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  • Obama and FEDS
    Bud
    Why am I not surprised by Obama's budget and its impact on working and retired FEDS.Whether the Repubs proposed the chained CPI for retirees and whether the Dems or Repubs constrained working FEDS pay raises,etc.;doesn't really focus on the true issue.Which is it's Obama's budget,period.He promised FEDS and the FED unions many things and has delivered zero.If these cuts for FEDS realy put a dent in the deficit,then I could listen to the rationale for the cuts.But Obama is spending like a drunken sailor in other areas and not cutting spending.I just do not trust anything Obama says/does anymore.
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  • No Advocates
    Richard729
    If we do have any friends in Congress it might be Bernie Sanders but he is the only one I can think of. In other words, we have no advocates any more. When the economy was humming along in the past and the private sector pay increases often were 6% or more federal workers accepted piddling 2% or 3% raises. Not great, but better than a poke in the eye. Now, retired even after working 40 years or more we are told, "Well, we can't scale back our $400 billion F-35 joint strike fighter plane project even though it's way over budget and it's too big to abandon now in spite of the fact the plane has lost its intended stealth capabilities." Notice how the sequester is working these days? Practically all military spending has gotten a reprieve. Congress has essentially exempted cuts in military programs with the exception of some civilian defense workers who are being told to stay home without pay, while putting the entire burden of the cuts on the backs of the elderly, the sick and the most vulnerable American citizens. What happened to the automatic cuts that were part of the sequester that were to be applied equally to defense and domestic spending? The answer to that is comedian Gilda Radner's line, "Never mind!"
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  • Where are contractor cuts? No real Govt employee advocates, too much money involved
    Honest Broker
    I hear rumors, but nothing out on the news about contracts getting cut. I still see plenty of job advertisements by all the primes, so things must not be too bad. Now we have North Korea rhetoric ramping up, so we'll need more missile and anti-missile orders along with Navy ships and who knows what else. We have enough in the arsenals now to blow North Korea into kingdom come several times over. We just cannot seem to pull everyone away from taxpayer trough to give it time refill. Wonder when it will run out?
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  • Lets all just step back and take a deep breath
    FERS Fed
    First and foremost, the President's Budget is primarily a political document, and in response to conservative's foaming at the mouth over 'entitlements' spending, the President is offering the 'party of fiscal prudence' something they themselves have proposed for getting 'entitlements' spending under control to see what they do with it now. ..... If you believe that the President is again pushing the GOP into a corner to expose them as the hypocritical gasbags for the wealthy that they are, the early returns are looking good. ..... On the other hand, if you believe that the chained CPI proposal in the President's Budget will have you as well as every senior citizen on Social Security eating dogfood in retirement, just remember what my buddy Right-Wing Rob says about the hundreds of previous legislative proposals that would negatively affect feds -- it never gets into law (although no one should be the least bit surprised to see the proposed retirement contribution increases find their way into 2014 funding legislation, and the proposed 1% pay increase shot down again by the House GOP). ..... TGIF!
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  • Obama and Feds
    Moderate
    Bud, I guess we will have to disagree again. It is relevant who originally proposed what. The Repubs pushed sticking it to the Feds for many years. They have pushed the country to or over the brink with the debt ceiling delays, spending cuts, threats to shut down the government by wanting their way or the highway regarding spending etc. Additionally, Obama's actions are mild compared to what the GOP wants such as an additional 5% contriutions to retirement plans, 5 year pay freezes, cuts in spending during a very fragile recovery, etc. Additionally, did you ever trust Obama? did you vote for him in 2008 or 2012? Any more does not sound applicable.------------------------- FERS Fed, I believe chained CPI is bound to happen. Just my opinion.
    worker
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  • You may be right, Mod
    FERS Fed
    But Social Security is STILL the 3rd rail of politics. ..... And by the Constitution, spending bills must originate in the House, currently controlled by the GOP. ..... The President has called Rep. Paul Ryan's bluff. Can't wait to see what he does.
