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  • What’s Wrong in the Federal Employee Conduct and Discipline System

    12/06/2016 1:05:52 PM PST · by yetidog · 14 replies ^ | December 6, 2016 | Bob Gilson
    Just how much “due process” for Federal employees is needed?
  • How to Reform the Civil Service

    11/15/2016 5:56:52 AM PST · by Kaslin · 21 replies
    American Thinker ^ | November 15, 2016 | Bruce Walker
    Thomas Lifson has correctly observed that reforming the Civil Service System ought to be a high priority for President-Elect Trump and the new Republican Congress. We need to understand why the Civil Service System first created as a reform in how the federal government operated. "To the victors go the spoils" was the way Andrew Jackson put it almost 200 years ago. Jackson expressed the view that the president has the right – legal and moral – to throw out government employees and replace them with cronies. The size of the federal government was proportionately much smaller then than today,...
  • Soros, Steyer, and Democracy Alliance Work to Retake Colorado

    08/05/2016 9:56:39 AM PDT · by Cheerio · 13 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | August 5, 2016 | Lachlan Markay
    The Democratic Party’s top donors are pouring money into Colorado political groups, drawing attention to state legislative contests and ballot fights that could affect the redrawing of key congressional districts, public records show. Billionaire hedge fund managers George Soros and Tom Steyer are steering money to Colorado state senate candidates, while the Democracy Alliance, a leading left-wing donor club created ten years ago by four wealthy Colorado Democrats, provides financing for an interconnected network of Democrat-aligned political groups. Campaign finance data reveals how the Alliance and its top donors are implementing a strategy conceived last year to retake power at...
  • Eddy County Employees Have Second Amendment Rights Restored

    04/30/2016 5:13:41 PM PDT · by marktwain · 11 replies
    Ammoland ^ | 26 April, 2016 | Dean Weingarten
    Across the United States, government employees’ right to bear arms while working is being restored.  One of the pernicious erosions of the right to bear arms that occurred over the last 50 years is the right of government employees to bear arms while employed.  At the start of the progressive era, government employees were considered part of the elite, and could bear arms when and where others could not.In the first laws adopted by the new state of Oklahoma, statutes were adopted en masse from other states.  One of them exempted “public officials” from a ban on carrying weapons,...
  • ‘Hanging over us’: Homeowners face uncertainty as I-395 plan ramps up

    04/10/2016 11:03:09 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 12 replies
    The Bangor Daily News ^ | April 10, 2016 | Nok-Noi Ricker
    BREWER, Maine — When Ken and Jo-Ann Arbo moved into their home in Eddington 22 years ago, they thought they found the perfect place to live.“I hunt right there. I fish out there. I snowmobile out there,” Ken Arbo said of the woods and fields near the couple’s home. “That is why we moved out there.”Now the Arbos face the real possibility of moving again.Their Lambert Road home is within the path of the controversial I-395/Route 9 connector, a proposed two-lane road from Brewer to Eddington meant to ease heavy truck traffic and improve safety on nearby routes 46 and...
  • Analyst: Wage hike would cost California taxpayers $3.6B

    03/30/2016 5:07:42 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 16 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar 30, 2016 5:21 PM EDT | Alison Noon
    Raising the minimum wage in California to the highest statewide level in the nation would eventually cost taxpayers an additional $3.6 billion a year in higher pay for government employees, legislative analysts determined. The estimate was disclosed as an Assembly committee gave initial approval Wednesday to boosting the wage to $15 an hour by 2022. The full state Assembly and Senate could vote on the deal between Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown and labor unions as early as Thursday. […] First-year costs to the state would total $19 million, when the minimum pay bumps to $10.50 on Jan. 1, according to...
  • VA: County Supervisor Says to Remove Ban on County Employee's Second Amendment Rights

    01/15/2016 7:56:02 AM PST · by marktwain · 2 replies
    Gun Watch ^ | 13 January, 2015 | Dean Weingarten
    Tommy Scott Photo courtesy of In Bedford County, Virginia, Supervisor Tommy Scott has proposed a change to County administrative policy to restore County employee's ability to exercise their Second Amendment rights while at work.  Infringements such as these are common for lower levels of State and local governments.  They gradually crept into administrative codes that became popular during the "progressive" era of the last 100 years.  From At Monday's supervisor meeting, Tommy Scott proposed a change to county policy that would allow employees with a concealed carry permit to exercise their right while on the job. Scott...
  • Study: Government Workers Make 78 Percent More Than Private Sector

