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  • Fiscal Cliff
    contrarian
    Mike went back to practical info today, thanks. But I think we really need to assume that the Country's True Owners have decided that the President will be reelected and Fed Emps will sacrifice even more. 4 more years of the same would make some people happy, but I'm afraid that it's going to be worse than that. More stories will come out next year but it will be too late by then. Batten down the hatches it's going to be a rough ride.
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  • Loss under Romney will be much greater than under Obama
    Moderate
    I think that if Romney is elected, we will lose much more than if Obama is elected. Since I plan on retiring, my loss will be much less on this issue.
    worker
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  • benefits yes freedom no
    Rob
    If Romney is elected and the GOP gains super majorities in both Houses (unlikely) then feds will probably lose more of their benefits. If we take our federal employee hat off and look at the bigger picture then we stand to lose a lot more if Obama is re-elected.
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  • Romney
    Zoopy
    Hi Rob, I'm not so sure. I think we're fairly clear on what Obama's positions are, although he might pursue them more aggressively in a second term. But I can say in all honesty that I don't know what Romney would do if elected. He hasn't presently a clearly mathematically coherent budget plan. And he can't be pinned down on almost any other detail either. I can honestly say that I can't figure out who could be worse at this point.
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  • That's Politics
    Rob
    No politician is going to give specifics during a campaign. We don't like it, but that's standard no matter the party or candidate. If Obama laid out the specifics for his second term this election would already be over. We all want bi-partisanship right? It's the only way to solve the debt crisis. Romney was governor of MA where 87% of the state legislature were democrats. I think he's more likely to work with the opposition than Obama.
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  • No to the Republicans. We want our freedom
    Moderate
    Sorry Rob. You have lost no freedom.-----As it is we will probably have another small recession in the Bush and the Republican's Depression. If we get Romney and the balanced budget, we will probably end up with a much larger recession if not a depression. Look at what Herbert Hoover did when the economy went south. He tightened up everything. That gave us the Great Depression. We need the spending now to get us out of your friends' depression. After that then we should reduce the deficit. Speaking of freedoms, it was your friends that gave us the "Patriot" Act which involved them snooping on us. We do not want that nonsense.
    worker
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  • "benefits yes freedom no"?
    FERS Fed
    Really, Rob? What about your mortgage interest, state/local taxes, and charitable contribtion income tax deductions that Mitt Romney's tax plan will cap so that he can give the wealthy 20% lower taxes? ..... What about Americans with 'pre-existing conditions' who can now get health insurance under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which Mitt Romney will overturn his first day in office? ..... What about women pregnant by rape with no options because Republicans outlaw all abortions? ..... Sorry, but if Mitt Romney is elected, there won't be any 'free' left in 'freedom'. All that'll be left is 'dum'.
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  • No Hyperbole, Please!
    ben
    FERS Fed, I'm too old and seen too much to trust politicians as a species. However, Romney's plan, as stated, is to get rid of the deductions for the upper income earners, nor all. Then, lower the tax RATES, not taxes, by 20 percent. There is no call to outlaw abortions in the Republican platform. Although, there is a call to not use federal funds to pay for abortions, except for rape, incest and the life/health of the mother. No hysteria, please.
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  • Romney's Plan
    Moderate
    You sound like you are narrowing this to clear and concise statements by Romney. However, it is also clear that the Republicans and Romney are against abortion rights. Either he, the party, or both are against the?Supreme?Court decision allowing women to have abortions. The Republicans want that overturned. That has been stated. Additionally, they are discriminating against a medical procedure called abortion. This sounds pretty much anti abortion rights to me. I will not distort the facts.-----You say that he wants to get rid of deductions for the upper class. How does he define upper class. And who do you think benefits the most from the 20% reduction in rates? It ain't the poor.-----I'll stay with FERS FED on this one.
    worker
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  • "No Hyperbole, Please!"? "No hysteria, please"?
