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The USDA relocation to Kansas
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Posted By: NorthernDog, 9/8/2019 5:05:41 PM

Randi Johnson raised the picture of her dead son’s football team. “What am I supposed to do with this?” she asked, tucking it back inside a growing pile of cardboard boxes in her torn-apart living room. “And these are videos of his mission trip to Mexico. I don’t have anything to play them on, but I can’t throw them away.” (Snip) The USDA will partially relocate to Kansas City at the end of September, an abrupt decision announced in June that shocked the federal workforce and meant immediate disruption for hundreds. The relocation to Missouri, which the USDA estimates will

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Wah, Wah, Wah.. You'd think they were the first people in history to be relocated for work. Sounds like most of them are psychotic.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: HPmatt 9/8/2019 5:09:34 PM (No. 174852)
Relocations happen to corporations all the time, enjoy the such coddled, overpaid, unionized federal workers. For those that choose not to relocate, sure hope Purdue does not fill their positions - corporate world could probably cut their workforce by 75% and still get the job done.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: paral04 9/8/2019 5:14:20 PM (No. 174856)
They should thank Trump. The metro DC are is a nightmare. Unbelievable traffic, high housing and commuting costs and crime.
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Reply 3 - Posted by: bpl40 9/8/2019 5:23:28 PM (No. 174862)
No sympathy for Swamp denizens. Relocated thrice in thirty years during my corporate career.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Edgelady 9/8/2019 5:25:15 PM (No. 174863)
WaPo’s failed attempt at a tear-jerker article. I survived the 2009 downturn, out of a job for 11 months. I’m not swayed.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: GO3 9/8/2019 5:27:30 PM (No. 174865)
I’ve experienced relocation from DC first hand. If an employee relocates they’ll get all moving expenses paid for, travel pay, and a hefty bonus. The whiners think DC is the cats meow and won’t admit to the problems #2 mentions.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: pixelero 9/8/2019 5:30:30 PM (No. 174866)
Central to the article is the overdose of the son of the two parents, one transgendered. As the article would have it, the son, “picked up,” the opioid habit at the bedside of his ailing (second of two) mothers, after her “transition.” No mention of the statistical reality of suicide among the population of children of transgendered parents. Of course. Only the heartless administration that commandeered the USDA’s move to Kansas City. Again, the background news that’s chosen to be reported.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: greggojo 9/8/2019 5:31:09 PM (No. 174867)
The Post article begins with the dead son, i.e. it subliminally impressed on the reader that the death is somehow connected to the current (i.e. Trump) Administration. Read on and you learn that the mom used to be a man (and still has a man's hands, can't really see the face). The reader is supposed to feel sorry for this climate alarmist, part of the deep state, who has made a career out of sending our tax dollars to those who support climate alarmism (what is the Department of Agriculture doing having a climate change division????). Later we read that the son overdosed on opioids. And the "woman's" wife died before she (he?) fulfilled a lifelong dream and became a woman (a surgical transformation the taxpayers no doubt paid for). I'm sorry when (almost) anyone dies, but this family is a mess.I feel sorry for no federal employee, And retiring early is going to cost "her" $18,000 a year in lost benefits? Many private employees retired from the private sector don't even get $18,000 a year total in retirement benefits. Oh, and I am thrilled that we the taxpayers will save millions and millions by moving this part of the deep state away from the almost solid hard left beltway.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: oldmagnolia 9/8/2019 5:45:17 PM (No. 174871)
It's a start. A good opportunity to slim the herd. They should move the Dept. of Energy to Texas, the Dept. of Interior to, let say Idaho, the EPA to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. A good place for the FDA would be the southern border so they can be closer to the drugs. While they are at it, abolish the Dept. of Education and send it to the local school boards. Homeland Security should go to the banks of the Rio Grande where security is needed. The National Park Service should go to Yellowstone. FEMA should go to Florida. Federal Bureau of Prisons should go to Leavenworth. And I can go on. Fellow Ldotters, feel free to add to the list.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: Falconer 9/8/2019 5:45:57 PM (No. 174872)
Cry me a river. I’ve traveled and lived out of a suitcase for 30 years. Suck it up buttercups!
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Reply 10 - Posted by: StrikingViking 9/8/2019 5:46:49 PM (No. 174873)
"Ripping apart the lives" of federal union workers? Sounds like hyperbole to me. Does it sound like hyperbole to you? If it doesn't, you'd better pay closer attention. This is a simple relocation plan that workers in private industry experience regularly.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: DVC 9/8/2019 5:49:11 PM (No. 174874)
No sympathy at all. I was a Navy brat, lived in MANY different cities, often changing schools twice in a year. I got through it just fine, learned about many different parts of this country, and some of Europe, too. Getting this away from DC is a huge plus, and KC will do a fine job. Too bad if the bureaucrats don't like it, I don't care one bit.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: RuckusTom 9/8/2019 5:56:21 PM (No. 174879)
Boo flippin hoo.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: PeasantNumberThree 9/8/2019 6:01:54 PM (No. 174882)
Reminds me of an old joke about the USDA: One day, a USDA bureaucrat noticed a co-worker with a long face. He inquired, "Why the long face?" His co-worker said, "My farmer died."
