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  • Management in Constant Huttles
    Lisa Lisa
    We havent been told much. A snippet about a month ago. If you arent seeking information about furloughs such as your site, people will be in the dark. Each year, this furlough stuff inches closer to a reality. As for DoD, I am so glad I left there a few years ago-whew! I have to wonder if they are downplaying the furlough because anyone in their right mind would be dusting off that resume to jump ship. I did when the reality of BRAC was happening, threats of budget cuts even then, and that pesky NSPS. While I still would be impacted somehow now(its all a secret-huttles running amok) by a furlough, I think I lowered my risk of being in the poor house by leaving DoD.
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  • Perpetual crisis
    contrarian
    Never let them go to waste?
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  • wrong blog - good info
    deployed decoy
    Well besides the mess that could end the free world as we know it, that our leadership got us into the last dozen or so years (well over 60 if you considder Eisenhower testified to congress right after WWII ended that the USA would ONLY be in Germany 5-years). If you plan to retire EOY 2013, and work the following year. Know that with 11 days paid work days in 2013 and 208 hours of cashed out annual leave. Put my 2013 earned income at over $11,000, by Jan 15, retireing 31 Dec. That means I can earn about $3000 this year, before I start working for 40 cents on a dollar for the next $25,000 or so. They take $1 for every $2 earned (before taxes) from the FERS SS supplement. So either plan on making a LOT of money after you retire, not colleting a 1/3 of your FERS package or just working for food (maybe on the current job) in the future... I never planned to work and will not. I beleive in the barter system and crossing state lines to avoid sales tax... Maybe they will start paying active feds through the federal cheese program, say 5 lbs per hour. Think how productive everyone will be all plugged up and no bathroom breaks.
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  • Career ideas
    contrarian
    DD: If you're ever really hard up you could write for Jay Leno or Saturday Night Live. Not that I have time to watch those shows, but don't let that talent go to waste.
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  • Get Dish
    deployed decoy
    C, you can record this stuff now. then watch a full season in one rainy weekend afternoon. No, Im saving my PR skills for an administration that runs on honesty and orders the very painfull cuts across the board that need made. I mean simple stuff, one signature, and the penny and $1 bill are gone. Put those $1 coins in the till and the $2 bill, also sitting by the billions in vaults unused. That would save treasurary many billions a yr and not cost a cent to anyone...
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  • Why would Jay Leno want that stuff?
    Moderate
    It makes no sense. He is writing about the limited amount of income he can make until the FERS supplement is reduced. We know that. And he likes cheese. So what?
    worker
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  • Now, Now Mod-dude.....
    X-taxman
    Jealousy is your best compliment! Let's turn that frown upside down!
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  • My Oh My
    Budgetweenie
    It is clear to some, but oh so few. In order to divert criticism for past decisions that brought about our current woes, it is best to create new diversions. Fear, that's the answer. Few can manage fear well. When human nature is factored, it seems to me, that it is elementary to manipulate people's behaviors. Fact: Too much has been frivolously spent over many years. Fact: Elected officials see the short term (election cycles) extremely well, while long term planning is irrelevant to their objectives. Fact: Government rewards expansion and not efficiency or effectiveness, Fact: If the citizens stopped looking at only those things impacting them but. rather. seeing how the "whole" could be made better, then individuals would be beneficiaries. Fact: Choosing priorities is the hardest part, just behind being a Statesman versus a Politician.
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  • Better look at yourself also
    Moderate
    Your comment about looking at the whole picture is lovely until the citizen is laid off, looses his house, sees his family in the streets, etc. all in the name of looking at the big picture.
    worker
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  • If foresight were available
    Budgetweenie
    we wouldn't have to worry so much about the losing of jobs and houses. If, it is now time to face the music created by those we elected who grossly mismanaged the financial resources over decades than so be it. On the next cycle, we should be more careful, hold elected officials more accountable and demand transparency that shows clearly who is on the dole from mega donors. But, it isn't just bad management at the state and federal levels. It's greed, greed, selfishness and more greed. I hold no sympathy, but for a few.
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  • Newton's 3rd law of motion
    FiatLux
    In your article, Mr. Causey, you stated the following, "The exception is a small fringe group of House Republicans who would genuinely like to see the government furloughed on a permanent basis — except for the facilities and federal funding in their congressional districts." Adjectives can be as revealing as actions. Just to satisfy my curiosity and to keep me as a reader of your columns, please explain to me why the Democrats who choose to spend the United States of America into fiscal oblivion are not a "small fringe group of Administration and Senate Democrats." Thank you, FiatLux
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  • Booyah
    Rob
    Mike is right; there is a small fringe group of House Republicans who would like to see the gov't furloughed. These folks generally come from very conservative districts and are merely representing their constituents. However, if given total control like in 2009-2010 the ENTIRE Democratic Party would spend this country into fiscal oblivion as you note. The only thing standing in their way is the GOP.