    10/08/2015 3:57:33 PM PDT · by huckfillary · 15 replies
    Washington Free Beacon ^ | October 7, 2015 | Elizabeth Harrington
    Employees for the federal government earn far more than their counterparts in the private sector, according to a new study by the Cato Institute. Federal workers’ pay and benefits were 78 percent higher than private employees, who earned an average of $52,688 less than public sector workers last year. The study found that federal government workers earned an average of $84,153 in 2014, compared to the private sector’s average of $56,350. Cato based its findings on figures from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). But when adding in benefits pay for federal workers, the difference becomes more dramatic. Federal...
  • 21,995,000 to 12,329,000: Government Employees Outnumber Manufacturing Employees 1.8 to 1

    09/08/2015 11:33:46 AM PDT · by Hojczyk · 87 replies
    CNS ^ | September 8, 2015 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    Those employed by government in the United States in August of this year outnumbered those employed in the manufacturing sector by almost 1.8 to 1, according to data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. There were 21,995,000 employed by federal, state and local government in the United States in August, according to BLS. By contrast, there were only 12,329,000 employed in the manufacturing sector. The BLS has published seasonally-adjusted month-by-month employment numbers for both government and manufacturing going back to 1939. In the first 50 years of the 76-year span since then, manufacturing out-employed government. But in August 1989,...
  • Record 94 Million Americans Not In The Labor Force; Participation Rate Lowest Since 1977

    09/04/2015 6:46:49 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 24 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 09/04/2015 | Tyler Durden
    While the kneejerk headling scanning algos are focusing on the seasonally-adjusted headline monthly NFP increase which came in a worse than expected 173K, the presidential candidates - especially the GOP - are far more focused on another data point: the labor force participation rate, and the number of Americans not in the labor force. Here, they will have some serious ammo, because according to the BLS, the main reason why the unemployment rate tumbled to the lowest since April 2008 is because another 261,000 Americans dropped out of the labor force, as a result pushing the total number of...
  • Obama to give federal employees six weeks' maternity leave

    01/14/2015 7:09:07 PM PST · by Citizen Zed · 34 replies
    The Guardian ^ | 1-14-2015 | Dan Roberts
    Federal employes will be given at least six weeks of paid leave to care for new children under plans unveiled by the White House to kick-start legislative efforts to close the gap in family benefits offered by the US and other wealthy countries. Democrats have been pushing for better maternity and sick leave rights for over a decade in Congress with little success, but plans by Barack Obama to back the passage of a Healthy Families Act with the executive action for government workers and $2.2bn of new funding for state efforts would be the first time the president has...
  • Here's How An Alleged Cheating Ring That Could Send Atlanta Teachers To Prison Was Uncovered

    09/25/2014 5:18:06 PM PDT · by george76 · 20 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Sep. 25, 2014 | Erin Fuchs
    Prosecutors are using a law originally enacted to go after mobsters to accuse former principals, teachers, and administrators of trying to boost their bonuses by conspiring to artificially raise kids' test scores. While only 12 ex-educators are on trial in Atlanta, dozens of teachers and administrators were initially charged and many have since pleaded guilty in exchange for their cooperation. The dozen on trial could get up to 20 years in prison, and they might never have been prosecuted if it weren't for a pair of ambitious reporters at The Atlanta Journal-Constitution (AJC). Back in 2008, Heather Vogell, now a...
  • Federal workers not punished for surfing porn while on the job

    09/25/2014 7:58:12 AM PDT · by detective · 16 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | September 24, 2014 | Jim McElhatton
    An employee at the U.S. Office of the Trustee — an arm of the Justice Department charged with overseeing the integrity of the bankruptcy system — spent up to five hours a day on the job looking at pornography, visiting more than 2,500 adult websites during 2011, investigators found. The case was just one of more than a dozen investigations into computer misuse closed by the Justice Department’s office of inspector general from 2013 through early this year, according to records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act.
  • Md. Lawmakers To Get 15 Percent Pay Hike

    03/22/2014 2:44:57 PM PDT · by workerbee · 24 replies
    CBSBaltimore ^ | 3/22/14
    <p>ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland lawmakers will receive a 15.7 percent pay raise over the next four years.</p> <p>Sources report that a salary commission recommended the increase, which will take effect automatically. A Republican resolution to stop the pay hikes is going nowhere.</p>
  • Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Student Debt forgiven starting in October 2017....