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Reply 14 - Posted by: shalimar 9/8/2019 6:09:11 PM (No. 174886)
Here's an idea for her next article: sad stories of people laid off from the Washington Post or hurt by its restructuring. Given that history, the Post should know that employee dislocation happens. Of course, the Post only does it for the common good, but the Trump administration does it for no good reason. Hypocrites!
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Reply 15 - Posted by: davew 9/8/2019 6:14:31 PM (No. 174889)
In the age of the internet it should be possible for some information workers to telecommute to their jobs. I don't know what type of work they do but it might have been something they could do from home. The problem is that the pay scale in DC is so far out of line with the rest of the country that they would have had to take a pay cut and that was what probably led to their retirement. There should also be a corresponding article showing how new positions in the Kansas area are sparking an employment boom for the forgotten people in flyover country. More MAGA.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: marbles 9/8/2019 6:18:48 PM (No. 174892)
It reads like satire.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: P51DMustang 9/8/2019 6:20:12 PM (No. 174893)
I had to move three times for a corporation I was working for. The option, come work for us there or find a new job. Twice I took the offered new location. I found a dream job after the move, and turned in my month notice. I never left any company with hard feelings (by the grace of God). That's sound advice for these knuckleheads.
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Reply 18 - Posted by: pinger 9/8/2019 6:24:56 PM (No. 174895)
Most would be surprised to find out how good it can be to live out in the nation's heartland side by side with real people. I moved to seven different locales during my career and each and every time my family as well as myself adjusted and fit in just fine. Try it folks, it's not a death sentence as this author makes it sound like. Heavy traffic, city pollution, crowding and frenzied Dems aren't all they're made out to be.
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Reply 19 - Posted by: BeatleJeff 9/8/2019 6:28:18 PM (No. 174896)
Military families move on average once every two years. Suck it up, buttercup, and be happy that you were given the opportunity to relocate and keep your Civil Service job.
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Reply 20 - Posted by: belwhatter 9/8/2019 6:30:49 PM (No. 174900)
#8,Oldmagnolia, this is wishful thinking on my part,but you would make a fine Congressperson with such creative thinking. Bye bye to bureaucrats
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Reply 21 - Posted by: JL80863 9/8/2019 6:33:17 PM (No. 174902)
This has got to be racist right? s/o
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Reply 22 - Posted by: EJKrausJr 9/8/2019 6:41:34 PM (No. 174904)
Makes you wonder that individuals, who work for the Federal government, realize that work related relocation occurs in the private sector. Corporations move their work to places that are less of a burden to the bottom line. Unfortunately, the Federal government is never worried about the bottom line. Deal with it.
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Reply 23 - Posted by: EliotRosewater49 9/8/2019 6:41:49 PM (No. 174906)
What a crock! I’ve worked in the KC are most of my life. This is what they will find: Light traffic Low housing costs Friendly people Beautiful clean suburbs Two professional sports teams No crowding
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Reply 24 - Posted by: MOBeef4u 9/8/2019 6:46:43 PM (No. 174910)
You would think someone working for the USDA would understand the concept of culling the unproductive members of the herd. But I doubt those living inside the beltway have much knowledge or care much about real farmers. Also these whiners should know that many of us in Missouri aren’t any happier about their being here than they are to be here.
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Reply 25 - Posted by: Toby Ten Bears 9/8/2019 6:49:30 PM (No. 174911)
Boo-Hoo!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Reply 26 - Posted by: udanja99 9/8/2019 6:55:37 PM (No. 174913)
So get another job if you don’t want to move, you whatever you are. My husband was foreign service and we moved 9 times during the first 5 years of our marriage.
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Reply 27 - Posted by: Rama41 9/8/2019 6:59:53 PM (No. 174915)
Imagine The Washington Post writing an article like this for someone in the fossil fuel industry.
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Reply 28 - Posted by: Laotzu 9/8/2019 7:03:05 PM (No. 174917)
I remember when the Post was writing these kind of article when Obama was shutting down the coal industry. /sa We need to do this for every federal agency, SO WE CAN HAVE FAIR JURY TRIALS OF FEDERAL EMPLOYEES WHEN NEEDED.
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Reply 29 - Posted by: Omen55 9/8/2019 7:03:25 PM (No. 174918)
Bureaucrats have never gotten use to the idea that it's not about dem.
