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Pentagon awash in pink slips,
preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs

Washington Times, by Kristina Wong

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Posted By:Dreadnought, 2/20/2013 10:07:25 PM

The Defense Department on Wednesday officially notified Congress that it plans to begin furloughing its 800,000 civilian employees across the country if automatic spending cuts begin March 1, estimating the states would lose a total of $4.86 billion in workers’ wages this year. According to Pentagon estimates, among the hardest-hit states would be Virginia, which would have about 88,000 affected workers and salary losses of $660.9 million; California, with 62,600 workers and $419.7 million in lost wages; and Maryland, with 45,700 workers and $359.3 million in lost earnings.


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Reply 1 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/20/2013 10:12:03 PM     (No. 9187963)

They´ll live!

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Reply 2 - Posted by: thewarden, 2/20/2013 10:15:11 PM     (No. 9187970)

Shut down the IRS.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: TheMom, 2/20/2013 10:23:03 PM     (No. 9187980)

So they´ll ´work´ 4 days a week instead of 5. Big deal.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: noproblems, 2/20/2013 10:42:00 PM     (No. 9188006)

you have to understand that the washington times and the washington post have a vested commercial interest in keeping the federal government from shrinking.

dont expect any real unbiased news from these papers on this subject

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Reply 5 - Posted by: god of irony, 2/20/2013 10:42:57 PM     (No. 9188008)

It´s a big deal to their creditors. How would you like it if your boss took one day´s pay a week from you for 22 weeks just because of his mismanagement and no fault of yours.

All of this class warfare by so called conservatives is really disappointing. This is not the government workers fault.

BTW whomever wrote this headline is moron if he thinks a furlough is the same as getting a "pink slip".

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Reply 6 - Posted by: KTWO, 2/20/2013 10:43:10 PM     (No. 9188009)

Declare all federal workers to be part-time employees limited to working 29 hours per week. Then drop their health insurance coverage and tell them to get insurance at the Exchange.

That should save billions of $$$.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: pigop, 2/20/2013 10:45:44 PM     (No. 9188012)

Let´s start with AMTRAK and USPS. There should be a few billions worth of savings there.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: dirtyjersey, 2/20/2013 10:53:36 PM     (No. 9188022)

So the biggest layoffs are in:
Maryland - - voted for Obama
Virginia - - voted for Obama
California - voted for Obama

And the rest of us are supposed to do what, dig deeper into our savings to pay for the extra taxes? No, it´s time to restructure the economy away from government employment. If feel for the individuals that voted for Romney, but the rest? Meh.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: MamaElephant, 2/20/2013 10:57:53 PM     (No. 9188030)

Not every government worker is a lazy so-and-so. Some are, but not all. The DOD civilians I know take great pride in making a difference for the service members on our front lines. Many of them are former military.

Let´s remember that they and their families will be experiencing a 20% pay cut. They will survive, but that doesn´t mean they aren´t sacrificing. I know that many of the regular L-Dotters here can empathize with job loss or downsizing, as they´ve dealt with it themselves.

I´m not saying that anything said here about the need for cuts or Obama´s responsibility for this sequester is off base. I´m just saying that being callous about a significant financial setback for 800,000 real families doesn´t add anything to the conversation.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: bluefindad, 2/20/2013 11:17:30 PM     (No. 9188048)

I´m seriously disappointed with many of the callous posters here. The DoD workers I know are motivated and hard-working. None of them fit into your convenient stereotypes. Our scientists and engineers produce the advanced weaponry that defeats our enemies and saves our soldiers.

The people I know are taking this in stride. They are tightening their belts and understand that the decision to cut their pay to fuel our ships and aircraft is a tough decision, but they are OK with it.

Most of these DoD folks are conservatives. The only thing that puzzles them is that the Constitution mandates that the federal government provide for the common defense, yet that is the first thing cut...

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Reply 11 - Posted by: Baskerville, 2/20/2013 11:21:09 PM     (No. 9188051)

I know of at least one defense contractor that uses furloughs instead of layoffs to manage the bottom line. The furloughs are scheduled around holidays so the employees get an extra day off, unpaid. Since this is before-tax money, the ones I know enjoy the long holiday and hardly miss the shortage in the paycheck.

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Reply 12 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623, 2/20/2013 11:21:47 PM     (No. 9188052)

We could eliminate Zippy and ValJar plus the Wookie and her staff, and no one would notice.

How about the EPA ? Airport screeners ?

Why stop at the Pentagon ?

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Reply 13 - Posted by: smcchk, 2/20/2013 11:38:28 PM     (No. 9188075)

I sympathize with these workers but welcome to the club, friends. And I do wonder, even in the DofD, how many voted for Obama?

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Reply 14 - Posted by: engrpat, 2/20/2013 11:40:22 PM     (No. 9188077)

We currently have 1,422,000 people serving in the various armed US forces. DOD is preparing to lay off 800,000 civilian employees, that is one civilian for about 2 active duty military. Somehow that seems to be way out of line. Would suggest not laying off but firing about half.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: Ida Lil, 2/20/2013 11:45:09 PM     (No. 9188080)

Live off the taxpayers for your pay and die by the taxpayers who can no longer afford to hire you.

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Reply 16 - Posted by: mackrand, 2/21/2013 1:44:44 AM     (No. 9188142)

As #6 says, this would seem to be a way for the Administration/Democrats to cut the pay and the need to pay for health insurance for these DOD employees. There is nothing too sneaky that you can imagine that they will not do.

The smart move would be to defund the hundreds of Gov entities whose purpose is not clearly understood by anyone. I´m looking at the EPA, Homeland Security, Education, Energy, Interior, Transportation and myriad others.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: TXknitter, 2/21/2013 2:41:01 AM     (No. 9188165)

Excuse second post but I fail to see how a temporary furlough NOT permanent layoff which is what private sector professionals have been experiencing is some unrecoverable financial disaster! Of course, if you are a government employee you like the situation like it is. We are broke. It´s time to share the pain, that´s all.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: mws50, 2/21/2013 5:18:27 AM     (No. 9188208)

The 800,000 "pink slips" are nothing but a show. They have no real meaning. It is obama making one of his ridiculous points about how his sequester will affect people. It is another in a long string of obama lies.

Pink slips are cheap, and they provide a good visual for the inept, inexperienced, incompetent, anti-American, socialistic, muslim-leaning, ex-lawyer doofus.

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Spidey, 2/21/2013 6:10:02 AM     (No. 9188251)

These cuts wouldn´t even be on the table if Obama lost the election. Most of these people voted for Obama and get what they deserve. I don´t like seeing anybody lose their jobs but you can´t have endless spending to buy votes without more revenue coming in from economic growth.

What happens if you raise taxes to stall this off.How many more times can you come back and ask for more and more taxes? The liberals always do this,spend their brains out and come back later crying broke and having to lay off government workers,Nobody sheds a tear when regular people lose their jobs.These people can cash out of retirement money to get by on.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: MattMusson, 2/21/2013 8:56:51 AM     (No. 9188529)

I support Furloughs for Washington, DC!

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Reply 21 - Posted by: littleshell, 2/21/2013 7:20:49 PM     (No. 9189753)

I just wonder how they´ll blame it on Bush.

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