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  • What no Comments?
    Linda
    Ok, so either everyone is still asleep or the system is down. No Comments from anyone? Wow! And a nice politically charged article too. But, made a good point, the Federal employees are a huge voting block, just need to make it understood by those who run for office.
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  • IFVs
    Rob
    My state is mentioned as one of the states with the largest number of IFVs, but it's a red state and has been for a number of election cycles. If your state didn't buy the 'hope and change' nonsense in '08 it's not likely to endorse the 'over the cliff we go' slogan in '12. I had to throw that one in there to jump start the comments. The bottom line is most people, whether IFVs or not, are not single issue voters and therefore unlikely to abandon their core principles in favor of what's best for them personally. It seems the common belief out there is that IFVs vote, or should vote, for democrats. I don't see it that way. Maybe in an election year when things are relatively calm folks might cast their vote one way or another based on their particular job situation, but not when things are miserable and getting worse.
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  • Voters
    Linda
    Rob, you are right that a lot of people are not single issue voters, however, way too many voters have no idea what the issues are. In general Federal Employees are an exception to that statement, so no one get insulted. Some people vote party line because that is what they have always done. Me? I'm a purple dot (mix blue and red for independent) in a very red state. I try to read up on the issues, ignore the retoric (tough some days) and vote that way. Which we all should be doing................And, maybe I am lucky in that I don't see all the misery. Unemployment was higher when I got out of college and I got a job, not my dream job, but a job. I see a lot of people wanting more with less effort these days. Maybe if people didn't get unemployement for ever, welfare for ever and houses they can't and never could afford, we wouldn't be is a fiscal mess. Not that I want to have people starve or anything, and I do feel sorry for people who lost their houses they could afford after loosing a job due to the housing fiasco.....................But, even now people have too much credit card debt and in most cases too much house and other debt. The size of an average house is around 2,300 square feet. In the 1950's it was what less than 1,000 Square feet? And people had more kids then, and it was more common for elderly parents to live in the home. What ever happened to paying for stuff as we go along? That is the attitude that has to change, not only for the population, but also for the Government. And it is not a change that can happen overnight, it has to be over a number of years, or things would only get worse.
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  • Parially agree
    Moderate
    Linda, you are Rob are right when you say that some or many voters are not single issue voters. However, there are some issues that make some people single issue voters. An example is the abortion issue whether for or against. This is because that issue is that important to them.-----I disagree with you about unemployment. People having to support a family will not take a minimum wage job with no health insurance because it is not worth it. I am not writing about a 40,000-50000/yr plus benefits job to start but rather a $16000/yr job with no benefits. That is good for a high school or college student, but not for someone who must support a family. That is why unemployment is needed.-------I agree with you about credit card debt, but not housing. 1000 square feet is much too small for a family. In 1955 my parents had 2000 square feet and we were far from wealthy.
    worker
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  • As part of the VEEE/AG (*),
    UptownConnie
    (*very energized, educated and enthusiastic/angry group), I am appalled at our government officials...and I am letting them know!
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  • FEDS Votes
    Bud
    Who I vote for is a personal choice.If I use a very narrow perspective,such as how has Obama treated Feds;Romney gets my vote.Kind of similar the the 47% who pay no income tax and don't want to.But if I look at the big picture,then I may not vote either one.They're both a hold your nose/vote type.Wish every voter would look at the big picture rather than their own self interes
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  • Vote for one or the other
    Moderate
    Bud, Make your choice. Sometimes you select the lesser of the 2 evils, but vote for one of them. One will win so make your vote count. As for your second sentence, I as a fed, based on your statement, would vote for Obama. The GOP sounds like the second coming of Reagan time 2 or 3.-----And yes I am looking at the big picture. That includes my job, economics, personal freedoms including abortion rights etc.
    worker
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  • Vote
    Bud
    Moderate,I'll vote.To not do so is absurd.My point is no matter who you vote for,us Feds get the short straw.I'm really peeved at Obama for chasing the AFGE/NTEU votes and then doing nothing in return.And I'm a former NTEU guy who became a manager.I just don't trust Obama.
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  • "I just don't trust Obama"?
    FERS Fed
    But you would trust Romney, who says you're overpaid by 30%-40%, and you should be paying more for your health insurance and retirement, too? ..... You would trust Romney, who criticizes 47% of Americans about their tax situations, but he won't release his tax returns unlike every other Presidential candidate for the last 30 years? ..... You would trust Romney, who as governor of Massachusetts had his staff purchase and remove the hard drives from their office computers, and purged state government email servers in the last days of his term as Massachusetts governor?
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  • Huh??
    Big Joe
    I read just last week that Romeny DID release all his tax information. If Romney did remove all the hard drives I vaguely remember President Clinton doing something similiar when he left office.....in addition to removing all the lettter "W"s from all keyboards.... I know this is going to be difficult for all you partisan folks to wrap your heads around this...but Republicans and Democrats are EXACTLY the same! Only difference is you like one or the other!
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  • Mitt Romney released his...
    FERS Fed
    ...2011 federal tax return on Sept 21. He previously released his 2010 federal tax return. For the last 3 decades, Presidential candidates have released 5 years or more of their tax returns, except Mitt Romney and John McCain. Makes you wonder.
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  • Better under Obama tha n Romney
    Moderate
    Gonna disagree with you Bud. Obama is stuck with the lousy economy and the Republican House which would not even vote a .5% raise and filibustering Republicans in the Senate. I also agree with FERS fed about what Romney is offering us and what Obama has given us. Romney sounds like the second coming of Reagan amplified
    worker
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