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Federal Employees News Digest : Oct. 8, 2012
INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1 Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Government Information Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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While the information has been reviewed for accuracy, there is no guarantee that the same or similar results may be achieved in all environments. Technical inaccuracies may result from printing errors and/or new develop- ments in the industry. This publication's subscriber list, as well as other lists from 1105 Media, Inc., is available for rental. For more information, please contact our list manager, Merit Direct. Phone: (914) 368-1000; E-mail: 1105media@ meritdirect.com; Web: www.meritdirect.com/1105. October 8, 2012 Vol. 62, No. 13 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com experts say is a "fiscal cliff " that could trigger a worldwide recession/depres- sion, damage our country's credit rating, harm the standing of the dollar as the world's reserve/preferred currency, and cost millions of Americans, feds, con- tractors---and the people who serve and depend on them---their jobs. Politicians, whether they live at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. or near Capitol Hill, like to think they have the common touch. That they are in touch with the folks back home. That they are just vis- iting and working here, but can't wait to return to God's country, where they grew up. In many cases, they spend tens of millions of dollars getting elected, then re-elected and, once out of office, remain in the D.C. area. Because living here is good, and because the living is good. I believe that seven out of 10 of the nation's richest counties are in D.C.'s Maryland and Virginia suburbs. No.1 and No. 2 touch each other in Virginia. I live in one of them in Maryland. How rich are they? Some years ago, while still married, we (with four kids) had three dogs. When their tags expired, I called the county animal control people. Told them I wanted to renew the tags. They said they could help me with Lonnie and Casey, but that Dewey's case officer was off that day. Dewey, by the way, was a very ugly, but sweet, small white mutt. We found him on the street and the kids had to have him. But I digress ... The point is that my (our) dogs had their own case officers. That, to me, is a sign of a county that cares and gets down in the weeds. And also has very high taxes. But the services are great. Being a creature of the Beltway, I am often irked when people---especially pols who run against D.C., then fight to remain here forever---knock the people who are inside the Beltway. They are often speaking out of anger and igno- rance. That said, they have a point---up to a point. Unemployment in the D.C. area is low and getting lower. Walk into a store or Starbucks and they will hand you an application to work there. Housing here is expensive (even after the recession) and has bounced back more quickly than anywhere else. Construction all over the area is booming. We don't have steel mills. We don't do coal or oil. We don't plant taters and we don't chop cotton. But we have a huge supply of well-paid (by national standards) workers, most of whom have not been forced to take pay cuts, or been hit by furloughs or layoffs like the rest of the country. We have a huge, stable uniformed military presence. And tens of thousands of well-paid contractors who have ridden out the recession better than people in places like Atlanta, Reno or Dayton. So ... Although we (in this case, politicians of both parties) have created much of the mess, and decided that sequestration may be the answer, we mostly don't know what we are talking about. What was a recession, maybe even a depression, for you was---for most of us inside-the-Belt- wayers---little more than a bump in the road. Federal employment, already huge here, actually increased to help fight the effects of the recession. If all else fails, the sequestration time- bomb that Congress has set ticking will go off the first week in January. The White House said it would be "disas- trous." But most of us here probably don't realize how bad it might be, because "bad" is a relative term. What is bad to us might be highly desirable in New Orleans, or Buffalo, N.Y., or Clarke County, Nev. So remember that until Election Day, we here inside the Beltway, regardless of party and politics, think of nothing but what's good for you. We love you and feel your pain. But after that, no guarantees. We got stuff to do.
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