    FERS Fed
    Ben, are you paying the least bit of attention in this election cycle? NO ONE has been able to make Mitt Romney's tax plan add up without severely limiting the noted income tax deductions, which are relied on by the middle-class, not the wealthy. Gov. Romney himself publicly pondered a $17,000 cap on deductions -- use it anyway you want, but that's all you get. Paul Ryan, Romney's policy-wonk-VP-candidate proposes that the top tax rate be reduced TO 20%. Now who would benefit most from that? ..... And apparently you've missed the pubic comments by the Indiana AND Missouri Republican Senate candidates on abortion and "God's plan". Surely you understand they're only saying what other conservative Republican candidates are thinking. Any time ANY politicians start talking about "God's plan" for anyone other than themselves, voters better BEWARE. ..... I agree with you as far as trusting politicians goes. But when it comes to Obama versus Romney, better the anti-Christ we know than the anti-Christ we don't.
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  • Like I Stated
    ben
    FERS Fed, I have followed the elections quite thoroughly. Helps to be retired. First, as to the Romney tax proposals, I suggest you need to reserch further afield. The AEI website at http://www.american.com/archive/2012/october/the-romney-tax-plan-not-a-tax-hike-on-the-middle-class, determined that the Romney plan would work, with a GDP increase of 0.1 percent. Romney's economic policy director commented on the errors in cited studies in a recent WP http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/underestimating-mitt-romneys-tax-plan/2012/10/23/5fdf114e-1d15-11e2-8817-41b9a7aaabc7_story.html. The Democrats misstated the Princeton study by Harvey Rosen as he pointed out in his report at https://www.princeton.edu/ceps/workingpapers/228rosen.pdf. As to the abortion issue, postulating the statements of two Republican candidates represent the thoughts of the entire Congress is does not lead to a rational conclusion that a majority would vote for such.
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  • The American Enterprise Institute?
    FERS Fed
    AEI is a pro-business, right-wing think tank. Of course, AEI determined that Mitt Romney's tax plan would work. BTW "Some AEI scholars are considered to be some of the leading architects of the second Bush administration's public policy" - source: Wikipedia. Remember where the Bush Administration's public policies left the country? Personally, I would have to heavily discount any AEI conclusions. And of course, Mitt Romney's economic policy director sad there were errors in opposition studies. What else would he say - 'Gosh, you caught us! Sorry!' Suggest that you research some less partisan analyses of Romney's tax plan and apply a little personal critical thinking to what you find. Try starting with Josh Barro's analyses of Romney's 'six independent studies' in Bloomberg News. http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-10-12/the-final-word-on-mitt-romney-s-tax-plan.html
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  • Caution Ignored
    ben
    FERS Fed, I cautioned you about hyperbole. First, you stated, "NO ONE has been able to make Mitt Romney's tax plan add up without severely limiting the noted income tax deductions, which are relied on by the middle-class, not the wealthy." When confronted with three such, you did not admit you overstated your argument, but cited an article. If you read the Princeton study, you'd realize the weaknesses in you cited article. Again, no hyperbole.
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  • "Hyperbole"?
    FERS Fed
    The partisan blog posts and op-ed pieces you cite are hardly serious analyses much less 'studies'. ..... The nonpartisan Tax Policy Center, a respected nonprofit that issues studiously detailed tax analyses, released a study in August which found, in short, that Mr. Romney COULD NOT KEEP ALL OF THE PROMISES he had made on individual tax reform: including cutting marginal tax rates by 20 percent, keeping protections for investment income, not widening the deficit and not increasing the tax burden on the poor or middle class. ..... Specifically, the TPC paper found that Romney's plan couldn't work because his tax rate cuts would provide $86 billion MORE in tax relief to people making OVER $200,000 than Romney could recoup by eliminating tax expenditures for that group. ..... The AEI blog post you cite claims 'added economic growth' closes Romney's $86 billion gap. Growth induced by tax policy change has never been reliably demonstrated and typically is used as 'what-it-takes-to-balance'. ..... I won't even address your reference to Romney's economic policy director's comments, whose job it is to say whatever it takes to support the guy signing his paycheck. ..... Lastly, Rosen also depends on rosy, unwarranted economic assumptions to make Romney's tax plan numbers work. ..... Economists across the political spectrum have said they found the TPC report’s conclusions convincing, including Alan D. Viard, a tax expert at the right-of-center American Enterprise Institute. Mr. Sullivan of Tax Analysts said: “I like tax reform. I want to broaden the base. It’s something I’ve devoted my life to. And I welcome Governor Romney and the Republicans’ strong push, but the plan doesn’t work out. It’s not mathematically possible.”
