Well, I suppose after all the ranting about Federal Pay being out of control by Rush and others this was inevitable. But, as one of the muzzled and silenced Middle Class DOD Federal Civilian employees I have to ask what did we do? The Strictly Enforced Hatch Act precluded our opening our mouths during the elections. We didn't bail out wall street... We didn't force banks to accept Mortgages that couldn't be paid. (That was started during the Clinton Years and Bush was too pC to stop it!) Of course now that they've crashed the economy my house is no longer worth the Mortgage! I am Middle Class! The vast majority of Government Workers who are not inside the Beltway are paid in the Middle Class Range NOT the exhorbitant figures Rush has been spouting. And, BTW, when I worked for two major corporations my pay and benefits were in line with what I am making now... So, why are Middle Class Federal Civilian Workers being punished for the malfeasence of overpaid political Czars and the inside the beltway crowd??? It's not like we had a voice or much to do with it... Once again the Rich get richer and the Middle Class bears the true brunt. The Socialist in Washington will not be happy until there are only two classes... "Them" and the very poor, helpless and hopeless. When you tax us to suicide who will pay your benefits then?