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Reply 30 - Posted by: Cat Ballou 9/8/2019 7:04:04 PM (No. 174919)
Oh! please........my husband spent 23 years in the military. I'm not the least bit impressed with their sad tale of woe. I remember one time a bunch of civilians were given the choice of moving or retiring. You talk about squalling and bawling, they whined because their children would have to be uprooted from their school and friends, etc, etc..........All the military already knew all about that way of life. Welcome to the real world, either move or find a real job.
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Reply 31 - Posted by: padiva 9/8/2019 7:04:24 PM (No. 174920)
HUD should move to Harlem. Hey, folks. It looks like there are going to be some great real estate bargains in DC. (My liberal niece and her husband were able to get a great deal on a home in DC because the former owner lost his/her job with the State Dept when PDT became POTUS.)
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Reply 32 - Posted by: snakeoil 9/8/2019 7:15:50 PM (No. 174931)
How many times can the Compost work in Climate Change? It makes more sense to have the USDA near farms. What do they grow in DC? It appears the USDA has a large contingent of trannies working on Climate Change instead of how to grow more food. We need more of the feds spread out instead of being concentrated in DC.
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Reply 33 - Posted by: lgplgp 9/8/2019 7:17:27 PM (No. 174932)
two points 1) DC deep state bureaucrats have been inflicting "trauma" on productive citizens across the nation for decades. Yes payback is a bitch! But a good doggie! 2) This is the first of many needed steps to return Northern Virginia back to Red from Blue -- head 'em up and move 'em out! Rawhide!
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Reply 34 - Posted by: BarryNo 9/8/2019 7:23:07 PM (No. 174936)
Oh, SOOOOOooooooooo... sad! Just like the rest of us peons.
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Reply 35 - Posted by: enemyofthestate 9/8/2019 7:29:45 PM (No. 174941)
Several departments in the federal goobermint--- Interior and EPA come quickly to mind--- should be moved to flyover country, if for no other reason than to be next door to the folks who do the real work in the United States. But will the flyover states take them?
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Reply 36 - Posted by: NancyD 9/8/2019 7:30:21 PM (No. 174943)
Pathetic. We've moved twice for a job. It's not life ending. It's what you make of it. Liberals can't be happy or grateful for what they have.
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Reply 37 - Posted by: zephyrgirl 9/8/2019 7:32:02 PM (No. 174944)
These people are crybabies - all they have to decide is if they're willing to move. Lots of times, companies only move a fraction of their employees, and leave the rest with severance.
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Reply 38 - Posted by: wildwood 9/8/2019 7:32:35 PM (No. 174945)
This is one of the most sickening and disgusting articles out of the mouths of liberal media yet. Did they ever try to personalize the lives of tea partiers made miserable by the IRS? Or countless individuals who've been damaged by their coverage & government malfeasance? And WHY shouldn't these departments be in the HEARTLAND where the need is? BLEH!
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Reply 39 - Posted by: msjena 9/8/2019 7:40:53 PM (No. 174951)
The Post is worried the agency won’t find agriculture talent in Missouri? And KC for DC sounds like a good deal to me.
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Reply 40 - Posted by: janjan 9/8/2019 7:48:10 PM (No. 174955)
Rather telling that they are all struggling to find a job outside government. Although the woman ‘working with farmers’ who knew nothing about farming but once went to a farmers market could provide a clue.
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Reply 41 - Posted by: earlybird 9/8/2019 7:50:45 PM (No. 174957)
Good old trans-Randi had no compunction about ripping apart some others’ lives along the way. Deciding “he” was really a “woman”, and wondering what might have contributed to his (previous) wife’s fatal illness and his son’s suicide? It is all about him. Now he worries if he’ll be accepted in his new Delaware community. With those mascuiline looks, those big truck driver hands? C’mon, Randi. You can’t have everything.
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Reply 42 - Posted by: Newtsche 9/8/2019 7:50:56 PM (No. 174958)
Not just outside the Beltway, fly-over country, ermagherd!! What's the point of working for the US gov't if they do this with you?
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Reply 43 - Posted by: earlybird 9/8/2019 7:52:56 PM (No. 174960)
Re #40, I was clumsy trying to explain that Randi’s wife (the one he lost to cancer) was the same wife who lost him to his trans-fantasy. I can think of few blows worse than that...
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Reply 44 - Posted by: thewarden 9/8/2019 7:59:27 PM (No. 174961)
Ah boo hoo...so quit then! My dad was offered a vice presidency by his company when we were kids. We would have moved to Oklahoma from San Diego. He decided against the move for many reasons and never advanced in the company further and he retired 20 years later—he was blackballed by the execs, as he knew he would be. He never whined. Grow up. Life is about choices and no one ever said it would be fair.
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Reply 45 - Posted by: montwoodcliff 9/8/2019 8:00:11 PM (No. 174962)
33 and 8 are on to something. Move these agencies elsewhere and make Virginia red again. But move them to Socialist cities where their votes won’t change anything. I hear the KC barbecue is pretty good!
