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I Am A Federal Employee
FedSmith.com ^ | April 6, 2011 | Kelly Arsenault

Posted on 04/07/2011 6:13:38 PM PDT by Poundstone

As we draw closer to a government shutdown, I have been reading with great interest. You see, I am a federal employee employed at Fort Drum as a civilian mail clerk. I am looking at the possibility of a furlough for as long as it takes for Congress to reach an agreement. It could be days or it could be weeks, but regardless of how long, I am more concerned at how much. How much will this affect my family? How much will it hurt us financially? The uncertainty is maddening as I, and my fellow federal workers, watch the stage show that is called Washington Politics gamble with our way of making a living.

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1 posted on 04/07/2011 6:13:46 PM PDT by Poundstone
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To: Poundstone

Of interest to fellow FReepers who are active or retired federal employees.


2 posted on 04/07/2011 6:14:37 PM PDT by Poundstone (A recent Federal retiree and proud of it!)
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To: Poundstone

I think I am going to cry.


3 posted on 04/07/2011 6:15:16 PM PDT by don-o (He will not share His glory; and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: don-o

“I think I am going to cry.”

You and John Boner.


4 posted on 04/07/2011 6:16:48 PM PDT by jessduntno ("Money...can't exist unless there are goods produced and men able to produce them." - Rand)
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To: don-o

Better than going postal.


5 posted on 04/07/2011 6:18:47 PM PDT by bigheadfred (Beat me, Bite me...Make Me Write Bad Checks)
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To: Poundstone

I have almost 4 weeks of use or lose and Mrs. GBC has some things for me to do around the house. Shut it down.


6 posted on 04/07/2011 6:19:36 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 to be the year of ME!)
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To: Poundstone

Xin Loi


7 posted on 04/07/2011 6:19:39 PM PDT by norton
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To: Poundstone
People need to see that the repercussions on shutting down the government are larger than what they appear. This are working families we are talking about, not ideology.

People need to see the repercussions of running $2T deficits every year. These hurt the country. They hurt my family. They hurt the next generation. These are working families we're talking about, not ideology.

Shut it down.
Shut it down.
Shut it down.

8 posted on 04/07/2011 6:19:57 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: Poundstone

No need to worry, Kelly - you can draw Federal unemployment while on furlough, and Uncle ‘Bama will see to it that you draw back pay when you go back to sorting mail. Enjoy your paid vacation!


9 posted on 04/07/2011 6:20:37 PM PDT by TonyInOhio ( Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils.)
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To: Poundstone

Not sure, but sounds like a mail carriers union member, if so, he has killer benefits but his pay isn’t that good.

His pay would be a lot better without the gold plated benefits.

I am reading the article and it sounds like he is feeling sorry for himself for lack of opportunity in his area, been there, moved......


10 posted on 04/07/2011 6:21:43 PM PDT by dila813
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To: Poundstone

If you are non-essential, hope they take you back after this all blows over.

Oh. And enjoy your days off; I guarantee you’ll be paid for the days you didn’t work. That’s what happened last time.


11 posted on 04/07/2011 6:22:06 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great... ...until it happens to YOU.)
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To: Poundstone
How much will this affect my family? How much will it hurt us financially?

Did you ever think about how much obamacare, TARP, GM, Fannie and Freddie and Socialist Security and Mediscam affect your family and hurt you financially?

12 posted on 04/07/2011 6:22:31 PM PDT by Theophilus (Not merely prolife, but prolific!)
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To: Poundstone

13 posted on 04/07/2011 6:22:57 PM PDT by TSgt (Colonel Allen West & Michele Bachman - 2012 POTUS Dream Team Ticket!)
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To: Poundstone
I am looking at the possibility of a furlough for as long as it takes for Congress to reach an agreement. It could be days or it could be weeks, but regardless of how long, I am more concerned at how much. How much will this affect my family?

Cry me a river, b**ch. Welcome to the private sector, where people get laid off all the time. Meanwhile, enjoy your time with the kids you chose not to abort.

