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President Obama's Executive Order Raises Government Worker Salaries By 1%

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As the non-government worker 'slaves' away, working 80 hours straight at Toys'r'Us, or earning an 'unlivable' wage at McDonalds, President Obama as used an executive order to activate a 1% pay raise for all government workers. As the WSJ reports, the 4.4 milion federal employees are receiving their first across-the-board pay bump since a 2% increase in January 2010 (though notably agency directors must meet this cost within their existing budgets - not collecting any new funds to pay for it). Of course, even by government statistical standards, this is still not keeping up with inflation, but hey, it's better than nothing.

 

Via WSJ,

Federal employees in January will get their first across-the-board pay raise in several years, as President Barack Obama moved Monday to activate a 1% increase for all government workers.

 

The increase came by an executive order and was expected. The raise was requested by the White House earlier in the year and Congress didn’t take the necessary steps to prevent it from taking place.

 

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The Obama administration in previous years agreed to freeze the pay of federal employees as part of the ongoing deficit-reduction fights in Congress.

 

It’s the first across-the-board pay bump for federal employees since federal employees received a 2% increase in January 2010. Federal employees were able to collect bonuses, overtime and promotion pay raises.

 

Federal agencies must accommodate the pay increases within their budgets and they do not collect additional funds because of Mr. Obama’s order.

 


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Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:59 | Link to Comment kensdad
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Because what's a few billion more added to the deficit when it's already $17 trillion?

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:02 | Link to Comment Xibalba
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they found the extra cash by cutting unemployment and food to the poor and expecting mothers last week. 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:03 | Link to Comment PR Guy
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Enough. I'm quitting for the holiday.

I've made the traditional Christmas Eve curry and now I'm going to settle down to watch some cartoons and drink.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39X4sXc0Ubc

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:16 | Link to Comment krispkritter
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Meanwhile the Briber in Chief is squatting in Hawaii, land of his birth(yeah right), on the taxpayer dime.  I'll be praying for a volcano to erupt in his presence...

 

Merry Christmas ZH'ers!  I'm knocking off for the day as well...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:37 | Link to Comment BKbroiler
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aren't we all government workers now?  Bernanke is the boss of bosses.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment NotApplicable
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What's a "budget?"

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment Surly Bear
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That isn't the 1% they were looking for.... *Jedi hand move*

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:35 | Link to Comment Colonel Klink
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Wouldn't matter, he'd just slither aboard Air Farce One and burn another million dollars of evil petroleum fuel saving his worthless fascist ass, while complaining about the green house gasses being emitted by the volcano.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:20 | Link to Comment Ban KKiller
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Bong hits and SilverCoin Tequila. Then dinner with ladies...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:22 | Link to Comment Clever Name
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Oak leaves and md 20/20 for me, then scroungin through trash with my fellow bums.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:12 | Link to Comment JailBank
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They got the extra money from cutting pension obligations to wounded troops.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:13 | Link to Comment Dr. No
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They used money saved from reduced maternity claims due to Obamacare sanctioned abortions.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:09 | Link to Comment insanelysane
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"they found the extra cash by cutting unemployment and food to the poor and expecting mothers last week"

You think that at least half of the government is run by angry white men and they are supported by about 40% of the population which are greedy, evil misers that want to keep the money that they already have and the income they make.

You are probably correct and if you are, why is your life plan to convince these people to pay for you to not work and to feed babies that aren't theirs?

This came to mind when during the gov shut down the MSM had countless single mothers complaining that they could feed their kids because of the greedy Repubs.

BTW, I don't support either party and I strive every day to not have to rely on either side to protect and feed my kids.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:20 | Link to Comment Shizzmoney
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They also didn't raise the wage mins for those contracted to work in federal buildings.

