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  •  Wasn't there also a time (2+ / 0-)
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    when the oinkers didn't have to do anything and their pay rose automatically? They would have had to vote down the increase. Wonder who ended that scam.

    I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
    NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
    Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

    by OleHippieChick on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 12:58:32 PM PST

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    •  That was the automatic pay increase for (2+ / 0-)
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      Federal Civil Servants that Obama suspended for two years. It was based on the CPI and was passed in part because it meant that Congress-turkeys wouldn't have to vote on their own pay raises. Importantly, it also meant that a conservative couldn't do like Ike did and just freeze federal pay for a decade to save money. It was a tradeoff.

      Keep in mind that most of the bad things about the government are the direct result of Congressional interference. Any time you can keep Congress from interfering in government functions that part of the government has the opportunity to operate efficiently and actually do what it is supposed to do. For the opposite side, look how Congress has gelded the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives Agency.

      The tradeoff for connecting Congressional pay raises to those of the federal civil service was worth it because it kept professionals in the jobs in specialized positions in the federal government for long periods of time. As a civil servant you no longer had to always be looking for a job outside the government. You could make a career of it. It also remains possible to make a career of being a Congressman or Senator without outside sponsors. Look at Joe Biden, for example. For the opposite look at Texas state legislators who are paid $7,200 per year salary and work four months every two years. Without sugar daddy's they cannot afford to be elected, let alone serve.

      The US Supreme Court has by its actions and rhetoric has ceased to be legitimate. Whiskey Tango Foxtrot - over

      by Rick B on Mon Dec 31, 2012 at 02:14:57 PM PST

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      •  Thank you Rick. (0+ / 0-)

        I ♥ President Obama. ~ Yes, we did. Again.
        NOW: Hands off SocSec, Medicare and Medicaid. NO Grand Bargain.
        Rich pay a bit more. DoD take a bit less. End war on Afghanistan sooner.

        by OleHippieChick on Tue Jan 01, 2013 at 02:53:38 AM PST

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