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  • Let the furloughs proceed....
    Sleepless G
    Thanks to NSPS, I like many are "sitting pretty", said the ant to the grasshopper!
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  • Already started
    Linda
    Effects of sequestration has already started with Agencies and contractors gearing up for furloughs and lay offs. These are all time consuming and cost man power and other costs. Even if sequestration doesn't go into effect, how much wasted funds have been spent on it?
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  • Not if, but when
    MichaelF
    Since most agencies already have second quarter funding in place, I doubt we will see much, if any, effect come March 1. On April 1, however, the 3rd quarter starts and the effect will begin to be felt then. The main problem right now is that Speaker Boehner is too afraid to buck his own party. There are a group of Republican House members who insist sequestration is a good thing. I like to call these Congressmen "The Idiots." Boehner may know better, but is too afraid to get out and lead. Meanwhile in the Senate, Harry Reid is just too incompetent. He is a leader who can't get anything done. Meanwhile, Obama is speaking out to the public while he should be speaking to Congress. The system is not broken. It is the people we voted into office who are broken.
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  • Obama's Baby. Amount of Sequestration
    ben
    The sequestration is Obama's baby -- dirty diaper and all. He suggested it. Jack Lew sold Reid on it. Easiest method to ease the effects is to allow budgeting, instead of across the board cuts. For instance, fully fund food inspectors in Agriculture and cut subsidies to agribusiness. The total amount cut is small. Per CBO, the cut will be about $45 billion in FY 13 and $90 billion annually afterwards.https://www.cbo.gov/sites/default/files/cbofiles/attachments/43907-BudgetOutlook.pdf (start on page 14) Remember, this is a cut on rising budgets, not on a frozen budget Obama promised $2.50 in cuts for every $1.00 in revenue. Congress gave him a tax increase of about $80 billion on incomes of $450,000 and above. Where is the corresponding $200 billion in cuts? At present, Treasury paid $360 billion in FY 11 for interest on the national debt. What will be the amount on $25 trillion?
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  • Remember Obama's words in Nov 2011
    Rob
    Obama warned Congress in 2011 that he would veto any attempt to undo the automatic spending cuts. He went on to say that there were no easy off-ramps on this one.....This guy is unbelievable and the liberal media allows him to get away with it.
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  • Remember Boehner's Words August 2, 2011
    FERS Fed
    “When you look at this final agreement that we came to with the White House, I got 98 percent of what I wanted,” Boehner said in an interview with CBS News. “I’m pretty happy.” ..... The Budget Control Act of 2011 - debt limit hike, nearly $1 trillion in spending cuts, and the sequester - was overwhelmingly passed by Congress and signed by the President.
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  • Stop the newspeak Rob
    Moderate
    The blame is strictly on the Republicans for filibustering the needed spending. They pushed for all of the cuts in spending. Now you are blaming the sequestration on Obama? What a sick joke. Newspeak was in 1984. Weare almost 30 years later. Stop speaking it. And 2 + @ does not equal 5 except in newspeak.-----The Republicans need to come to the table and actually negotiate instead of presenting garbage spending plans that they know will go nowhere.
    worker
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  • Blame, blame, blame
    FERS Fed
    If the GOP put half as much effort into fixing sequestration as it has in trying to blame the President, sequestration wouldn't be an issue.
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  • How ironic...
    tuchrs
    You cry about blame and then point the finger to lay blame??? You and those like you are the problem, and are perfectly reflected in our political process.
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  • And your solution is....
    FERS Fed
    ???
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  • Give Department Secretaries Budgetary Discretion.
    ben
    Give Departmental Secretaries budgetary discretion within the spending guidelines. simple.
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  • Furloughs
    mnleps
    Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of people are being terrorized by the furlough threat. Certainly, statutory (congressional) deadlines will be impacted = to the number of days furloughed. While I have heard that the frightened plan to work at home to meet deadlines (that they say don't change)--slave labor is illegal. Statutory deadlines need to be addressed in the furlough guidance.
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  • Statutory deadlines
    Jmacq
    I have a feeling the answer will be: "Statutory deadlines do not change, but you can't work from home on your furlough days, and you're not getting overtime." In other words, "Do more with less."
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  • Return what cannot be done
    Moderate
    Better yet, do your work in the time allotted. Whatever does not get done, does not get done.
    worker
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