Skip to comments.As sequestration nears, federal workers brace for furloughs, vent anger at politicians
Posted on 02/28/2013 9:54:37 PM PST by Brad from Tennessee
WASHINGTON As a single dad with seven kids living at home, Bill Blevins is used to pinching every penny.
The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing hasnt had a cost-of-living pay raise in more than two years, even as his rent and insurance premiums went up. Now he and other federal workers in Washington and across the country are bracing for possible unpaid furloughs as part of an $85 billion reduction in federal spending. Known as sequestration, the automatic, across-the-board budget cuts are scheduled to kick in unless Congress and the White House can reach a compromise by Friday.
I am a registered Republican. However, I blame the Republican Party for this, said Gregory Russell, a 48-year-old federal firefighter at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md. Russell calculates hed lose about $1,200 a month about 20 percent of his pay if he gets furloughed. . .
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yep, some “Republican”. Crazy how the MSM finds spokespeople for our side who aren’t on our side.
This guy has been breathing too much smoke inhalation. If he is a Republican(which I seriously doubt), then he’s a moron for not blaming Obama since he proposed the sequester.
I have one comment for these poor Guvm’nt workers, Welcome to the world the rest of us live in! Costs going up! No wage increase! Oh No! At least these A-holes have a job, what about the hundreds of thousands of Americans driven out of work by our Supreme Moron? What are they supposed to do? Oh wait that’s right I forgot, Madam Puulosee says that unemployment checks are the best way to kick start the economy. I wish someone would kick start all these career politicians the hell out of office and into the unemployment lines so they could help instead of F-ing up the country.
No doubt they expect the communists running DC to steal more of our cash and give them some to keep them out of bankruptcy.
I do have a question though. If every department of every agency is making draconian cuts we're going to end up cutting WAY more than the $85 billion sequestered. Each agency acts like they have to come up with the entire amount on their own without notifying the Secretary or pResident. Once all the crying is over this might just work out fine.
I have NO sympathy for "single dad with seven kids living at home", Federal worker Bill Blevins who "hasnt had a cost-of-living pay raise in more than two years". What Bill DOESN'T tell you is that before that, in 2009, when millions of Americans lost their jobs, he got a 10% salary INCREASE from Obama - which he has not lost a dime from since. A pay increase that is being paid by CHINA - since it went straight into Obama's $7 trillion personal increase to the national debt. So BOO FREAKIN' HOO, Billy boy. Go cry somewhere else.
Yeah, that’s what my parents escaped from Europe to get away from, and now my Mother is so disgusted with our government she says maybe it would be better if they had stayed.
The House has passed a budget every year since 2010.
Obama has proposed a budget every year since elected. The House voted his budget down with zero approving votes from either party.
The Senate has not proposed a budget under Harry Reid. 5 years or something.
Let me get this straight, We are paying a fire fighter at the U.S. Naval Academy $72,000 per year PLUS Benefits. OK. When was the last time he fought a fire he didn’t have a hand in starting?
I think we could possibly allow the Annapolis Fire Department handle the campus if their is a fire. How about we simply close that department all together.
Oh no. It is here. The money ran out at Midnight. Ta Taa!
Federal employees are blaming the Republicans. So what! 99% of them vote for the Dems in every election anyway.
It’s long overdue for the Mandarin class to pony up their share of Obama’s “shared sacrifice.”
Working link to political contributions of Gregory Russell:
Let them blame republicans!
I know I blame republican office holders for a bunch of failures.
Glad the liberals can now partake of the offerings.
Awww. Poor things. Millions of people are out of work or under employed working PT and they have the nerve to complain.
He still has a job, has free health care for him and his entire family, and he's still making $4,800 a month?
What planet do these government employees live on? Maybe they should talk to their friends in the private sector to get an idea of what REAL economic misery looks like under Obama.
Government employees are like a cargo cult.
“U.S. Naval Academy”
From the old documentaries I recall that EVERY sailor was also a firefighter. Seems to me they could have their own crew with weekly/daily drills, etc.
The poor government workers busily sucking away at the public teat will have to share in the pain their employers have created.
Oh, the huge manatee.
I'm calling liar on this. Okay, stupid is a genuine possibility, too.
BUMP for great freeping, and for exposing not only a liar but a complicit, lying reporter as well.
Lindsay Wise, huh? What a scumbag.
Yep, no one ever says “I’m a Dumbocrat and I’m mad at the president.”
I’m sure thousands if not 170 million are already being evicted as we speak.
I wonder how many of Obama’s SEIU buddies are going to lose their jobs because of the sequester? No wonder Obama is distancing himself from this plan, even though the plan originally came from his White House.
My heart bleeds.
To the people in the article.
Welcome to OBAMAVILLE.
I have been struggling since that bastard took office in 09
Vacation Pay? Cost of living RAISES? WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAH! Cry me an F’n river!
I wanna slap that BITCH!
He just wouldn’t understand why...
I still wonder about the complicity of the reporter. Isn't it an amazing coincidence that she stumbled upon this guy to interview for her story? Yeah. An amazing coincidence. That's what it was.
I still wonder about the complicity of the reporter. Isn’t it an amazing coincidence that she stumbled upon this guy to interview for her story? Yeah. An amazing coincidence. That’s what it was
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Oh Ye of Little Faith.
