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Pentagon awash in pink slips, preparing 800,000 civilian furloughs
Washington Times ^ | 20 Feb 13 | Kristina Wong

Posted on 02/21/2013 3:31:23 PM PST by SkyPilot

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1 posted on 02/21/2013 3:31:31 PM PST by SkyPilot
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To: SkyPilot

The country has to do some belt-tightening. And by “the country” I mean FedGov spending.


2 posted on 02/21/2013 3:33:54 PM PST by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: SkyPilot

I’ll file this under “Good News”...


3 posted on 02/21/2013 3:40:39 PM PST by Beaten Valve
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To: SkyPilot

Why are there over 800,000 DoD civilians?


4 posted on 02/21/2013 3:42:41 PM PST by SeaHawkFan
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To: Beaten Valve

Civilian employees? Wouldn’t it be BETTER news if it were ‘government employees’? Oh no, 0bama would never hurt his army.


5 posted on 02/21/2013 3:43:12 PM PST by Obama_Is_Sabotaging_America (PRISON AT BENGHAZI?????)
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To: FreedomPoster
The country has to do some belt-tightening.

Great way to do it, exempt entitlements (including Medicaid, Social Security, Food Stamps, TANF, Section 8 housing) but cause tremendous harm to a Constitutional enterprise - the military.

If Congress Can't Compromise, Then America Will Have A 'Hollow Army'

Perhaps the Republican party deserves the internal split that it is about to endure. Good thing it is embracing amnesty for illegals. Now, there's something we can afford. As it alienates the military permanently, it will need new constituencies. Somehow though, I think the illegals will still vote for Democrats.

6 posted on 02/21/2013 3:43:18 PM PST by SkyPilot
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A furlough of one day per week is impending doom? There are plenty of people who would love to have 4 days per week of guaranteed work-I’m one of them. Someone please give these people some cheese to go with that whine...


7 posted on 02/21/2013 3:45:38 PM PST by Texan5 ("You've got to saddle up your boys, you've got to draw a hard line"...)
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To: SkyPilot

This is a great chart, added to my library. Everything above Transportation can be lumped into a single category: Democrat Election Scheme. Admitedly, some Republicans play as well, but entitlement spending is all about income redistribution and giving their voter base free stuff with the only stipulation that you vote for them on election day, and, oh by the way, you give up your freedom and liberty in exchange.


8 posted on 02/21/2013 3:45:38 PM PST by centurion316
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To: Beaten Valve

Funny how the liberals at the NY Times and Wash Post are crying like stuck pigs over these tiny cuts.

Those papers have laid off or bought out nearly 50% of their employees since Obama took office. Yet they’re squealing over 3% or so “cuts”?

Why didn’t they squeal about their own 50% budget cuts?


9 posted on 02/21/2013 3:46:52 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: Beaten Valve

Funny how the liberals at the NY Times and Wash Post are crying like stuck pigs over these tiny cuts.

Those papers have laid off or bought out nearly 50% of their employees since Obama took office. Yet they’re squealing over 3% or so “cuts”?

Why didn’t they squeal about their own 50% budget cuts?


10 posted on 02/21/2013 3:47:13 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: SkyPilot

This is shi!. Even if they were furloughed when back on the job they will get every penny of back pay. How does that sound to those suckers that believe the communists bull shi!.


11 posted on 02/21/2013 3:48:33 PM PST by Logical me
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If you are budgeted 100 pizzas you would now only be able to purchase 97.6 that is no massive cut and is not austere. Now if you cut all the pizzas that would be a cut. You would maybe be better served to make your own pizza as well.


12 posted on 02/21/2013 3:49:01 PM PST by vicar7 ("Polls are for strippers and cross-country skiers" Sarah Palin)
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To: SkyPilot

...and this is bad news how? :)


13 posted on 02/21/2013 3:50:22 PM PST by LUV W (All my heroes wear camos!)
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To: jimbo123
Yet they’re squealing over 3% or so “cuts”?

You must be listening to Rush too much.

