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Andre McCabe retirement

https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/fbis-andrew-mccabe-leaving-deputy-director-job-will-retire-in-march/2018/01/29/35b1bbd4-051c-11e8-b48c-b07fea957bd5_story.html

Technically he’s retiring in March, but he’s leaving now because with unused vacation time he will get paid through March.

Government jobs have great vacation and retirement benefits! He’s only 49, but he gets to retire with a pension. I should have taken a government job when I was 24. I could have been on easy street now.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

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  1. Old news you say?

    Andrew E.

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • ….lol. Yes the left doesn’t want the truth. To except the truth, is to acknowledge the clintons have lied, mis-led them, mis-informed them and basically screwed them the last 30 years

      Scott

      February 2, 2018 at EDT pm

  2. You’re right about the government benefits and retirement. I retired at 55 in 2014 and won’t work a day in my life from now on ( I live well below my means). But, I did have to put up with 25 years of intracity bullshit, so I feel I have earned this freedom! There isn’t any free lunch!

    We Rick

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Self-actualization is not just for TOOS. Proles self-actualize through a life strategy of getting a civil service job that awards a good pension and allows the worker to retire after just 20 years on the job. Proles with civil service jobs have it made. I know a prole who was a NYC cop. He did his 20 years, then took another cop job with the Honolulu police dept. This second cop job was his way of fulfilling his potential. He’s always posting pictures on Facebook of himself flirting with Japanese tourists while on duty. It appears he has a beat of foot patrolling the beaches of Honolulu. In 2 years, at the age of 57, he can retire from and receive a pension from this second cop job. From the two pensions he will probably pull down 80K per year with a platinum plated health package. When his SS kicks in he will probably be making close to 100K. His mother is still alive and she is in her 90s. He has a long, fun way to go. Proles are cleverer than we give them credit for.

      Daniel

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “But, I did have to put up with 25 years of intracity bullshit,”

      Corporations are terrible too and most don’t even have pensions anymore. I’ll have a small pension when I turn 60 and it doesn’t have a cost of living increase.

      Govt pensions are a disgrace when compared to the private sector and are a ripoff of taxpayers. That’s one of the many reasons I want to get rid of as much govt as possible.

      ttgy1

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • They are a disgrace until you are the one benefiting from the pension. Corporate welfare, i.e. defense spending is a disgrace. Sounds like sour grapes to me!

        We Rick

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • “they are a disgrace until you are the one benefiting from the pension. Corporate welfare, i.e. defense spending is a disgrace. Sounds like sour grapes to me”

        I have family members with excellent govt pensions but they are ridiculous compared to private pensions, except for executives who have excellent pensions.

        Of course, govt wastes money on defense and many other things. That’s corporate welfare. Corporations say they believe in capitalism and want the govt off their back, but they will gladly take as much money as they can from the govt.

        ttgy1

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. There are reports that Trump asked his staff to carry out a campaign to discredit all the senior staff of the FBI that Comey had told about Trump’s requests to shut down the Russia investigation. This is apparently because Trump believed these people would be collaborating witnesses for Comey’s version of events.

    In other words, this is all part of Trump’s continuing effort to obstruct the Russia investigation.

    MikeCA

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • There’s no shame in obstructing a witch hunt.

      “Why are those girls in Salem afraid of the truth? They must be guilty of witchcraft.”

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Come on. You know it’s not a witch hunt. Trump’s ties to Russian organized crime figures were ridiculously obvious before he even got the nomination. Trump continues to curry favor with Russia (most recently the failure to implement Congressionally mandated sanctions), and Trump continues to refuse to release his tax returns, which most likely show his dependence on Russian money to finance his and Kushner’s failing business operations. Russian support for both right and left wing extremists in Europe has been extensively documented.

        Is it a crime that Trump loves Putin? No, it is basically a trade off. Trump is the only American in politics who really seems willing to stop immigration. If Trump needs support from a KGB agent who wants to see American global power severely diminished than maybe that is the price that needs to be paid. But right now we are in a tricky spot where most of our military and intelligence officers still dislike Putin and see him as an enemy. Continuing to just lie about Trump’s relationship with Russia will probably backfire.

        Peter Akuleyev

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • IHTG

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

    • Lol MikeCA spinning like a dolphin. Sorry snowflake

      driveallnight

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • He must be exhausted. After a full year of full-time lying, all we get is this half-hearted condemnation. We know every word off your keyboard is a lie Mike, but put some fire into it, at least.

        Panther of the Blogocube

        January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • There are reports that Trump asked his staff to carry out a campaign to discredit all the senior staff of the FBI that Comey had told about Trump’s requests to shut down the Russia investigation.

      1) As Dershowitz has pointed out, Trump has a Constitutional right to order the FBI to stop an investigation for any reason.

      2) Maybe the FBI is being discredited because Comey and his apparatchiks actually committed wrongdoing.

      In other words, this is all part of Trump’s continuing effort to obstruct the Russia investigation.

      That’s the same investigation in which no one has been charged with collusion – the only charges are making false statements to the FBI or (alleged) tax violations that occured years before Trump announced his candidacy for the GOP nomination in mid-2015.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The FBI is actually not mentioned in the constitution. It was created by Congress.

        If the president has the power to shut down any criminal investigation he did not like, then basically the law does not apply to the president. Trump could remove all the gold from Fort Knox and order law enforcement to not investigate.

