I suppose it depends on your point of view. If you lose one fifth of your pay because you´re a federal employee and are furloughed one day a week, it´s pretty bad. But is Obama right about the effects of the sequester? He says that it would be "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole." Oh, really? Bill Wilson writing in Forbes: According to Obama, the sequester would represent "a huge blow to middle-class families and our economy as a whole." Obama´s White House has also referred to the sequester as "devastating," saying
A growth rate reduction is not a cut. But the ignorant and stupid will truly believe they will wake up next weekend with no teachers, first responders or medical facilities. A lot of the "devastating cuts" obama talked about are actually under local/state control and will not be affected. Now if he is talking about Headstart then I say bye bye to a useless program. How about the nonworking give back their obama phones and the billion dollar price tag that is attached to it? And as far as federal workers go, well, we in the private sector have been pooped on for the past four years. It´s time you joined the real world.
It´s hard to be a Republican while being a federal worker, anyone who supports a 20% cut in my weekly pay is no friend on mine, while I"ll continue to support my party, it won´t be these current players in the party. On the other side of the isle, how can anyone ask for more spending while reaching deep into a select group´s pockets to pay for another group is simply in your face disrespect. I bet the IRS gives more money away to those who don´t pay any taxes (stupid child tax credit) then this group of thieves will get from their federal workers pockets.
Reader 1 believes the common myth that federal workers drink coffee all day, show up late, leave early and all other times surf the web. Instead of trying to preach contempt to those who decide to be be leave their work is for the greater good of the nation, it´s time to realize I like others decided to work for the government out of choice like your choice not too.
The sequester won´t be devastating, but the rest of Obama´s program will, and I suppose he´s planning to blame all the pain on the sequester. We need to use the sequester a different way, pointing out all the cuts he didn´t make, the painless ways he could have done it. We very much need to be specific about that. Else he is going to use the sequester to explain away the pain of his new EPA regs. For the lofo´s that will work.
What is the connection between less than 3% cut in the projected budget, & furloughing government workers? How does working in the immediate future at their usual salary, have anything, to do with reality.......??
The problem #3 is, government is bloated & there are too many, "common myth that federal workers drink coffee all day, show up late, leave early and all other times surf the web." As with the good Muslims vs bad Muslim concept, if you aren´t part of the answer you are part of the problem. Too few whistle blowers & too much looking the other way. If someone wants to work for the government that´s fine, in this day & age of our history, I´d rather be a hooker, at least they all earn their money.
Republicans aren´t the ones who are choosing to take the cuts out of your paycheck, #2; that would be your own federal and elected democrats. The FAA, just to mention one government agency, has an entertainment and consulting budget larger than the entire sequestration...
#3, I agree with #6 re: good vs bad govt workers. Consider law enforcement. Good cops vs Bad cops. No one really rats out the bad. When accusations are made, all cops tend to circle the wagons against "us" because we are not one of "them". Sadly, this will always be the case for cops and govt workers until the "good ones" decide to clean up their work environment. Unfortunately, I´m very cynical on this and think that the "good" will succumb to their baser instincts. I fervently hope to be proven totally wrong here, though.
I never finished my college degree, but I´m having a hard time grasping how a 2.3% federal budget reduction equates to a 20% drop in some humble gubmint workers´ pay. Is Hussein trying to focus the misery, or what?
I see "low information" is alive & well. The sequester cuts are in the future......they have nothing to do with this fiscal period, except to be used as a scare factor or as a club because someone didn´t get their way.
What should really be scary, is if government workers are cut 20% or one day a week, & nobody notices. In that case the idea could be floated that the government could operate with 20% less workers & they could start laying off the excess....!!!
#3, in my 14 yrs (much too long) of working for a government, I saw first hand that many employees were slugs. Today, those slugs often make more than their private sector counterparts. That´s Obozo´s way of keeping you enslaved.
Conservative columnists have lost their minds. This is like your boss taking away your last pay raise -- money you´re using to pay for, you know, your life -- and saying well, it´s only a reduction in the rate of increase of your salary.
#16....I feel your pain. My husband lost his job 3 years ago and hasn´t been able to find work since then.
