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  • Happy July 4th????
    jst
    Hi Mike, I have this bad feeling that we are going to see the "F" word used further into the future. Now that agencies and congress (notice lower case "c"), it is quite possible that we could see at least another year of the "F" word. What this will probably do, if this is the case, force those who chose to wait on retirement to take the plunge earlier than they had planned to. We could possibly see at least 1 more year of no pay raises, possibly 2, and the CR continuing on into 2014-2015. The number of federal employees are going to drop I am sure. Actually as painful as it sounds, I don't think there is much choice. Now that said, in order to make this work, spending (liberal) needs to be put in check. Government CANNOT continue to spend on one side of the books and then cut on the other. The equation will never work. What you do on one side of the equation, algebraic, you also must do on the other. Right now that is not happening. Sometimes I wish that I was in a position where I could run for office and make a difference however, I would be unsuccessful for the following reasons: 1. I don't have the money to campaign. 2. Once good people get into office, they quickly are put in check by the "good ole boys" who have agenda's to meet. And if you go against them, you are quickly put into a group called "non-team members". Whatever that means. At any rate, the future for federal employee's does not look as good as it use to. Those days are long gone now. Happy Holiday???
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  • Congress' new spending plan
    wisenekt
    Need some money: Freeze civilian pay. Need more money: Rob civilian employees' TSP funds. Need even more money: Furlough civilian employees. Lather rise and repeat for 9 more years I am afraid.
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  • More furloughs
    Moderate
    First, we are not looking at 1-2 years of nil or no pay raises. Second, we are not looking at 1-2 years of furloughs. Sequestration is the law. This means that if the politicians do not agree on the parameters of the budget deficits, sequestration or cuts automatically take place. This will result in furloughs etc. The agreements will not take place because the political parties beliefs are too different for a compromise. This will continue until the budget is balanced which I believe is 2021.----I tried to stay apolitical in the above comments. Now I become political as you did with the cuts allegedly needed. Unfortunately, the Republicans gave us the 2007-2009 depression. These economic downturns give us higher deficits or the conversion of a mild depression into a huge depression. See the 1929-1939 great depression. Thank Hoover for that conversion. Thank Obama for stopping the Republican depression from becoming a second great depression. Hopefully, the Republicans will not give us another downturn.
    worker
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  • pay loss
    marien
    It galls me to hear that Rep. Issa makes more than $80 million a year (per his disclosure statement) yet he is one of the leaders on massive budget cuts and furloughs of federal workers, many of whom barely make enough to make ends meet.
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  • Well you know how to take care of that
    jst
    We have the ability to VOTE these inept people out of office. I would say start off by getting rid of EVERTYONE who holds a seat now, Dem or Rep, and start over again. We can no longer trust anyone who are currently in office. If we clean house completely, then we can remove all traces of corruption, or at least minimize it.
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  • Personally, I blame President Obama for one thing
    contrarian
    He alone could have prevented this but he chose the Sequester option rather than find something to cut. I blame them all for funding the Middle East billions while cutting USA Fed Employee pay. Not a good situation. Bottom line, Feds are losing pay because DC couldn't agree on which budget items to cut, but not to balance the budget but to still borrow billions more they didn't have.
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  • Why Contrarian?
    Moderate
    Why don't you give all of the facts. Obama created sequestration as part of an agreement with your friends, the radical right in Congress, to get something passed. It probably was some kind of spending bill or raise the deficit bill. If he did not do this we would have been furloughed. Your friends, the radical right whole heartedly agreed to this. It was so radical that Obama assumed that sequestration would not go through. However, your friends, the radical right, forced sequestration to go through. So, here we are, in the mess forced on us byu the radical right. And it will stay until 2021.
    worker
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