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Old 03-13-2013, 02:41 PM
 
Location: North Idaho
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I'm impressed. The Feds got their budget cut by 3%, and they can no longer pay for Air traffic controllers, National Parks, Medicare, teacher's salaries, school lunches, the military and military salaries, the post office. Nobody has threatened to let all the prisoners lose yet, but that is coming, I am sure.

I keep thinking, "Wow. The Feds can sure get a lot of value out of 3% of the budget." It makes me wonder what they are spending the other 97% on.
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Old 03-13-2013, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Warwick, RI
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Federal spending cuts - bring 'em on!
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Old 03-14-2013, 02:52 PM
 
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I'm impressed. The Feds got their budget cut by 3%, and they can no longer pay for Air traffic controllers, National Parks, Medicare, teacher's salaries, school lunches, the military and military salaries, the post office. Nobody has threatened to let all the prisoners lose yet, but that is coming, I am sure.

I keep thinking, "Wow. The Feds can sure get a lot of value out of 3% of the budget." It makes me wonder what they are spending the other 97% on.
I had a discussion with my politically liberal friends back in November about the fiscal cliff...and they were like "Would it really be the end of the world if we went off the cliff?". I think if we'd had the same discussion a year or two ago, they wouldn't have said that....so I think at least some people are realizing that we are going to have to bite the bullet.
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Old 03-14-2013, 03:02 PM
 
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I'm impressed. The Feds got their budget cut by 3%, and they can no longer pay for Air traffic controllers, National Parks, Medicare, teacher's salaries, school lunches, the military and military salaries, the post office. Nobody has threatened to let all the prisoners lose yet, but that is coming, I am sure.

I keep thinking, "Wow. The Feds can sure get a lot of value out of 3% of the budget." It makes me wonder what they are spending the other 97% on.

YAY! Let's get that 3% cut to about 30%!
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Old 03-14-2013, 05:16 PM
 
Location: Denver
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I'm impressed. The Feds got their budget cut by 3%, and they can no longer pay for Air traffic controllers, National Parks, Medicare, teacher's salaries, school lunches, the military and military salaries, the post office. Nobody has threatened to let all the prisoners lose yet, but that is coming, I am sure.

I keep thinking, "Wow. The Feds can sure get a lot of value out of 3% of the budget." It makes me wonder what they are spending the other 97% on.
The stupid thing is that they did a line item cut instead of an across the board cut. So all programs had to take a % cut, which puts small programs with one or two people involved in tough situations. It would be much better if the military or other selected entities could just abolish certain programs while keeping others fully funded.

That being said, If the government really wants to save money, it must get rid of the overlap in bureaucracy. Why do we have a CIA and an FBI? Why do we have a National Guard, Army, Marines, and Special Forces? The agencies listed all overlap each other. We should get rid of the FBI and make them a part of the CIA. We should get rid of the Army and Marines place them into either the National Guard or Special Forces. So on so forth with all the government agencies.
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Old 03-14-2013, 06:16 PM
 
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900,000 federal government employees are looking at a 20% pay cut. Let me repeat that: twenty percent pay cut. How would a 20% reduction in your paycheck affect you? Just a belt-tightening?

How about a 20% federal income surtax increase instead? How would that feel? I don't mean a 20% tax increase, but taking another 20% of people's paychecks for federal taxes... so for some people that would be a 200% tax increase. Belt-tightening?
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Old 03-14-2013, 07:42 PM
 
Location: "Daytonnati"
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900,000 federal government employees are looking at a 20% pay cut. Let me repeat that: twenty percent pay cut. How would a 20% reduction in your paycheck affect you? Just a belt-tightening?
They are lucky they still have jobs. Next year they may not.
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Old 03-14-2013, 10:38 PM
 
Location: Wouldn't you like to know?
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900,000 federal government employees are looking at a 20% pay cut. Let me repeat that: twenty percent pay cut. How would a 20% reduction in your paycheck affect you? Just a belt-tightening?

How about a 20% federal income surtax increase instead? How would that feel? I don't mean a 20% tax increase, but taking another 20% of people's paychecks for federal taxes... so for some people that would be a 200% tax increase. Belt-tightening?
Basically what it amounts to is 1 day furlough per week for 22 weeks (from April to September).

The way I feel about it is that everyone is feeling the pinch of a lousy economy and cutbacks like this are no exception....join the club.
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Old 03-15-2013, 07:25 PM
 
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Don't expect a haircut. They will slice our ear off instead to show us how essential are their hair doos.
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Old 03-16-2013, 08:39 AM
 
Location: 3rd Rock fts
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Default No pain, no lessons learned.

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Don't expect a haircut. They will slice our ear off instead to show us how essential are their hair doos.
Whatever it takes; these cuts were known for almost 2 years already. Devoted to no one cuts is the right thing to do when the culture is me, me, me.
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