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The Defense Department is joining the growing list of agencies sending out furlough notices thanks to sequestration. As workers start to get notices of furloughs that will begin April 25, they'll have the opportunity to appeal. The effects will be widespread:
Uniformed service members are exempt from the furloughs, but defense leaders have warned Congress that they expect even active-duty units to experience some problems from sequestration given the close connections of the military and civilian parts of the department. Africa Command, for example, which is overseeing the U.S. forces assisting the French campaign against extremists in Mali, must furlough about 800 of its approximately 2,000 workers.
If the House and Senate can agree on a continuing resolution, the Defense Department and some other agencies would get increased flexibility in managing the sequester cuts,
But neither plan restores funding lost to the automatic cuts or gives agency heads new authority to shift money from program to program to help manage their effects.
Furloughs will cut up to 20 percent of workers' pay in the coming months. All of this, remember—including the cuts to the beloved and usually sacrosanct military-industrial complex—brought to you by Republicans putting corporate tax loopholes above every other function of government.

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  •  Today's Columbus Dispatch (4+ / 0-)
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    Wary, Bronx59, Lujane, GreenDog

    Had an article saying the FAA is closing the ATC towers at The Ohio State University's Don Scott Field and Bolton Field.

    Don Scott is appealing and may not see their tower closed because they are the originating point for LifeFlight's medical helicopters and some military flights.

    Bolton says they can operate without a tower, as their traffic is non-commercial.

    I didn't sit down and plot it out, but I could swear that the other towers being closed are in Republican districts...

    I guess the next thing will be furloughs at the Defense Construction Supply Center in Whitehall.

    •  ALL DOD Civilians will be furloughed 22 days (4+ / 0-)

      The guidance is for all DOD civilian employees, only political appointees and those on active duty (combat zones) exempted.  So there will be furloughs hitting all 50 states and abroad.  

      So DCSC will be getting their notices this week.  I'll be getting mine from my agency on Friday.

      •  I'm sorry the military budget is causing (1+ / 0-)
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        such problems; they are part of the hundreds of thousands of employees - both federal and private - that will have their pay cut by 20% for at least the next six months.  That's going to hit the economy hard, but if anybody thinks the federal sequester won't result in layoffs of state and local employees - another hit to the economy - all they have to do is wait and see it, and feel it, for themselves.

        "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

        by SueDe on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:41:37 PM PDT

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        •  muncipality here! we already know (1+ / 0-)
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          that our next fiscal year budget is going to friggin suck if something's not done.

          Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

          by 51percent on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:03:22 PM PDT

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  •  A friend's son works for (5+ / 0-)

    a contractor that is doing some work at a local Army installation.   He was laid off in anticipation of the sequester.  Even the defense cuts, which so many of us are happy to see, affect civilians in cities and towns all over the country.

    -7.62, -7.28 "Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken winged bird that cannot fly." -Langston Hughes

    by luckylizard on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 03:17:39 PM PDT

  •  Republicans love... (4+ / 0-) see working people, especially government workers lose their jobs or their pay. And, what's not to love? Certainly putting people out of work, or cutting their pay, will help the entire economy. My mom told me many years ago that Republicans are only for the rich. True then, truer now.

  •  Seems a bit lopsided (0+ / 0-)

    This could have been avoided but no one wanted to come up with a deal before the election. All the pols are crooks. D and R. All of 'em

  •  Wow.. so this is "Leadership" (5+ / 0-)

    this is what the doofs in congress are doing.. instead of just stopping the obscene and absurd F-35 program... with it's current price tag of $1 Trillion?

    "The 1% don't want SOLUTIONS; they've worked very hard the last four decades to get conditions the way they are now".

    by Superpole on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 05:37:18 PM PDT

  •  Don't forget-if the Administration would take back (0+ / 0-)

    the 'veto threat,' maybe a bill could be passed to 'repeal' the sequester.

    *Some liberal groups like Campaign for America's Future (Robert Borosage) have called for this.


    Here's the link and an excerpt from the DefenseNews piece entitled 'White House Issues Veto Threat of Sequestration Bill.'

    . . . Specifically, the White House objects to "destructive cuts in investments critical to the nation's economic future, ranging from education to research and develop infrastructure." Spending on infrastructure enhancement programs has been a theme of President Barack Obama's re-election campaign.

    The veto threat statement also panned the bill for cuts it would allow to mandatory domestic programs like Medicare, which are favored by Democrats like Obama and viewed skeptically by conservatives like West. . . .

    The Obama administration opposes the bill because it would slash federal discretionary spending below levels agreed to last summer by congressional leaders of both parties and the White House. . . .

    And I might add, the sequester package does not include cuts to Social Security, which have been put on-the-table by the Administration in exchange for additional tax revenues.

    So, for those of you who don't want to see furloughs, but also don't want to see cuts to the social insurance programs--The fight is on!

