised us a lot,as he also did to the FED union leaders.Once in office,he did little to deliver on his promises.Kind of like when your manager promises an award but somehow you never get it.
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  • Performance appraisal for POTUS
    vetdude
    I agree with Bud. "Hope and change"? The Federal work force is taking it on the chin for the front office's shortcomings and indecisions. Just being dropped from the five most competitive countries in the world, our government has beome an embarrassment. "F"
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  • "The Federal work force is taking it on the chin..."?
    FERS Fed
    Brother vet, if you really want to see what "taking it on the chin" would be like, research the Republican's campaign platform position on the federal workforce. Then read the section in Paul Ryan's "Path to Prosperity" about the federal workforce. Lastly, consider the Senate Republican's killing the veterans jobs bill this past Wednesday by forcing a BUDGET POINT OF ORDER VOTE. Really. Actions speak louder than words, right? Yes, there IS an embarassment in our government, but it isn't the President.
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  • Not an incomplete but an F
    contrarian
    What do you expect from a career of voting "present." NTEU and Fed Unions should have given Obama the "incomplete" endorsement. You can't support a guy who doesn't support you with the boogeyman of the other guying being "worse." I believe this will backfire on unions. They don't know how tenuous their existence is.
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  • It takes them a week to realize an attack is terrorism?
    contrarian
    Really? How incompentent are they?
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  • "It takes them a week to realize an attack is terrorism?"
    FERS Fed
    Yeah, they take the time to get the facts unlike 'shoot-from-the-lip' Mitt.
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  • You mean the facts they were spouting on 5 Sunday Morning Shows?
    contrarian
    You just verified your partisanship! The administration was on 5 Sunday morning shows saying it was the movie guy's fault! Isn't that the definition of shooting from the lip?
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  • Movie Guy's fault?
    Moderate
    What are you writing about? Be specific and clear.
    worker
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  • Report Card
    Rob
    Federal Employees.....He gets an F. His three budgets to date produced raises of 1.5%, 0%, and 0%. The one raise he gave us didn't even include pay parity with the military despite the fact that the Dems had super majorities in both the House and Senate. The left would argue that it would have been worse under McCain. The fact is nobody has a crystal ball therefore nobody knows what would have happened under McCain. What we know is Obama gave us 1.5%, 0%, and 0%. That's an F in my book. Foreign Policy.....He gets a D. The only reason it's not an F is because OBL is fish food. The reset button with Russia hasn't worked. Although the apology tour in Europe has worked wonders with Obama's popularity on that continent the same can't be said about the Middle East. Yeah, the war in Iraq is over, but the Middle East is more destabilized now than it's ever been. What we're witnessing is a repeat of the Jimmy Carter years. Appeasement doesn't work with people who have been born and raised to hate America. The radical islamists didn't like us under Bush and despite Obama's continued apologies they don't like us now. Domestic Policy......He gets an F. How can you give him anything other than an F when he failed to meet his own goals. According to the administration the $987 trillion stimulus was going keep unemployment under 8%. That didn't happen. We have nearly doubled the number of Americans who are receiving some sort of government assistance, i.e. food stamps. Is that a success? Although he forced his prized piece of legislation (Obamacare) through Congress, bribing some Democratic senators along the way, we're just now beginning to learn what a disaster this is going to be. Just yesterday the non-partisan CBO said that 6 million Americans will be penalized (taxed) for not purchasing health insurance; the majority of which are middle class. Isn't this the same middle class Obama was seeking to help? Wasn't it Obama that said he wasn't going to raise taxes one dime on the middle class? His so-called fight for the middle class is baloney. Uniting the country.........He gets an F. Remember the speech, we're not red states and blue states we're the United States. We are more divided now as a country than ever before. Obama has divided us among race, class, and gender. Just because conservatives don't want tax payer money used to pay for abortions and birth control doesn't mean there's a war on women. You want to see a war on women? Go spend some time in the Middle East. Ok liberals - fire away at my report card.
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  • Report Card - Rob's rating
    Observero0
    Amen, Rob! You definitely hit the bulls-eye.
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  • POTUS
    Bud
    Rob-I kept my comments just to how Obama treated FEDS.But I agree 1 milliion percent with your expanded analysis.The sad part is this guy may get reelected.What does that say about the current status of our country.We're in deep dodo.
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  • "Ok liberals - fire away at my report card"?
