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  • Big Bad Lazy Overpaid Feds - UNTIL YOU NEED THEM
    FederalEmployee
    Yesterday the husband and daughter of a woman who died from fungal meningitis were on the news. Both were shocked to learn that the New England Compounding Center in Framingham, MA is not regulated by the FDA. This compounding pharmacy made a steroid that was used in injections for back pain. The steriod was found to be contiminated. More than 130 people in 11 states have been sickened and twelve have died. Others are anxiously awaiting test results to determine if they have also been infected. The widower and bereaved daughter stated that compounding pharmacys should be regulated by the FDA. In addition to feeling sad for the friends and families of the deceased, I was overwhelmed with disgust...disgust that certain congressional factions and presidential candidates have made federal workers out to be overpaid, underworked, and a waste of taxpayer funds. Certain factions and presidential candidates are calling for "smaller government" and for "government to get out of the way of small businesses". To play the devil's advocate, why should compounding pharmacies - which are small businesses - have to be regulated by the FDA? That would just be more government intrusion, more big bad lazy overpaid federal employees, more regulations. So a few people die - so what? Minor casualties of smaller government. To take this further...what is the big deal over a relatively small percentage of Americans losing all of their money to the likes of Bernie Maddoff or the Wall Street greed machine? So a few million people lost their jobs, their homes and their way of life. So what? We need to make government even smaller, get government out of the way of business, get government out of our collective hair. Can those big bad lazy overpaid feds. That is just what this country needs! One particular presidential candidate's website states that feds are overpaid by 30% and if elected, this candidate will tie federal pay and benefits to the private sector. That is good news for me as my pay would increase significantly, to equal what my private-sector counterparts make---unless of course I am canned as part of big government reduction. I am not interested in politically charged responses so please save them. I am an independent and refuse to be labeled.
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  • Problem
    Dennis Retiree
    The basic problem in this country is the educational system. We are graduating from our educational institutions people who lack basic analytical skills. You give them a set of facts, and they can not arrive at the correct solution i.e. the Obama birth in Hawaii for example. Far too many people watch the garbage put out by Faux News and others.
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  • Could be right Dennis
    Rob
    If our educational system is responsible for comments like the one you posted earlier then I agree our educational institutions are failing. Dennis' previous post for your reading enjoyment...."If you get away from the East and West Coasts, the level of dumbness increases ever more. Moreover, Americans think that they are the center of the universe which is even more ridiculous. Generally, the more dumb people in a state, the more Republican the state is when it votes."
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  • Civility, Please
    FederalEmployee
    Is it necessary to criticize others' posts in such an uncivil manner? Is it possible to respond to another's post in a courteous manner, rather than resorting to play-ground bullying? Who should set the example of good behavior? The majority of people who post comments here are current and retired federal employees. I believe we should show respect for one another...you know...play nicely in the sand box...whether one agrees with another's comment or not. Charity begins at home...
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  • Sorry but...
    Rob
    I cannot respect anyone who calls the people who served in the military unpatriotic. You'd have a bit more credibility if you'd point out the disrespect shown by Dennis in most of his posts.
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  • you need them more than you think
    pcfriar66
    What you say bassically is in line with a current campaign by NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employee Association) called the "Protect America's Heartbeat' program. It tries to get the messate out the general public of the basic needed jobs performed by the rank and file "foot soldiers". During 4th of July they made the point that the meat you are cooking on the grill was inspected for your health by federal meat and food inspectors. If you traveled anywhere the Federal Highway Administration was doing its part to keep roads safe. Also, you may have flown somehwere, with the FAA and Air traffic controllers working on that holiday. You may have visited a national park. The park service employees were busy keeping those parks open. Also, you probably checked out a weather forecast from the National Weather Service. Bureaucrats are the policy makers in their air conditioned offices with $5,000 desks in $1,000 suits who have little or no dea what day to day troops do. Due to media coverage, people lump all government employees into the same boat. Remember this. And all employees within 10 years of retirementeligibility should join this organization (NARFE).
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  • Oh, really...
    StarTrek1701
    NBC news reported Andrea Mitchell has stated that when given the opportunity, voters ultimately always make the right, intelligent, choice (something like that). Considering the current state of the Federal government and our elected officials, is there anybody who really believes that? If people want better government, they need to vote for more qualified candidates and not worry about party affiliations. Voters are too complacent. They don't do enough research to make intelligent choices of the candidates. Then, they want to complain, as stated above, when the politicians drop regulations, or fail to pass same, that allow people to be injured or die. Next time someone complains, ask them if they voted for the imbecile that created or supported the legislation (or lack thereof) that caused their loved ones death.
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  • Oh really
    Dennis Retiree
    Glen, I agree completely that voters should select the best candidates regardless of party. However, the Republican Party seems to only be nominating real extremist right wingers these days. I am utterly amazed that some of these candidates actually get elected or nearly get elected.
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  • another masterpiece from Dennis
    Rob
    Tell me Dennis, how does a radical right wing extremist get elected governor of one of the bluest states in the nation? The fact is anyone who doesn't share your warped views is a radical.
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  • "...how does a radical right wing extremist get elected..."?
    FERS Fed
    Well, let's see. How about by pandering to 'low information' voters who don't question candidates' positions? By enacting voter fraud laws to suppress turnout? By targeting defenseless minorities as the source of all the nation's problems? You know, all the kinds of things the National Socialists did in Germany.
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