14 posted on 04/07/2011 6:23:05 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (Oh, well, any excuse to buy a new gun is good enough for me.)
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To: Poundstone
Sure, there are millions of Federal workers doing good and needed jobs that will be hurt by this.

There's 1.5mil of them in the US Military.

However there's also more than a million doing good work on jobs the American people don't want done or cannot afford given the current fiscal crisis.

And we aim to put a stop to it.

The dims could end this today but they won't.

15 posted on 04/07/2011 6:23:27 PM PDT by Mariner (USS Tarawa, VQ3, USS Benjamin Stoddert, NAVCAMS WestPac, 7th Fleet, Navcommsta Puget Sound)
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To: Poundstone
gamble with our way of making a living.

The purpose of taxpayers is not to provide jobs for government employees. The government is supposed to work for the people of this country, and the people want the government to slow down on the over-spending.

16 posted on 04/07/2011 6:23:36 PM PDT by Cementjungle
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To: ClearCase_guy

If we continue to kick the (debt) can down the road the resulting collapse will GUARANTEE that everyone’s life will be shattered. For you libs out there: Would you rather see a lot of small tremors or a few colossal earthquakes that destroy life as we know it? And, if you think it can’t happen I suggest you visit Zimbabwe.


17 posted on 04/07/2011 6:24:13 PM PDT by Thom Pain (November 2, 2010, Step ONE. Repeal 17th, Step TWO. 11/6/2012, Step THREE)
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To: Poundstone
Bullcrap. This woman, if she is furloughed, will end up having an extra paid vacation. I was a fed employee in 1995 and we all knew we would be paid retroactively, so we all lined up volunteering to be furloughed. We were right of course, and those lucky enough to have had a couple days at home got their pay just the same. This idiot girl will too, if she gets lucky.
18 posted on 04/07/2011 6:24:19 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Cyber Liberty
Welcome to the private sector, where people get laid off all the time.

Much of the time it's directly related to the taxes a company has to pay to support the leeches.
19 posted on 04/07/2011 6:25:02 PM PDT by cripplecreek (Remember the River Raisin! (look it up))
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To: Poundstone

This person should direct his/her anger at the incompetent Dems who wouldn’t pass a budget last year before the election because they feared it’s effect on the election. Then, after being walloped at the ballot box in November, the same stoopid Dems failed again at a budget in December because it was more important to them to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. All the while they controlled both houses of Congress. That’s the height of incompetency.


20 posted on 04/07/2011 6:25:32 PM PDT by USNA74
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To: TonyInOhio

Uncle Bama wants him on the plantation.


21 posted on 04/07/2011 6:25:32 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: Poundstone

Well speaking as someone who owned a cosulting company which did salary surveys for Federal, State, City, and fire & police districts in the 90’s and 20’s, all areas of government were making about 20% more in total compensation than the equivelent job in the private sector. What is even worse it was very difficult to get rid of the losers which in the private sector were about 10% of the organization. In the Public sector it was closer to 30%.

I once tried to propose an incentive porgram for a Port Authority which Would share productivity gains 30% taxpayer 30% employees and 30% the Port. Politicians no like.

Government employees are nice folks but once you are sucking on the public teat its hard to quit.


22 posted on 04/07/2011 6:26:51 PM PDT by stubernx98 (cranky, but reasonable)
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To: Poundstone

“”As we draw closer to a government shutdown, I have been reading with great interest.””

This person might try finishing a sentence. Maybe his current federal job doesn’t require being able to articulate an idea.


23 posted on 04/07/2011 6:28:47 PM PDT by Thank You Rush
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To: ClearCase_guy

My 90 year old Mother, who was a life long FDR rat, says shut it DOWN.


24 posted on 04/07/2011 6:29:07 PM PDT by Little Bill (Harry Browne is a Poofter.)
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To: Poundstone

Sorry, but with unemployment hovering at @ 10% nationwide, I’m supposed to be sorry because someone won’t get his/her paycheck or retirement check for a week or two?