    FERS Fed
    Well, okay. "His three budgets to date produced raises of 1.5%, 0%, and 0%." And if he raised Feds pay the 2 last years, conservative bozos like you would have criticized that, too. No winning hand there........ "The fact is nobody has a crystal ball therefore nobody knows what would have happened". Nobody except apparently you, who INSIST that Feds would be better off with a Repubican president b/c what has ALWAYS happened in the past is a perfect predictor of the future at least in in Conservativeville, right?..... "Foreign Policy.....He gets a D. The only reason it's not an F is because OBL is fish food." Uh, China's the problem, not Russia. Try looking forward instead of backwards - you'll run into fewer things. We're out of Iraq, and getting the he11 out of Afghanistan, something for which the previous Administration had no exit plan. Duh. Middle East appeasement? Ha! People have to want to be appeased first. They don't. Double-duh. Not Obama's fault. But, at least you recognize OBL's expiration as a surprising plus..... "Domestic Policy......He gets an F. How can you give him anything other than an F when he failed to meet his own goals". At least, he has goals unlike the previous president, who had 'gut feelings' (that was gas, Dubyah!)..... So, all of the out-of-work Americans from the Republican's recession and who are receiving gov't assistance are THIS President's fault? That's a stretch even for you, Rob..... "6 million Americans will be penalized (taxed) for not purchasing health insurance". But if they don't have insurance when they get sick and go to the hospital, who picks up those costs, Rob? Bingo! Everyone who DOES have health insurance. But that's fair in Rugged Conservative World, right?....."Uniting the country.........He gets an F. Remember the speech, we're not red states and blue states we're the United States" Yes, and I also remember Sen. Mitch McConnell's promise that Republicans would do everything in their power to make Obama a one-term President, and then pulling on his white sheets and pointy Grand Wizard cap. 'Divided' is Obama's fault. Right..... "Conservatives don't want tax payer money used to pay for abortions and birth control doesn't mean there's a war on women". But wait a minute. Wouldn't that be government regulation of private activity? I thought conservatives were against that sort of thing. Or would that be just another example of flaming conservative hypocrisy? There ya go!
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  • POTUS performance
    Jeremiah
    If using the now frowned upon (by OPM) pass-fail rating approach for performance appraisal, the only honest rating for the President would be "fail." The extravagant promises that under the President's benign aegis the planet would begin to heal, the oceans become clean, and love and peace would prevail have been shown to be the vaporings of a well-intentioned but inexperienced and out of his depth man who had little true understanding of the real world and how it operates, compounded by an arrogant hubris that is in a word, breathtaking. A new book by the former editor-in-chief of the New York Times Magazine and foreign editor of Newsweek, Edward Klein, entitled "The Amateur," paints a devastating picture of the outcome of America's misplaced bet in 2008 on a candidate with charisma and personal appeal but shockingly lacking in the experienced leadership traits vital to an incumbent of the Oval Office should be required reading for every American who wishes to be fully informed in the run-up to the November election. We collectively made a terrible mistake in 2008; whether or not we want to compound it in 2012 is the key issue in November.
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  • Grading the promises kept
    Putt-Putt
    If the grade is based on promises kept then I rate him as a D minus: Promise 1 - Obamacare passed; Promise 2 - Reduce deficit in half; failed (it's doubled); Promise 3 - unemployment to drop below 8% (real unemployment is about 15%); Promise 4 - "make government employment cool again" is a super big fail (he's done nothing to show support for the federal worker); Promise 5 - stop the seas from rising (still going up, according to the latest polar ice survey). But if I were to base it on how my career is going it's a fail. My wife and I are in the same line of work, only she works in the private sector. During President Obama's term I've averaged a .5% pay raise each year, my wife's has gone up an average 4.3%. My annual "bonus" has been around 2.8% of base pay; my wife's is 10%. My health insurance premiums have almost doubled while my wife's employer now pays 100% of hers. I could go on, but in summary my career has taken a severe financial hit under POTUS Obama (but I stay because I love my work, believe I'm doing a great service to my nation, and don't want to work the 60+ hours my wife puts in each week). However, I have little faith that a Romney administration will enhance my financial rewards. But I can't selfishly vote based only on my paycheck or the bullying coming from Congress; I must look to what is best for the long term success of the USA, and I see only continued failing should Mr. Obama be re-elected (which is actually a failure of his big promise number 6 - He said if he didn't get the economy back on track by dropping unemployment below 8%, cutting the deficit by half, and halting the recessionary trends then he would not seek a second term).
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  • Grading the promises kept...
    Observero0
    Putt-Putt, that last promise is the one I see Obama & the media conveniently overlook. If we return Obama to office, we are in for some really tough times that will be even more difficult to correct. Btw, this "puppy" hasn't profited under Obama either (e.g., rising health insurance premiums & increased medical care costs).
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  • unprecedented abuse of power on horizon
    Rob
    Obama is not worried about having to deal with a split Congress in a 2nd term. He has no intentions to compromise with the GOP. If re-elected in Nov you will witness an abuse of power never seen before. He's already bypassing Congress to change laws and implement his vision.
