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  •  They got COLAs in the Bush administration (2+ / 0-)
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    maryabein, corvo

    They got the full pension in the Bush administration.  I'm not sure where you think that battleship is headed.

    •  Bush good to federal employees (2+ / 0-)
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      greenbell, corvo

      The Bush administration was actually pretty good to federal employees, measured by pay increases and lack of benefit cuts.   Probably better not only than Reagan but actually better than Clinton.  

      The White House view, per Cheney, was that "deficits don't matter", and the GOP Congress wasn't interested in picking fights with the White House, so there were no signficant benefit cuts and relatively generous COLAs under Bush.

      •  Um, no. (2+ / 0-)
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        Dancing Frog, duhban

        I lived thru the Bush years, it was a wasted decade.


        The attempted to outsource everything.  They whacked jobs and made sure middle and upper level management played by new rules (Fair Act and the OMB A-76 Circular) to try and squeeze people out with the threat of their job being outsourced.

        I watched as my little piece of federal IT, with 30 Feds, shrank to 6 because of this.

        Don't tell me the Bushies were good to us, they weren't.

        "I'm not writing to make conservatives happy. I want them to hate my opinions. I'm not interested in debating them. I want to stop them." - Steve Gilliard

        by grog on Fri Dec 13, 2013 at 08:37:54 AM PST

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        •  And how about that insulting letter that... (1+ / 0-)
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          Bush sent around to Federal Employees when he first entered office implying that we had no integrity under Clinton, and that he was going to be restoring that.

          For my agency, Bush decided that going to Mars sounded like a good goal but did not want put any extra money into to it. As a result, funding for earth looking satellites studying climate change on earth was scaled back to the bone to provide money for the exploration office. The also installed a policy hack at HQ to review and rewrite science papers whose conclusions that didn't fit with their pro-corporate narrative.

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