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“Fair and balanced approach”

That’s what Preezy wanted and he got it. While the private sector has suffered greatly under this administration with tax hikes, draconian regs, rising gas prices and food prices, federal workers seem to have been exempt. DC is awash in money, while the states and local governments have had to cut back. Federal workers will have to take furlough days and, like the rest of us, those cuts in their pay will hurt.

All across the D.C. area and the rest of the country, federal workers like Blevins are having tense, belt-tightening conversations with spouses, kids and co-workers. They’re canceling little luxuries such as cable, cellphone service, restaurants and movie nights, putting off long-planned vacations and searching for second jobs. Some are thinking about raiding their 401(k)s for emergency cash.

A huge number of us understand how they feel, we’ve been there and done that. We also complained bitterly about the loss of income and soaring prices in food and energy. We also had to make lifestyle changes, foregoing little luxuries to keep our homes and pay for necessities. Too many of us in the private sector have already had the belt tightening conversation around the dinner table. But, they should also realize a large number of their fellow citizens would have loved furlough days instead of losing their jobs permanently.

In a survey of union members in late February, 82 percent said that if furloughs were implemented they’d have difficulty paying for the basics, such as rent, mortgage, utilities and food. Sixty-three percent expected to take money out of savings or retirement, and 29 percent said they’d have a hard time paying for child care or tuition.

Internal Revenue Service employee Joe Gaston’s family might take a double hit, because his wife works for the Department of Defense. He and other IRS workers were just told to expect five to seven furlough days before September.

Panic and terror in agencies is growing over furloughs with some Federal workers saying they are looking for part time jobs to supplement their income.

Keith McGlawn, an IT technician with U.S. Customs and Border Protection, said he expected 14 days off without pay before Sept. 30, which amounts to a 10 percent pay cut. McGlawn already has started looking for a second, part-time job to make up for the lost income.

“I’m trying to stay ahead of the curve instead of being behind it,” said McGlawn, 46, of Manassas, Va. He described the mood among colleagues at his agency as panic. [snip]

In Westminster, Mass., William “Bud” Taylor II woke up at 3 a.m. the other day, thinking, “How the hell am I going to handle this?”

The 56-year-old project manager for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said he’d done the math and if he were furloughed as expected for one day a week from April to September, he’d lose 20 percent of his pay. His expenses will exceed his income.

“Over the last couple weeks it has just been sheer terror,” he said.

We know how they feel, been there, done that too. But, Preezy could have taken a more “fair and balanced approach” instead of punishing them for a political stance. Preezy was offered a more flexible plan to make the cuts in spending less draconian for Federal workers. Instead of being more compromising he decided to bring as much pain as possible to make a political point. Since he and MO won’t be affected by his uncompromising attitude, he just doesn’t care about the suffering he will cause. Small minded, petty and thinskinned Preezy refused the “fair and balanced approach” offered to him by Congress.

 

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18 Comments

  1. First Duncan, now BO gets his own Pinnochios..from WaPo..such a liar he is

    “Starting tomorrow everybody here, all the folks who are cleaning the floors at the Capitol. Now that Congress has left, somebody’s going to be vacuuming and cleaning those floors and throwing out the garbage. They’re going to have less pay. The janitors, the security guards, they just got a pay cut, and they’ve got to figure out how to manage that. That’s real.” …

    Stephen T. Ayers, the architect of the Capitol, listed a number of steps being taken to reduce expenses, including limiting new hiring and postponing repairs. This line jumped out at us: “We do not anticipate furloughs for AOC employees as a result of Sequestration.”

    http://hotair.com/archives/2013/03/02/wapo-another-two-pinocchios-for-obamas-janitorgeddon/

  2. “In January, Americans suffered the biggest plunge in monthly personal income in 20 years, erasing $505.5 billion of wealth from their wallets.

    Driving the income nosedive were the 2% payroll tax increase, soaring gas prices, and higher than typical December dividend payments designed to dodge the dividend tax hike from 15% to 20% for higher income Americans.

    Personal savings also took a hit. In December, Americans saved an average 6.4% of their disposable income. In January, that figure dropped to just 2.4%, the lowest saving rate since November 2007.”

    – See more at: http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2013/03/02/Americans-Suffer-Biggest-Monthly-Income-Drop-In-20-Years#sthash.MDHeLeh5.dpuf

  3. Laughing at or with? From Free Beacon

  4. China? WTF???

    Judicial Watch also pointed out several other organizations with close ties to the administration stood to gain from the merger.

    The lawsuit comes as the president’s campaign-apparatus-turned-dark-money-advocacy group has come under scrutiny for providing donors access to the president.

    “With one ill-chosen action, the Obama administration has managed to undermine our strategic interests and reward its corporate cronies,” said Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch, in the released statement.

    The Treasury Department did not return a request for comment.

    http://freebeacon.com/china-deal-benefits-obama-donors/#sthash.NbHFNFpy.dpuf

    • Daryl Hannah should protest this China drilling in the Gulf and the BO donors who are making millions

  5. I’m pretty sure that most of we birdies did the money worry dance quite a few months ago. The fed employees are just now learning the Depression Shuffle.
    For some reason, the libs are now marching lockstep to stop working from home. Yahoo! CEO and Bloomberg are peppering the Pravda’s with how wrong it is that people work from home. Sometimes it feels as if they are coming after me, personally. Too bad I’m made of iron, I will always find a way.

    • Being a liberal is a bit like attempting to keep a mountain lion as a house pet. Regardless of how much the mountain lion seems to like you, eventually, it will remember that its a mountain lion and you are food.

    • “I’m made of iron, I will always find a way”
      Survivors usually do….it’s in their nature 🙂

      • Or in my neck of the woods, being liberal is like owning an untrained pit bill. Today, it’s been four months my little doggie has been at the sitter’s, to protect him from the dogs next door.

        • Oh Tanna…still no best buddy at home? That is so wrong!

          • I visit him every week. I do miss him. We’ll rebuild a bigger fence come Spring.

            • Blitz is a Rottweiler/Lab mix….he’s my bud….not sure I could get along without him. Thugs are totally terrified to come near him (good for me) but, he’s gentle as a lamb. Had to put up a tall fence because he’s a jumper. Spring is not so far away. I know he misses you too.

  6. How to beat the Islamists and have fun….

    http://www.thegatewaypundit.com/

  7. Too funny …Sequester Cathedral LOL 😀

  8. and this….*gigglesnort*

    • Both good, but my like is the first, “Sequester Cathedral”…been years since I first heard that stupid song. 🙂

      • LOL 😀 …if Rush put it out there, BO knows about it….too funny *gigglesnort*

  9. Good for you Lynn, for drawing attention to O’s very own Super Pac..As I understand it, the way his latest community organizer club is formed, there are no restrictions as to how the interest on this latest scam is used. Bo and Mo’s retirement fund ??

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