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Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees

This is a good start, but bringing the troops home would be even better.

Pentagon laying off 46,000 employees
By Barbara Starr, updated 5:42 PM EST, Fri January 25, 2013

Washington (CNN) -- The Pentagon has begun laying off 46,000 contract and temporary civilian employees in an effort to cut back on military spending, the No. 2 Pentagon official said on Friday.

Full time civilian employees, which number in the hundreds of thousands, also will be furloughed for one day a week for 22 weeks, Deputy Defense Secretary Ash Carter said in an interview with wire service reporters.

His comments were confirmed by a Pentagon spokesman.

The moves are part of a Defense Department effort to reduce spending given the potential for billions in mandatory cuts beginning as early as this spring should Congress fail to reach a deal on deficit reduction.

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http://www.cnn.com/2013/01/25/us/pentagon-layoffs/index.html...



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Looks like the Pentagon is ratcheting up as many job cuts

as it can find for the propaganda war coming in March.

It is very easy to find $500bn of military cuts without losing many jobs at all.

How about replacing the 7,000 "contractors" that are currently costing $105bn a year with US troops.

How about cancelling ALL of the mercenaries with US troops and cancelling the current contracts.

Details of easy military and Corporate Welfare cuts totalling well over $1tn a year :-

http://ian56.blogspot.co.uk/2012/11/it-is-very-easy-to-cut-1...

"In the end, more than they wanted freedom, they wanted security. They wanted a comfortable life, and they lost it all -- security, comfort, and freedom. When ... the freedom they wished for was freedom from responsibility, then Athens ceased to be free."

Quite a list of proposed Pentagon spending cuts.

Well done.

It amazes me how easy they spend other folk's money...

How easy the destroy other folk's property.

How little they exert to take other folk's life.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Only AFTER sequester......

The furloughs are not happening unless congress let's the "sequester" happen on March 1st. Sequester is the across the board cuts to government spending that no one in congress likes, especially the cuts to department of defense. If congress does NOT punt on the sequester (they always punt) then workers will be put on furloughs.

What is likely to happen is they either fully punt or they move the defense cuts to other parts of the government. Sad but true.

BTW - I work for the Navy and know this as fact otherwise I would have been put on furlough....

"If you put a gun to my head and said vote Romney/Gingrich/Santorum...I would say pull the trigger!"

Well...

You know, Ron Paul wanted to do it without firing anyone and had a lot more impact on the actual spending. But I'm sure shitcanning people in this economy is the best idea. Thanks, Obama, for saving us from the wrath of Paul.

1774. We got ourselves a Navy. Now lets get some ships!

By Commander Tyrone G. Martin, US Navy, Retired

1774. [ By law we now have a Navy. ] ... When the U. S. Navy was established in 1794, there were no ships, no crews, and, until 1798, by which time there were both, only an overworked Secretary of War who oversaw the administration of both the Army and Navy. To simplify the problem of determining the amount of food needed for the ships’ crews and its cost, and borrowing from the British Admiralty, it was decided to legislate a specific diet to be served each man each day of the week, regardless of the size of the ship or where she was serving. Commanding officers were expected to adhere to the “menu” and not to deviate from it without documenting the reason. Substitutes for foodstuffs found to be unfit were, of course, permitted. Captains, too, were authorized to buy fresh foods when they were in port, as long as they stayed within monetary allowances, but without refrigeration such items would not be in the diet for long. As originally provided, the legislated “menu,” which was valued at twenty-eight cents per ration per day, was as follows:

  • Every day: 1 lb. hard bread, and 1/2 pt. “spirits” or 1 quart beer.
  • Sunday: 1 1/2 lbs. salt beef, and 1/2 pt. rice.
  • Monday: 1 lb. salt pork, 1/2 pt. peas or beans, and 1/4 lb. cheese.
  • Tuesday: 1 1/2 lbs. salt beef and 1 lb. potatoes or turnips.
  • Wednesday: 1/2 pt. rice, 1/4 lb. cheese, and 2 oz. butter or molasses or 6 oz. of oil.
  • Thursday: 1 lb. salt pork and 1/2 pt. peas or beans.
  • Friday: 1 lb. salt fish, 1 lb. potatoes or turnips, and 2 oz. of butter or molasses or 6 oz. of oil.
  • Saturday: 1 lb. salt pork, 1/2 pt. peas or beans, and 1/4 lb. cheese.

As unsavory as this diet may seem to you today, in terms of those times, it probably was much better than most of the men would have been able to provide for themselves ashore, and at more than three thousand calories a day furnished the nourishment needed to sustain men engaged in very hard labor.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

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Will there ever be an army without soldiers?

or an air force without pilots? We are very close, IMO.

Automated Killing: The Total Immorality of the U.S. Government and Its Military
by Gary D. Barnett
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The continued annihilation of human beings at the hands of government is entering a new automated phase. This new phase should fully satisfy those all-powerful political and corporate parasites and their cold-blooded thirst for more carnage. While they may think that their hands will be cleaner, the opposite effect will be evident. The stench of death can never be washed away, even if human designed machines do the killing.
http://lewrockwell.com/barnett/barnett38.1.html

In 1789 we fed our sailors on 28 cents per ration.

28¢ silver per ration per day. That fed our boys at sea just fine. Better than most men left on shore.

28¢ silver still buys enough to feed a sailor today.

