Comrade Trump’s Well-Oiled Machine Strikes Again!

The movers and the shakers in the White House

We were shocked (not shocked) when we saw the news that The Russian Usurper, after signing the Billions for Billionaires legislation has decided to not give a measely 2.1% pay raise [value: $21B Ameros] to Federal Employees. After all, he’s gotta balance that $1.5 trillion-Amero hole he blasted through the budget somewhere. That wall ain’t gonna pay for itself (and neither will Mexico), and dammit, he needs to find some loose coin for his ego-boosting Soviet-style military parade, amiright?

“We must maintain efforts to put our nation on a fiscally sustainable course, and federal agency budgets cannot sustain such increases,” the president wrote in a letter to congressional leaders.

Under Trump’s policy, roughly 1.8 million people wouldn’t get an automatic pay boost next year, including Border Patrol and ICE agents.

Saving $25 billion is a drop in the ocean, compared to the $1.5T tax cuts (yes with a “T”, fiscal responsibility my pretty pink ass), almost all of which went to the dudes in the corner offices, and none went to the Americans who live from check to check.

But, you know, reality has a strange liberal bias, as most (but certainly not all)
of those 1.8 million federal employees live in and around Washington DC, and probably a huge percentage live in suburban Virginia, so there is a possibility that Rep. David Brat (Eric Cantor’s teabagger replacement from the 2014 Pie Fight) just got some more bad news. You see, his opponent Abigail Spanberger used to be a federal employee. Brat’s district is R+6 and in a wave year, he’s likely to be toast. And there’s more on Spanberger/Brat here, that is VERY INTERESTING, and is likely to make those federal employees sit up and twitch their ears.

Sure, it’s not a 2.1% raise, but it’s not nothing. Come’on, Virginia, vote the bastards out!

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12 Responses to Comrade Trump’s Well-Oiled Machine Strikes Again!

  1. Dennis Cole says:

    Some simple math:
    The official Inflation Rate for 2018, so far = 2.9%. [https://www.usinflationcalculator.com/inflation/current-inflation-rates/]
    A modest COLA* proposed for Fed employees – 2.1%.
    Which, if it were still granted, would leave those employees .8% behind the 8-ball.
    The next update is due in two weeks (Sept.13th), and prognosticators expect the figure to rise a bit, thanks to Hair Furor’s vaunted tariffs. If there’s one thing that he hates more than the lackeys getting their just due, (he claims they’re OVERPAID!), it’s people in this country, or trying to get into this country, who have a skin color much darker than his own mango-shaded hue.
    I hope their union fights this tooth and nail, and that some Federal Judge somewhere sees the injustice being done in the name of fiscal responsibility.

    *Let’s call it what it REALLY is, and not some superfluous “give-away.”

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  2. Bruce388 says:

    Those federal employees know that losing their raise means Batsy Betsy DeVos gets to have another yacht. So they’re OK with it.

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  3. Actually 79% of federal employees live outside of the DC area http://www.governing.com/gov-data/federal-employees-workforce-numbers-by-state.html Virginia is only #3 after California and Texas.

    By far the largest single block of civilian federal employees is the VA; and they’re spread all over the country.

    He just pissed of a lot of people. And their families. And their friends.

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    • tengrain says:

      Yeah, but the population of VA is only about 8 Million people, and that 178K Civilian Federal Employees in VA kinda makes it a company town, and I think many are probably included in Brat’s district.

      That was the point I was trying to make, perhaps not well said. Thank you for that link.

      My bad!

      Rgds,

      TG

      PS – Tableau is a local seattle tech company. They do data visualization… they probably did yesterday’s charts.

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      • Jim says:

        VA for a long time has been evolving into two states: Northern VA and Central/Southern VA. Northern VA is densely populated and now majority Democratic. If this election goes as trends seeem to indicate, the GOP could become an endangered species there and even in central and coastal VA, Democrats have beeen making major inroads. Teabagger Sprat should be worried.

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  4. roket says:

    Layoffs can wait until after the election.

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  5. MDavis says:

    I keep seeing commenters on other sites who claim things like: raising taxes on the wealthy wouldn’t be fair (and Reagonomics bumper sticker sayings to back that up); health care for all is a terrible idea; and, of course, with this budget shortfall (that certainly isn’t Donnie T’s fault) SS should be gutted as it’s the largest budget expenditure.
    For that one I pointed out that SS has its own income stream so it supports itself – the general budget biggest expense is military. His response? Nope, SS is the biggest budget item so it should be killed. I even tried explaining like he was six.
    What do you do with faceless strangers on the internet like that? Well, I let him wander off in triumph, I guess, because if you try to point out to someone (analogy alert) that trying to cut the grocery bill by not paying your electric bill is beside the point and their response is ‘Nuh, uh, the electric bill is much higher’ there just doesn’t seem to be any reason to discuss it further.

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    • tengrain says:

      MDavis –

      My policy is pretty straight forward: don’t feed the trolls. You cannot win, it wastes your time; I think it is part of the Right’s strategy to Make Libs Cry. The Right is a waste of carbon.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • MDavis says:

        Yup, sometimes difficult to resist explaining to someone on the internet that they are wrong. Occasionally I succumb, but I do try to keep it down to “This set of ‘facts’ has been disproven right here” for those who might be taken in. That is probably also a waste or a rationalization.
        Wander showed us all how it is done, for those into animated Disney.
        Long live Baaaaa-halla !

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    • Osirisopto says:

      Ancient wisdom “Never argue with idiots. They’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.”

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