The problem is that the whole sequestration thing is specifically and intentionally not taking that "if" into account. One hopes that the DoD makes cuts in the programs that can most afford to be cut, but the overall amount of the cuts has basically nothing to do with efficiency or return on our tax dollars.The Federal Government is not a jobs program. If these jobs represent a reasonable choice in cutting government spending then I'm fine with it.
I actually agree with you since they pay their CEOs so much and since the govt can actually create jobs if that's what the Reichpublicans/Democraps are out for. However, Federal salaries are still way too high and there are too many jobs.Not to mention that defense contractors (which represent a lot of the "waste") apparently get a much softer landing than government employees.
That seems silly, if only because there is a difference between YOU having to take a pay cut and "everyone in the country is suffering". And beyond that, you're assuming your pay cut results in less compensation for your efforts than that received by a government employee. That's a popular idea, but if your field is at all tech related or requires more advanced eduction, there is every chance that the equivalent government employee started out with a "pay cut" in the first place.Well in my family we had to take a pay cut, so I see no reason why the Feds should not make cuts straignt accross the board on SS, Medicare, and Defense. Why do I get a pay cut and the slobs on ss DO NOT HAVE TO Suffer? So if the country is suffering those on the public dole should also have to suffer along with everyone else. I am not a Hindu, and I do not believe in Sacred Cows???
What exactly are you basing that on?I actually agree with you since they pay their CEOs so much and since the govt can actually create jobs if that's what the Reichpublicans/Democraps are out for. However, Federal salaries are still way too high and there are too many jobs.
i agree completely. this happens to everyone else. company starts going red, they tell everyone "you will be getting 10% less pay starting the 1st. you dont like it, youre free to leave". but i would make that figure to anyone in the government making over 50k, which would be much more in line with what normal people make.
Plenty of "normal" people make WELL above 50k and have managed to escape pay cuts due to being in a good field or being especially good at their jobs. Why shouldn't government employees have the same opportunity? Well, I suppose realistically they WILL have that opportunity...by leaving government. Which might sound good, until you consider that government still needs employees that they'll have an increasingly hard time attracting.i agree completely. this happens to everyone else. company starts going red, they tell everyone "you will be getting 10% less pay starting the 1st. you dont like it, youre free to leave". but i would make that figure to anyone in the government making over 50k, which would be much more in line with what normal people make.
Well of course waste wouldn't be completely removed, but however you wish to look at it spending 500 billion as opposed to close to a trillion a year would automatically force more efficient means of people spending their set budgets.Except nothing about this process suggests waste will go down or spending will be more efficient. People seem to think undirected spending cuts mean wasteful spending will be cut when it's more likely easy to cut spending will be cut. This means cuts in short term projects while the giant projects everyone things of when they think of wasteful spending will stick around because of the amount of sunk investment. Not to mention that defense contractors (which represent a lot of the "waste") apparently get a much softer landing than government employees.
How about if we start by cutting the take home pay of Mitt & pals by 10% before starting in on others less able to pay painlessly?
How about we start with obama and his pals by 20%How about if we start by cutting the take home pay of Mitt & pals by 10% before starting in on others less able to pay painlessly?
It's not like they're actually creating jobs, that buying govt bonds stimulates the economy any more than collecting it as taxes, or that they're not offshoring every dollar as fast as they can get their hands on it...
Sacrifice for the good of the country? Sure- start at the top, with the people who benefit most and can most easily do so. If there's some lifestyle difference between taking home $2M/mo and $1.8M/mo, I guess I'd have to live it to appreciate it. I somehow doubt that there is.
I thought it was a widely known fact that public workers make more than their private sector counterparts.What exactly are you basing that on?
How about capping the President's compensation at $39k/yr (that's what Dr. Paul proposed which is a ~91% cut) and capping all Federal workers' compensation at $50k/year while letting them be Federally tax exempt after cutting ~20% of the people currently on the federal payroll off completely? That's not ideal, but it wouldn't be a bad start.
How about not prohibiting society from enslaving both of those motherfuckers for life?
Yes- the vaunted "efficiency" of govt contractors, like with the military...While I agree that most government employees could take a pretty substantial pay cut I would like to go even further. Thousands of government jobs could be cut to less than 35 hours a week and become part time jobs greatly reducing the amount of money in retirement benefits as well as others. This would help reduce the number of people wanting to work for the government. Most of the jobs could be performed by the private sector much more efficiently.
Love the fear mongering and exaggerationYeah, it's not like we need competent nuclear safety techs, efficient managers who could have excellent private sector jobs, or anyone else in government who cares about earning a living. Let's fill the necessary government jobs with people just absolutely can't find any work elsewhere, that's a surefire way to reduce inefficiency and get the best bang for your tax dollars!
Government jobs need salary and benefit packages competitive with what people with the appropriate qualifications can make in the private sector. Nickel-and-diming salaries is a bad way to save money if it means we only get the worst candidates serving the public good. If you think the private sector should take on some jobs, then argue for that, not warping the compensation model and making government worse.
Sure- make it 20%, with a cap of 35%. Mitt would still be paying less than the maximum...obama and romney are both backed by Wall Street
Heh. Obama paid 26% in 2010, nearly twice what Mitt paid, and Mitt's income was enormously larger.As long as obama and his pals face it too along with anyone else living off the taxpayer such as the MIC
The income tax should be ended, its only to pay for social programs that dont work and cost the taxpayer way too much money. Anyone that avoids paying income taxes is a decent personHeh. Obama paid 26% in 2010, nearly twice what Mitt paid, and Mitt's income was enormously larger.
Most of Obama's income came from royalties on books, not from his Presidential salary.