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  • We all got disavowed last night
    contrarian
    They will throw anybody and everybody under the bus. At this point I rest my case, the only factual conclusion is that neither side will support Fed Emps like we feel we should.
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  • nothing new
    Rob
    What I saw was the same thing that's been going on for sometime now. One side recognizes the fiscal cliff and recommends solutions. The other side offers no counter proposals and instead tries to scare the public with lies. I understand what Biden was doing last night. His job was to pump up the base of his party. He chose to be obnoxious. If the body twitches and groans are what pumps people up then he did his job. I'm not sure how the turrets syndrome charade will sit with the undecided voters. There's probably not many undecided voters out there.
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  • nothing new
    Dennis Retiree
    Rob, CBS did a poll of 400 plus undecided voters and Biden prevailed 50% to 31%. I suspect that overall, Biden helped get the Democrats their "mojo" back.
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  • CBS??
    Big Joe
    Communist Broadcasting Service?
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  • CBS.
    Moderate
    You would prefer the newspeak broadcasting service, where lies are truths if you repeat them often enough. Actually, they do a scientific survey.
    worker
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  • Cherry Picking Again?
    Rob
    The polls on the debate are all over the place. A Clinton News Network (CNN) poll had it 48 Ryan 44 Biden. I think the consensus is a tie, but you just go ahead and keep cherry picking those polls Dennis. I think the jury is out on how Biden's obnoxious behavior will be taken by any undecided voters that still exist. If people are really on the fence I'm not sure how they would be swayed to vote for Obama after Biden's behavior. It was very un-presidential. Regardless, the next two presidential debates are all that matters. People don't cast their votes on a VP debate.
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  • "Biden's obnoxious behavior"?
    FERS Fed
    Vice President Biden acted EXACTLY the same way that Mitt Romney did in the 1st Presidential debate. But THAT wasn't obnoxious?
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  • Take the blinders off
    Rob
    Not sure what debate you watched, but Romney received no criticism from either party about his demeanor. Romney was bettered prepared which doesn't translate into obnoxious behavior. Biden was a jerk and members of his own party have acknowledged the fact. However, Biden did what his party wanted him to do. That's the sort of behavior that motivates liberals. They can't debate on principle. They have to attack and besmirch their opponent. Biden gets an A for doing what the Dems do best.
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  • "Take the blinders off"?
    FERS Fed
    Sure thing, Rob, just as soon as you remove the mental limiter that prevents you from considering any viewpoint other than the conservative one.
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  • Biased Rob
    Moderate
    No Rob. Biden did the job he was supposed to do. And what true Democrat condemned Biden for his actions. Of course the knee jerk Republicans did so because Biden actually asserted himself. I did not hear you condemn the dirty tricks of the Republicans.
    worker
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  • Why Do We Still Have Debates???
    Fed1979
    Who in their right mind would actually vote based on a debate? They are an absolute waste of time. We all know candidates say what the voters want to hear and don't do what they say they are going to do. The country is run by Congress and the Supreme Court.
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  • We all got disavowed lat night
    Dennis Retiree
    The bottom line for Federal Workers is that the gravy train is over whichever party wins the election. The American People and politicians have woken up to the fact that Federal Workers have a real "sweet heart deal." The average grade of Federal Employees has increased greatly over the last 30 plus years. Until the recent past, Federal Employees received decent raises every year. The Republicans and Romney will drastically reduce Federal Employees Compensation, and they will throw Federal Employees under the bus. They have stipulated this fact. The Democrats will give Federal Employees much smaller raises than they have received in the past, and increase by a small percentage the amount of money that Federal Employees contribute to their retirement plans. There is a huge elephant (and I don't mean the Republicans) in the room, and that is the huge deficit. The Democrats and Republicans to pass a deficit deal need to compromise because it takes 60 votes to pass anything in the US Senate. In any deficit deal, the Democrats may give more on Federal Employees issues than they may have wanted to. So a deficit deal may extend the pay freeze for a full three or even four years. I suspect we will see the "high three for retirement" go to the "high five." I think that an increase in retirement contributions is a done deal in any deficit compromise. My guess would be 3% more implemented over a number of years. This morning I reviewed some polls for the US Senate and House Races and here is my conclusion. The Democrats may well keep control of the US Senate. If they lose control of the US Senate, it will be by a very narrow margin. For the US House, the National Generic Polls are showing a virtual tie. This means Democratic gains because of their poor showing in 2010. I suspect that the Republicans will keep control of the US House of Representatives but will lose some seats and have a much more tenuous majority. The bad news is that we are going to see a much more ideologically based Congress. The party moderates in both parties are a dying breed. There are virtually no moderate Republicans left and the Democrat Blue Dogs are virtually extinct. Can the parties compromise to save the country for fiscal disaster, stayed tuned ? It will take something that they are not very good at, compromise. One final thought, I am a Federal Retiree now. Do not think that by retiring you can avoid the cuts. It is my gut feeling that CSRS and FERS Retirement COLAs will be on the chopping block and reduced in some manner. This will be very unfair since Social Security and Military Retiree COLAs are sacrosanct and will not be touched, but the politicians have no honor or integrity when it comes to us. I wish everyone luck in the coming months and years, we will all need it.