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  • Island of Wayne
    contrarian
    I couldn't help but think the idea of a Senior Citizen-CPI was a joke, because it illustrates the utter self centeredness that's gotten us to where we are. WHy not have a Young People-CPI, or a Married with two kids in College-CPI? Why not give everyone their own CPI? Is it because baby boomers are the Me Generation that's spent this country into trillions of dollars of debt? Incredible.
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  • Already exists - CPI-E (for elderly)
    StatMan
    There is already a CPI for the elderly - check the BLS website - so don't think the idea of having a separate index to move Social Security and Medicare is a new idea. However, realize that it is just a reweighting of the CPI sample to reflect differences in spending categories and is not necessarily based on expenses of the elderly. BTW you really don't want to go there anyway - the CPI does very poorly measuring health care and health insurance cost changes.
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  • Agreed
    ben
    While, I agree that the chained CPI applied to many programs is necessary, what is lacking is the rest of the program. Where is the cut and eventual elimination of agriculture subsidies and other subsidies to industry and businesses (not tax write offs that let a business keep their own money)? Where are the reductions in other programs? There should be shared sacrifice, not just kick the feds day. Please don't point to the supposed $2.5 trillion cut which the WashPo awarded 4 Pinocchios.
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  • Not agreed
    Moderate
    Be careful with the tax stuff. The Internal Revenue Code has 2 purposes. One is the obvious, to raise taxes to run the country. The other is economic; that is to provide incentives for certain economic activities. For example, the real estate tax deduction and home mortgage interest deduction is to encourage home ownership. The state and local income tax deduction helps those who lives in areas with higher taxes. Research credit helps those with true research in their businesses (hopefully true research instead of nonsense) Charity deduction helps charitable organizations (hopefully legitimate ones). These are just a few examples.---We disagree with the chained CPI issue because CPI is supposed to measure inflation. Inflation is measured on the same product not substitute cheaper products.
    worker
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  • New CPI
    AlbertHall
    Why don't they just chain inflation to changes in medical expenses and college tuition? Seems appropriate...
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  • Government Bid Up the Cost of College
    ben
    The rise in college tuition can be traced to rise in the student loan limits. Government was the cause of the problem, so your suggestion has merit.
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  • Low-Hanging Fruit -- Again
    Richard729
    Boy, what a deal for the bean counters who never need to worry about the increased burden they love to put on federal employees. It has been a given over the last few decades that Republicans hate federal workers who keep taking one hit after another. But the latest smackdown of federal workers by both parties doesn't inlcude the whopping increases in our health premiums which are less than a year away not to mention the major increases in copays and deductibles. The CPU? All it says is that if you are buying Top Ramen and Hamburger Helper now you will be forced to buy the generic noodles and horse meat once inflation goes up. There was a saying a few years ago that Bill Clinton was America's first black president. Now, it seems, our first actual black president is a Republican. And all God's little bean counters said, "Amen!" That is, until the next round of cuts which could happen any day.
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  • Speaking of healthcare
    wisenekt
    just wait until Congress declare all Federal plans "Cadillac" and they start charging fees. It will be real easy to hold down costs when they make the cost so prohibitive to all but the very rich that the federal employees leave the plans.
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  • More Like a Yugo
    Richard729
    That's right. Soon, health plans will be so expensive that nobody can afford the premiums -- except the wealthiest, many of whom have enough money to pay health care costs even without insurance coverage. You might have access to a Yugo-like health plan if you're lucky. The question I have now is how quickly will Barack Obama capitulate to the oligarchs who are more than happy to watch him self-destruct? Wait until 2016 when they will run a real severe conservative corporate pimp candidate instead of the Bain capitalist, Mitt Romney, who will look more like a moderate by then.
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  • They did that already
    Moderate
    Paul Ryan is your radcal right...He ran and lost. If he runs for president, they will lose by a higher margin. (I hope) The problem with Obama is that if he wants anything passed, he must tone down what he really wants. The radical right will not let a straight up and down vote on what obama wants.
    worker
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  • Current Cadillac Calculation
    StatMan
    That calculation by law is at the discretion of the HHS Secretary, so it won't take Congress to change it, just whoever is in that cabinet position. Fed premiums are slightly higher than private-sector but that's because the federal workforce is older and also includes retirees under and over 65. (Most private-sector companies don't offer their retirees coverage.)
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