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Budget cut likely to hit most
Pentagon civilian workers: analyst

Reuters, by David Alexander

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Posted By:LittleHoodedMonk, 1/9/2013 10:55:44 PM

Washington - Almost all of the Pentagon´s nearly 800,000 civilian employees would likely have to be placed on unpaid leave for a month this year if automatic defense spending cuts go into effect in March as now planned, a top defense budget analyst said on Wednesday. (Snip) Almost all of the Pentagon´s nearly 800,000 civilian employees would likely have to be placed on unpaid leave for a month this year if automatic defense spending cuts go into effect in March as now planned, a top defense budget analyst said on Wednesday. The Pentagon's base budget under the current funding

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This whole idea of "sequestration" is a thorn in the side of the Military future planning. I am not saying that federal jobs there don´t need to really be done away with, but a 10% or more across the board of all government agencies would be a start at balancing our budget [if ever]. TSA is a great start to make it run by private industry. Also, doesn´t the EPA and some other agencies just need to be defunded all together? This Keynesian economic thinking in Congress needs to be stopped before it bankrupts US.

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: Evocatus, 1/9/2013 11:10:48 PM     (No. 9108159)

Good.

Having worked with civil servants --

Some civil servants are saints returned to Earth to help us all out: Maybe fifteen percent.

The remainder, the largest percentage, are lazy, venal and useless.

Truth.



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Reply 2 - Posted by: Emmajustin, 1/9/2013 11:22:49 PM     (No. 9108174)

We could put 80% of federal and state workers on indefinite leave (without pay) and things would run more smoothly and we´d save lots of money.
SHUT IT DOWN.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Subal, 1/9/2013 11:23:20 PM     (No. 9108175)

It seems that there a lot of chickens coming home to roost. And we´re only 10 days into the new year!

Hope and Change!

You´re getting the government you voted for.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: Trigger2, 1/10/2013 4:25:31 AM     (No. 9108276)

I wonder if blacks and hispanic workers would be exempt from that month of unpaid leave. Enquiring minds want to know since affirmative action trumps everything else.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: twculver, 1/10/2013 6:29:31 AM     (No. 9108338)

According to Wikipedia, there are 857,261 active duty military personnel. What in the heck do we need with 800,000 Pentagon civilian employees? I bet half of them aren´t adding value, but are just getting in the way of the warfighters. This sounds like an area that could be cut permanently and effectiveness would actually improve.

The Federal and State governments are rife with this kind of waste. Hopefully the Republicans will stand their ground on spending cuts. By election time no one will remember the fuss and they won´t have missed the "services" that are no longer being provided.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: gartenfrau, 1/10/2013 6:53:57 AM     (No. 9108376)

Although I won´t disagree that some DOD civlians are worthless, but do you guys have any idea how many people it takes to support just the Army? The gartenherr works as a civilian roughly in the R and D for new weapons/vehicles etc. All intell/analysis is done by civilians. All those engineers who design and build the prototypes are civilians. Most of the people who run the pay system for the nmilitary are civilian as are most of the people who buy everything the Army needs from bullets to TP are civilian. The abasolutely gross waste of money comes from the large defense companies where we have apent trillions of dollars on everything from FCS to new vehicles with nothing being fielded.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: nonsense, 1/10/2013 8:43:44 AM     (No. 9108524)

Will Obama be able to continue his hiring tsunami? He has hired 101 new federal workers every day of his reign. Federal workers flowing in, a few tricking out.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: rockymtnhigh, 1/10/2013 9:40:41 AM     (No. 9108641)

How about a 15% paycut across the board instead of furlough?

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Reply 9 - Posted by: toddh, 1/10/2013 12:16:19 PM     (No. 9109078)

President Bill Clinton hollowed America´s military. We got 9/11. They blamed President Bush.

President Obama is hollowing America´s military. We´ll have (yet) another 9/11. They will blame the Republican who has to clean it up.

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