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Reply 46 - Posted by: earlybird 9/8/2019 8:09:10 PM (No. 174967)
Excuse additional reply, but this article was artfully written to disguise a few things about trans Randi. He was supposedly a married man with two children who moved into his DC area neighborhood. His wife died of cancer 11 years ago, two months after they had moved into their neighborhood. The neighbors were very suppotive - they often are supportive of men with children who lose their wives. His son, grieving his lost mother, died of opioid overdose, which this tranny blames on the pain meds that were in the house for his late wife. Then it comes out that Randi’s propensity for transgenderism was a long-kept secret in the family. Wife knew. Son probably knew or at least guessed… When Randi finally “came out” and “transitioned” in 2016, his darling friends helped him find clothes. The WaPo made it difficult to follow the timeline, which was critical to understanding his “story”. But…he had one family. One wife. Two children. And lived a long, long lie that probably only his family knew about. And we’re supposed to feel sorry for him?
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Reply 47 - Posted by: ladydawgfan 9/8/2019 8:15:56 PM (No. 174971)
As a child of a government employee, I learned very early and from personal experience that if you wanted to work for the government and take advantage of government bennies, you had to dance to the government's tune. You moved whenever and wherever they told you, regardless of how it affected your daily lives. Welcome to the real world, buttercups!! If you want the bennies, you have to be willing to play the game!!
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Reply 48 - Posted by: Gruntmedic 9/8/2019 8:20:17 PM (No. 174972)
I worked for the Government, you go where your job is. Plus some can find other Government job's in the belt way and some can retire.
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Reply 49 - Posted by: doctorfixit 9/8/2019 8:40:27 PM (No. 174977)
All elements of the Deep State need to be relocated out of the Washington cesspool.
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Reply 50 - Posted by: whyyeseyec 9/8/2019 8:40:45 PM (No. 174978)
Here's an idea. If you don't want to relocate, quit and find a new job. The economy is doing great. Should be easy to find new employment. Trump set the table for you with a great economy. You should be thanking him. If your govt jobs are so essential then you shouldn't have any trouble finding something in the private sector.
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Reply 51 - Posted by: edgar 9/8/2019 8:44:44 PM (No. 174981)
The options that all of us who relocated had to consider: 1. Look for another job with same company, in the same city. In this case the federal government in Wash DC. It's a behemoth of an employer, so there must be opportunities there. 2. Look for another job with a different company, in the same city. 3. Relocate and become a part of your new community.
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Reply 52 - Posted by: Sergeant Major 9/8/2019 8:47:01 PM (No. 174983)
Golly, is having to move "once". Cry me river.
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Reply 53 - Posted by: wjr 9/8/2019 8:57:28 PM (No. 174984)
My heart fair bleeds for these trough feeders. What better place to have the Ag. Department than in the capital of agriculture? Indeed. Let's move the IRS -- part and parcel -- to Fairbanks. Washigton is the tail that wags the dog and is in sore need of a reckoning. The more federal employees that are at a distance from DC then the less trouble they can make. This is a perfect case for extensive internet use.
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Reply 54 - Posted by: OldBuffalo 9/8/2019 9:12:40 PM (No. 174988)
Tough Noogies
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Reply 55 - Posted by: smcchk 9/8/2019 9:27:44 PM (No. 174992)
Now these bureaucrats may actually have to live near farmers or others impacted by their regulations. They may even have to socialize with them! The horror! I can not believe the WaPo wrote this article. Probably plays well in DC though.
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Reply 56 - Posted by: JackBurton 9/8/2019 9:55:54 PM (No. 174998)
What #8 said. And may I add that the FBI is outgrowing Langley? I'd like to see them in Detroit. Good for the country... lots of space to be had for cheap... Good for the citizens of Michigan. REALLY good for the people of Detroit.
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Reply 57 - Posted by: rbruce20 9/8/2019 10:28:57 PM (No. 175004)
When I was in the US Coast Guard stationed at the Merchant Marine Regional Examination Center in New Orleans, the entire national department relocated to West Virginia to fill the enormous federal office building Sen. Byrd got the taxpayer to finance. Don't remember any outrage of the disruption of closing offices throughout the country.
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Reply 58 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 9/8/2019 11:27:39 PM (No. 175019)
That's some major whining. Seem like a perfect climate change employee. Show us some dollars and cents they are earning and what they will get after they quit. Shut up and move.
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Reply 59 - Posted by: DARling 9/8/2019 11:40:23 PM (No. 175025)
I know someone who is a new hire to the USDA Kansas City office and is delighted to be there and not in Washington. His colleagues are happy to be in KC as well, because family housing is so much more affordable than inside the Beltway.