But that would screw with those corporations' profit margins.  The same ones that Obama probably owns in his portfolio.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:09 | Link to Comment Dr. No
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The article indicated it was zero sum.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:23 | Link to Comment Fred Hayek
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Well, yes, it is, in a way.
You see, this means a large sum of money will be taken from taxpayers and given to people in the protected bureaucratic class who have provided zero benefit to the economy in their entire working lifetimes. Zero sum.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:46 | Link to Comment Dr. No
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Junkers have reading comprehension issues here at ZH.  Typical day at ZH.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:43 | Link to Comment A Nanny Moose
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Don't be so hard on us. We were taught to read by tenured government employees.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:51 | Link to Comment Magically Delicious
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It might be zero sum this year, but these pay raises are permanently baked into the cake. My father is about to retire under the old (Pre-1984) Federal retirement system so he will get 80% of the extra $1,600 per year for the rest of his life, not just this year.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:33 | Link to Comment Jumbotron
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Nothing changes until mass 1,000,000,000 man marches shuts the bastards out of their own offices.  Nothing changes until there are live helicopter shots of thousands of people in concentration camps because the jails are all full.

In short.....until you stop being part of the system because you BELIEVE you have a vested interest in it.......then nothing changes.

There's a reason that doctors don't play patty cake with cancer cells in your body.....even though they contain YOUR DNA and all they want is to do what your other cells do.....namely live.

No.....the doctor nukes them with radiation, they drop chemical weapons on them, they shoot high energy proton beams at them, and they cut them out with bladed weapons.

Sometimes even these extreme measure don't work.  But you don't kill cancer if you don't go to these extremes.  And IF you don't go to these extremes.....most of the time you are as sure as dead.

The question now becomes....do you care enough to do what it takes?

Don't get me wrong.......there comes a time when you know things are terminal and there is no point in fighting.  I'm at that point.  I don't care whether America lives or dies.  But to those of you who bitch and moan on this site......see how successful anyone was, who was WILLING to fight their cancer, at bitching and moaning their cancer away.

I should know.....I fought it the first time with radiation and chemo and won.  With a lot of damage though.   The next time.....depends on how set in it is when I discover it.  I may just decide to let it be and keep my family's money with the family and not Obamacare's pocket.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:12 | Link to Comment JLee2027
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How is he spending money without Congress passing a bill? Executive Orders have no authority under the Constitution.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:23 | Link to Comment StychoKiller
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No extra Munny is being spent, it's just getting shuffled around.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Capitalist
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So congress doesn't pass it but an executive order fixes that? What a DIC!

Dictator In Chief

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:34 | Link to Comment Overfed
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The fine folks employed by the DHS gestapo say: "Danke, mein Fuhrer!" "Heil O'bomb-a!"

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 10:58 | Link to Comment unwashedmass
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Jesus Christ. You have 50 million folks now eating courtesy of food stamps due to the criminal dealings of the major banks hosing the American public....which the government does NOTHING to stop......

and now they give themselves a raise....

brings new meaning to "let them eat cake" doesn't it? 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:15 | Link to Comment curbjob
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The good germans are being acknowledged, particularly the folks at the NSA.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment KickIce
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Don't forget Homeland Security and the IRS, somebody's gonna have to run the FEMA camps.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:19 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Think of it more as a bonus for a job well done.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:03 | Link to Comment tarsubil
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I love it. Government workers have to pay more into a pension plan and get a 1% pay increase. It'll be funny if they end up taking home less next year.

The thing is many government employees have gotten raises in the last 3 years from automatic step increases or automatic promotions. There are just so many lies and this is such a mess. Bleh.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:31 | Link to Comment RKDS
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Not all of them.  That the problem with stupid blanket statements from private (real or nominal) sector actors who don't know anything about the public sector.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:33 | Link to Comment Overfed
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All Federal employees, especially those employed by agencies that are identified by an acronym, deserve a 100% pay cut.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:02 | Link to Comment PR Guy
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Enough. I'm quitting for the holiday.

I've made the traditional Christmas Eve curry and now I'm going to settle down to watch some cartoons and drink.