    11/30/2013 9:05:39 PM PST · by goodnesswins · 13 replies
    Office of the US Dept of Education ^ | unknown | Office of the US Dept of Education
    nyone heard about this....student has to pay back for 10 years, and then loan can be forgiven....??? 501c3's and government work qualify...
  • Obama Signs Bill That Eliminates Disclosure Requirement for Gov't Employees

    04/15/2013 9:57:29 PM PDT · by Nachum · 22 replies
    Weekly Standard ^ | 4/15/13 | Daniel Halper
    President Obama signed a bill that eliminates a financial disclosure requirement for some government employees, the White House announced. Here's the White House's statement: Statement by the Press Secretary on S. 716 On Monday, April 15, 2013, the President signed into law: S. 716, which eliminates the requirement in the STOCK Act to make available on official websites the financial disclosure forms of employees of the executive and legislative branches other than the President, the Vice President, Members of and candidates for Congress, and several specified Presidentially nominated and Senate-confirmed officers; and delays until January 1, 2014, the date by...
  • Conservatives discuss anti-communism (Whittaker Chambers' 'Witness' on CSPAN2 Saturday)

    12/14/2012 6:07:24 PM PST · by iowamark · 17 replies
    Yale Daily News ^ | December 3, 2012 | Rosa Nguyen
    Roughly 100 students, alumni and government officials gathered in Linsly-Chittenden Hall Friday to commemorate the 60th anniversary of “Witness,” an anti-communist manifesto written by conservative columnist Whittaker Chambers. The event, hosted by the William F. Buckley Program, aimed to examine “Witness” from both historical and present-day perspectives through three panels and a dinner with Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels. Panelists such as John Gaddis, a history professor, and Elliott Abrams, former assistant secretary of state for human rights and humanitarian affairs, discussed the book’s controversial history in sparking the beginning of the conservative movement. Daniels said he agreed with the book’s...
  • New Evidence Confirms Federal Bureaucrats Don’t Work Very Hard, Paid Too Much

    12/14/2012 7:36:40 AM PST · by Kaslin · 16 replies ^ | December 14, 2012 | Daniel J. Mitchell
    My Cato Institute colleague, Chris Edwards, put together a remarkable (and depressing) chart showing that federal bureaucrats get almost twice the level of compensation as workers in the productive sector of the economy. Defenders of the bureaucracy (including a federal pay panel dominated by bureaucrats) claim that government employees actually are underpaid because…well…just because.My modest contribution to the debate was to put together a chart based on the Labor Department’s JOLTS data, which shows that bureaucrats are far less likely to voluntarily leave their jobs than folks in the private sector, which is very strong evidence that they are being...
  • Nearly Three-Quarters of Jobs Created Since June Are in Government

    12/08/2012 6:58:38 PM PST · by Kaslin · 8 replies ^ | December 8, 2012 | Daniel Doherty
    Just when you thought yesterday’s dismal jobs numbers couldn’t get any worse -- they did. According to, nearly seventy-five percent of all civilian jobs created since the beginning of last summer are in the public sector: Seventy-three percent of the new civilian jobs created in the United States over the last five months are in government, according to official data published by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In June, a total of 142,415,000 people were employed in the U.S, according to the BLS, including 19,938,000 who were employed by federal, state and local governments. By November, according to data...
  • Unemployment Plunges to 3.8% for Government Workers; Government Adds 35,000 Jobs in November

    12/07/2012 8:12:27 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 29 replies
    CNS News ^ | 12/07/2012 | Terence Jeffrey
    The unemployment rate for civilian government workers plunged from 4.2 percent in October to 3.8 percent in November, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, as government added 35,000 to its taxpayer-funded payrolls during the month. In October, federal, state and local governments in the United States employed 20,524,000 people. In November, that climbed to 20,559,000. As recently as July, the unemployment rate for government workers was as high as 5.7 percent, according to the BLS. That month, government employed only 20,015,000. Since July, times have been very good for government in the United States, with governments managing to add...
  • Quinn signs bill requiring retirees to pay part of health insurance [IL]

