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  • FAA Air Traffic Control  (Flagged as Abuse)
    Anthony S.
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  • Nice to be quoted.
    ben
    It was nice of Mike to quote me. A simple palliative to the sequester is to allow department heads to budget the cuts, rather than across the board. Of course, we'll see some high profile cuts, but must expect that. Reductions in programs, not simplistic across the board cuts and beat up on Feds rants. Reductions in programs and adjustments to social security and medicare to match the actuary tables. The nation's economy can't survive continued trillion dollar deficits. Nor, can we extract that amount in taxes to cover the deficit.
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  • Too bad Mike didn't also include Lisa Lisa's response to your post repeated below
    FERS Fed
    "You clearly are not nor ever have been an ATC'er. I have. For 10 years. For me to explain to you how it works would take more characters and time to provide you ATC101. Planes will keep coming-bet on it. A lack of funds to the FAA means a lack of resources to maintain the radar equip that we use to track you, airport management, airport safety-you know checking that runway. Less controllers could require longer time at the scope (in the hot seat). Controllers need to have breaks when working traffic for hours at a time. You have to give the brain a break otherwise you risk flight safety.Thats why a measure was put in to place long ago to provide for needed breaks because flight safety WAS a risk in having controllers working without breaks. Always someone thinks they are an expert in fields they have no knowledge of."
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  • Stand By What I Stated
    ben
    A furlough will mean a back up, not crashes. You've never been an auditor (DoD for 38 years) and reviewed hundreds of processes. You've made a good argument for privatizing air controller positions, with government licensing and inspection of facilities. Privatized, the positions wouldn't be affected by furloughs.
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  • If ever there was a perfect description of....
    FERS Fed
    ..."someone thinks they are an expert in fields they have no knowledge of", it would be 'auditor'. Worked in an IG shop long enough to learn that. ..... And if there's any inherently governmental activity, it would be air traffic control. ..... ATC by lowest bidder? Seriously?
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  • Same Old Argument
    ben
    Same old argument one hears over and over -- "an outsider can't judge us." Well, after decades of auditing ammo plants, production facilities, weapons systems (physics major helps), as well as, the more traditional areas, I've blown that argument to smithereens again and again. Saved hundreds of millions in costs and identified slow down areas in production. In the IG shop, you would not be exposed to such, Seriously, if course, we privatize running of facilities producing nuclear weapons. Lowest bidder isn't the main factor in determining who gets the contract.
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  • "...we privatize running of facilities producing nuclear weapons"?
    FERS Fed
    And in your opinion that's working well, is it? ..... "Tank Storing Radioactive Waste Leaking in Washington - (CNN) -- A tank storing radioactive waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington is leaking liquids to the tune of 150 to 300 gallons per year, the governor said Friday." ..... BTW did DoD auditors ever find any of the trillions Sec. Rumsfeld said were lost? "According to some estimates we cannot track $2.3 trillion in transactions," Rumsfeld admitted." http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-18563_162-325985.html
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  • Not a good argument
    ben
    So, your argue, that the government should not privatize because it has a hard time enforcing its own regulations upon itself. But, can impose regulations that cost private industry $2 trillion annually. Not a good argument. Fail, try, again! As to audit, funds weren't lost. Accounting was lousy. Items purchased exist.
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  • I hope the Repubs force a shut-down. Obummer has to be stopped.
    The Original Joe S
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  • Part-Timers and Sequestration
    Rob
    Because of Obamacare many companies are now being run by part-timers. Ahhh, those unintended consequences that come with every piece of legislation.....The fear tactics are almost in full force. In a couple of days the general public will be convinced that the world will come to an end if sequestration happens. It's all a bunch of nonsense. Most agencies will magically find a way to absorb the 5% budget cut without sending employees home.
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  • Part-timers Running Government
    vetdude
    What a gig! As the old saying goes, "If I only knew then what I know now", my sole mission in life would have been to become a state senator or congressman. Where else can you screw up, not meet your deadlines, work part-time and then, even if you only serve one term, you can retire with full pay and full benefits. Did you know children of a congress member do not have to pay back their college student loans? That's right, Fox News learned that the staffers of Congress family members are exempt from having to pay back student loans. Congressmen have exempted themselves from many of the laws they have passed (such as being exempt from any fear of prosecution for sexual harassment) while ordinary citizens must live under those laws, including to exempt themselves from Healthcare Reform...in all of its forms. Somehow, that doesn't seem logical.
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  • Check Your Facts
    LS
    Vetdude: Stop repeating the lie that congressmen can retire with full pay after one term. That just isn't so. Their pension depends on their high-3 average salary and their years of service. I also wouldn't believe much of anything Fox News reports. That is not a creditable news organizaton. I highly doubt that Congression staffers or family members of Congressmen are exempt from repaying studen loans. A legal citation on that would be welcome. Also Congressmen, and any other employee covered by an employer health plan that meets minimum requirements, are not affected by the Healthcare reform law.
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  • Check Your Facts
    vetdude
    "I also wouldn't believe much of anything Fox News reports. That is not a creditable news organizaton." Why, because it's not democrat-owned? Also, the current salary (2013) for rank-and-file members of the House and Senate is $174,000/year. Not a bad "high-three" there, eh?
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  • Fox is not news
    Jerry A.
    Fairleigh Dickinson University did two studies which showed that people who used Fox News as their main news source did significantly worse on knowing facts about news events than even people who watched no news at all. Fox is not news, it is right wing propaganda and lies. http://www.nydailynews.com/entertainment/tv-movies/fox-news-viewers-informed-current-events-don-watch-news-study-finds-article-1.981257
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  • Two sides to every issue
    Joe
    Fox is the only news outlet where both sides are allowed to speak freely about issues. Unlike MSNBC, NBC, CBS, ABC, CNN et al where viewers are only presented with the liberal viewpoint and conservatives are mocked or marginalized.
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  • Congressional Retirement
    ben
    Congress members elected since 1984 are subject to FERS, just like the rest. Which, for the unknowing, includes social security, TSP (a 401k with 5 percent matching), and a small annuity. Only the annuity is subject to the high 5. Most FERS annuities are about $12,000 to $14,000 annually. So, congressional annuities would be in the $15,000 range after 25 years, or so.
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  • Privatization?
    Linda
    Bless the service is totally privately funded, it is just as effected by budget cuts as the rest of us. As I spent the weekend with a private contractor employee working in HR dealing with lay offs from the continuing resolutions and gearing up for more lay offs for sequestration s. do huge extra hours and costing huge money as the powers that be keep changing their minds because they don't know what is coming., I wonder if Congress know how much money their indecision and lack of decisions is costing everyone, including the government?
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  • President share the blame.
    ben
    Sequester was originally suggested by the Administration and must share the blame. Jack Lew sold it to Reid. Best short term fix is to allow department secretaries to determine where to make the cuts (within the same amount), rather than an across the board cut for FY13. Then, substitute Simpson-Bowles for the next 9 years.
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