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  • Thanks for "thinking"
    RonaldG
    Now stop it.
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  • Only an issue for upcoming retirees, then?
    tag1555
    So this is only an issue for workers "who plan to retire on Jan. 1, 2 or 3" and who are on the 27 pay periods schedule? That's what I got from the article.
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  • Who's problem is this, anyway?
    Rock Island fed
    I think I got the same thing. But why should someone about to retire worry about use or lose if they'll get paid for unused annual?
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  • What's the action?
    Lignumvitae
    Mr. Causey closes with "If you are caught up in the 11-year itch — 27 pay periods but only the usual 26 pay days — and don't act, you will lose one day of annual leave." But what action needs to be taken? By whom? This piece is confusing and not at all helpful. I prefer informative over cutesy.
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  • What's the acton...
    Getting_FED_Up
    Ligunmvitae... Look ahead and figure out what your leave balance will be at the end of pay period 26. If its over the 240 hrs, plan to use it now before there is a problem. I would actually plan to keep balance around 230 to start the next year.
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  • Bad grammar, sorry.
    Rock Island fed
    Whose
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  • Monday, Dec. 24
    Taxpayer Too
    Don't forget that we have a holiday on Dec. 25th. During Clinton's and baby Bush's terms in office, Federal employees did get the 24th off as a holiday. Not that I'm sure we will get the 24th off but be warned if we do there's another day of A.L. people with use or lose will have to worry about using.
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  • Christmas bonus day
    Getting_FED_Up
    Doubt we will getting the "extra" day this year since we haven't in a while because of the "budget" and being under a CR. Heck we'll be lucky if we don't have to worry about a furlough in January...
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  • Cutting Government Costs
    ben
    Unlike state and local government, major federal government costs are NOT personnel costs. Programs buying expensive things, paying for expensive things and shoveling funds to others, deserving, or not, is where the real costs are to be found. If congress and the president wish to truly reduce the deficit, that's where they must look.
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  • Does that include military items+
    Moderate
    I assume that includes the military items
    worker
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  • Romney provides little or no detail
    Spanky
    Your boys RomneyRyan provide very little details except to announce withdrawing the Pentagon cuts and increasing defense. Romney did mention on the last few debates that he will increase naval ships (as example). Of course he smirked at Obama's lecture on not understanding how the military operates. It appears Romney will increase the Defense, for the sake of increasing Defense and cutting much needed funding for programs that doesn't interest him and his wealthy friends. You claim to be old, retired and pay attention to politics? I believe you are old and either stoned out of your mind, or very wealthy and wasting everyone's time with your baloney! Please do vote for those hypocrit republicans and I am sure you will get what you asked for... And since you pay attention to politics, do you have any clue how Romney/Ryan feel about old geezard retirees sucking on Uncle Sugar's teat? You'll be the first whiner crying afoul! You don't need to respond if you are intransit to your other 3 properties in Florida! Typical hypocrit!
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  • Unfortunate
    mikeandike
    It is unfortunate that federal workers are marginalized and treated so poorly. I for one work extremely hard and am planning to take my skills and work ethic to the private sector. As more people like me do the same, what will be left? This issue needs to be addressed ASAP!
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