    06/21/2012 3:58:38 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 8 replies
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12:42 p.m. CDT, June 21, 2012 | Ray Long
    Gov. Pat Quinn today approved legislation requiring thousands of retired state employees to chip in on the costs of health care insurance that many of them get for little or nothing. The law attempts to rein in the state’s rising costs but also seeks to share the expense with the 78,000 retirees who pay no premiums for their insurance now. The Quinn administration will set premiums each year for the group health program, which includes retired judges, lawmakers, university employees and rank-and-file state workers. Currently, retired legislators get free premium health insurance after four years, retired judges after six years...
  • Walker reinstates bonuses despite budget shortfall

    04/21/2012 11:54:22 AM PDT · by bsdsan · 5 replies
    Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker established a program that has given hundreds of thousands of dollars in merit raises and bonuses to some state workers even as he preached cost-cutting and pushed through a law reducing most public workers' pay and eliminating their union rights. Read more:
  • 96% of Negative Super PAC Spending Since Iowa Has Targeted Gingrich

    01/10/2012 4:07:38 PM PST · by Jim Robinson · 83 replies
    WSJ - blog ^ | Jan 10, 2012 | By Jeremy Singer-Vine
    Nearly all negative spending by super PACs in the presidential campaign over the past week has gone toward opposing Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker who trailed badly in polls leading up to today’s New Hampshire primary, according to a WSJ analysis of expenditures reported to the Federal Election Commission. In total, anti-Gingrich super PAC Restore Our Future disclosed $89,962 in expenditures opposing Mr. Gingrich’s candidacy since the Jan. 3 caucuses in Iowa, where he came in fourth. That’s 96% of all negative spending in the past week by super PACs, the newest and most controversial form of political action...
  • Why is horse racing called the "sport of kings"?

    11/29/2011 5:46:38 PM PST · by no gnu taxes · 33 replies · 1+ views
    Not going to go into what brought this topic up for me. But anyway. It seems to me it would be the sport of wise guys and semi-alcoholic losers. Wouldn't screwing over peasants be the sport of kings?
  • Are high-income taxpayers the enemy?

    11/29/2011 7:19:23 AM PST · by SmithL · 5 replies
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 11/29/11 | Dan Walters
    It's difficult to divine exactly what the Occupy demonstrators in California cities and on university campuses are protesting. ... We needn't weep for the wealthy; they can take care of themselves. But their incomes are much more volatile than those of us who earn paychecks because they are much more dependent on capital gains from stocks and other investments, and when recession hits, their income streams decline sharply. That's where the effect on college fees comes into the equation. California has a particularly progressive personal income tax system, which means that it's extraordinarily dependent on high-income taxpayers. In fact, the...
  • Rick Perry’s new economic plan won’t revive his campaign

    10/25/2011 4:12:36 PM PDT · by South40 · 159 replies
    WaPo ^ | 10/25/2011 | Ed Rogers
    The best thing that can be said about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s economic plan and its Tuesday rollout speech is that before now, he didn’t have a plan, and now he does. He can check that box. There wasn’t anything wrong with it, and, as a good Republican, I support everything he said. The problem is, we have supported it all before. Our voters want and appreciate creativity. This didn’t offer much in the way of anything new. This program is Steve Forbes-lite. But it is what it is. Now he has to stick with it. “Cut, Balance, and Grow”...
  • U.S. initial jobless claims fall less-than-expected. (last wk revised again)

    09/22/2011 5:47:06 AM PDT · by sunmars · 10 replies
    The number of people who filed for unemployment assistance in the U.S. last week declined less-than-expected, official data showed on Thursday. In a report, the U.S. Department of Labor said the number of individuals filing for initial jobless benefits in the week ending September 16 fell by 9,000 to a seasonally adjusted 423,000, falling short of expectations for a decline to 420,000. The previous week’s figure was revised up to 432,000 from 428,000. Continuing jobless claims in the week ended September 10 fell to 3.727 million from a revised 3.755 million in the preceding week. Analysts had expected continuing jobless...
  • Obama orders new plan to diversify federal workers