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=39X4sXc0Ubc

 

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:06 | Link to Comment Mercury
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Amen brother.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 18:48 | Link to Comment mc225
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curry and cartoons sounds pretty good. take it easay

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:00 | Link to Comment Stoploss
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That's alright, he is soaking up just slightly less than one percent Plutonium.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:03 | Link to Comment Normalcy Bias
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If he really wanted to make them happy he would have issued them a permanent exemption from Obamacare...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:14 | Link to Comment unwashedmass
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you really don't get it, do you? 

they have government healthcare....they are not impacted by Obamacare. 

turn off the Fox info, and get the real facts.....the "government employees" that are so pissed about being forced into ObamaCare are the Congress' staffs.......the folks working in the home offices who are their employees, not govt employees........

suddenly THEY have to pay what we peons in the individual market have had to pay for years.......

and its a wake up call. 

I'm loving it. been screwed/raped/bled dry in this individual market for years.......loving that these people are getting exposed to the insurance monster they created....

and i hope the whole fucking thing collapses in a steaming heap

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:17 | Link to Comment Normalcy Bias
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You self-contradict in your post, plus the bold = FAIL. Sorry, try again...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:04 | Link to Comment Mercury
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It's so much easier to make good laws when you have a king.

So it has been spoken, so it shall be done.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Dr. No
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though notably agency directors must meet this cost within their existing budgets - not collecting any new funds to pay for it

Then I support this.  If this results in 1% taken from the operating budgets of the CIA, NSA, DMV, TSA, and what ever else and put that in the pocket of human being, then this is good.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:08 | Link to Comment redwater
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Ass. Hole.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:07 | Link to Comment Stockmonger
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Food stamps reduced 1% to feed program administrators.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:15 | Link to Comment Normalcy Bias
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And lo, the Lord sayeth "let there be more bread for thy army of drones," and so it shall be...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:09 | Link to Comment 22winmag
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If the 1% pay increase must come from existing budgets that means fewer latex gloves for the TSA and less ammo for DHS.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:19 | Link to Comment G.O.O.D
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When are people on this board ever going to acknowledge the fvking gov creates the money when  ever they want. THERE IS NO BUDGET YOU FVKIN MORONS! They will not go without in any fed program  including bullets, jet fighters, drone strikes, cluster bombs, they have an unlimited printing press. Please quit with the idea there is any fiscal policy in place.. you are showing your ignorance.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:27 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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Fail. There is no budget, but USG does not create money; it sells UST's (mostly to the Fed) or steals from the 52% or so that actually have to work for a living.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:57 | Link to Comment G.O.O.D
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Oh gee, EXCUSE me. Wtf is the difference? Paper is paper is bits is bytes. Give me a break. Look, if the gov needs more bombs, the gov gets more bombs, HOW  they do is of no consequence.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:16 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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The difference is USG is making you a slave to a private banking institution (to which it is beholden) to enrich itself and its cronies, and making you pay for the tools of your own enslavement. You've been here 3+ years and you don't know this basic shit?

WTF, indeed.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:38 | Link to Comment Overfed
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I still have to work my life away to obtain that paper, or those bits and bytes. When I receive them, there is a .gov jackboot standing there in body armor and holding a machine gun demanding his cut.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:09 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Bullish on new EBT card manufactures.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:11 | Link to Comment Ms. Erable
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The bureuacracy must expand to fulfill the ever-expanding needs of the bureauacracy.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:12 | Link to Comment mrdenis
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you didn't earn that raise all by yourself ...........

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:13 | Link to Comment smacker
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Obama's action should not surprise anyone because it's what ALL socialist and Lefty Luvvy governments do to keep their armies of unproductive apparatchiks - aka wealth consumers - on side.

Exactly the same happens in the UK, except large numbers of our civil servants are given "corporate credit cards" too and abuse them to the tune of GBP millions each year. And of course they fly business class - and sometimes first class if they can fiddle it - whilst taxpayers' are forced to travel in cattle class or can't afford to travel at all.

Then there's the subject of state employee indexed-linked pensions...but that's best left for another time ;-)

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:34 | Link to Comment reload
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Happy Christmas Smacker !

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 16:54 | Link to Comment smacker
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You too, reload :-)

 

...and to everybody on ZH, especially Tyler :-)

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:48 | Link to Comment Liquid Courage
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Yes, well, as FU might say: "Perhaps it's time to put a bit of stick about."

