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    Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers | Reuters

    (Reuters) - President Barack Obama on Monday will propose a two-year freeze on the pay of federal workers, as he seeks to show he is committed to reining in the ballooning U.S. budget deficit.

    The freeze would save $2 billion in the current 2011 fiscal year, $28 billion over the next five years, and more than $60 billion over 10 years, according to the White House. It would apply only to civilian workers.
    Well, it's a start. It's a little dent in the deficit, but it's something. Maybe next we can talk about something significant? :P

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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    This is nothing. Government workers make on average more than twice and in some cases 3 times what the equivalent private sector works make, plus a benefit package that out strips almost all private sector jobs.

    The main thing I think is the Unions which should be outlawed will object and Obama will cave. He owes the 08 election to Unions ACORN and others.

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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    I have no doubt that Democrats and liberals in general will say how wonderful this idea is, and thank Obama for putting it forth....

    One 'tiny little problem though'...
    Obama's Federal Worker Pay Freeze Was Blasted By Democrats Months Ago | TPMDC
    The proposal was originally put forward by Republicans in recent months -- and slammed by Democrats...

    In recent months, Democrats have attacked Republicans for proposing federal pay and hiring freezes, and experts have derided the idea of attacking massive budget deficits with small-fry initiatives like this one...
    McCain also proposed this as part of a larger spending freeze during the election... and was blasted by Obama. Shoe's on the other foot now, huh.
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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Whovian View Post
    I have no doubt that Democrats and liberals in general will say how wonderful this idea is, and thank Obama for putting it forth....

    One 'tiny little problem though'...
    Obama's Federal Worker Pay Freeze Was Blasted By Democrats Months Ago | TPMDC


    McCain also proposed this as part of a larger spending freeze during the election... and was blasted by Obama. Shoe's on the other foot now, huh.
    There's a word for what's happening here. Com...compro.... gah, can't think of it.
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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    well good. now can we talk about reductions in the federal workforce and perhaps even reductions in their compensation?

    then let's take the Bowles-Simpson commissions' preliminary report

    then we'll get to fixing entitlements.

    then we will ride unicorns off to never-never land where magic pixies will hand-feed us barbque and cupcakes, which we will be able to eat never-ending amounts of while never gaining a pound.

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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

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    then let's take the Bowles-Simpson commissions' preliminary report
    I could finish that sentence... but will refrain.

    Somehow if a Republican president had taken this step I have a feeling the conservatives here would be pattinghim on the back and offering their hosannas.
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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    This is nothing. Government workers make on average more than twice and in some cases 3 times what the equivalent private sector works make, plus a benefit package that out strips almost all private sector jobs.

    The main thing I think is the Unions which should be outlawed will object and Obama will cave. He owes the 08 election to Unions ACORN and others.
    I wish you could show me what jobs those are.
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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    don't get me wrong, it's a great baby step.

    but it's about on par with the Republicans banning earmarks. it's mostly symbolic; we want to see meat.

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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    I know if I had to give up two years of scheduled raises I would indeed consider it a whole lot more than symbolic. I could buy a whole bunch of symbolic stuff with that extra few symbolic thousand dollars.
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    Re: Obama proposes pay freeze for federal workers

    Quote Originally Posted by Councilman View Post
    This is nothing. Government workers make on average more than twice and in some cases 3 times what the equivalent private sector works make, plus a benefit package that out strips almost all private sector jobs.
    I'm sure you CAN prove this, but let's see it just for fun
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