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  • American word is in jepardy
    Chuck@IRS
    What scares me the most is the willingness of the current Congress to declare 30 year old contracts invalid. The FERS program is a contract. America has promised to pay its employees a defined amount for a defined period of work. If Congress can now just decide we don't want to do that. What comes next? Will they just declare our debt to China is too expensive? America, as a whole, is in a poor position. Promises made by the Federal government cannot be reneged upon, or we'll have nothing to base our future on.
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  • Government Service is in Trouble
    Moderate
    I cannot deny that the average grade has increased. I can say that if it did not, then the government would not attract the workers it needs. That is because the pay for the same grade level has not gone up sufficiently. Additionally, our jobs are much more complex than they used to be. So our pay is still much too low. However, I believe you are right when you say not to expect much in pay increases.----You are right about the Republicans. They have tossed out the moderates. However, I believe there are moderate Democrats. However, what is the definition of a moderate? I also believe the country has moved to the right.
    worker
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  • Snow removal
    Linda
    The only good thing it sounds like for the Naval bases is that a lot of them are in warmer climates, so not a lot if any snow. The ones that do get snow will change the snow removal policy the first time someone falls and sues the navy. Snow removal is a lot cheaper than the lawsuits, especially if it is a pregnant contractor. Knew a lady who fell on snow at a government facility due to lack of snow removal, she was in her 7th month, she got the rest of the pregnantcy off with pay. She didn't even ask, they were that concerned of the lawsuits.
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  • Re: Snow removal
    GetOffYour Butts
    Cutting back on the costs of snow removal is penny wise and POUND foolish. I just one government employee or civilian on government property is seriously injured the related costs: hospitalization, surgery, disability payments etc. for a single injured person could amount to far more money that snow removal costs at the facility for 10 years. If the American people, our Congress and the Pentagon wants to 'save money" and lower costs____all they have to do is tell countries like Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, S. Korea etc. to pay 20% of the costs of having our bases on their soil protecting them at OUR expense. Cutting back at home is foolish___when we are paying to protect foreign countries with our overseas bases.
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  • To GOYB
    Linda
    I agree, but 20% is too low. How about 50% or better. Although, we probably don't have to pay rent on the land, and there are some other services that might be provided. I would like to 100% paid, but doubt that would ever happen.
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  • Ally Costs
    ben
    Japan covers about 100 percent of Operations and Maintenance Costs and Korea about 50 percent. It is time to downsize in Europe.
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  • More than I would have thought
    Linda
    If Japan pays 100% of the cost of operations Great) do they also pay for the labor of the military personel? That is the expensive part, wages and benefits. I ahve never worked overseas and unless you are the finance and budgeting departs or a head honcho, you probably never know.
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  • Ally Costs
    ben
    Japan does not cover costs of military pay or tactical equipment. They pay for US and Japanese civilian pay, non-tactical equipment, cost of base operations As we move the Marines out of Japan to Guam and Australia, they will cost more. Military personnel costs are a constant, whether stationed in the US or overseas, except for overseas allowances. US civilians cost are much more, as are Japanese civilian costs. I was an auditor for DoD for nearly 38 years and lived in Korea for 4.5 years. TDY to Japan many times.
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  • Time to bring 'em all home
    contrarian
    Ron Paul got this one right. We can't afford to be the world's policeman anymore.
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  • Thanks
    Linda
    Ben, thanks for the information, I didn't know that. Nice to know we are not paying 100% of the cost everywhere. But, I must agree we can't afford to be the world police, might be time to slowly cut back. Too big costs local jobs and may put US military out of jobs in a slow economy.
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