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Reply 60 - Posted by: anniebc 9/8/2019 11:47:26 PM (No. 175029)
Aaahhhhh, so sorry. NOT! On the other hand, Kansans, get ready for the invasion. They'll kill your state.
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Reply 61 - Posted by: wildcat1 9/9/2019 12:08:30 AM (No. 175041)
"The Post is worried the agency won’t find agriculture talent in Missouri? And KC for DC sounds like a good deal to me." Are you kidding?? Kansas State University and Iowa State University are less than two hours away, two of the best ag colleges in the nation. What a crock. Having the USDA in the heartland is a great deal for a lot of reasons.
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Reply 62 - Posted by: NotaBene 9/9/2019 12:38:43 AM (No. 175047)
I don’t know, but I’ve been told that Jeff Bezos is a slave driver of the Amazon workforce. Yet miraculously, his Washington Post comes up finally with a feel-good story: “But Kansas City was never an option. It meant moving far from her daughter, who recently gave birth to Johnson’s first grandchild. And she worried the Midwest might be less-than-welcoming to a 62-year-old transgender woman”.
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Reply 63 - Posted by: Madmary 9/9/2019 12:51:30 AM (No. 175049)
My father was an engineer who worked on government missile sites. I attended 12 schools 12 years. I have no sympathy for people who don't want to leave a geographic location. I've found friends, happiness, and love everywhere me nomadic father went.
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Reply 64 - Posted by: PChristopher 9/9/2019 1:27:06 AM (No. 175052)
Get over it. The government doesn't exist for the convenience of its employees...at least it's not supposed to. If you don't like it, get another job.
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Reply 65 - Posted by: Trigger2 9/9/2019 4:07:17 AM (No. 175072)
Suck it up buttercups. You may get enlightened that food actually gets grown on farms instead of inside grocery stores by magic. Oh, you have to move to the middle of the country where most of the deplorables reside? Too bad; so sad. You'll certainly miss your safe spaces. Maybe you'll discover you're not the most important person in the world. The whole Ag Dept could disappear and no one would notice except for the meat inspectors.
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Reply 66 - Posted by: LadyChurchillUSA 9/9/2019 4:15:51 AM (No. 175074)
Oh dear. Welcome to the real world, honey. Most of us have suffered through relocations and the challenges of changing residences and guess what even jobs. Sorry you will just have to grow up. Try being an adult for a change. I know it is hard for those of you who work in guaranteed government jobs.
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Reply 67 - Posted by: DCGIRL 9/9/2019 5:46:05 AM (No. 175105)
I have no pity for any of them. I was BRACed three times and survived. This is the government's way of downsizing. These employees have a choice, move (relocate) or find a job with another agency in the DC area. I believe that most agencies should be relocated elsewhere in the U.S.
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Reply 68 - Posted by: tom7 9/9/2019 8:27:41 AM (No. 175211)
Mindless, maudlin mendacity.
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Reply 69 - Posted by: jacksin5 9/9/2019 2:19:01 PM (No. 175516)
I can't imagine the Wapo going through all the employees being transferred, calling them all then culling the responses and finding this heartbreaking story to run with. Sorry. I'm not buying it. The Government would be the only ones that would keep this hot mess on the payroll.
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Reply 70 - Posted by: skacmar 9/9/2019 3:01:34 PM (No. 175550)
Wow! A Department of Agriculture Office near where they actually have agriculture! Not much farming going on in DC. Moving to fly over country seems like a smart move for the rest of the agency also. Iowa, Nebraska, or Kansas would really make the DC "agriculture" workers crazy. As for the employees who have to move, welcome to the real world.
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Reply 71 - Posted by: mpstopa 9/9/2019 3:01:51 PM (No. 175552)
from the article: "She drives about 20 minutes to her church, Restoration United Methodist Church in Reston, to help a group of volunteers set up for the sermon and lay out breakfast for congregants. Johnson always prepares the coffee and lemonade pitchers. ... Johnson knows exactly how to cut the thin paper filters so they fit into the church’s finicky coffee maker. She’s labeled cups and pitchers with marker so she can measure out the right amounts of Lemonade powder and water without thinking." OMG. What is it about liberal female writers of such mud-puddle heartache stories that they have to dwell on mundane chores as though they are the only substitute for true heroism or character that they can find? Can you say lachrymose?