    08/18/2011 2:21:45 PM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 199 replies
    Associated Press ^ | August 18, 2011 | SUZANNE GAMBOA
    President Barack Obama has signed an executive order directing the federal government to design a new strategy for hiring, promoting and keeping workers of diverse backgrounds. The three-page order released Thursday directs the head of the Office of Personnel Management, a deputy director at the Office of Management and Budget and two other agencies to develop the strategy within 90 days. Agencies then have 120 days to implement it. An Office of Personnel Management report says that in fiscal year 2010, the federal workforce was 66.2 percent white, 17.7 percent black, 8 percent Hispanic, 5.6 percent Asian/Pacific Islander, 1.8 percent...
  • Baby boomers: the consciousness movement

    07/11/2011 6:57:09 PM PDT · by InvisibleChurch · 56 replies
    Wthr ^ | 7.11.11
    INDIANAPOLIS - This week on Eyewitness News, we begin what we call the Generations Project. All this week, we will look at baby boomers. If you are one, you may learn something about yourself. If you're not, perhaps you will recognize characteristics in someone you know. Either way, we hope it will lead us all to a better understanding of each other. We've all heard the term "baby boomer." But who fits into the generation? Baby boomers were born from 1946 to 1964. Their age today is 47 to 65. Like every generation, boomers have unique characteristics and values that...
  • Fat City

    06/21/2011 11:42:14 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 23 replies
    The Weekly Standard ^ | May 30, 2011 | David Rubinstein
    After 34 years of teaching sociology at the University of Illinois at Chicago, I recently retired at age 64 at 80 percent of my pay for life. This calculation was based on a salary spiked by summer teaching, and since I no longer pay into the retirement fund, I now receive significantly more than when I “worked.” But that’s not all: There’s a generous health insurance plan, a guaranteed 3 percent annual cost of living increase, and a few other perquisites. Having overinvested in my retirement annuity, I received a fat refund and—when it rains, it pours—another for unused sick...
  • Pinks Slips Coming For 450,000 State and Local Government Employees in 2012

    05/26/2011 2:19:51 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies
    SHTF Plan ^ | 5-26-2011 | Mac Slavo
    Pinks Slips Coming For 450,000 State and Local Government Employees in 2012 Mac Slavo May 26th, 2011 In June of 2010 we noted that well known financial sector analyst and the woman who blew the doors open on the 2008 mortgage crisis, Meredith Whitney, was forecasting that two million government employees would see their jobs cut over coming years because of fiscal problems. It’s happening. Over 300,000 jobs have been cut in fiscal year 2011, and that number is about to increase 50% going into 2012: Around 450,000 people who work for U.S. states, counties, cities, towns and villages could...
  • Interest-free loans to government workers on your dime

    04/20/2011 5:25:01 PM PDT · by landsbaum · 12 replies
    It appears that state agencies loaned government employees millions of dollars without getting repaid, according to the state controller’s office. Millions in interest-free salary and travel advances have been made to state employees without collecting repayment, according to audits from the controller. . .
  • Federal employees who don’t pay their taxes should be fired

    03/08/2011 11:24:30 AM PST · by xtinct · 22 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 3/8/2011 | Jason Chaffetz
    If you’re collecting a federal paycheck, you should pay federal taxes. That’s the premise of a bill I introduced last week to require federal employees to pay their taxes or be fired. The IRS reports that 100,000 federal civilian employees are seriously delinquent on their federal taxes. These aren’t just people who fell behind. These are people who have actively defied IRS letters and phone calls seeking payment. In 2009, the US government failed to collect $1 billion a year from federal employees alone. While the number of delinquent federal employees has remained fairly constant since 2004, the amount owed...
  • What public-sector unions have wrought

    02/22/2011 6:08:40 PM PST · by RobertClark · 12 replies
    pundicity ^ | 10/2010 | Jeff Jacoby
    One way or another, government employees must be weaned from their exorbitant defined-benefit pension plans. Those plans should be closed completely to new employees and frozen for current employees. Already-vested benefits cannot be touched, but all retirement benefits going forward ought to be accrued within a defined-contribution plan requiring employee contributions. Without depriving employees of any benefits they have earned to date, governments have to be able to amend the terms on which future benefits are earned. Tens of millions of Americans working in the private sector—including many belonging to labor unions—know from first-hand experience that the terms and conditions...
  • Fire the AWOL public servants!

