Federal agencies are sharpening their plans to carry out drastic, automatic spending cuts starting Jan. 2 if the Obama administration and Congress cannot agree on a deficit reduction strategy in the coming days. Some agencies envision furloughs for federal workers, while others are mapping out a course to slow hiring and outside contracting and put programs on hold if the across-the-board reductions known as a sequester kick in. For millions of Americans, the “fiscal cliff” would mean immediate tax hikes, but for federal employees it also signals big adjustments
The budgets are heavily padded from DC all the way to office level. They can handle a hit or three.
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Country Boy, 12/8/2012 4:35:09 AM (No. 9054772)
Not hearing yet how Treasury is setting up the new payroll deduction charts. Changes are certain. Must me maddening for the grunts who have to do the actual work, all while obama is out of town/getting ready for vacation.
Do a REAL independent audit of every department of government. The whole system is so corrupt and bloated that I think you´d be shocked to see the amount of waste, fraud and theft that is normal operating procedure. Until the government is held accountable to the voters, this will continue. Why is this never addressed? Seems ro me that an audit would be the first order of business. The politicians have been playing fast and loose with the taxpayer dollars and they should be made to answer for not policing these agencies. Next order of business since the politicians are so concerned about the state of our finances, cut their pay, reduce their staffs, and rein in the perks and bennies. Since they made this mess and turned a blind eye to the waste, fraud and theft, they should be held accountable. We are forced to give them our money. They need to be forced to show how and why it is spent. Start with the big agencies first and go from there. Make them take responsibility.
Maybe this will reset baseline budgeting Washington uses. When We the People pick up the pieces, maybe we will have a significantly smaller government. Nahh!
Also, if we go over the cliff, will the Marxist in Chief unilaterally increase the debt limit? That will be a true Constitutional crisis and impeachable offense. Will the Republicans have the cojones to do what is necessary?
FTA: The federal courts, for example, would close some district courts one day a week, impose furloughs of up to four weeks and reduce the hours of security guards. The system would face a $555 million loss next year under an 8.2 percent cut to domestic agencies.
The baseline growth for government has been 8%, so the real cut is 0.2%. Virtually every court has a large backlog. What manager would propose to save money by closing one day a week? A far more practical solution would be reduce the number of lawsuits brought by the federal government against states. This will free up courts, DOJ lawyers, and even help the states control their costs. But media has to portray the cuts as massive and having an immediate cost in lost jobs.
I worked many years ago with an agency in D.C. There was little to do and most of clerical staff did personal stuff. I could not believe it because it took so long to get secret clearance and do all the paper work to get the job. I was bored stiff (in an office close to Director Dulles at the time). I finally quit, went back to finish college and became a teacher...never a dull moment after that! Yeah, government, state, fed and county are overstaffed. Maybe half or a little more do an honest day´s work. I say cut, cut, cut!
First cuts should be to eliminate entire agencies that can´t be found in a constitutional authorization. Then cut the personnel in the remaining agencies. The resistance to that, of course, is the libtards in government would lose some of their influence and control.
Obama thinks he´s so smart. His plan is to raise everyone´s taxes and then blame the Republicans. He can certainly do this, but the heaviest tax burdens fall on his supporters in Hollywood and Chicago.
It´ll be highly amusing to hear the squeals coming from the liberals in January.
Zippy´s minions will never let this happen. They´ve got the grunts scurring around making "plans" that will never be implemented. This is meant to scare the federal worker into thinking their job will be cut, so they will gin up phone calls to Congress. Did not Barky give these instructions to the "folks" during the toy factory speech?
The socialists cannot allow any long-term elimination of government jobs. They know that the majority of people would feel no impact if government jobs were cut. That is why any announced "cuts" will be to high-emotion services: the national parks, police, firemen, teachers....(you know the list.)
obama is doing what hitler did. hitler had the germans hating the jews and not paying attention to him. obama is trying to get us to hate the rich. i don´t think it will work as all of us nurse the secret dream of someday being rich. course, you have the "takers", useful idiots, female idiots, illegals, etc. who go along for the ride. lots of luck folks, we´re going to need it.
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