Navy food ain't so bad. It's the [paper] money in the port of call. That's what all the bitching is about.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Three Years Later Congress Cut Cost. 'Ration' Cut -8 cents

Navy ration first established by law: 28¢

Three years after establishing this “ration,” the Congress made some adjustments in it. The pork and beef allowances were reduced to 1 lb., those for potatoes and turnips increased to 1 lb. and for molasses to 6 oz. New to the ration were 1 lb. of “pudding” on Tuesdays and 2 oz. of butter or 4 oz. of oil on Fridays. Four years later, the Congress reduced the ration to the point where it cost but 20¢ per ration per day, but it went back up to the former amount again in 1806, where it remained until 1842, when the value rose to 30¢ per ration per day.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

Not one base closed by this.

Not one base closed by this. Out of over 900 bases we can't close even one base? Can't close one in a nation where we have 4 or 5? Come on. Political theater.

I have seen similar "layoffs" before

during my decades of military service. Note the language of the article: "contract and temporary" and "furloughed". Not one full time civilian employee will lose their job as a result of this. I also seriously doubt that all full time employees will be furloughed; some are considered "key and essential" personnel. Contract employees can be rehired in 30 days or less, and temporary employees can be rehired as quick as the civilian personnel office can complete the paperwork.

Magna est veritas, et prevalebit. Truth is most powerful, and will ultimately prevail.

Pure speculation, but

the first thing that came to mind reading this was that this is a move, not a cut. How many jobs will be "created" in even more secrecy in places like the NSA Data Center in Utah? The people will eventually come for their Pentagon, just as the DDR's subjects stormed the Stasi Headquarters. The spies are going to scurry out the back door.

100% Pure "Man Made" Syrup was too much to expect.

When the U. S. Navy was established in 1794, there were no ships, no crews, and, until 1798... Commanding officers were expected to adhere to the “menu” and not to deviate from it without documenting the reason. Substitutes for foodstuffs found to be unfit were, of course, permitted.

  • Sunday: 1 1/2 lbs. salt beef, and 1/2 pt. rice.
  • Monday: 1 lb. salt pork, 1/2 pt. peas or beans, and 1/4 lb. cheese.
  • ...

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

What a shame...

That they didn't lay off more of them!

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Ok... no offense, but...

Ok... no offense, but...

... now, you're PICKY !

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Am I missing a pun or something?

Help me out.

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No. I was literal. Granted,

No. I was literal.

Granted, though... assuming they *actually* did anything as reported...

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I hope that this story IS real.

Is the military-industrial complex going to start going away this easily even though the defense budget was just approved? I want to believe, but what makes me not? There is no one screaming about these supposed layoffs. None of the neocons are complaining. Not a peep, only an eerie silence.

Additional links to same story:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/01/25/pentagon-layoffs_n_...
http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/25/pentagon-sta...
http://www.politico.com/story/2013/01/pentagon-furloughs-cou...
http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-21205323

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(Hope... So do I)

(Hope... So do I)

Dude Man, sounds almost too good to be true! ... so, they supposedly *COULD* reduce... the number of our dependents!

Christmas 2013 ALREADY?!!

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Maybe they realize..

Maybe they realize that overspending goes against national security. You have to wonder what those people were paid to do. Apparently, we didn't need them.

If Gov't workers did anything

If Gov't workers did anything that was actually necessary then they wouldn't have to force you to pay their salary under threat of violence.

The Austrian in me is

The Austrian in me is going....WHOOO 45,000 people off government coffers and absorbed into the private sector! The government actually did something good with the economy for once.

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Indeed. Dear gov't may have helped them.

Indeed. Dear gov't may have helped them.

"Welcome back to reality, folks!

So, how's your resume looking? Up-to-date, right?..."

Etc.

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This is great

best news I have heard all day.

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Rueters Breaking News: Pentagon cutting 46,000 temporary workers

Reuters Breaking News: Pentagon cutting 46,000 temporary workers due to budget uncertainty 01/25/2013

Pulled this red flash headline news right off the banner splash posted as Reuters Breaking News Alert.

These red news flashes post for a few seconds at the top of their page (covering other news for a few seconds.) & oft roil markets. Traders pay attention to them & immediately trade on them. Some big fish win. Many small ones are eaten. Who knows which direction to trade? The shadow knows.

To me, they are a sure signal to pull my lines in. Pack my fish & gear. Start looking for a better fishing hole.

Disclaimer: Mark Twain (1835-1910-To be continued) is unlicensed. His river pilot's license went delinquent in 1862. Caution advised. Daily Paul

If every one make at least

If every one make at least $50K a year that's a saving of at least $2.3 billion a year. Can you imagine what the total pentagon budget is? That's a rhetorical that I really don't want to know the answer to.

It is better to look dumb and not be, than to look smart and not be.

They misplaced a trillion a few years ago.

This is chump change.

beephree

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Actually that was $2.3T. You're right, still chump change...

when you own the printing presses.
Con. McKinney fries Rumsfeld:
http://youtu.be/W-F5NKAMdFc
$2.3T gone & wasteful defense spending
http://youtu.be/_rRqeJcuK-A

I smell ...

A false flag.

+ 1

About time.

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Interesting.

"The measures must be "reversible" and minimize harmful effects on military readiness, Panetta said."

And replaced by who, with what objective(s), if/when the time comes?

I am for reductions, but for the right reasons.

"What if the American people learn the truth" - Ron Paul