    02/18/2011 11:19:46 AM PST · by Jim Robinson · 53 replies
    vanity | Jim Robinson
    If our public servants can organize against we the taxpayers at a time when our states are approaching bankruptcy and hundreds of thousands of college graduates are unemployed or under employed, then I'd say call in the unemployed to take over their jobs. Fire the damned AWOL public servants! Government servants should not be allowed to organize against we the taxpayers! They're bankrupting us. If they don't want the job for what we the taxpayers are willing to pay, to hell with them. There are plenty of qualified people wanting work!
  • Who Are The Greatest Burden On American Taxpayers - Welfare Bums Or Government Employees?

    01/24/2011 8:17:39 AM PST · by pinochet · 58 replies
    In the 1970s, Ronald Reagan established a nationwide reputation as a friend of the taxpayer, by complaining about the large number of people on welfare. The term "welfare queen" came into popular use. However, Americans have never seriously debated the greatest burden that is on the shoulders of taxpayers. These are the millions of non-productive employees who work for the federal, state, and local governments, many of whom do nothing but sit on their butts all day. Whenever America experiences an economic recession, millions of people in the private sector lose their jobs. But the public sector employees never lose...
  • Tax worker helps save taxpayer's life

    06/21/2010 3:02:21 PM PDT · by billorites · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Lexington Herald ^ | June 19, 2010 | Beth Musgrave
    They say death and taxes are inevitable. But in the case of Earl Phillips, taxes may have helped save the Adair County man's life. When Phillips called the state Department of Revenue last month to get answers about his state income tax bill, the faceless Frankfort bureaucrat who called him back saved his life. Now Phillips thinks Department of Revenue employee Natalie Brown — who dialed 911 when Phillips had a heart attack during that May 26th phone call — should receive more than a simple thank you. "I'm very proud of that lady," Phillips said. "She saved my life....

    10/29/2009 1:44:34 PM PDT · by TheFreedomPoster · 2 replies · 514+ views
    THE FREEDOM POST ^ | October 29, 2009 | TheCapitalist
    I recently attended the Evergreen Leadership Conference in very liberal (at least the "Left" part of the State) Washington State. One of the speakers succinctly and accurately summarized the real war happening on America's political landscape. It struck me that those of us on the Right have not clearly understood, or been able to articulate the real conflict between the Right and the Left. However, the Left, clearly understands the war and their mission that they're fighting, which is: TAXPAYERS VS. TAXTAKERS!
  • Commentary: What's driving the U.S. over a cliff?

    04/16/2009 10:11:17 AM PDT · by bpjam · 34 replies · 1,173+ views
    CNN (of all inconceivable places) ^ | April 16, 2009 | John Feehery
    (CNN) -- I was talking to a close family friend during my vacation in Florida, and he was criticizing the governor there for taking the stimulus money that came from the federal government. "Florida should just cut government spending, and not use the Feds as a crutch," he said with great vehemence. Now, this family friend is not a wealthy guy, but he lives a comfortable life, made more comfortable by the fact that he gets a nice monthly pension check from the state. I didn't dare suggest to him that perhaps cutting back on his monthly pension might be...
  • Presidential candidate would freeze government hiring (Fred Thompson)

    01/10/2008 12:24:13 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 63 replies · 151+ views
    Federal Computer Worker ^ | January 10, 2008 | Wade-Hahn Chan
    Republican presidential hopeful Fred Thompson wants to curb government spending by halting federal hiring. If elected, Thompson said, he would stop government agencies from acquiring new personnel for one year and his administration would perform senior-level assessments of agency priorities. “This will give a new administration time to assess its personnel requirements in order to ‘right size’ the federal workforce,” according to a statement posted earlier this week on Thompson’s campaign Web site. Two other candidates have promised to reshape the federal workforce. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani said he would not rehire half the positions that will...
  • Democrats wake up to being the party of the rich

    11/05/2007 10:09:51 AM PST · by rightinthemiddle · 37 replies · 79+ views
    Financial Times ^ | November 5 2007 | By Michael Franc
    Alegislative proposal that was once on the fast track is suddenly dead. The Senate will not consider a plan to extract billions in extra taxes from megamillionaire hedge fund managers. The decision by Senate majority leader Harry Reid, the Nevada Democrat, surprised many Washington insiders, who saw the plan as appealing to the spirit of class warfare that infuses the Democratic party. Liberal disappointment in Mr Reid was palpable at media outlets such as USA Today, where an editorial chastised: "The Democrats, who control Congress and claim to represent the middle and lower classes, ought to be embarrassed." Far from...
  • Overworked and underpaid in the capital

