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2013-02-20 Government
Pentagon informs Congress of plans to furlough 800K civilians
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Posted by DarthVader 2013-02-20 13:00|| E-Mail|| Front Page|| [251 views ]  Top

#1 That will help the economy....
Posted by DarthVader 2013-02-20 13:00||   2013-02-20 13:00|| Front Page Top

#2 Well, first start with all political appointees, who've made this decision. Last in - First out.
Posted by Procopius2k 2013-02-20 13:33||   2013-02-20 13:33|| Front Page Top

#3 Bye bye. So long. Hasta la whatyamacallit!

Next: all you folks in the Dept. of Education? Clean out your desks.
Posted by Muggsy Mussolini1226 2013-02-20 15:12||   2013-02-20 15:12|| Front Page Top

#4 Along with this buried at the end of the article:

BAE Systems notified 3,600 employees Tuesday that they could be laid off over a loss of work from the Navy, due primarily to the Pentagon facing a continuing resolution.

Bill Clifford, president of BAE Systems Ship Repair, told Ship Repair employees that the notifications under the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act were going out to employees at BAE locations in Norfolk, Va., Mayport, Fla., San Diego, Calif., and Hawaii.

The WARN Act notices were a major political fight between Congress and the Obama administration during the 2012 campaign. After defense contractors threatened sending out mass notices before sequestration, the administration told contractors not to issue them 60 days before the cuts took effect -- and also took the step of promising to cover layoff costs if contractors had to immediately fire workers. In this case, BAE appears to be issuing the notices with enough time that it will follow the WARN law and not incur extra costs.
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-20 15:13||   2013-02-20 15:13|| Front Page Top

#5 That's a start. Replace the GS5s thru GS7s with E1s and E2s doing work details and KP. It didn't hurt me when I was in the Corps.

You could also get rid of a lot of GS9S and up that are sitting around drinking coffee.
Posted by GolfBravoUSMC 2013-02-20 15:18||   2013-02-20 15:18|| Front Page Top

#6 There are 30,000 contractors in Afghan alone. As we peel the troops out, the contractors will dry up as well. Probably long over due in some areas, but the numbers will be very high for a long time. I also just heard the State dept is heading to a 4 day work week, not 4 tens either, or in simple terms, a 20% pay cut for all.
Posted by 49 Pan 2013-02-20 15:26||   2013-02-20 15:26|| Front Page Top

#7 I forecast that the world will not end with the sequestration. It is a painful but needed process and should be happening in every single department of the federal government.
Posted by remoteman 2013-02-20 16:25||   2013-02-20 16:25|| Front Page Top

#8 People can find more useful things to do.
Posted by Bright Pebbles 2013-02-20 16:40||   2013-02-20 16:40|| Front Page Top

#9 Replace the GS5s thru GS7s with E1s and E2s doing work details and KP

That's done by contractors now. Not GSs.

For what it's worth, I volunteered to be furloughed. I got a 'N.F.W'
Posted by Pappy 2013-02-20 16:59||   2013-02-20 16:59|| Front Page Top

#10 If I remember correctly, sequestration is about half the slicing that needs to be done.
Posted by Bobby 2013-02-20 18:20||   2013-02-20 18:20|| Front Page Top

#11 The alleged Anarchist-for-Globalism/Marxism Bammer may had just found his excuse not to intervene agz China or Iran until sometime next year - IIRC MSM-NET > under "Sequestration" there will suppos be few-to-no USN-USMC EBGS available for deployment in time of crisis after this summer 2013 thru most of 2014, until such time adequate funding for same is procured.

> By the time funding is procured, JAPAN COULD HAVE LOST ANY MIL CONFLICT AGZ CHINA OVER THE SENKAKUS.
> Even iff Japan does not per the above, ALL THOSE USDOD-NAVY MIL ASSETS/FORCES STANDING DOWN BACK IN CONUS MAKE TEMPTING TARGETS FOR CHINA'S SECOND ARTY = LR STRATEGIC ICBMS, SLBMS, + ALCMS.
China + PLA 2nd Arty don't even have to nuke all of the US Bases in full-scale attack - they only have to nuke those Milbases in "Limited First/Preemptive Strike" where the majority or bulk of USN CVNS, FBM Subs, + USAF Strategic Bombers are parked due to sequestration.

TO DEFEAT JAPAN, STILL MODERNIZING, TECH-INFERIOR RISING CHINA ONLY HAS TO "NOT LOSE" AGZ THE SUPERPOWER US.

Ditto in most part for IRAN, as it likely now has more time than ever to dev its NucTechs includ for NucWeaps or military purposes.

IOW, IFF ANTI-SEQUESTRATION EFFORTS FAIL IN THE US, THE LATTER'S "WINDOW" FOR ANY SORT OF EFFECTIVE MILACTION AGZ CHINA ANDOR IRAN, ETC. ENDS THIS SUMMER 2013 + MAY NOT APPEAR AGAIN UNTIL TOWARDS 2015.

