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    • CommentTimeOct 9th 2013
    Thanks for the link @Miranda's

    "Stepping back a little, I'd also note that House Republicans can't have it both ways here. Either the debt ceiling is a major leverage point to extract concessions from the president, or else it's no big deal. If it's no big deal, there's no leverage. If there's leverage, then it's because failing to raise the debt ceiling would be very damaging."

    Very nice fair and concise point at the end.
    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2013

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    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2013
    Meanwhile, back at the ranch....the Republicans quietly make a little rule change.

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    Just got paid this weekend, less than half of my regular pay, but with all the full amounts taken out, i.e. insurance, taxes, etc, but without my overtime that I worked BEFORE the shutdown began. This shit officially blows.
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    Two days to go until the US debt limit is reached. The House GOP's solution? Force Obama to enshrine debt-ceiling hostage taking into law.
    • CommentTimeOct 15th 2013
    Sorry, GovSpy. These people are assholes.
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    ....aaaaaand that's it. A whimper not a bang.

    They'll pick the fight up again in January.

    If the Republicans retain the House in 2014, Boehner is out as Speaker. At this point, he may not want it anymore.

    A pyrrhic victory for the Dems.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 17th 2013
    That might be the best analysis of what happened I've read since the "agreement" was reached.

    I'm just glad it didn't last a full month. Everything else, I'm still pissed off about.
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    Guess what lesson the Republicans who pushed the shutdown learned? Next time, they need to go farther with shutting down stuff & explain their ideas better.
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    Uh boy. Right off the bat, new Budget Committee co-chairs Patty Murray (D-Wa.) and Paul Ryan (R-Wi.) are looking WAY too chummy coming out of their meeting to discuss "smart deficit reduction."

    Anyone who depends on a benefit check for their living needs to consider alternative streams of income right the hell now.
    • CommentTimeOct 19th 2013
    just gonna leave this here

    Not that it really relates other than the whole "politics, man, it's srs bznss" angle. I just don't want to hear that "holding the people hostage" phrase ever again.
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    Well, everything's back to normal at the Spy house, for the most part. We're getting our back pay, in another week, on our regularly scheduled paycheck, to include my missing 32 hours regular pay, 8 hours OT, and 8 hours holiday pay. I'm sure the taxes will be understanding of my situation...

    On the upside, my guess was right, that the upswing was we (meaning federal employees) could end up getting a raise out of this, though it isn't guaranteed...

    Right now the 1 percent pay raise is on a path to being implemented," said Colleen M. Kelley, president of the National Treasury Employees Union.
    Congress could still overturn the president's raise, as it has in the past. And the spending measure provides no additional money for the increase — which will cost about $1 billion — meaning agencies will have to cover the expense from existing budgets.
    But even though lawmakers technically could block the raise, the timing of the next budget fight could make it practically difficult to do so.
    The pay increase would officially take effect in the first weeks of January. The next best opportunity to overturn the increase would come around Jan. 15. That's when the government will run out of money again and Congress must pass another stopgap budget, complete a long-term deal or risk another shutdown.
    In other words, some federal employees likely will be receiving higher pay by the next deadline. It's generally more difficult to take away a pay raise already in place than to turn back one that has been proposed.

    1% isn't much, when it comes down to it, but it's better than the 3 year pay freeze we've been under, and if it makes it through January 15th, it represents a change in momentum for federal employees. We were a scapegoat during the last couple elections, and now people see us as under attack, working without pay, and in the crosshairs of shitty Tea Party asshats, and a lot more people have sympathy for us than they did just a few years ago.

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