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  • I'm Done
    Fed1979
    Papers are in with 35 days and counting. It's been a good 34 years overall but enough is enough. I didn't take the oath expecting to retire a millionaire, not even close but I also didn't expect the endless bashing and berating. I have nothing left.
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  • My Thoughts Precisely
    Kenny Ray
    Fed1979 - You spoke my exact thoughts. I was three years ahead of you (1976) and very grateful for the opportunities I had and for the benefits (and now retirement) that I earned. Like you I had an overall very good 36 years, but these past couple of years have been unprecedented in the level of vitriol aimed at federal employees daily from all quarters. Welcome to the ranks of the retired
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  • Best Wishes
    KarenA
    for a very happy retirement. I'm behind you in just a few months. I've enjoyed my years of federal service and I hope I've helped our great country in any way I could, but I am also looking forward to another great adventure in the future.
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  • I'm Done
    vetdude
    Fed1979, sadly you are not alone. Many of us are having to throw in the towel earlier than we planned thanks to a bunch of buffoons that can't/won't do the jobs they were elected to do. Speaking of elections, who re-elected all these people anyway? Didn't they realize the buffoons couldn't get the job done 16 months ago? Democracy has been replaced by ineptocracy. God help us all.
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  • Happy Retirement.
    Linda
    Enjoy your retirement Fed1979. Although I almost have 30 years in, I am FErS so will be working at least 6 more years. I wish I was wish you. But those of us left have weathered this storm before, although not so bad, and will weather it again.
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  • All those exiting employees
    contrarian
    Doesn't that create enough salary reduction to save the rest of us? Seems like the coming pain is intentional and designed to happen no matter what. It's clear, like the Comptroller said yesterday, that there's plenty of fat to cut without cutting people. So rather than cut travel and free cell phone programs, they'll cut us all 20%? And we haven't hit bottom yet!
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  • Must cut equally
    Linda
    Unless Congress changes how the cuts are made, they are budge line item cuts. The Agencies do not just get to cut fat. And the IRS for example is 90% labor in it's budget, so labor has to be cut, no choice. And all the other items have been cut for the last few years they are running out of measurable things to cut.
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  • ...
    AN
    Best Wishes for a Happy Retirement, Fed1979 !!!
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  • Sea-castration
    wareagle83
    Mike, Here in the Navy we are trimming the fat from our programs. Fat such as ship maintenance, cre training and deployment of Aircraft carriers to the Persian Gulf. All obvious fat. We have come to call the current financial situation: sea-castration.
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  • Shouldn't the President and Congress Share in the Sequestration Pay Cuts?
    Fur Lowed
    If you're sick and tired of the President and Congress acting like spoiled brats - while holding you and your families hostage to their "childish games", then please let your voice be heard and sign the petition at http://wh.gov/vmcm Here is what the petition says: “Sharing the Sequestration Pay Cuts w/Congress and the President If federal employees are required to take furloughs and suffer 20% pay cuts, Congress (Senate and House) members and President Obama (the people who are responsible for the sequester and the resulting furloughing of federal employees) will "share the pain" by taking 20% pay cuts themselves. Members of Congress and the President (due to their inaction) will take responsibility and in a show of solidarity and unity with the 800,000+ employees - who through no fault of their own will be forced to accept 20% pay reductions - will share equally in the pain and suffering that they themselves are responsible for.” If the President and Congress want to act like babies, then they should be treated as such - diapers, pacifier and all.
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  • Great comments
    Moderate
    I agree with you 100%. The president and all of Congress should share the pain. No chance of that happening.---For what is is worth, I just saw a headline that the President and Congressional leaders are holding a conference about sequestration. I have been saying all along that something will stop this at the last minute. I could be right or wrong. We'll see.
    worker
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  • No, the 27th Amendment
    ben
    No, the 27th Amendment bars changes to Congressional pay during that session. They may change it for the next session.
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  • Only problem is they're too rich!
    FrogLady
    I agree, they should feel the pain. The only problem with a cut in their Congressional pay is that most have independent wealth, and a cut in their paid salary wouldn't even register as a blip on their radar.
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  • You Are Right
    Fed1979
    It's really too bad the average person cannot run for and win an elected office. Then we would see some real progress in this country. The problem is those elected have no concept of how the average citizen lives. If they are really there to serve the country, it should be volunteer work. I'd love to see how many of them stay. Thanks to all for the good wishes. I hope to be retired for as long as I've been employed.
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  • You are not right.
    David L.
    If serving in Congress were a volunteer position, and you would only have the wealthy millionaires and billionaires willing to serve. The average person wouldn't run for office, because they couldn't afford to serve and maintain a household in Washington and back home. I don't begrudge them their salary at all. I think Congress should be well-paid so an Average person can afford to hold elected office. I only request that they work together to do their job to earn their pay.
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  • The Average Person Isn't Running Now
    Fed1979
    Because only the wealthy can afford it. I was speaking to the current congress being volunteers, not future. I recently heard some on FoxNews? CNN? saying by not giving in to the other side they are doing what is in the best interest of the American public. I didn't explain that well. The problem with what's currently there is they don't need the pay so it doesn't matter how much it is. It has become nothing more than a game at the expense of the public.
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