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Obama to feds: Thanks for standing firm during shutdown debate

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The Washington Post reports that federal employees today received the following letter from President Obama, thanking them for their “patience and professionalism” as a possible shutdown and furlough drew closer:

To All Federal Employees:

Late Friday evening we reached an agreement on the budget that will keep the Government open. I know the past few weeks have been a time of uncertainty and concern for you and your families, but your patience and professionalism throughout this entire period have affirmed my confidence in you, and everyone who works in our Government.

You do your jobs without complaint or much recognition. But it is men and women like you who help make America all it is, by responding to the needs of our people, and keeping our country safe and secure. And so, I want to thank you not only for your forbearance in recent weeks, but for the service you render each and every day to the United States of America.

Barack Obama

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  1. Loyce Dennett Says:
    April 12th, 2011 at 11:54 am

    Thank you, Mr. President. But it would be better if Congress would remember that they (should be) working for the American people (lowly federal government workers) included. They should be the ones to be furloughed without pay and no promise of retro pay. With all the money they make we could definitely balance the budget. Why do they always look at the American public and not at themselves. Why isn’t their pay frozen for 2-5 years and their pay performance based? They can say what’s good for us but not for themselves. It is so wrong of Congress to put themselves above the ones who pay their salaries. They show no appreciation to the American peope. They just take, take, take, NEVER give us a break. The American people are starting to resent them.

  2. MK Sten Says:
    April 12th, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    His words of thanks sound very hollow to all of us fed employees when, out of the other side of his mouth: he is stating he will endorse plan that would cut feds’ benefits. “President Obama is expected to endorse a deficit reduction plan Wednesday that would take sharp bites out of federal pay and benefits.” Obama has a strange way of showing his thanks.

  3. drwls Says:
    April 13th, 2011 at 9:41 am

    This is just a political move on his part to secure votes for next time. The politicians who created this mess are the ones that have been in the longest. He just happened to be in the right place at the right time to be president. Voting the incumbent self serving senators and representative out is the one thing we can do. The tea party has it right in regards to spending money we don’t have.

  4. James N. Phillips jr Says:
    April 15th, 2011 at 8:21 am

    I suppose we should cheer, but there is nothing laudable about poor fiscal management. We all pay in the end. Of course he would thank us for standing firm, what else is he going to say? Until our fiscal house is in order letters thanking us for “hanging in there” while the tough work ahead of us still remains is pitiable. The sweet sound of patronization dripping from the tongues of our handlers.

    Yep, we have issues. . . . and still. . .

    Change GS retirement system to do the following. Do not cap TSP contributions, increase Government contribution to 6-9%. If Social Security is eliminated (which I hope it would) the SS contibution woud go to TSP, and the employers contribution would as well, increasing the Government Contribution by an additional 7.65%. Retun control of our future and our wealth to us.

    Tie the Government contribution to our retirement to deficit reduction, balanced budget, agency economies, what ever. No changes, the minimum, big changes the maximum. Use recognized performance or economy indicies. Ah so much to do, so much to do.


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