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Reply 72 - Posted by: radrelic 9/13/2019 12:17:19 PM (No. 178877)
Re #37. When President Ronald Reagan was in office he was somewhat hostile to the government employees. He took his trickle down philosophies into changes that gave rises to the upper echelon employees (the CEOs and managers) and stopped reimbursing lower grade clerks for moving expenses--the philosophy being that clerical jobs could be filled locally anywhere? Dime a dozen housewives and typists (only skill ever that guarantees lower pay since women were so good at it?) because women appealing jobs (we so good at it back then before computers were on every desk. Then these same jobs became targeted for people needing a hand up the ladder which made the retirement of the skilled clericals at the front desks and interfacing with the public less prestigious (for want of a better word less respected?). Grade creep at the top to further reward the pHD types and them affirmative action and other programs to fill those jobs with employees with politically targeted people brought more change. Bottom line is nothing in the article addresses what the not pHDs are facing in the move. The little "guy", the working "man".? As far as other hostility to government employees who serve us, we get what we pay for. I think the people who live in DC and other high cost areas get paid more than same grade in lesser cost of living places so that their retirement would compute to lesser amount than if jobs left in DC.
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Supreme Court allows Trump administration
to deny asylum to migrants on southern border
9 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/11/2019 6:56:00 PM Post Reply
The Supreme Court will allow the Trump administration to fully enforce a new policy aimed at curbing Central American migrants’ ability to claim asylum at the U.S.-Mexico border, handing a victory to President Trump in his efforts to crack down on illegal immigration. The Court's decision came down Wednesday evening, with Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor dissenting. The high court lifted a lower court order Wednesday that blocked the Trump administration from broadly enforcing the new rule for asylum-seekers, under which migrants arriving at the southern border are ineligible for asylum unless they have sought refugee status in
De Blasio’s ridiculous robot tax (opinion) 4 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/11/2019 9:39:36 AM Post Reply
STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. – We’ve all known for a while that Mayor Bill de Blasio’s “presidential campaign” never really got off the ground. And now even de Blasio himself finally seems to know it, saying that he’ll have a good hard think about this whole White House thing if he doesn’t qualify for the Democratic debate in October. This after the mayor didn’t make the cut for this week’s debate. (Snip) De Blasio wrote that he would create a federal agency to oversee automation. The agency would be called the Federal Automation and Worker Protection Agency. Or, FAWPA. Really rolls
Hasbro takes on the gender pay
gap with new Ms. Monopoly game
21 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/10/2019 2:04:10 PM Post Reply
Hasbro wants to take the conversation over the gender pay gap out of the board room and into the living room with its new Ms. Monopoly game, launching this month. Dubbed “the first game where women make more than men,” the updated version of the classic board-game introduces new women-centric elements, starting with its titular character. Ms. Monopoly is the niece of the elder Mr. Monopoly and a “self-made investment guru,” according to the product listing on Walmart.com. In the game, women get a head start: Female players receive $1,900 in Monopoly money at the beginning of the game, compared
Cramer: Wall Street executives
are saying Elizabeth Warren’s
2020 bid has ‘got to be stopped’
15 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/10/2019 1:07:05 PM Post Reply
Leaders in the financial industry are really worried about the possibility of Sen. Elizabeth Warren becoming president, CNBC’s Jim Cramer said Tuesday. “When you get off the desk and talk to executives, they’re more fearful of her winning,” Cramer said on “Squawk on the Street.” Cramer said he’s hearing a “she’s got to be stopped” mantra bubbling up among executives on Wall Street and elsewhere. Warren, a champion of the left wing for her bank-bashing and wealth-taxing proposals, has been doing better at the polls in the crowded field of candidates vying for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. The Massachusetts
South Bend Faced Another Violent
Weekend on Buttigieg’s Watch
9 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/10/2019 11:24:13 AM Post Reply
A 16-year-old high school student was fatally shot and others were injured during another violent weekend in South Bend, Ind., continuing an upward trend of violent crime during the tenure of Mayor Pete Buttigieg, who is campaigning for the Democratic nomination for president. Between Friday evening at 5 p.m. and Sunday night, approximately 130 gunshots were either reported or detected in South Bend, according to the South Bend Tribune. Around 9:30 p.m. on Friday night, 16-year-old Curtis Frazier Jr., who was a student at Riley High School, was killed in the 1800 block of Sampson Street. Makyi Toliver was
Biden 'misspoke' on opposing the
Iraq War 'immediately': Biden adviser
8 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/10/2019 10:40:36 AM Post Reply
Former Vice President Joe Biden “misspoke” when he said he “immediately” opposed the Iraq war after the invasion began, according to a senior adviser for the Biden campaign. In an interview with NPR in Iowa last Tuesday, Biden stated his immediate opposition to invading Iraq. "[Bush] looked me in the eye in the Oval Office. He said he needed the vote to be able to get inspectors into Iraq to determine whether or not Saddam Hussein was engaged in dealing with a nuclear program," Biden said on The NPR Politics Podcast, Sept. 3. "He got them in and before you
More than 900 Amazon employees
plan strike over climate change inaction
30 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/10/2019 8:45:10 AM Post Reply
Nearly 950 Amazon employees who work at its Seattle headquarters and other locations plan to strike on Sept. 20 to convince the company to demonstrate "real climate leadership," they announced Monday morning. "As employees at one of the largest and most powerful companies in the world, our role in facing the climate crisis is to ensure our company is leading on climate, not following," Amazon Employees for Climate Justice wrote in a Medium post. "We have to take responsibility for the impact that our business has on the planet and on people." The employees have three main demands from Amazon.
