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Oh, and I also had to work so our three children could have college educations.
You are SO right. My husband worked 60 hours a week as an enforcement agent....he was shot at, our family threatened by Mafia kingpins, and could have earned triple his salary if he'd left the job he loved for one in the private sector. We paid into our benefits....a LOT of money. Nothing was for free. We are grateful for our pension today, but at 75, are both working part-time minimum wage jobs to have enough for Christmas, and a few little extras. We still have a mortgage, and live like most all of the complainants on this subject. Too many swallow the over-paid, getting too many benefits, pay nothing for them line of those wanting to blame government workers for their own shortcomings. Thanks for your comments, Warren19.
Private sector employees are not cheated of anything. The were not forced to take their job....they chose them, fully knowing the pay and anything else. If not satisfied, they should have re-trained, educated themselves, and sought better employment. Scapegoating federal employees for individuals' unhappiness accomplishes nothing.
ENTIRELY FALSE!! I AM A FEDERAL RETIREE AND PAY INTO HEALTHCARE AT A RATE HIGHER THAN MANY OF MY FRIENDS FROM THE PUBLIC SECTOR...SOME OF WHOM GOT THEIRS FOR NOTHING! I PAY FOR LONG-TERM CARE INSURANCE, LIFE INSURANCE, HEALTH INSURANCE, AND MEDICARE B. THE E-MAILS RE FEDERAL PAY AND BENEFITS ARE SO WRONG! OH, AND I ALSO PAID INTO MY PENSION! Find me the freebies, please.
Well said! Until George W. Bush gave a pay raise to federal workers, they earned a LOT (about 1/3) less pay than comparable private industry jobs. So many were leaving the federal workforce due to pay inequities that something had to be done. Federal workers today DO in some cases make higher than civilian pay, but the majority do not. Scapegoating federal workers only diverts attention from the excesses of government spending. More than one Dept. of Education, multiple Agriculture Depts. and others are but one example of excess. Targeting the benefits package of federal workers is also unfair. As a federal retiree, I pay for my health insurance...and it is a substantial amount....as well as paying for Medicare benefits and long-term care insurance. NONE of it is free.
Kirk Cameron is a wonderful Christian example to young people. He should be encouraged, not censored!
I saw a piece on MSNBC this morning about Presidential appointees' backgrounds. 70% of them have attended Oxford! The large majority of them graduated from Columbia, Harvard, and Yale. There is a good old boys club alive and well! There are no mid-west or far west appointees. Representation is such that it is impossible for government to relate to the majority of U.S. citizens. This needs to change, and our propensity for having only graduates of Harvard in the White House. The country is better represented by Presidents with various backgrounds. Let's change these factors!
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Was Justice Carried?

grannykk Wrote: Jul 15, 2013 4:57 PM
A verdict is only correct if it serves the purpose or mindset of the person expressing opinion about it. Therefore, a percentage of people will feel justice was not served, while another percentage will be happy.
Since 1965, eight amnesties have been granted for illegal immigrants. Each was intended to end the problem. However, there is a common sense, humane and cost-effective way to solve the problem of illegal immigration, without resorting to either mass deportation or amnesty. This is called “attrition through enforcement” wherein if our existing immigration laws are consistently enforced and jobs cut off, the number of illegal aliens will return to their home countries over time. This middle-ground strategy is endorsed by real immigration reform groups such as ALIPAC and NumbersUSA.
The GOP should STOP worrying so much about abortion. MOVE ON to current issues that affect everyone's life. These divisive issues serve the democrats and hurt the republicans. If you don't want abortion, don't get one. I dislike it, too, but I deplore the amount of time and money spent fighting and defending these views. The courts have spoken whether we like it or not.
Alexander (R-TN) can go on this list, too. Sadly, Sen. Corker is beginning to also lose his fight.
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