    Please burn up the phone line to the White House, to Speaker Boehner's Office, and to Capitol Hill.

    Here's the White House Comment Line (live and recording):  


    Here's two Capitol Hill Switchboard Phone Numbers (for Speaker Boehner, our Senators and US House Representatives):


    [These are current numbers.]

    *[Screenshot Credit:  DefenseNews, A Gannett Company]


    "If a dog won’t come to you after having looked you in the face, you should go home and examine your conscience.” -- Woodrow Wilson


    by musiccitymollie on Mon Mar 18, 2013 at 06:49:49 PM PDT

  •  Spoke with a colleague that works at FAA HQ in DC (2+ / 0-)
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    They have signed their furlough notices already and are just waiting for the word as to when they'll start.

    My office (non-DoD) is eliminating all contractor IT help desk support effective April 1. IT tech support will have to be provided for the entire 200 person office by about 6 federal employees. Can't wait.

    •  You will make it through. (0+ / 0-)

      I worked for a Fortune 200 company and in our building we had 300 people and had only 3 IT people to service equipment.  

      •  Trust me, they WON'T be able to... (0+ / 0-)

        Private industry tends to give its employees newer hardware and more recent software.

        When I retired at the end of 2011, my agency was still using Windows 2000. They were finally giving the administrative staff laptops instead of desktops -- mostly because we had to be able to work from home should an emergency occur.

        We only got real dedicated IT staff in the last 5 years I worked there -- before that it was handled by auditors who were techies on the side.

        HHS considers support for its payroll software to be another timekeeper...want to guess how well that works? I learned not to bother the helpdesk when I had a problem with it...not fun.

  •  and now. . . (2+ / 0-)

    if we can only get Congress to do the same; take a hike, or a walk, and when returning to their Romper Room, tell the rest of us they have decided to play nice for a change and are going to trim their excessive salaries by at least half. Do you think?

    Treat the world (yourself, and others) as part of a living organism. Everyone and everything will benefit.

    by richholtzin on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:16:44 PM PDT

    •  Well, they're going to do the first part. (1+ / 0-)
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      They're taking two weeks off (again!), this time for Easter, March 25 - April 5.

      "In this world of sin and sorrow there is always something to be thankful for; as for me, I rejoice that I am not a Republican." - H. L. Mencken

      by SueDe on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 06:53:27 PM PDT

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  •  The slow motion demolition of the economy... (2+ / 0-)
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    This wreck is going to hurt everyone. Some right away.

    Daily Kos an oasis of truth. Truth that leads to action.

    by Shockwave on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:30:14 PM PDT

  •  Let them eat cat food! n/t (1+ / 0-)
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    There's your Social Security, too  You want Medicare?  Here's a band-aid, and 2 asprin.  When you call tomorrow, leave a message, and I'll get back to you.  Ah sequestration, or is that just plain castration.  Either way, it's real nutty.  Then again, I should know.

    There is no hell on earth appropriate enough for those who would promote the killing of another person, in the name of a god.

    by HarryParatestis on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:30:33 PM PDT

  •  Good (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, Eric K

    People need to go find honest work that isn't dependent on the endless pork of military empire.

    School teachers have been facing layoffs for years.

    It's about time the Pentagon feels the pain.

    "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

    by greendem on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:36:02 PM PDT

    •  Meanwhile in the real world w/kim jong un (1+ / 0-)
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      I'm proud to be supporting the guys who keep us safe from the world's nutcases.

      •  Yes, fears about non-existent nuclear threats (0+ / 0-)

        are certainly worth 1/3 of your tax dollars for the rest of your life.

        Our country is falling apart. Recent infrastructure report gave us a D+.

        But the Pentagon keeps the gravy train rolling.

        We never voted for world military empire.
        We can't afford it.

        "Work for something because it is good, not just because it stands a chance to succeed." -- Vaclav Havel

        by greendem on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 08:46:21 AM PDT

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  •  Just look at (0+ / 0-)

    That gigantic Pentagram. If the furloughs come out to 666 people, I'll know for sure Obama is the Antichrist, yea, bringing forth woe upon his seven headed beast of lore.

    by DAISHI on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:38:52 PM PDT

  •  Not losing any sleep (2+ / 0-)
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    Rich in PA, Eric K

    The beast of Militarism needs to be starve. If Drones will start falling off the air, the better.

    Can we stick to the issues? Please!

    by AnthonyMason2k6 on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 04:42:52 PM PDT

    •  Y'know, I wish I could agree with you (4+ / 0-)
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      I can't.

      The people who will either lose their jobs or see significant cutback in their hours because of sequestration are real - REAL - people.  Some of them might be your neighbors or friends or family.  But even if not -

      They're real people taking a major personal financial haircut.

      That matters.  What doesn't matter as much is where the blame resides.