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:16 | Link to Comment Reaper
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The swine nearest the trough need to fatten first.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:18 | Link to Comment wisehiney
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Little Johnny's teacher asks the kids to tell the class what their father does for a living. 

The kids take their turns "My father is a salesman, fireman, mechanic etc".

Teacher says "Little Johnny, you have'nt told us what your father does."

Johnny stands up and says "My father is an exotic dancer down at the Caberet Club. He takes his clothes off to music and other men put money in his underwear. Sometimes, if the offer is real good, he will stay all night with them."

Teacher says "Oh my goodness! Class, get back to work on the science project!"

Takes Johnny aside and says "Is that true what you said about your father?"

Johnny says "Naw, my father works for the obama administration, I was just too embarrassed to say in front of the class."

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:23 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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If only they were embarrassed. Most wear it as a badge of honor, the more egregious the disaster the better.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment wisehiney
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Not Johnny, he's the right kind.

Change embarrassed to ashamed. It works a little better.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:25 | Link to Comment Gert_B_Frobe
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"Rectum? Damn near killed him!"

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:19 | Link to Comment Ban KKiller
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Why? There is no inflation. Other than the inflation of fiat, of course. 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:28 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Fiat inflation, spirit deflation.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:24 | Link to Comment Sudden Debt
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In my country, the government workers get a 2% raise every year plus the inflation index on their wages.

and the funny part?

people where complaining about the government outrageous salaries and their defense was that this is just what jealous people say who are against class difference... class difference with government workers... they used to make half of what the common people make.

Add 50 years of that stupid rule and they make double of what the average person makes. And the government is broke... and constantly needs to raise taxes to keep the game going

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:28 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Its just that people don't realize that the collective, or State as it were, does not actually include them. We ARE the infrastructure.

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 00:38 | Link to Comment Promethus
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France? Greece? Spain? Peoples State of California?

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:23 | Link to Comment yogibear
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Flood the whole system with more government workers. Do your work by collecting a paycheck.

If the BLS included those on welfare and Social Security Disability as employed they could make the unemployment numbers look a lot better. hey must be thinking about this...

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:22 | Link to Comment grid-b-gone
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 "Of course, even by government statistical standards, this is still not keeping up with inflation, but hey, it's better than nothing."

The standard in the private sector is, if non-retirement turnover is less than 5%, compensation, benefits, and working conditions are in-line with the market. In fact, if it is less than 3%, consider tightening total compensation to increase voluntary turnover.

One problem in the public sector is that compensation is approached as "cost of living" or "inflation adjustment", rather than a reward for increased sales, productivity, or customer satisfaction. In government, raises are often given with little indication that a worker or their division is performing any better than since the previous wage increase.

The end result is a weaker federal government that is less responsive and more expensive.  

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:33 | Link to Comment Oldwood
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Government workers are the antithesis of meritocracy, unless you include corruption.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:03 | Link to Comment pitz
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Exactly, government jobs typically have been for the people so incompetent that they couldn't find a job in the private sector.  These days, when government sets up booths at the career fairs of the major universities, they are jam-packed with line-ups.  Sort of like the high-tech employers of the late 1990s that were so hot at the time. 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:31 | Link to Comment carlnpa
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Enough.

Enough.

Enough.

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:33 | Link to Comment Seasmoke
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You are all just jealous. You could have all become public takers. And decided not to. It's your own fault. 

At least this is what other public takers try and tell me. Jealously. That's what they think it is. Dumb motherfuckers. 

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:04 | Link to Comment pitz
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"Decided" not to?  You mean there's some magical way of having your resume selected out of the queue of literally thousands of resumes, in an organization where brothers-in-law, relatives, etc., are generally favoured over the general public? 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:35 | Link to Comment therearetoomany...
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Obama is like a fucking dick who pushes his puppy's face into a pile of shit....except in this case the puppy didn't make the pile.

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:37 | Link to Comment orangegeek
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Hey Barry - hope your plane crashes on the way back to Washington - you fucking asshole

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:02 | Link to Comment G.O.O.D
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And your NSA threat level just jumped 110% with that post. Might be tough the next time you try to get a plane ticket. Isnt it fun living under the big brother boot?