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  • Super Rob
    contrarian
    Rob: Your posts today were fanstastic. Your last one is the scariest. Today's Democrats feign compromise while waging Machaivelli, because government is the altar of their religion. Where did all the Blue Dogs go? Heck, for that matter, what ever happened to CLintonism? Of course we know the Dot.Com thing was mostly Dot.Con, they'll be blaming Bush for tomorrow's rain. No matter who wins, we are in for a rough patch. If Romney wins, there will be opposition and media to keep him in check. If Obama wins, lookout executive orders!
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  • Change laws?
    Moderate
    Can't change laws without congress passing laws. More nonsense from the radical right.
    worker
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  • Fed Emps need a lesson in Executive Orders
    contrarian
    It's not just the laws but how they're administered. Many labor laws originated with executive orders. Shhh. That's a secret.
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  • Shhh. They still gotta follow the law
    Moderate
    Yeh, but they gotta comply with the law. The secrets are done by the radical right. Remember the executive orders that were challenged by the Republicans and tossed by a non court agency? You rihtists discussed that one.
    worker
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  • Are you are real?
    Moderate
    Except for FERS FED, this was all radical right comments today. So we can all expect grade F's. And Rob, your comments are typical of what you always write, just like mine are typical of what I will write.---I will start with Bud. Why do you think he gave us the raises he did? Think about it. His first year was promising. But he could not give us the raises. Thanks to your radical right friends in Congress who vote for and against the raises. And look at what they are proposing. Yes, Rob. We must listen to what they say and assume that when they are in charge they will stick it to us even further.-----Contrarian, yes we can compare Obama to the boogeyman of the radical right. (continued)
    worker
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  • Contin ued)
    Moderate
    And yes, I give him an incomplete with a passing grade. Your radical right collegues have filibustered all attempts by Obama to get us out of the George Bush and the Republicans Depression. Additionally, unemployment has come down a little in spite of the radical right and their big, brainless mouths.----Please Rob, stop with the you can't tell what would have happened under McCain and the pig with lipstick. You radical rightists do it all the time with your speculations. Look at what the Republicans are saying. Why would they say what they want if they would not do it. 5 year pay freeze, increase contributions to FERS pension plan to 6%, cut workers (not comments about their favorite contractors) (cont)
    worker
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  • continued
    Moderate
    Rob, you next write about foreign policy. Did George 2 do anything with Russia? We are pulling out of Iraq. Thank your friend George 2 for getting us in there and giving loads of money to Cheney's old company. That was as phoney as they come. I am okay with Afghanistan as they aggressed against us. Appeasement? Does the action against Bin Ladin represent appeasement? I do not like his 2 state policy with Israel. Jordan is Palestine. And yes, he stimulus is working. George's depression is worse than we thought.----Thank the radical right for the imperfect, but necessary Obamacare. Those who cannot afford insurance will now have insurance instead of medicaid. Hospitals and doctors will get reasonable reimbursements instead of too low medicaid. The radical right was invited to help craft bill. They refused. That is why we have an imperfect bill.
    worker
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  • continued
    Moderate
    next comment is on abortions and birth control. That is a medical expense. Medical insurance should cover it just like any other medical expense. And yes, since women give birth or decide to have an abortion the radical right has declared war on women. Why should the wealthy get an adoption credit? That is not even a medical expense. Why should we pay more for medical insurance when some women have a multitude of babies? Same logic to me.------Finally, Rob, compromise? Your radical rightists in Congress do not believe in compromise. They back down only if they push to the brink then find the President will not yield, and it is political suicide for them not to back down.-----Finally, great post FERS FED.
    worker
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  • POTUS
    Bud
    Moderate,we've had our debate differences/agreements before so here's my reaction on a factual but not personal basis towards your perspective.Obama promised FEDS salary raises to enhance their standing or whatever.He promised much to NTEU/AFGE for their support.He got it.He just abandoned us FEDS after 1/20/09.He controlled both houses of congress in'09/'10.He ignored us.I'm peeved he let us down.He could have given higher raises but chose not.There's a long list of previous prezs who did the same,starting with JFK,ending with Bush.Lets not forget Reagan who gave us FERS,elimination of the CSRS lump sum,and the infamous 2087 hour work year in lieu of 2080.I thought Obama would be different.I was dead wrong.
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  • Promises
    Moderate
    Even though I disagree with you, you are being very diplomatic and I commend you for that. Or whatever? He could not give us these raises based on the Bush depression. He did do other things for feds such as sick leave credits for FERS people. Not spectacular, but something. Where were the promises and how much of a raise did he propose? As far as the worst for feds, it was definitely Reagan. I had no knowledge of JFK or Johnson so I cannot comment. The rest were not too bad for federal workers, but not great.
    worker
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