Cutting Federal Pay

President Obama walks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, towards the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP)

President Obama walks in the Cross Hall of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2010, towards the East Room for a news conference the day after the midterm elections. (AP)

President Obama is stuck between a rock and a hard place, as newly empowered House Republicans unleash a torrent of proposals to shrink the size of government and following a series of reports that show federal workers increasing in numbers and salary.

Obama may have to choose between satisfying his base or placating independents who moved overwhelming into the Republican camp in the midterm elections two weeks ago based in part on their frustration over the growth of government in the past two years. 

While slashing the government will be a top priority for Republicans in the next Congress, 60 percent of the federal workforce is represented by the labor unions that helped sweep the president into power two years ago. 

“The calculation he has to make is how much he wants to bring that swing vote back,” said Matrick Masters, a national labor expert and a professor of business and political science at Wayne State University.

via FoxNews

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That’s Politics For Ya

WASHINGTON – All signs point to huge Republican victories in two weeks, with the GOP now leading Democrats on virtually every measure in an Associated Press-GfK poll of people likely to vote in the first major elections of Barack Obama’s presidency.

In the final survey before Election Day, likely voters say the GOP would do a better job than Democrats on handling the economy, creating jobs and running the government.

The survey’s key findings among likely voters show:

_50 percent say they will back the GOP candidate in their House district; 43 percent say they’ll support the Democrat. The edge has slightly narrowed over the past month as Democrats presumably have grown more energized.

_61 percent expect the GOP to win control of Congress; 33 percent think Democrats will maintain control.

_49 percent want to see their House representatives re-elected; 44 percent want to fire them.

_54 percent disapprove of Obama’s job performance; 45 percent approve.

_Just 20 percent approve of how Congress is doing its job.

_59 percent think the country is headed in the wrong direction; 39 percent say it’s going the right way.

_52 percent have a favorable impression of the GOP; 44 percent view the Democratic Party positively.

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