A Joe Biden presidency would
be a climate catastrophe
4 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/9/2019 2:14:41 PM Post Reply
What would a Joe Biden presidency look like? The answer to that question is coming into focus, and it can be summed up in one word: tired. Biden is trudging through the campaign, constantly screwing up and lying about his record, winning almost entirely thanks to the Pundit Brain-induced learned helplessness that has been carefully instilled into the Democratic base over the years. Biden may yet win the primary, of course, and sheer backlash to President Trump could easily boost him into the White House. But it is simply beyond question that he is one of the worst candidates in
The USDA relocation to Kansas
City is ripping apart the lives of its
employees. Here are some of their stories.
72 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/8/2019 5:05:41 PM Post Reply
Randi Johnson raised the picture of her dead son’s football team. “What am I supposed to do with this?” she asked, tucking it back inside a growing pile of cardboard boxes in her torn-apart living room. “And these are videos of his mission trip to Mexico. I don’t have anything to play them on, but I can’t throw them away.” (Snip) The USDA will partially relocate to Kansas City at the end of September, an abrupt decision announced in June that shocked the federal workforce and meant immediate disruption for hundreds. The relocation to Missouri, which the USDA estimates will
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Why Do So Many Republican Voters
Support Trump? A Theory
43 replies
Posted by tisHimself 9/12/2019 6:08:49 AM Post Reply
Early Monday morning, Donald Trump tweeted: “94% Approval Rating in the Republican Party, a record. Thank you!” Where the president got this specific number remains a mystery. Recent polls by YouGov put his GOP approval roughly ten points lower, and Gallup, which has tracked Trump’s popularity since he took office, puts him at 88 percent. But I suppose we shouldn’t be surprised that Trump used his Sharpie to round up his score. He’s deeply invested in being — or at least claiming to be — the most popular Republican president in history.
Ocasio-Cortez: Republican Party Is
‘Scared’ of Us ‘Because They
Know How Powerful’ We Are
38 replies
Posted by M2 9/12/2019 7:05:26 AM Post Reply
The far-left members of the “Squad” – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) – participated in an NAACP forum Wednesday evening and declared that members of the Republican Party are “scared” of them “because they know how powerful” they are. Ocasio-Cortez talked about her background as a waitress and told the moderator, Angela Rye, that she does not “shy away” from her background of working in restaurants because it prepared her for her current job as a congresswoman. “Nothing will give you the ferocity of advocacy like having that kind of experience,” Ocasio-Cortez said.
Hillary Clinton Mocks US From Abroad –
Then Taunts House Republicans,
‘I Found My Emails’
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Posted by Imright 9/12/2019 5:18:28 PM Post Reply
Crooked Hillary mocked the US from abroad then taunted House Republicans over her email scandal. Hillary Clinton visited an art exhibit in Venice, Italy this week which displayed 60,000 pages of her ’emails’ she sent over her private server. The artist, Kenneth Goldsmith, printed up 60,000 pages of Hillary Clinton’s emails that somehow managed to survive her BleachBit spree and called the exhibit, “HILLARY: The Hillary Clinton Emails.” According to The Hill, Hillary spent nearly an hour rifling through her emails at the exhibit, then posed for a picture.This wasn’t enough for Hillary — she
O'Rourke: USA Should Date Its
Creation to 1619 When
First Slaves Came, Not to 1776
30 replies
Posted by M2 9/13/2019 7:17:11 AM Post Reply
Asked why he is the most qualified candidate to address the nation's racial "divide," Beto O'Rourke slammed President Trump as a white supremacist and said the United States should mark its founding, not on July 4, 1776, but on August 20, 1619, "When the first kidnapped African was brought to this country against his will." Here is the question posed by ABC's Linsey David and O'Rourke's response at Thursday's ABC/Univision debate in Houston: Davis: Since we're here at an HBCU, I'd like to start with young black voters. Several recent polls indicate their number-one concern is racism. This campus, this state, and this nation are
Trump’s Only Real Weakness
Is His Style
28 replies
Posted by Garnet 9/12/2019 9:49:45 AM Post Reply
This is the time for President Trump to deprive his enemies of the last weapon that could be employed against him that could cause him any harm: the largely false, but still troublesome, issue of his personality and routine behavior. Other lines of attack have come to naught: Collusion with Russia, accusations of racism provoking outbursts of mass murder (by uttering “racially charged statements,” in the inadvertently Orwellian words of CNN’s most witless talking head, Don Lemon), the verbal recession confected by the world-renowned economists of CNN and MSNBC, all of it has collapsed. Illegal border crossings are in sharp decline as the wall is steadily extended,
Houston Ship Channel shut down after
11 Greenpeace activists dangled off
bridge ahead of 3rd Dem debate
27 replies
Posted by Imright 9/12/2019 5:27:30 PM Post Reply
AUSTIN— Twenty-two Greenpeace USA activists created a blockade on the Fred Hartman Bridge in Baytown, Texas early Thursday ahead of the third Democratic primary debate in Houston. Eleven of those climbers are dangling over the side of the bridge, an activist said in a Facebook Live video. The climbers held colorful ribbons and streamers to block traffic under the bridge. The group aims to “shut down the largest oil export channel in the U.S.” for 24 hours. Law enforcement officials told the local NBC affiliate that Houston Ship Channel was temporarily closed down because the protesters threatened to lower themselves to stop ship traffic.
