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  • Here it comes again
    Just me
    I guess that the old saying is true "those who fail to learn from history are condemned to repeat it." There are members, in Congress, who believe that forcing a shutdown (or furloughs) is the best tool for forcing spending cuts. You know, reductions in the amount of money Congress VOTED to spend. Will they happen? I don't know, but I would speculate that this new uncertainty will cause the pace of retirement to accelerate.
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  • Dang I retired
    deployed decoy
    If I had just back timed this. I could have gotten another few weeks paid off before I retired, Dec 31... Now I gotta live on GS12 step 9 retired pay. After health insurance, about $1500/Mo until OPM goes final. No wonder the 47% dont want to work. I know several making more than my entire retirement package (with FERS SSS whenever that starts) having 'crazy' kids for a living... Now Im off to my cabin on the mouth of the Hoh River to listen to the big water. no cell coverage, I bet not a sole on this blog could live 4 days without that drug... I can see you know beating that worthless smart phone on your head, twitching, eyes rolled back in your head. enjoy the work week...
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  • DD Retire
    CAfed
    Good to hear you are doing ok. I am being forced to retire this year - due to agency lies. No TV, seldom phone service, lots of quiet and wood to carve. Retirement and gardening will be nice. Take care.
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  • Will miss you
    Linda
    Hey Decoy, enjoy your retirement and drop in from time to time. We will miss your posts.
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  • Hey there Decoy!
    contrarian
    Good to hear from you, just before things heat up again! I'm sure the view is better from Thailand or wherever you are. Peace dude.
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  • Hoh River
    contrarian
    DD: I just looked this up, thought you'd be at least on the other side of the state. Maybe you're on vacation? If you ever get back on East Coast let me know.
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  • other side of the light
    deployed decoy
    C,: Well the Hoh drains the Olympic Mountains, from the wet(er) side. Trust me when I say it rains upside down and backwards, some of that 400" a year. That is after 16 miles of logging roads, locking 2 gates behind me. I chose WA for tax reasons to retire. well and I have family here that I lived with until I got closed on a house 10 minutes from Oregon and sales tax free shopping... It was sunny this week and a -3ft low tide. Still waiting to find that bannana boat full of gold washed up... M,: I have no plans to tap my TSP (close to $500k) for years. it is the basic FERS + SSS that add up to $3600/Mo, well before taxes and over $500/Mo in health care insuranc taken out. That leaves me about $1400/Mo until OPM goes final and maybe $2800/Mo after they go final. Fine if they cant work, cant see, are deaf and dumb, I'll let them have some of the spoils. but if they can work and dont because it pays more to be on welfare. I vote terminate welfare and let them go to Kuwait to earn $300/Mo as a slave to send money home to the USA to feed the kids - like the rest of the free world does... Oh I got my W2 for 2011. I had about $19,138 in health care costs last year. that includes the Govt and my payments, medicare, and about $800 in actual claims for my kids. Blue Cross paid $282. Lets see any welfare mom afford my Obama platinum health care... Emm $282 for a $19,138 investment... Im pretty sure I could do better betting 37 on the wheel in reno...
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  • DD retired
    El Fed
    Welocome back. I hope to see your post from time to time. Enjoy your retirement. Time to go back to lurk mode.
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  • To DD
    Moderate
    And what about your thrift plan? That should have some money in it? I will get more, but my step 7 is a good bit lower than yours. I will suffer through the first bunch of months, but I saved. I also will have some vacation time.----Anyway, what makes you so sure the 47% do not want to work? They may not be able to get a job with liveable wages and medical due to the effects of the Bush Depression. I do not own a cell phone. My wife uses one. Enjoy the fishing.
    worker
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  • Someone once said - as amended
    Budgetweenie
    "the best laid plans of mice and men, simply don't exist". When ideologies trump efficient management of government, and when greed, avarice, and those other notable sins take root and spread, it is apparent that a redux of pain and suffering will follow. What was that they said, doing the same thing over and over, and expecting different results, is a sign of something requiring treatment.
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  • Furthermore
    Budgetweenie
    I can understand more clearly why the Ultra Conservative members are adamantly opposed to background checks for gun purchases.
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  • Background Checks
    ben
    NRA isn't opposed to background checks. In fact, they desire more with mental health problems to be added to the database. The ACLU fought this from the beginning. The NRA doesn't approve a national registry as it would be a minimal help to law enforcement, be extremely expensive, and, in the past, was a prelude to seizure of arms. Canada tried such a registry, which was supposed to cost about $10 million -- $2 billion later, they abandoned it. Now, project that system upon a nation with 10 times the population of Canada.
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  • Huh?
    cubedweller
    So the NRA opposes a registry of gun owners, but they support a registry of those with mental health problems? Surely it would be just as expensive, and just as ineffective, considering that 1 in 4 Americans suffer from mental health issues.
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  • Database
    ben
    There is a present database listing convicted felons, court adjudicated drug users and alcoholics, and violent mental health patients used by the FBI to approve purchase of firearms from licensed firearms dealers. This database has served will. However, not all persons with a history of violence are listed. Either you misunderstood, or are attempting deflection. The first conclusion is honorable, the second is not.
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  • Huh
    Moderate
    They should be against the sale of assault guns and multiple fast fire ammunition. Why the resistance to that restriction?
    worker
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  • 20 day furlough? Does that mean unemployment?
    Maryland Mom
    I am hoping that we get 20 days straight furlough so that I can apply for unemployment benefits. But since the theme of the "20-teens" seems to be sc#%@ the government, I'm sure we'll get 1 day a pay period. It is a good thing I make next to nothing, because 1/10th (1 day of a 10 day work period) of next to nothing is still next to nothing.
    Beach Mum
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  • Furlough Spending Accounts?
    Eydkram0310
    First off, need the 113th Congress to get busy on this one. A FURLOUGH SPENDING ACCOUNT (FSA) would authorize (strictly voluntary) the government employee to put away (from their own money) up to one month's salary and locality. Therefore, when the employee was put on furlough, he or she could draw from the FSA and spend those dollars -- TAX FREE! Unexpended FSA dollars would be zero'd out (and TAX'd) over the last two pay periods. Fair? I think so, especially if furloughs and sequestration lasts for the next ten years!
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  • TSP=FSA?
    contrarian
    This ought to be really good for the stock market (not).
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  • TAX FREE? Send some of that stuff you're on over here! It must be very powerful!
    The Original Joe S
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  • Tax free
    Moderate
    We can dream.
    worker
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