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Federal Employees To Rally Against (Non) Cuts

From an hysteric Washington Post:

Federal employees to rally on Capitol Hill against cuts

By Josh Hicks | February 11, 2013

The nation’s largest federal-employee union plans to rally on Capitol Hill Tuesday, with the group expecting more than 1,500 supporters to urge Congress to shield government programs and services from spending cuts.

These are low information employees. There will be no real spending cuts. By the way, will they be getting the day off with pay? (Probably.)

The American Federation of Government Employees has scheduled the gathering for noon near the Capitol building. Guest speakers include Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.).

Two pillars of honesty, if there ever were.

Members of the union will march to site from a nearby hotel half an hour earlier.

We hope these heroic union members will get time and a half for actually having to walk.

The rally is part of AFGE’s 2013 legislative conference, which takes place from Sunday through Wednesday in D.C. The union has encouraged its members to lobby their local representatives and senators to cancel the deep automatic spending cuts known as sequestration that will take place if Congress fails to come up with $85 billion in savings by March 1…

Even if sequestration happens, there will be no cuts, let alone deep cuts. Sequestration barely reduces the rate of the government’s increase in spending.

(By the way, lest we forget, unions pay no taxes, despite collecting $8.8 billion a year in dues. And federal workers owe more than $3.4 billion in unpaid taxes, according to the AP.)

The White House warned on Friday that hundreds of thousands of furloughs could be necessary if the automatic cuts kicks in beginning on March 1…

Which is simply untrue. It is simply disinformation and fearmongering of the worst kind.

Two Republican lawmakers, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.) and Rep. Howard McKeon (R-Calif.), have proposed legislation that would replace the sequester with a 10 percent trimming of the federal workforce, achieved by limiting agencies to one hire for every three employees that leave.

What kind of insanity is that? No wonder the bureaucrats hate Republicans.

National Treasury Employees Union president Colleen M. Kelley criticized that plan in a statement on Wednesday. “Everyone agrees that sequestration is terrible policy,” she said. “Plans to implement it on March 1 should be abandoned, but doing so with a 10 percent reduction in the federal workforce is foolhardy and would result in short staffing that could last for a decade.” …

Absolutely. The country would grind to a halt if the bureaucracy would be trimmed by one percent a year. Just try to imagine all of the things the federal government does for you being trimmed by a full percent!

Labor groups claim federal workers have already sacrificed $103 billion toward deficit reduction in the form of pay freezes and reduced retirement benefits for future hires…

Which, of course, is also a blatant lie that is constantly repeated. They still got their yearly time in grade pay ‘step increases.’ And their the reductions in future benefits for future hires have not yet happened, and probably never will.

In January, the Republican-controlled House of Representatives voted to freeze federal-worker pay once again, but the measure has gone nowhere in the Senate.

President Obama is expected to ask for a 1 percent pay increase for federal employees in his 2014 budget proposal.

Naturally. He has to take care of his ‘peeps.’ But, of course, that is still not enough to please them.

We have this from The Hill:

Federal employees’ union head: Obama pay raise proposal ‘simply not enough’

By Justin Sink | February 9, 2013

The president of the American Federation of Government Employees says a one-percent increase is "absolutely unconscionable."

The head of the largest federal employee union said Saturday that President Obama’s proposal to increase pay for federal employees by 1 percent was "absolutely unconscionable" and "simply not enough." …

No, it’s never enough.

This article was posted by Steve on Monday, February 11th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Federal Employees To Rally Against (Non) Cuts”

  1. mr_bill says:

    The unionistas should be happy that I’m not in charge. I would insist on a 90% reduction in government employees and I would eliminate the Departments of Energy, HHS, and Education. I would severely curtail the Departments of Homeland Security, Commerce, HUD, Labor, Interior, and Transportation. Their charter duties require only about 5% of their current staffing levels. These perpetual government study groups would be a thing of the past. We don’t need a study on the drinking habits of Chinese hookers and we don’t need (or ever see) 99% of the studies put forth by these departments.

  2. GetBackJack says:

    … and then the little boy ran backwards not looking, saying to his mother “dekan si gnik ehT”

    And Union thugs on our dime began to beat the boy. His mother, wearing a Union name tag shouted “Get him! Get him!”

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