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800,000 civilian furloughs at
stake if spending cuts go
into effect, Pentagon says

Washington Post, by Ernesto Londoño,

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Posted By:abuela10, 12/31/2012 12:52:32 PM

On the edge of the so-called “fiscal cliff,” Pentagon officials said Monday they could have to order furloughs for up to 800,000 civilian employees if lawmakers failed to cancel pending spending reductions. The military’s service chiefs, who have already been making cuts as part of a separate, long-term effort to wean down the defense budget, are now working to assess the impact of the congressionally mandated cuts if the White House and lawmakers fail to strike a last-minute deal. If no such agreement is reached before the end of 2012, the sweeping fiscal retrenchment would begin Wednesday.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: Jethro bo, 12/31/2012 12:55:14 PM     (No. 9091641)

And if this happens what you wanna bet that the kneepad Media finds a way to drop the unemployment numbers?

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Reply 2 - Posted by: frenesi1, 12/31/2012 12:56:12 PM     (No. 9091644)

oh, big deal. Every time this federal workers get furloughed, the government pays them for that time off when they come back.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: killerbee, 12/31/2012 1:07:42 PM     (No. 9091660)

The problem is that those furloughed will be the ones that are needed. Just like the state governments tell you they´ll have to cut police, firefighters and teachers if you refuse to let them raise taxes. It´s extortion.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: yuban, 12/31/2012 1:09:31 PM     (No. 9091664)

Wolf..... Wolf..... Wolf.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: cav160, 12/31/2012 1:10:47 PM     (No. 9091668)

Great, I am sure we will really miss them. Bad news for Porn site owners!

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Reply 6 - Posted by: rosewater, 12/31/2012 1:12:17 PM     (No. 9091669)

#5 your comment is fun news for me, thanks!

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Reply 7 - Posted by: mikeman, 12/31/2012 1:15:38 PM     (No. 9091677)

This wash post story was approved by nancy pelosi.

If it was even close to the truth, I would say its about time the govt. started cutting.

Naturally food stamps are safe, so the ghetto eats steaks and shrimp to celebrate the New Year.

The private sector can eat pizza.

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Reply 8 - Posted by: proud2bninfidel, 12/31/2012 1:28:16 PM     (No. 9091695)

unfortunately, this wont affect the government ´engineers´. this will affect the private industry engineering support staff. i fear that not only because it affects me, but because i know the 8 gov´t engineers whose jobs i currently do will not be able to handle it on their own.

who will it ultimately affect if i go? 130-150 highly trained submariners per hull. and the billion dollar subs they work in. and the billions in equipment and nuclear weapons and nuclear reactors installed in them.

i recently reviewed over 7,000 pages of engineering drawings for some major alterations to our in service subs. my recommendations for changes, and the errors i caught would have gone unnoticed by the gov´t guys. they dont read them. and mostly dont understand them.

in just one example, the planning yard designed hangars to hold high pressure hydraulic piping to the inside of the hull. their mistake was using dissimilar metals to construct the hangars. this design error would have caused corrosion resulting in the loss of support for the hydraulic lines, releasing them, and causing a catastrophic loss of control and ultimately the loss of the crews and ships.

i fear for the safety of our active duty should us ´support contractors´ be let go.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: noproblems, 12/31/2012 1:55:12 PM     (No. 9091744)

good. let the layoffs begin. there is no large organization in the world that cant cut 10%.

the rest of the bloated federal government needs to cut 10% out of their budgets also.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: MDConservative, 12/31/2012 2:29:00 PM     (No. 9091789)

Oh, my, it´s not just closed monuments on the Mall and Yellowstone...now, submarines will sink. I´ll write my congressman!

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Reply 11 - Posted by: trappedinmn, 12/31/2012 4:12:37 PM     (No. 9091930)

If this affects defense, you can bet obamo has his fingers crossed that the cliff thingy happens. Weakening our country one step at a time

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Reply 12 - Posted by: snichols, 12/31/2012 6:01:21 PM     (No. 9092088)

#9 is absolutely correct. All departments can easily cut at least 10%. With the way they budget, 20% would probably be the better number

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