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  • ".....Democratic Party would spend this country into fiscal oblivion"?
    FERS Fed
    Oops, too late. The GOP already spent this country into fiscal oblivion when it took the country into TWO wars, declared the costs of those wars off-budget, and added ANOTHER unpaid for 'entitlement' (MEDICARE prescriptions). ..... And handed a federal budget producing surpluses, did the GOP take any actions such as paying down the federal debt to begin preparing the country for the baby-boomer generation's retirement, the rising costs of which have been projected for decades? Nope. They cut taxes, further enriching 1% of the population. ..... Its laughable that the GOP, whose economic policies and fiscal practices caused the worst recession since the Great Depression (their economic policies caused that disaster, too), now claims to be the party of fiscal prudence.
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  • More Nonsense
    Rob
    The worst recession since the Great Depression was set in motion by the subprime mess that Barney Frank and the Dems didn't want to address. Owning a house was a Right, right? That one really worked out well. The prescription drug "entitlement" program was yet another example of the "entitlement" society we've become. Unfortunately the GOP was responsible for that dopey program. You liberals are great at blaming others. We're now in year 5 of Obama's reign and you clowns on the left still blame GWB. Tell us FERS Fed, what is your party's plan to stop the spending? Truth is your party has no plan. The plan is to continue to spend money we don't have (or invest as the Dems like to call it), and when things continue to go bad its blame the other guy.
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  • Blame the Republicans.
    Moderate
    You know, Rob, you write great fiction. You blame Barney Frank and the Democrats for the housing crisis. You fail to mention, that for the most part, the Republicans controlled Congress from 1995 through 2006 inclusive. So, how did Barney Frank exert so much influence? Please note also, that the excesses did not take place until George came into power, along with a Republican Congress. And they did nothing to control the excesses that were taking place. So, your comments are pure nonsense.
    worker
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  • NO! Math doesn't agree.
    ben
    GWOT budget amounted to $80 to $90 billion annually. State Department increase amounted to about $1 billion annually. VA budget may have increased about $10 billion of a $65 billion budget. Part D of Medicare is about $65 billion.That's about $166 billion annually. Dems increased the budget $1.3 to $1.4 trillion over the last four years. Under Bush, tax revenue increased $4.8 trillion over his 8 years. The one percent portion of tax revenue increased.
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  • You're right. Your math DOESN'T agree...
    FERS Fed
    ...with the numbers the Congressional Research Service came up with. Google CRS report RL33110. ..... As for your statement, "Dems increased the budget $1.3 to $1.4 trillion over the last four years", don't federal spending bills have to originate by the Constitution in the House? And which party is it that controls the House?
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  • You forgot a fact
    Moderate
    And let us not forget that the country was not in a Depression under George until 2007. We are still feeling the effects of his actions or lack of actions.
    worker
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  • Getting Old
    Cindi
    First is was NOT a depression and second Obama is into his 5th year. It's his economy now not Bush's.
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  • WTOP-Just asking for truth..
    Big Joe
    WTOP just had a discussion on this and said it was a small group of Republican and Democratic senators. So, why the disconnect between WTOP and Federal News Radio? Is there fault on both sides for wanting the furlough or is one news source playing politics? Is Federal News Radio or WTOP telling the truth?
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  • Blame the Republicans
    Moderate
    That is easy. Their party is the party that gave us the Bush and the Republicans Depression. Unfortunately, we must spend our way out of the depression. When we do we should turn the surpluses back to the government in reducing the deficit instead of giving tax cuts to the wealthy. If we do that too early, we must get a second and worse depression ala Herbert Hoover.
    worker
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  • Email Mike
    Cindi
    You need to send Mike an email if you want a response from him. He does not look at these comments. His email contact is in the column.
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  • Enough Already
    vetdude
    I didn't know it was possible, but, it seems the "news" about the "possibility" of furloughs is surpassing that of the two-week long hype and coverage of the events leading up to the Super Bowl. Are there any opposing brothers on each side of the aisle in Congress?
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  • Government Spending Increased
    ben
    In the last four years, federal spending rose from the traditional 18-19 percent of GDP to 25%. Add, the $2 trillion estimated by SBA for private industry to meet federal regulations, and something has to give.
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  • The economy
    Moderate
    How about getting us out of the effects of the George Bush and the Republicans Depression?
    worker
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