I think those who work for the DOD will be hit hardest, since the military will take a disproportionate share of the cuts. Apparently there is no way the departments are allowed the flexibility to move funds around to where they are needed most. I have many conservative friends who are hard workers, and love working for their country, but this has been very difficult for them. My daughter (who makes in the $50,000 range) wrote this to me the other day: "The last time we were close to a furlough we didn´t get full instructions until about 48 hours before the shutdown deadline so I don´t expect any official news before late next week. If it´s a long one I hope they´ll do it over a long period. We´d lose the money anyway (and I don´t have any hopes of getting back pay like federal employees did in 1994), but it would hurt less to have a smaller paycheck over the period of several months than to to lose two whole paychecks in a row. The worst part is that we are not allowed to take second jobs and work during our tour of duty to earn extra money because we are still federal employees so technically we would be moonlighting, or whatever term the gov´t uses. That combined with hearing all the awful things people say about civil servents being lazy money suckers makes the whole process not so fun."
In late October, Texas Gov. Rick Perry went to Israel, not a surprising trip for a potential presidential candidate whose pro-Zionist views are well known. However, less widely known is his role in a breakthrough of sorts in academia and U.S.-Israeli relations. The Jerusalem Post reported: Texas A&M University will open a branch in Nazareth by October 2015 . . . The new institution, to be called the Peace Campus, will promote coexistence for the sake of education with a student population combining Arab, Jewish and foreign students. The faculty will be drawn from Arab, Jewish and international scholars. .
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WASHINGTON— President Barack Obama marked the end of Hanukkah with not one, but two receptions at the White House on Thursday.He noted a rare quirk in the calendar that overlapped Thanksgiving and the start of the eight-day Jewish holiday. At the first gathering, Obama recognized guests who are credited with coming up with some unusual names for the joint holiday, such as "Thanksgivukkah," a combination of Thanksgiving and Hanukkah, and "menurkey," a blend of the words menorah and turkey. Menorahs were lit at both receptions. The White House said it expected about 500 people at each. American Jewish leaders and representatives
ARLINGTON, Va.- Conservative groups in 34 U.S. states plan coordinated assaults on taxes, healthcare, public sector pensions and the environment, organizing papers indicate. They also plan a strategy to push for expanded access to school vouchers to encourage home schooling, the documents published by Britain´s Guardian indicate. The newspaper published the papers in conjunction with the Texas Observer in Austin and the Portland (Maine) Press Herald. The documents can be found at tinyurl.com/UPI-SPN. The conservative strategy, organized and coordinated by the State Policy Network in Arlington, Va., includes proposals to cut public sector pensions, lower government-worker wages, eliminate income taxes,
I have never been much of a conspiracy theorist. For me it was always Oswald by himself from the Texas School Book Depository and nothing in the intervening fifty years has disabused me of this notion. For the most part, I’m an Occam’s Razor kind of guy — the most obvious explanation is likely to be true. (Snip) To put it bluntly, Occam’s Razor has moved. Things that were once possibilities now seem almost certainties to me. Principal among those is that Obama’s academic records are perpetually unavailable for a reason — and that reason is most likely that they reveal
One of President Obama´s chief political assets has been his ability to excite young people like almost no politician in history. But the days of America´s youth fawning over the president are over. A new Harvard University Institute of Politics poll released Wednesday confirms what other surveys have shown in recent months: Millennials have soured on Obama so much this year that their opinion of him largely mirrors the American public´s. Even though Obama does not ever have to face another election, he should be worried about the findings for a couple of reasons, which we will dive into momentarily.
Last summer on his $100 million family tour of Africa, Barack Obama hoped for a priceless photo op with Nelson Mandela, the ailing freedom pioneer who went from prison cell to the presidency of South Africa. Mandela´s family suggested that wouldn’t happen. So, the Obamas did a photo op in Mandela´s former prison cell. Which Obama’s White House quickly tweeted upon word of the icon´s passing at 95. [Skip] But Obama was also caught staring at television coverage of Mandela’s passing, which became Obama’s Photo of the Day.
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Speaker John Boehner said his party should support gay Republican congressional candidates and urged his colleagues to “be a little more sensitive” when running against women. “Some of our members just aren’t as sensitive as they ought to be,” Boehner said. When asked if he thinks his party should support gay candidates, Boehner simply said: “I do.”