Pete Buttigieg's twisted
Bible teaching on abortion
25 replies
Posted by MissMolly 9/12/2019 5:50:00 AM Post Reply
Mayor Pete Buttigieg ought to crack open the Bible, turn to Psalm 139, and read how God formed humans “fearfully and wonderfully” — and after, take a second look at his views on abortion and repent, said his brother-in-law, Rhyan Glezman, an evangelical pastor from Michigan, on Fox News. Good advice. It is a curiosity how a self-declaring Christian can still stand strong on the side of abortion rights. This is what Buttigieg said a few days ago on a “Breakfast Club” radio interview: “Right now, [conservatives] hold everybody in line with this one piece of doctrine about abortion, which is obviously a tough issue
Foes attack Melania’s 9/11 dress …
say it shows plane crashing
into building
24 replies
Posted by Imright 9/12/2019 11:58:07 AM Post Reply
In honor of the 18th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terror attacks, on Wednesday President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump both posted tweets that pictured them standing on a balcony underneath or above the words “We Will Never Forget.”While conservatives appeared to respond to the posts by issuing their own Sept. 11 tributes and thanking the president for his efforts to protect America from further terror attacks, many on the left reacted to it with scorn, derision, and highly disturbing conspiracy theories. Look at the posts below:
Make No Mistake:
The GOP is Losing Texas
21 replies
Posted by M2 9/13/2019 6:38:18 AM Post Reply
To date, five congressmen from Texas have resigned instead of seeking re-election in 2020. Their resignations signal two things from GOP leadership. The first is the realization that Texas is now lost. The second is that this loss is due entirely to the changing demographics resulting from legal and illegal immigration. The five congressmen that have resigned are Bill Flores (17th), Will Hurd (23rd), Pete Olson (22nd), Kenny Marchant (24th), and Mike Conaway (11th). Of these five, Congressman Conaway is unique in that his district will likely remain red for some time. He has not faced an opponent in numerous election cycles.
At third Dem debate, one big
winner and two surprise losers
21 replies
Posted by Pluperfect 9/13/2019 4:26:59 AM Post Reply
In the most contentious Democratic debate thus far, a winnowed field of 10 Democratic candidates took the stage in Houston Thursday night and sparred over hot-button issues such as health care and immigration. Notably, this was the first time that frontrunners Sen. Elizabeth Warren and former Vice President Joe Biden shared the debate stage. Warren and Biden exhibited stark differences on style, policy and vision for the Democratic Party, embodying two opposing theories of what the party should be.
Lawsuits. Possible bankruptcy.
Declining members. Is there a
future for the Boy Scouts?
20 replies
Posted by NorthernDog 9/12/2019 12:01:01 AM Post Reply
Parents clutched shiny new folders and shuffled 7-year-olds through crowded, brick-walled hallways. Past the booth with the spirit-wear sale and sign-up forms for the PTA stood Julie Bostian, tan uniform tucked into army-green shorts, ready to recruit. (Snip) As the new school year begins, Bostian and Scout leaders across the country are vying for the future of an organization facing unprecedented threats from several corners. Looming over the Boy Scouts are lawsuits that threaten to tarnish its image, reports of a potential bankruptcy and a struggle to define what it means to be a Scout today. Most recently, a group
Why Did the Deficit Just
Top $1 Trillion? Here’s
Another Clue For You All
18 replies
Posted by RockyTCB 9/12/2019 6:13:44 AM Post Reply
The Congressional Budget Office reported on Tuesday that, with one month to go, the federal deficit for fiscal year 2019 has already topped $1 trillion. As night follows day, Trump administration critics blamed the tax cuts. And once again, the data prove them wrong. The CBO report says that the federal deficit reached $1.067 by the end of August. That’s up $168 billion from the comparable period in fiscal year 2018. The deficit this year will be larger than the entire budget was in 1987. Where did the increase come from? Why, tax cuts, of course.
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