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  • sequestration hurts
    rabright
    Yes, sequestration hurts. No professional meetings. No exchange of scientific knowledge. No training to stay current with changing scientific methods. The worst part is the travel cap that is jeopardizing us from doing our core science. You can live without a meeting or two. But, when it hurts that you can not even do the core mission of your work, that's bad. The environment and those living in it suffer because we can not do our science. Yes, it is hurting us, all of us as Americans, not just those doing the work for the Americans.
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  • no argument here
    RicknATL
    I concur. In my field of nuclear safety (nuclear power plants), activities that used to be mandatory, are now being cancelled due to travel and training cuts. And that is just the tip of the iceberg.
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  • Has America noticed?
    contrarian
    Stock market sure hasn't. I guess the fear of FedEmps spending less makes no difference. I know I take cheap vacations, but in this year of no vacation, maybe they won't miss me? Will they miss me when I cancel cable and XM? Will they miss me when I switch from hamburger to cereal? Will they miss me when I keep my 175,000 mile car longer? Like most FedEmps I don't spend much on clothes, but will they miss my kids at the mall? We'll be at thrift store banging elbows with other Feds for school clothes this year.
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  • To Ra and Rick
    Moderate
    This is not a loaded question. Can any of this knowledge spreading be done via teleconferences, emails, and other electronic media? I know my job CPE can be done this way. I prefer that over face to face. I learn better by active participation than by listening. Good luck whichever way it goes.
    worker
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  • Some of the effects sequestration ARE starting to happen......
    cayenneblue
    My friend flew this weekend into DCA, and the security lines were horrible. She was wondering what was up, and I told her about sequestration and how most likely, that was the cause (cancelling of overtime, etc.) So, although many of the effects are not yet apparent, some are here - and will most likely stay with us. I'd say the next effect will be on small business owners. I, as a DOD employee who will be furloughed 22 days, have been staying out of the stores - don't want to even be tempted to purchase anything right now. I've cancelled vacations and am basically spending on just the basics. I'm sure that more and more of us will be doing the same and it will have an effect on the economy.
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  • Sequestration...and then again
    vetdude
    Congress approves $1.5 million for a study of lesbian obesity? Seriously?
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  • That's just the tip of the iceberg
    Rob
    And we need to raise taxes? Why, so we can keep funding programs such as the one you pointed out? When are people going to wake up and realize we don't have an under taxation problem; we have a spending problem.
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  • Spending problem?  (Flagged as Abuse)
    MDBBALL02
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  • Hmmm...what to cut
    Rob
    I guess I'd start with the $6.5 billion in tax payer dollars that went to 12 green energy companies that have gone bankrupt or are on the verge. You're right, the population has grown and so has the demand for entitlements. Do you think any of the entitlement programs you listed are in need of reform? Of course you don't. You're a liberal and liberals answer to all problems is more government. You folks won't be happy until you get your European style socialist utopia. It's really working out well for them isn't it?
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  • Show the source of your numbers.
    Jerry A.
    Don't just regurgitate right wing talking points. Prove it.
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  • What do you want me to prove?
    Rob
    The information regarding tax payer $ given to green energy companies that are now bankrupt is readily available from non-partisan sources. I'm not going to post any links here. You can find the info if you want. The last part of my post is also true. There are many folks in this country who like the European model. We are headed in that direction as more people are asking more from their government. After seeing what's going on with the European economy I can't understand why. The cradle to grave utopia people seek will bankrupt this country. I cannot understand why that is so difficult for people to grasp.
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  • Conveniently overlooked is the fact that....
    FERS Fed
    ..."indolent 'tax and spend' liberals actually subsidize the individualistic, pure, and hard-working lifestyle of conservatives' ..... http://www.slate.com/blogs/the_reckoning/2012/10/25/blue_state_red_face_guess_who_benefits_more_from_your_taxes.html ..... Apparently, entitlement programs really ARE in need of reform.
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  • We are all entitled to respect
    FederalEmployee
    Enough said.
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  • Let's not forget the money spent on the rightists gems
    Moderate
    Start with the Iraqi war started by the rightist Bush. And do not forget the money paid to Cheyney's crony corporation during the war. Continue with tax subsidies to oil companies. And continue with other tax subsidies for the wealthy.---Entitlements are what was earned such as social security. Your pension and mine is an entitlement. I guess you would love to give yours up. I will not do so.
    worker
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  • The GOP over spends too
    Rob
    I cannot defend the GOPs record on spending, but using what the GOP has done to rationalize the Dems spending habits is absurd.
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  • Politicans overspend
    Moderate
    That is because we either are or were in a depression. We appear to be on our way to recovery. Also, some of the so called ridiculous research may produce scientific discoveries or other discoveries later on. The green energy companies failed. But if green energy companies can succeed how much will be saved in medical costs due to reduced pollution? Add to that the reduction in damages caused by storms such as Hurricane Sandy?
    worker
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  • MDBBALL02 - YOU HAVE A SERIOUS PROBLEM
    FederalEmployee
    I have been reading this column for a while, and today is the first time that I have seen any comments from you. You are highly caustic, and you apparently cannot spell (where are those great communications skills for which you excoriated me in your last post?) You do not treat others well. If you want to sling sleaze, do so on your own personal blog or FB page. This forum is no place for you. Do not treat others so poorly, whether it is me or Rob or anyone else.
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  • Responses are better than censorship
    Moderate
    Wish I knew what he said. It has nothing to do with liberal vs conservative.
    worker
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  • Trash Responses Not Needed
    jws91
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  • Censorship
    Moderate
    I am aware of the policies here. I am also aware that a reader can flag something as abusive. It is to the writer to protest the flag. This presents a problem as what offends one person will not offend another person. This is why I prefer to respond to a person who criticizes me rather than flag that person.
    worker
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  • Welcome to BAU - Business As Usual, Contractors on Top
    Honest Broker
    As pointed out, Govt employees do not represent the money in this country. Glad I retired last year, but I still empathize with my fellow co-workers. Ironically, I see plenty of job wanted ads by our support contractors so apparently sequestration has not hit them yet (or ever will).
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  • death by a thousand cut
    angelblueface
    Since we have not had a raise since 2010 i have learned to adjust to my current pay. You just have to cut back on luxuries and manage the best way that you can. I am just glad that I have a job.
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  • death by a thousand cut
    vetdude
    angelblueface, I "try" to maintain the same attitude...until I see many middle-to-lower class people in the area where I work driving their brand new Mercedes Benzes, BMWs, Audis, Jaguars, etc.
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  • Silver Linings
    MDBBALL02
    My agency is going to be exempt from furloughs as we are paid, from a fund not subject to sequester, Thank Goodness! Bowever, everything we do to manage and deliver our program is subject to papercuts! We have basically cancelled every conference, meeting, training, and all travel. Might not SOUND like a big deal to John Q. Public, but we are responsible for oversight of a Multi-Billion Dollar program that affects EVERY American. We make sure each and every State government is deploying the latest technology to ensure safety on our Nation's roads and bridges, that inspections are completed on time, that workzones are operating safely, that construction is being done correctly and goods and services are transported efficiently. If there is a major failure out there, a bridge collapse, a road gets a sink whole, our guys are the one's who go to the scene to investigate. We are doing our jobs from the home office, and in many cases offering videoconferences to get much needed info out to States. (Not all have the capability to participate, and they visit our field offices to do so.) Seeing an actual project is not going to happen til this is over. Silver lining: we have jobs and are thankful for that...but the program we administer is lacking big time. Stay safe out there.
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