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:41 | Link to Comment Hey Assholes
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Federal Government "workers" do not pay federal income tax.

Stae government "workers" do not pay stae income tax.

They are tax consumers. The fiction of gross pay and net pay is an illusion. Filling out 1040s is a kabuki dance for them.

Government "workers" + corporate welfare queens + individual welfare queens == parasites.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:02 | Link to Comment headhunt
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Government employees pay taxes, they just happen to use our money to pay taxes - sort of like a Ponzi scheme.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:56 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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What is globalization?

Globalization is nothing more than the constant search for cheap labour and the constant upgrading of infrastructure all across the earth. Thus improving the infrastructure of previously 'unindustrialized countries' and accessing a whole new ununionized labour pool. The new world's that are created and improved through road, rail, energy, and hospital projects that are built by huge multinational corporations and paid for by unwitting outside investors. Before all the public works' projects are completed there is a debasement to pay for the projects with outside investors' money because it was 'lost' during the stock market crash or crash of a company's stock (debasement of vehicle of monetary exchange).

During the debasement period the "inside" investors are selling short, 401k's/entitlements etc. are frozen until the company pays out whatever debts it can with whatever liquid it has left., then the company goes bankrupt, it's assets are filtered off to a subsidiary/holding co that was formed prior to debasement, the projects they were building get snapped up at fire sale prices. Now the projects are paid for, the companies get their money and the country gets its infrastructure for their people to work jobs cheaper than other people in the Old World will work them

Along the globalization trail, TPTB monopolize all the resources they can under corrupt regimes that most of the time they put into power. Then take control of all essential parts of the economy; food supply, energy and mineral resources, fresh water sources, precious stones, cash crops, telecom, and healthcare. The foreign multinational corporations use cheap labour to assemble their goods while owning all other utilities the people of the country use. Once the cheap labour and resources are exploited, the globalists pick up and start the search for a new land to build up. Every new world is built on the dollar of outside investors and tax payers. Outsourcing is the only way the king can afford the peasants wages.

It started with canals, ships, and marinas in olden days and evolved into railroads, locomotives, then into trucks and roads, and most recently aviation. Every logistic means throughout history has been payed for by the outside investor through the use of debasements. Bubbles are built up on the word that 'the good times will never end' and popped on 'we never saw this coming' - all made possible by governments pretending to fail all across the world. All three tiers of government (soon to be four; federal, state, municipal, and soon, Union) are chalked full of failures.

The same groups of companies get the contracts for foreign nation building, usually spawned off each other, tracing their way back to a group of banks that operate throughout the world. These companies debase vehicles of monetary exchange (stocks and stock markets). Most of them having intimate ties with the World Bank. The financiers' of globalization stay the same. Once projects are completed and economies successfully debased, wars are waged to pay for economic recovery and fulfill whatever geopolitical agenda these global financiers have. After the era of fraud there is a period of boom and the cycle repeats itself, the size of the war usually depends on the size of the debasement that preceded it.

Once the Vehicle of Monetary Exchange is debased, the stolen money is laundered through various organizations (charities, non-profits, Legatus, museums). Once the money has been laundered there needs to be a war to destroy the paper trail (the fog of war) so they need an event to set off the war. If multiple countries' economies are down, it will be a global war (each country fighting with it's favourite enemy). At this time the financial sector will air its laundry, and we'll start hearing about frauds and accounting errors. This will lead to federal bodies (FINRA, SEC) bringing cases against the scapegoats (Skilling, Conrad Black) and we will have show trials with show judges (Crater, Landis). The trials will bring justice to the 'rogue conspirators and that's that.

The new bubbles are usually being built up as the current bubble is popping. These bubbles are allowed to happen through manipulation of laws. In America, the crash (era's of fraud) usually coincides with the end of one presidency and the start of another and occur every 4 years. In the lame duck sessions of a presidency, all previous corporate criminals get pardons. This timeline repeats itself throughout history.