      "Mitt who? That's an odd name. Like an oven mitt, you mean? Oh, yeah, I've got one of those. Used it at the Atlas Society BBQ last summer when I was flipping ribs."

      by Richard Cranium on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:02:07 PM PDT

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      •  I don't care. (2+ / 0-)
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        cindem, Eric K

        Shared sacrifice means that people who never had to experience cuts should experience them. People who work in defense haven't experienced cuts in 10+ years.

        Anyone who says they want to stop spending so much on defense, but they feel soooo badly for people who lose their defense jobs, doesn't really want to stop spending so much on defense.

        You know, I sometimes think if I could see, I'd be kicking a lot of ass. -Stevie Wonder at the Glastonbury Festival, 2010

        by Rich in PA on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 05:17:51 PM PDT

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        •  Sequester Is About Slowing Down The Economy (5+ / 0-)

          Which hurts all of us. Keynes famously said when it regards spending to help a depressed economy that he didn't care if we paid people to dig ditches and then fill them up again. Long term we should go from guns to butter. Now is not the time to have that debate. The economy sees no difference between those on the left who say defense workers have it coming and those on the right who say school teachers have it coming.

          •  Respectfully, the purpose of the sequester is to (0+ / 0-)

            impose cuts to Social Security and Medicare, in exchange for tax revenue.

            Ostensibly, some of these trade-offs will be to stop the cuts to discretionary spending that Jack Lew and Rob Nabors set into motion.

            Setting up cuts to defense and SOME pet projects from discretionary spending, will create an ideal negotiating environment which will allow austerity measures to be imposed.

            So, austerity has two components:  cutting entitlements and raising tax revenues.

            Wikipedia defines austerity as:

            >In economics, austerity describes policies used by governments to reduce budget deficits during adverse economic conditions. These policies can include spending cuts, tax increases, or a mixture of the two.[3][4][5] Austerity policies demonstrate governments' liquidity to their creditors and credit rating agencies by bringing fiscal income closer to expenditure.
            That is the intended purpose of this entire Kabuki Theater.

            Slowing the economy is simply 'collateral damage.'


            "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


            by musiccitymollie on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:39:35 PM PDT

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            •  The Short Term Has Long Term Implications (0+ / 0-)

              Sluggish growth will slow down the decline we are experiencing in the deficit. Another recession would reverse it. The consequences of long term unemployment currently and the declines in incomes have long term consequences as well. Hate to see that this is being used to make cuts in Social Security and Medicare and feel that Obama has misplayed his hand there. Politically a sluggish economy continuing hurts the ability to sell progressive policies. So the effect of sequester cuts to me is the priority. Hate to quote Keynes again but in the long run, we are all dead.

              •  Hey, no bone to pick with you. And I'm certainly (0+ / 0-)

                not disagreeing with you regarding the short (or long term) adverse effect on the economy for the masses.

                You made excellent points.  And I agree with them.

                Please allow me to add to your points.  

                Imagine the detrimental effect on the economy when the drop in the expendable income of today's Social Security recipients (numbering 55 plus MILLION now--without the 76-79 MILLION Boomers) begins to be felt.

                Can't imagine what the end result will be if ALL the Bowles-Simpson recommended cuts to Social Security are passed during the next 3 1/2 years.  Don't even want to go there, LOL!

                Since many recipients of Social Security old age and disability benefits are poor or low income, these transfer payments have a stimulative effect to the economy similar to UE benefits.

                And imagine when the bulk of the 76-79 MILLION Boomers retire over the next decade plus, and the net effect that their cohort will have on the economy in relation to lost, or reduced 'promised' expendable income.

                It seems that the PtB are not concerned about the economy as it pertains to "individuals."

                Their supply-side (oops--'pro-growth) economics is geared toward protecting the wealth of the One Percent.  And I perceive them to be indifferent to the potential suffering of the masses.


                "Only he who can see the invisible, can do the impossible."-- Frank L. Gaines


                by musiccitymollie on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 02:02:44 AM PDT

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  •  It's hard for many people to understand that this (0+ / 0-)

    will effect so many more people in the NEXT FISCAL YEAR.

    Women are 51% of the population yet are represented in congress by barely 17%! Until our representation reflects the population, we risk sliding backwards .....

    by 51percent on Tue Mar 19, 2013 at 08:01:01 PM PDT

  •  No word on furloughs from my agency...yet. (0+ / 0-)

    Word is we're ok for a few more months.  But they aren't saying much.  It's been very hard for us as my wife has been out of a job for some time.  With the sequester, there's little chance she'll find anything anytime soon here in DC.  I'm definitely feeling the pressure and the constant worry is really starting to drag me down emotionally.

    "Give to every other human being every right that you claim for yourself." - Robert G. Ingersoll

    by Apost8 on Wed Mar 20, 2013 at 07:04:37 AM PDT

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