25 posted on 04/07/2011 6:29:45 PM PDT by EDINVA
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To: Poundstone

Working for an immoral institution is itself immoral. Shut it down, and let the chips fall where they may.


26 posted on 04/07/2011 6:30:31 PM PDT by thesharkboy (<-- looking for the silver lining)
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To: gov_bean_ counter
"I have almost 4 weeks of use or lose and Mrs. GBC has some things for me to do around the house. Shut it down"

I might be wrong, but during shutdowns, us Fed Employees cannot take leave.

27 posted on 04/07/2011 6:31:44 PM PDT by Dacus943
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Your plan has a fatal flaw. Furloughed Federal employees are not allowed to use vacation or sick time during the shutdown. All leave is automatically cancelled if the government shuts down and all non-essential employees revert to no-pay status.


28 posted on 04/07/2011 6:31:58 PM PDT by XRdsRev (New Jersey - Crossroads of the American Revolution)
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To: Poundstone
Scroll down to find link to article.

Can't. One has to be a member of the SDU (Scroll Down Union) to do that.

29 posted on 04/07/2011 6:32:04 PM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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Hey, pound sand.. You are Unessential.. Check out Twilight Zone’s “OBSOLETE MAN”. Curious - how does it feel to be unessential? Try working in the private sector...we call unessential workers “fired”


30 posted on 04/07/2011 6:34:20 PM PDT by merryberry
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31 posted on 04/07/2011 6:35:56 PM PDT by Emperor Palpatine (Tosca, mi fai dimenticare Iddio!!!)
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To: Poundstone

Yeah, it’s a b*tch out here. Welcome.


32 posted on 04/07/2011 6:36:02 PM PDT by Spruce
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To: XRdsRev
Mine a reimbursable organization. Makes a difference, trust me. Same thing happened the last time.
33 posted on 04/07/2011 6:37:20 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (I am declaring 2011 to be the year of ME!)
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To: Poundstone

All these employees will get back pay for the days they couldn’t work, once the gvt resumes spending, I mean business as usual. So why aren’t these people prepared for ANY type of financial emergency?


34 posted on 04/07/2011 6:38:00 PM PDT by AnyStreetFL (www.AnyStreet.org - Conservative Community Organizing, ACORN without the evil)
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To: Poundstone

Could you post a link to the article? I can’t find it anywhere on the site, despite searching by title and author...


35 posted on 04/07/2011 6:39:16 PM PDT by BADROTOFINGER (Life sucks. Get a helmet.)
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Hard to feel sorry for this person. Should have been saving for this moment since last year when they didn’t get this budget set. My parents always taught me to save for a rainy day. My husband and I work for a small business owner and we r commissioned salespeeps. Guess what? Our income has been cut in half because of the collapse of the housing industry.(We sell wholesale flooring supplies) No union helping us. Never know when it will be our last day. We don’t get the opportunity of negotiating a contract for cost of living increases. Cry me a river!


36 posted on 04/07/2011 6:39:18 PM PDT by marygam ((Obama is not a messiah, wake up folks!))
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To: Poundstone; bamahead; Bokababe; calcowgirl; stephenjohnbanker
The uncertainty is maddening as I, and my fellow federal workers, watch the stage show that is called Washington Politics gamble with our way of making a living.

Here's a tip, and it's one that holds true for everyone, public or private sector: you can only depend on God, yourself, and maybe your family, in that order.

Regardless of where you work or what profession you choose to practice, you should be actively working on attaining good health and financial stability, gaining more useful education, and broadening and deepening mutually beneficial relationships with others. Having a purpose in life and having some sort of faith in something beyond the here and now is a major plus, since having both gives reason to hold steady even when you realize that each of us is nothing more than a blip on the radar screen of a cold, dark, and quiet physical universe.

