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  • The real good ol' days
    LS
    Those were the days when the Congress actually did the work of the people. When they did those old fashioned things like budgets and passed laws other than just naming post offices. When the members of Congress weren't afraid of casting votes on the record. When they worked out deals so that each side was able to say they got the best deal they could. When they weren't totally consumed about being primaried if they did not have a 100% ideologically pure voting record. When they actually worked more than a 3 day week and when they weren't on recess almost as much as they were in session. The whole world is laughing at us because we can't govern. We no longer have the right to preach to any other country about how they should govern themselves. Shame on Congress, and more shame on the voters who put these people there.
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  • The Feds as "collateral damage"
    Jeremiah
    The reality of our fiscal crisis is that we are simply on an asymptotic downward curve of nonsustainable spending leading eventually to the equivalent of national bankruptcy in all but name. The CBO has reported that if the current excessive spending pattern continues, by 2040 up to 70 percent of Federal tax revenue will be devoted to servicing the national debt. In 2011, the last year for which data is available on such serving costs, $222 billion had to be set aside for debt service payment, and that's at a time of historically low interst rates. When these inevitably rise, these annual serviciong costs will skyrocket. That being said, Federal employees are inevitably "in the line of fire" in the latest political catfight over how to deal with the pending sequestration mechanism to cut spending. It's a "no brainer" to point out that Federal programmatic spending cuts will obviously translate into reductions in agencies' employee compensation accounts. Whether the sequester's "meat axe" approach is on balance good policy or not right now is beside the point, as the pols can't agree on a more sensible "scalpel" spending cutting methodology, leaving the sequester "meat axe" the only spending reduction game in town. Given the urgent need for some sort of serious brake on our out-of-control spending addiction, despite it's admittedly crude approach (impacting "the good, the bad, and the ugly" programs essentially across the board) and the resulting "collateral damage" to the Federal workforce, the sequester methodology may well be essential as a first step to restoring our fiscal sanity, in the absence of anything else realistically being done by the President (who suggested the sequester approach himself in 2011) and Congress.
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  • No time to cut spending
    Moderate
    Thanks, but if you cut spending now, we will go back to the second leg of the George Bush and the Republicans Depression of 2007. The tight money situation of Herbert Hoover aggravated the economic situation of 1929 forward and brought us the Great Depression. Let's get the economy back on track and then get a budget surplus used to reduce the deficit.
    worker
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  • High 3, High 5 or High 6??
    Carter Hired Fed
    People have seemed to conveniently forgotten about the 1985 pay freeze under Reagan and the compounding ripple effects to this day in addition to the $103 billion already "saved" due to the recent freezes. There was money for two wars, tax relief for billionaires and a $450 billion prescription plan. Enough is enough.
    Carter Hired Fed
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  • The Race to the Bottom Continues
    glad2bout
    Fed workers appear to be clearly and unfortunately in the cross-hairs. What did Fed workers ever do to deserve to be where they are??? The answer is nothing other than to be doing the day to day business of the country and to be a relatively easy-mark. There have been bad times in the past and its always been that as time goes by things change and get better. But this time the cycle playing out remains to be seen. Is this just another cyclical bad time or is this a longlasting downturn??? Only time will tell, but I am concerned that the tactic of tearing down the other guy that has been going on in this country now for a while has taken firm hold regarding Fed and public employment in general. One of the outcomes of this destructive way of thinking is that Fed employment, pay and benefits take an unfair and significant hit that will not quickly be reversed. In light of what appears to be on our horizon, we must be vigilant and try to protect ourselves and our families from being singled out because we are thought to be an easy mark. Our livelihoods and the well-being of our families hangs in the balance.
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  • Fire Departmental Secretaries
    ben
    The $85 billion reduction in the FY13 appropriation still leaves the government with $15 billion more than FY12. If Departmental chiefs can't manage their programs within these constraints, Congress and the Administration should demand their resignation for incompetence. Servicing the FY12 debt cost $360 billion and the FY11 debt about $454 billion. Eventually, programs must be cut and social security and medicare adjusted to the actuary tables. Otherwise, the sequestration will be remembered as the good old days.
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  • More money is needed
    Moderate
    IRS is already short of Agents, and Secretaries. One office shares 2 secretaries for 4 groups. Someone suggested that some of the administrators be bag carrying Agents. That may or may not be valid as I have no experience in that area, but the IRS is still short. That agency needs more money to operate. For what it is worth, the IRS brings in much more money than it costs to operate it.
    worker
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  • When Is Enough, Enough?
    ben
    Eventually, if government expenditures remain at 25 percent of GDP, instead of the 18-19 percent, a massive tax increase must be levied -- from lowest to highest.
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