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Federal Employees News Digest : Dec 23, 2013
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 Public Sector Media Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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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. December 23, 2013 Vol. 63, No. 23 2 Visit us on the Internet at www.FederalDaily.com Republican super-conservatives. The com- promise gave a new generation of people a glimpse of what Congress and politics looked like in the 1950s and 1960s. Sort of a political version of the popular TV series "Mad Men." A look back at when things seemed to work better, more smoothly and faster. Many if not most of the improvements for career federal and postal workers and retirees came out during that period. It had several things going for it: Many or perhaps most members of Congress were either veterans of World War II or Korea. Some both. Whether they had held stateside desk jobs, driven a Sherman tank in North Africa or carried an M1 on Iwo Jima or into Normandy, they had taken part in a great cause. The war rescued many from the Depression, and the GI Bill sent a generation to college, something that many wanted but few expected to get. Democrats and Republicans lived side by side. Their kids went to the same schools and played baseball (this was before the U.S. dis- covered soccer). Republicans and Democrats had an annual softball game. Trips back home were not as frequent. The TWT ( for Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday) Club had not yet been established. It would have been unthinkable for members, as some do now, to live at the office. Rent free, with govern- ment supplied maid and valet service. That wouldn't have happened. Lobbying rules were loose, fluid or nonexis- tent back in the day. There was a lot of back- scratching and palm-greasing, and it was an accepted way of doing business. Unions (including federal and postal groups) wined and dined senators and representatives (and a lot of reporters, too) in D.C., Las Vegas, San Francisco and other sometimes exotic spots. Members of Congress and their staffs went on all-expense-paid Super Bowl weekends. A California congressman who loved the ponies went on all-expense trips to different race tracks. He was given what they called "walking around money" in cash. When he bet and lost, that was that. If he won, he kept the cash. There were two congressional commit- tees, the Senate and House Post Office-Civil Service Committees, whose job was to oversee (as in take care of) feds. Feds got health insur- ance, improved retirement benefits (going from the high-5 to the high-3 computa- tion formula), and better pay. Unions had friends on both sides of the aisle who took care of their people. At one time, one of the union lobbyists was also president of the Democratic Club on Capitol Hill. A couple of unions hired "in-house Republicans" to work the minority side. One was a retired (or defeated) Kansas senator. The other was a lobbyist with good contacts within the Republican leadership and rank-and-file. Most members of the two committees, Republicans and Democrats, were or became friendly to feds. And especially to postal workers and their super-active unions. There were exceptions, road blocks, but those were rather easily overcome. I recall a time when a committee chairman---straight out of central casting, with a heavy drawl and longish white hair--- was opposed to almost anything good pro- posed for feds. The committee was due to vote that week and the chairman's vote, and influence, would have buried a pay raise plan. The day of the closed door committee meeting, I asked one of the lobbyists if they were going to lose. He said no. I asked about the chairman. He said he wouldn't be there. Turns out he was a no show and the pay raises carried the day. It was months later that I found out the solution. The chairman was a drunk. Whenever any pressure group wanted him to be absent they sent a case of whiskey (Jack Daniels, I think) to his home address in suburban Virginia. It was a bribe. It was a gift. A gift they knew he couldn't resist. He usually missed four or five days of work after each gift. But that was then, and this is now. Maybe the good old days weren't so good. But looking back, they sure were fun. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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