WINNER - CHINA, IRAN, + HARD BOYZ, no matter what the MSM-Net says or argues to the contrary.

THE BAMMER "KEPT US OUT OF [Nuclear] WAR" BUT LOST THE FREE WORLD + US SOVEREIGNTY IN DOING SO???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-02-20 19:00||   2013-02-20 19:00|| Front Page Top

#12 the 2013 sequestration is going to be pretty ugly for several reasons,

- less than half the FY to reach the reductions
- less cross subcategory funding flexibility than in the out years

The message that should be taken from this ugliness is that there is a major need to reduce the entitlements. However, that message is bad politics.
Posted by lord garth 2013-02-20 21:22||   2013-02-20 21:22|| Front Page Top

#13 President Obama is getting what he asked for. And, while he and his admirers are already loudly blaming the Republicans, it will be remembered as his.

I wonder if history books will call him the president who started reducing the size of the federal government?
Posted by trailing wife 2013-02-20 23:07||   2013-02-20 23:07|| Front Page Top

#14 I wonder if Jimmy Carter will still be Worst President Ever when this is all over.
Posted by SteveS 2013-02-20 23:23||   2013-02-20 23:23|| Front Page Top

#15 See PACIFICNEWSCENTER [fka Guam K-57] > VIDEO: CONGRESSIONAL REPORT DETAILS "DIRE" CONSEQUENCES FOR GUAM + THE NATION IFF SEQUESTRATION HAPPENS NEXT FRIDAY [aka March 1st, 2013].

versus

* SIASAT DAILY > ONLY 27% OF AMERICANS "OK" WID WAY THINGS ARE GOING IN US: NEW GALLUP POLL FINDS.

ARTIC = 47% of registered Democrats happy, to only 9.0% of registered Republicans. CLEAR MAJORITIES IN BOTH ARE NOT HAPPY.

* DEFENCE.PK/FORMS > JAPAN EXPLORES WAR SCENARIOS WID CHINA.

Top 3 of 5 possible = "most realistic" War Scenarios involve Sino-Nippon combat over ...
- Senkakus/Diaoyus only.
- Besides above, PLA may also attempt to take Ishigaki + Miyago Islands off Taiwan.
- General CHINESE MIL INVASION OF TAIWAN in 2021.

The possibility also exists that China may choose a battlefield other than the Senkakaus or SSSSSHHHHHH OKINAWA to confront what China belivees will be INEVITABLE US intervention forces, i.e. TAIWAN DOWN TO THE SCS, AKA WHERE THE US + JSDFS ARE NOT. This scenario entails forcing the USDOD to give battle agz the PLA close to PLA - PLAAF + 2nd Arty - coastal + interior staging bases. China's Motherly Airborne attacks Taiwan [ROK?] as expected but also attacks the northern PHIL to engage any intervening US Army-Marines in jungle + high altitude warfare under the threat of PLAAF + 2nd PLA Arty CS. FROM THE NORTHERN PHIL CHINA CAN ALSO COVER NOT ONLY TAIWAN BUT ALSO DEEP INTO WESTPAC WID LR AIRPOWER + LRBMS.

Japan is left as a secondary front - good for China as it has long desired to have Japan on its side vee the US, + ESPEC GOOD FOR NOT CAUSING CHINA'S NORTHERN RIVAL MAMA RUSSIA TO GET ALL TWITCHY ABOUT CHINA'S REAL OR STRATEGIC INTENTIONS PER THE RUSSIAN FAR EAST, AT LEAST FOR A WHILE. No major attack on Japan = Russia is happy.

Plus, for China there's ...

* CHINA DAILY FORUM > LUZON MAOISTS [aka New People's Army/NPA]: WHAT ARE WE WAITING FOR, BEIJING?

Japan Red Army/Guard???

D *** NG IT, THEY DIDN'T SAY D *** NG IT!

lol.

* SAME > BEIJING MAY BE STOKING EXTREMISTS [territorial]CLAIM FOR LEVERAGE IN SENKAKUS DISPUTE.

Sino-Nippon claim, struggle for OKINAWA [Ryukyus] ARCHIPELAGO, NOT JUST OKINAWA PER SE.

ARTIC = CHINA [+ Japan] KNOW THAT CHINA CAN MAKE MORE OUTSTANDING TERRITORIAL CLAIMS AGZ JAPAN THAN IT HAS.

* TOPIX > [Jersulaem Post] WASHINGTON WATCH: IRAN [closely] WATCHING US RESPONSE TO NORTH KOREA NUKE TEST.

Will the US Navy-DOD dock at Bahrain for a protractive period. i.e. thru most or all of 2014, a Nimitz-class CVN + battle group as due to "sequestration" despite any threat to same from just-across-the-Gulf Iran???
Posted by JosephMendiola 2013-02-20 23:48||   2013-02-20 23:48|| Front Page Top

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