    07/19/2007 9:37:05 PM PDT · by gpapa · 3 replies · 292+ views ^ | Jul 18, 2007 | Samantha Slater
    Unwind. Unplug. Relax. Not words you hear often in Washington, where overwork is not only accepted but embraced. Just take the Metro home on a Friday night at, say, 9 p.m. and notice the fair share of people carrying briefcases, loosening ties and incessantly checking their BlackBerrys. Washington -- or at least political Washington -- is a 24/7 work culture. But does that mean people here are overworked? Depends, said Lois Backon, vice president of the New York-based Families and Work Institute, a nonprofit, nonpartisan research organization that studies the changing workplace. "Overwork," she explained, "is when people feel stressed...
  • Liberals wired for stupidity: Look at Cambridge’s dim bulbs

    07/17/2007 1:44:02 AM PDT · by suspects · 34 replies · 2,438+ views
    Boston Herald ^ | July 17, 2007 | Michael Graham
    Could it be that the problem with Cambridge is that liberals are just too darn smart? I know liberals are smart because they constantly tell me so. Unlike, say, conservative Christians - described by the Washington Post as “poor, uneducated and easy to command” - Massachusetts liberals are brilliant, intellectual and competent. Don’t believe it? Just ask them. When a 2005 study found that 72 percent of professors at U.S. universities consider themselves “liberals,” some suggested an anti-conservative bias on campus. Nonsense, replied liberals like Harvard professor Julie Reuben. She told the Harvard Crimson that it was simply natural for...
  • Cost of Pensions Adds to Factory Town’s Troubles

    09/03/2006 10:40:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 30 replies · 1,226+ views
    NY Times Terrorist Tip Sheet ^ | September 4, 2006 | DANNY HAKIM
    Costly Promises LOCKPORT, N.Y. — For two and a half years, Michael Tucker was mayor of this small city by day and an autoworker by night. Then in May, he became one of the nearly 50,000 workers at General Motors or its former Delphi parts division to take buyouts, lured by the $33,000-a-year pension his company offered. That pension, and a smaller one he expects to collect from the state after his years as mayor, makes him a little unusual in a nation where more and more workers are not covered by such plans. But now, as mayor of Lockport,...
  • Passport troubles - help please

    07/05/2005 10:24:35 PM PDT · by TheBattman · 13 replies · 773+ views
    07/05/2005 | Me
    OK - I need some help or suggestions. I am scheduled to go on a mission trip, leaving on July 13. When I first found out that I had a spot available for the trip, I immediately applied for my Passport - but choosing the "standard" service - after being assured by the passport agent (at the Jacksonville Post Office) that the current time frame given to them would allow more than ample time to get my passport in time for the trip (this was the last week of May). Well, having not heard anything back (other than delivery confirmatin...
  • Why Are Government Employee Labor Unions Legal?

    07/01/2005 12:29:19 PM PDT · by Maceman · 23 replies · 712+ views
    Allowing government employees to unionize is a bad idea whose time is long past. I can understand, though not buy into, the logic of believing that people need labor unions to give them protection against the overwhelming economic and political power of their evil, greedy capitalist overlords. But even if one buys this argument, that logic breaks down with respect to government employee unions. I mean, given that government is the source of all good for all the people, what justification is there for believing that government employees would need protection from the power of their benevolent government? Who are...
  • Parents angry over students left stranded

    02/27/2004 7:31:31 AM PST · by gitmo · 31 replies · 221+ views
    The Charlotte Observer ^ | 2/27/2004 | SARAH JANE TRIBBLE AND CHERAINE STANFORD
    TEGA CAY - Fort Mill school officials scrambled Thursday to understand why about 65 students were left by two school bus drivers at a grocery store. The confusion began after the Fort Mill school district canceled classes at midmorning when it became apparent that a serious snowstorm was brewing. The snow made the steep roads in Tega Cay, about 20 miles south of Charlotte, nearly impassable for school buses trying to take students home. Tega Cay police called ahead to the Lowe's Food Stores at Gold Hill Road and S.C. 160 to ask if the buses could drop students there...
  • Government union elects new president with promise to fight Bush administration

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