37 posted on 04/07/2011 6:40:02 PM PDT by rabscuttle385 (Live Free or Die)
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Same old crappy post from you. You should raise your standards and stop being a mindless Federal drone. You can do it! Go for it Jack! lol


38 posted on 04/07/2011 6:43:35 PM PDT by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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ouch

so much hate and bitterness directed at a person who processes mail on a military installation. The civilianization of many military functions has gone on for a long time and civilian workers have not only been a force extender, but have saved a lot of guys from being drafted and reduced a lot of overhead defense dollars for turnover and training.

guess lots of you want her to get a real job, like flippng burgers or selling shoes or grooming pets. What is an “essential” civilian job anyway? Or go on unemployment like a lot of folks in upstate NY ...

there is a lot of pain coming to ordinary people in the civil service who get up and go to work every day to feed their kids, who used to be accepted as our neighbors friends and fellow citizens, who even felt like they were serving a greater cause even if in a small way, like sorting soldiers’ mail

If Uncle Sam wants to cut back, then eliminate terminate or trim programs and agencies. Don't just stop paying workers.
A lock-out is a lock-out and it sucks, no matter what employer does it

obama the great uniter and his merry band of alinsky marxists has managed to to make the entire federal civil service, mostly middle class, an object of contempt and scorn among the rest of the American middle class...along with Wall Street, banks, mortgage companies, insurance companies, oil companies, coal companies, drug companies, the Chamber of Commerce, and small businesses

who are they coming to dehumanize next?

39 posted on 04/07/2011 6:44:07 PM PDT by silverleaf (All that is necessary for evil to succeed, is that good men do nothing)
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To: rabscuttle385

I too am a federal employee. All I can say is—get a real job.


40 posted on 04/07/2011 6:45:40 PM PDT by huckfillary (qual tyo ta)
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To: Poundstone

Hey Federal drone. You omitted a proper link in your post so that we could delve deeper into this compelling sob story


41 posted on 04/07/2011 6:46:00 PM PDT by dennisw ( The early bird catches the worm)
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To the Federal employee: And, just who did you vote for in the last presidential election?????????

I bet I can guess.

And now you pay the price. Karma!


42 posted on 04/07/2011 6:46:47 PM PDT by DH (48th TFW, A&E Lakenheath England, 67-70)
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To: silverleaf
Simple fact: We need to cut federal spending.

That means that some people will lose their jobs. It means some families will suffer. That is a true shame, but it is absolutely unavoidable.

Some so-called "Conservatives" want spending to be cut -- just so long as no one loses their job, no benefits are cut, and no changes are made in how government does business.

Well ... change is gonna come.

43 posted on 04/07/2011 6:47:38 PM PDT by ClearCase_guy
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To: silverleaf

” who are they coming to dehumanize next? “

First, they came for the smokers.....


44 posted on 04/07/2011 6:48:53 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: Poundstone

Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah


45 posted on 04/07/2011 6:52:41 PM PDT by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: Poundstone

Get a real job. WE ARE BROKE!! AND NO MORE TAxES!! if you doubt that in anyway please review the current make up of the House of Representatives. DEMOCRATS are shutting down the government because they are PARASITES. But the host be throwing them off —real bad.


46 posted on 04/07/2011 6:52:41 PM PDT by suzynrogers
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It’s a real bitch when the public teat dries up, isn’t it?


47 posted on 04/07/2011 6:54:03 PM PDT by eeriegeno (<p>)
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48 posted on 04/07/2011 6:56:12 PM PDT by Brandonmark (News Coverage)
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To: Poundstone

I am a federal employee - hear me whine!


49 posted on 04/07/2011 6:57:40 PM PDT by headsonpikes (Genocide is the highest sacrament of socialism - "Who-whom?")
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To: Poundstone

I am a retired frderal employee and I say SUT IT DOWN!!! I will survive regardless of my annuity or not!


50 posted on 04/07/2011 6:58:12 PM PDT by 95B30 ( The Professional Left: "Their morals are crooked, their take logic is flawed, their honor is stolen)
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