The cuts when compared as a percentage to the entire budget may look small, but 2/3rd of the budget (entitlements) are EXEMPT from sequestration. Of the remaining 1/3rd, Defense takes the biggest hit. On top of that, the total DoD bill for just this year is now projected to be over 13%, and since they can only touch a portion of the budget (military pay for instance is exempt), and they are halfway through the fiscal year, the cuts to the military are huge.

If you had 12 employees, and said you had to make cuts, but you were going to "exempt" 8 of them, and of the 4 remaining only 1 had to take the majority of the paycut, then the one employee takes it the most.

Same principle here, however, the "takers" of society are doing just fine, thank you. Obama and the Democrats fooled the Republicans into signing off on the sequester, and now the military will suffer great harm.

The GOP spin on this is all over the map. Last May, Paul Ryan said these cuts to the military had to be reversed.

Now he is cheerleading them.

Even Byron York is saying Boehner and the Republicans have lost their minds.

The GOP’s astonishingly bad message on sequester cuts

"In a Wall Street Journal op-ed Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner describes the upcoming sequester as a policy “that threatens U.S. national security, thousands of jobs and more.” Which leads to the question: Why would Republicans support a measure that threatens national security and thousands of jobs? Boehner and the GOP are determined to allow the $1.2 trillion sequester go into effect unless President Obama and Democrats agree to replacement cuts, of an equal amount, that target entitlement spending. If that doesn’t happen — and it seems entirely unlikely — the sequester goes into effect, with the GOP’s blessing. In addition, Boehner calls the cuts “deep,” when most conservatives emphasize that for the next year they amount to about $85 billion out of a $3,600 billion budget. Which leads to another question: Why would Boehner adopt the Democratic description of the cuts as “deep” when they would touch such a relatively small part of federal spending? The effect of Boehner’s argument is to make Obama seem reasonable in comparison.

14 posted on 02/21/2013 3:59:29 PM PST by SkyPilot
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Back to the Articles of Confederation!

No potus; no congress; no black-robed idiots; no alphabet-soup oppressive departments/agencies !!!!!

Howzat for belt-tightening !

;)
no kidding

Semper Watching!
*****


15 posted on 02/21/2013 4:04:05 PM PST by gunnyg ("A Constitution changed from Freedom, can never be restored; Liberty, once lost, is lost forever...)
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To: SkyPilot

best way for this country to recover is to send the DC politicians home and tell them to stay there.


16 posted on 02/21/2013 4:09:49 PM PST by drypowder
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To: SeaHawkFan
Why are there over 800,000 DoD civilians?

One way the military has been able to reduce their numbers has been to turn over a lot of non-combat jobs to civilians, particularly what we in the Navy call "shore duty" billets. For example, go to a typical Navy galley on base. A decade ago it would be staffed by Navy enlisted "Culinary Specialists" cooking up the food. Now it's a bunch of Filipinos manning the grills. Base weapons stations used to be great shore duty for Ordnancemen and Gunner's Mates. Now they're all staffed by retired AO and GM Chiefs. Training squadrons now employ civilian aircraft maintainers (typically retired Navy) rather than enlisted. Base personnel offices are all staffed by civilians as well as the Navy trimmed down their ranks and removed enlisted Yeomans and other admin rates from these jobs. Facilities are maintained and repaired by civilian contractors rather than Seabees. The list goes on and on. Heck, even the gates are manned by civilian security guards rather than Masters at Arms (Navy military police).

I'm sure the other branches are doing the same. The military figured they'd save money on benefits by bringing aboard civilians. I wouldn't be surprised if at the base I work at, civilians outnumber active duty sailors. And now they have to furlough them all.

17 posted on 02/21/2013 4:11:04 PM PST by Drew68
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They’re doing a pretty good job of understanding that low-information voters don’t know what “furlough” means.


18 posted on 02/21/2013 4:16:16 PM PST by Cyber Liberty (I am a dissident. Will you join me? My name is John....)
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Good. Furlough enough government “workers” and maybe they will stop supporting the type of pin-headed moron politicians that they do.


19 posted on 02/21/2013 4:25:53 PM PST by hal ogen (First Amendment or Reeducation Camp?)
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Well, you didn’t say that Byron York was against the “sequester”!


20 posted on 02/21/2013 4:31:21 PM PST by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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