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  • "...federal workers and retirees are a big part of the problem"?
    FERS Fed
    Right-Wing Conservative Nonsense. You could get rid of every federal employee and the country would still have trilion dollar annual deficits. ..... The simple fact of the matter is that federal employees cannot do anything that Congress does not first authorize and provide funding for via legislation. ..... The true source of the country's budget problems are the politicians that the electorate keeps sending to Washington.
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  • Don't blame Mike
    contrarian
    He's just the messenger repeating what "They say" about FedEmps. While some Fed jobs are overgraded or overstaffed, most are not. The problem is there's no distinction between mission critical jobs and basket weaving jobs. If you saw all the Federal jobs that support pet projects you'd agree. But any employer that does this to their staff deserves 100% of the grief they get.
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  • In the beginning
    Budgetweenie
    Once, long ago, an idea was launched to gather the nuts for the year and parcel them out during a 12 month period. To accomplish this, a centralized point of collection and control came into existence. Over the decades, it became a habit for requestors to ask for an ever increasing number of nuts. As with most things, unintended consequences arose that decreased the number of nuts available because some recipients had big dreams of growing their fiefdoms and presumed theirs was more precious. To add drama, there were climatic events and armed conflicts that placed greater demand for nuts while having a reduced supply. But, the expectations were established and the people elected to ensure stability and contentment asked other fiefdoms (both friend and foe) to lend us some nuts until we could repay them (with interest). Well, we have successfully borrowed enough nuts to prevent us from ever being able to pay back that which was borrowed. During this period, elected officials have successfully avoided belt tightening by routinely changing the rules of who gets and who gives up their portion of nuts. In conclusion, the manner in which our "leaders" have led, is quite honestly, nuts.
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  • Nuts
    Lifer
    There will never be a shortage of nuts as long as there is a Congress.
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  • I wonder
    Budgetweenie
    if there is universal agreement. Doubtful, we can't seem to agree on much these days. But, I for one, agree.
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  • Federal Programs, Not Federal Employees
    ben
    The myriad of federal programs are at the heart of the fiscal problems, not federal employees, who are mostly, stewards and administrators of programs. Congress and every administration are to blame for those programs. Yes, there should be fewer federal employees, but only because programs are cut, not left in place to be managed by skeleton crews.
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  • Programs needed.
    Moderate
    Guess we should cut back on much of the defense budget as we cannot affordall of the fancy gizmos such as the latest fighters, aircraft carriers, etc. And what do we do with those who must live on these handouts because they were laid off due to the Bush and the Republicans depression? Or, when they revert to illegal activities we jail them at a higher expense than welfare? Maybe with welfare we need workfare with a decent job at the end of the training---- Anyway, the budget should be balanced with surpoluses during times of prosperity with deficits during bad times.
    worker
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  • There will never be prosperity again
    contrarian
    What's to stop them from unlimited spending. If only Reagan, Bush & Bush had figured this out! It's only stimulus right? There's never a reason to stop spending.
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  • Partly correct
    FERS Fed
    There will never be middle-class prosperity again. Thank you, GOP.
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  • Why
    Moderate
    Why is there never a reason to slow down spending during the prosperity cycle? There should be less real unemployment. We cannot afford all of the fancy weapons and troops all over the world
    worker
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  • Bring Spending Down to 19 to 19 Percent of GDP
    ben
    First, bring spending down to 18 to 19 percent of GDP, the level for most of the last 100 years, instead of the present 25 percent. Sooner, or later, people stop lending money, or charge exorbitant interest. Then, government can only run the presses -- massive inflation. Money in the private market has much higher velocity than government spending. Stimulus has never worked, isn't working not and won't work in the future.
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  • Stimulus works
    Moderate
    Unemployment has been reduced. However, it must be reduced more with good jobs not flipper jobs. The stimulus appears to be working. It also worked during FDR until the GOP got in the way. When the GOP led by Hoover tightened things in the early 30's the downdurn became a major depression.
    worker
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