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Federal Employees News Digest : March 11, 2013
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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In February he wrote a piece saying that the White House invented sequestration last year, and passed it on to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). Congressional Republicans okayed it. It was sup- posed to be the stick in the carrot- and-stick system; a list of options so horrible that both sides would make concessions and sequestration could be averted. But Woodward and some other journalists say the White House is "moving the goalposts" after the elec- tion. Those in the White House have denied that, and also that seques- tration was the idea of then Office of Management and Budget Director (now Treasury Secretary) Jack Lew. White House aides reacted by phone and e-mail. One warned that Woodward would "regret" writing the piece. That aide later said his words were taken out of context, a favorite Washington phrase, and that it was not a threat. Meantime the media, politicians and columnists are loving every minute of sequestration while pretending to hate it. It gives them news fodder and it is a subject so narrow and little-known that it makes those of us who deal with it seem (at least we think so) brilliant, as well as wise and kindly. There are a few statesmen (and women) left in Washington. But you could fit all of them in a fairly small restaurant. The majority seem to be career politicians who spend more money getting elected than they are paid (it helps to be a millionaire). In the House, many candidates--- Republicans and Democrats alike--- run in gerrymandered congressional districts where the winner is never in doubt. So they become representatives for life, if they like. The result, a lot of political sci- entists say, is a House where a large number of members---regardless of their party's national stance---are way off the charts both on the left and the right. They would rather lose and watch things crash and burn than give in on their principles. (In case you are wondering, neither the White House staff nor members of Congress will be furloughed, no matter what.) Unfortunately for federal workers, they are the pawns in this legislative chess game. And it is going to get worse, probably, before it gets better. The next deadline is March 27. That's when the CR (continuing reso- lution) expires. If it does, there could be a government shutdown that would make furloughs, so far a non-event, seem mild by comparison. At play in any compromise to extend the CR will be federal pay, and fringe benefits such as health insurance and retire- ment plan contributions. It's a horrible thought, but this may be the "good old days" right now.
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