I suppose you don’t believe it when something happens in the Mid East, CNN will go out to the middle of ‘No Mans Land’, knock on a tent flap and get to interview someone who speaks flawless Kings English.
While in this country we have got some from his Village working 7/11’s, driving cabs etc and they hardly know their OWN language.
Coinkydink? I think not...Well, maybe but haven’t seen them ‘miss’ yet.
The politicians aren’t cutting their own paychecks. But they expect federal workers to work for free. People can only take only so much stress in this Obaconomy.
“The 48-year-old building engineer at the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing”
Now there’s a Dept. we just can’t live without.
Thanks for that info, I emailed to the writer with the link.
Not that it will do any good.
Man this guy is a piker. In NJ a 48 year old firefighter would prbably be a retired FF with a 72K a year pension plus medical benefits for life. If he wasn’t retired he would be earning somewhere between 100k - 150k a year plus benefits plus OT. Cops comepnsation packages are similar.
It’s good that the state (and municipalities & counties) spend so much money on bloated salaries and benefits. This way they have absolutely no money left to fix the infrastructure when the state gets ravaged by a tropical storm. Money well spent.
Any questions on why that pathetic state is broke?
has free health care for him and his entire family,
You are clearly the biggest liar I have ever seen. You and Obama along with Romney are EXACTLY the same. You spout BS that you have no idea what you are talking about and act like it is true. If you want to lie about the guy, at least make it more believable than Maxine Waters over the top nonsense.
Registered Republican? This guy??
IAFF Local F121 - Representing Federal Fire Fighters in MD, VA & DC
Greg Russell, President
Not true. Federal employees do contribute to their health care, roughly 1/3 of the total cost, while Uncle Sugar pays the other 2/3. Still a great deal for them, though.
Yesterday, a single mom I know who is a GS-05 called me up. Look up that pay - it isn't much. She has a child with severe medical issues. Her husband abandoned her and the child several years ago. There is very little money in her home due to all her medical and other expenses (if you think insurance covers everything, dream on).
She works for the Dept of Defense. She doesn't accept any handouts. She doesn't take Food Stamps. She doesn't have an ObamaPhone. She pays her taxes (Federal, State, local, and property). Yet, on this board and all over the country, people like her are vilified. She is vilified by the same people who have no problem cashing their own entitlement check, or taking their own government healthcare, or being employed a lucrative government contract.
She will take a 20% cut, yet she still has to make her payments for her insurance, car repairs on her 15 year old car, and a mortgage for a small house in a marginal area.
She broke down in tears at the end of the conversation and asked me to pray for her.
For anyone out there who is still a Christian (not too many left on this board it seems), please pray for Beth.
When I hear Hannity talk about this as being a "2% cut" I want to scream. It is not a 2% cut for the Dept of Defense. ">It is a 13% cut. This cut is not being shared. 2/3rds of all spending encompassing Entitlements are EXEMPT from Sequestration. Any out there who didn't fail 4th grade math?
Congress and the President will do just fine, thank you.
I am disgusted by the behavior of our own government, and the comments by some on this board. You hurl accusations at the noble. Many of these people who are about to get screwed are not "the takers." They are hard working Americans who are doing their best for a noble agency that is Constitutional.
God help us all.
My wife was in line for the bus at Ft. Fumble (the Pentagon) and the people in civies were approached and asked about how they will deal with the sequester.. It was someone with a White House jacket on with the credentials hanging on a lanyard. Since they have to announce themselves if they’re with the media she and her busmates assumed it was someone from the regime trolling for victims.
Oh, and the sun has come up so Obama and the democrats must be pissed.
So if we cave on this then it is over. This is war and 0'bastard is corrupt to the core. Deal with it.
you do realize that is is only a 2% cut of all spending and it’s the president and his regime who decided where the cuts would come from. Carville even said that they cut where it would hurt the most people so they could get the most mileage from it. The democrats are punishing your friend, not freepers.
We feel bad for these people but the blame lies squarely on the shoulders of the prezzy. The folks here are just tired of being beat-up every few days while there is a class of people in our country that seem to get away unscathed. The federal government has to be cut and the prezzy decided to take it out on the only area he wants to cut, defense and border security.
We will be praying for those that are less fortunate.
Precisely. We do our side no good when we make stuff up. Stick to facts:they’re damning enough.
Isn’t it interesting that you can find this ‘republican’ is a phony put-up job with a little internet sleuthing, but the MSM can’t be bothered to check. I suppose because it serves their interest; which is being the propaganda arm for leftists.
Nice description. Did she vote? Do you happen to know who she voted for?
If it was Obama, I have no sympathy. If not, I am very sorry for her.
He's fakin' it for the attention and the media whores can't get enough. After all, there is nothing sweeter for a lib than blaming their messes on a Republican!
to quote officer john mclane ( of the die hard series )....
“Welcome to the party pal”..
uh, I guess that is Marylands version of a “Republican”?
Probably voted for lilMarty O’Malley too
Maybe the furlough will reduce his policial contributions to rat politicians so he can continue to feed his kids hot dogs
Given that most Federal workers are involved in anti tenth amendment activities, I can’t feel too sorry for them.