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  •  I was a federal government employee (2+ / 0-)
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    rodentrancher, Ramoth

    many years ago.

    The pay wasn't great, but the health insurance was OK, there was actually a sick leave policy (absent in many regular jobs) and vacation was OK.  But one of the main things that people held onto was that the Federal Pension system was better and would take care of them better in retirement.

    So, foregoing some current pay for a better retirement was seen as a net plus for most of the long-term employees.

    After Obama has basically left federal employees on the chopping block several years in a row - no pay increase - now chopping away at their pension is especially painful.

    The very idea that a Democratic president would go along with "less government" advanced by Republicans is really objectionable to me. Public servants should have some motivation for choosing their careers.  If pay and benefits keep getting cut relative to the real cost of living, why accept a job?

    And thus begins a spiral down in the quality and longevity (experience is important) of federal workers.

    "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

    by YucatanMan on Sat Apr 13, 2013 at 11:17:07 PM PDT

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