Deadlink source: http://www.enterprisecorruption.com/

The World Is Flat| Thomas L. Friedman 2005

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 11:56 | Link to Comment Heroic Couplet
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Usually when I read "Obama" here i substitute "Rothschilds." Not in this case LOL. At one time, only 4% separated the wealthy in the US from everyone else. Now it's multiples.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:06 | Link to Comment bugs_
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you vote 16 cronies and what do you get?  another day older and deeper in debt.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:12 | Link to Comment Atomizer
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Looks like the US Government workers are going to have to redistribute there 1% wealth increase to others. This is going to become quite comical.

Obama-Spread the wealth around

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment Thing1Thing2
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Gov't workers get a 1% raise.  Then the tax payer gets lower productivity.  Gov't workers know that hard work (or any work) does not pay (more than the standard raise pool of 1%).

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 12:45 | Link to Comment shutdown
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Don't forget their 3-4% annual step increases.

Nobody except those rats gets step raises anymore. 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:00 | Link to Comment Constitutional ...
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My Executive Order:

No one in the public sector should be paid more than $100,000 per year.

All laws should apply to them, without exception.

That should sort the wheat from the chaff. We would soon find out who was in 'public service' and who sees it differently. 

They should live in the economy occupied by most people, particularly taxpayers.

If they don't like it, then get a job in the private sector or make a job in the private sector which pays for state largesse.

Throw the international moneychangers out of the corridors of power. End the Fed.

Happy Christmas, one and all! 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:55 | Link to Comment Meat Hammer
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Many of them don't have the skills to work in the private sector so they go get a make-believe "job" in the public sector.  

A few years back a friend of mine was trying to justify his bloated state-worker pension and benefits to me by saying (in a whiny voice with that air of entitlement) but you guys in the private sector make more money than us.

My reply - Then why don't you go work in the private sector?

Crickets

 

 

 

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 18:34 | Link to Comment Greenskeeper_Carl
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I've tried explaining that to friends in the military and they don't get it at all. You hear constant bitching about the raises not keeping up with inflation, which is true, but I always say at least you are getting a raise. Those are few and far between out in the real world, and retirement packages like the military get are non existent in the private sector. And I always hear the young ones bitch constantly when they have to do shit like wash dishes. And I always ask them how fucking much do you think dish washers at Applebee's get paid? And do they get to retire at fucking 38 years old with a pension?

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:11 | Link to Comment Gold N Glocks
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It's the Kenyan way...

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:33 | Link to Comment samsara
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The only thing that comes to mind is Eddie in Lampoon Christmas saying to clark about xmas list...

"And if it wouldn’t be too much, I’d like to get something for you, Clark. Something really nice!”

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 13:46 | Link to Comment Meat Hammer
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Good.  Give them a 1000% percent raise and let's crash this bitch even sooner.  Give all gov't workers a mansion and servants so I can watch it all get ripped away from them when it all collapses.  I don't care anymore.

Yes, Jameson, I can hear you from the liquor cabinet.  Shh Shh, Daddy's coming.

Merry Christmas, bitches.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 16:05 | Link to Comment Clowns on Acid
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Don't cry for me Argentina... I mean Trenton, err.. Detroit... umm..Chicago, LA, ....

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 15:08 | Link to Comment americanspirit
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As for you who bought into the meme of "serving your country", you are not federal employees and do not get a raise. Just be happy that we didn't take away your SNAP cards. Now that you're good and pissed, go kill some ragheads. Or yourself. We here in DC officially don't give a shit.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 16:37 | Link to Comment pupdog1
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This ape rules by royal fiat, Congress be damned.

I have a better approach.

Take one-half (minimum) of these federal useless eaters, boot their asses out the door, and offer them the same job at one-half of their previous take, with no benefits, as 1099 contractors.

This has happened to three private sector friends of mine in the last several years, all of whom have advanced (real) degrees and are best-in-class at what they do. None are in Hawaii as we speak.

Tue, 12/24/2013 - 19:27 | Link to Comment Vendetta
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bribery, even modest bribes, help maintain the corrupt status quo

Wed, 12/25/2013 - 00:32 | Link to Comment Promethus
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After the two week government shut down they were given back pay for staying home and sitting on their asses. Two weeks free money equals about a 2% annual pay increase.

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