        MikeCA

        January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The President can be impeached.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The FBI is actually not mentioned in the constitution. It was created by Congress.

        Wrong.

        All law enforcement departments including the FBI are created by and funded by Congress.

        But once they are setup and funded, as far as the Constitution is concerned the department reports directly to the President.

        Federal law enforcement is not independent of the Executive in any way as far as the Constitution is concerned.

        If the president has the power to shut down any criminal investigation he did not like, then basically the law does not apply to the president.

        The Constitution allows him to shut down an investigation.

        That’s why it gives him pardon power.

        Trump could remove all the gold from Fort Knox and order law enforcement to not investigate.

        Wrong. That would be stealing which is illegal and can be remedied either by Congress voting to impeach or the voters voting out the President.

        That’s different from ordering law enforcement to end an investigation which is not illegal at all.

        Ordering who to investigate is part of the President’s Constitutional rights.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Meet MikeCA ladies and gentlemen, the legal scholar with a better grasp of constitutional law than Alan Dershowitz.

        driveallnight

        January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • How could Congress investigate if law enforcement refused to investigate?

        What if Trump made a deal to split the gold with enough Senators to block his removal?

        What if Trump simply ordered the FBI to arrest all member of Congress?

        MikeCA

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • That’s why there’s a Second Amendment.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • How could Congress investigate if law enforcement refused to investigate?

        Congress isn’t law enforcement.

        If they are unhappy with the President shutting down an investigation as far as the Constitution is concerned their only options are impeachment, run on the issue to vote out the President in an election, or do nothing.

        What if Trump made a deal to split the gold with enough Senators to block his removal?

        Stealing is not the same thing as shutting down an investigation – the Constitution doesn’t permit the President to steal, it does allow him to order an end to an investigation either by giving orders to the relevant Department heads or through pardons.

        What if Trump simply ordered the FBI to arrest all member of Congress?

        Irrelevant to the discussion. The question is whether a President can end a Federal law investigation (he can for any reason) not whether he can take actions the Constitution doesn’t provide for such as stealing gold or arresting members of Congress.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. “I could have been on easy street now.”

    I’m going to work til they carry me out. Don’t get me wrong. I take plenty of time off to play. But if it was all play then I’d degenerate and get bored. I need structure and challenge.

    destructure

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. I tell that to everyone. I had a high profile, interesting and fun media career. As much as I enjoyed it if I could do my life over again I would have worked for the government instead. My brother works for the IRS and will retire at age 50.

    Jay Fink

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The IRS is so huge, bureaucratic and with tax laws so complex and byzantine, it’s customer service line is practically useless for anyone who calls in with questions about anything. Ask the service rep, how to fill out the mailing address on the tax forms, and they would be stunned and not able to give you a straight answer.

      Working for such an organization is torture.

      JS

      January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

      • It’s against human nature as it had evolved. A normal human cannot do it.

        Yakov

        January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

      • The New York State tax department was sort of helpful when I called them. But with taxes so high in NY, at least we get good customer service from government agencies.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        January 31, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. ResetEra mostly spinning it as “nothing to see here, this was all planned”, but there are also voices of concern.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • He retired one day after Christopher Wray was allowed to read the memo.

      Coincidence?

      Btw, the vote to release the memo is expected around 5 pm today.

      The Undiscovered Jew

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. Any bets on the revised Dem narrative? Or will it just be the same old, same old.

    Dissonance and fear are rampant. But there is no saving them now. Pandora’s Box is open.

    Time to reap the whirlwind.

    gda

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Too bad this is Fake News because this is awesome.

    Andrew E.

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. IHTG

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. Can anyone here comment on what a “government job” is really like? Does it necessarily entail being around lazy, complacent mediocrities looking to coast? Is the job security overstated?

    I’m in my mid 20’s, recently left my software sales job I absolutely hated at startup, and am now at a crossroads right now: gunning for BIGLAW at a Top 30 Law School, or just settling down with a “government job”, chilling, and setting really, really low expectations. That or living as a bohemian vagabond abroad.

    Andy Byron

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • As a white man in a government job, your job responsibilities include doing your job and the job of all the women and NAM in your immediate team.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • My first job out of grad school was a government position and it was exactly like you’ve heard – everyone doing as little as possible and resentful and suspicious of anyone with any drive. I had a private sector attitude and I ended up exploding at some old biddies who seemed to be on a sitdown strike. Then at the Christmas party they all ganged up to give me the cold shoulder. It all depends if you’re the kind of person who wants to be around others who take pride in their work. But I can’t give anyone advice. When I started out, you didn’t need a Stanford MBA to break into the private sector.

      vipltd

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. You are right about government work being better. When you factor in pension, benefits, security and low stress there is no match. The salaries are comparatively low but does not tell the whole picture. When you factor in all the said benefits, and the fact that they aren’t taxed, a state government salary of 50k is equal to making about 100k a year in the private sector. And your position will never be outsourced. Federal govt jobs are even better. The worst part is putting up with the bureaucracy, but let’s face it, all big jobs have a bureaucracy to contend with.

    B.T.D.T.

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Govt jobs are not lower paying in general. I’ll find the link that disputes that.

      People in govt pay income taxes. I know teachers do.Of course, libertarians state that people who get paid with tax dollars don’t pay tax, which is correct philosophically, but they do have money taken out of their paycheck for taxes.

      There is a ton of bureaucracy in the private sector. I’ve worked at huge companies and there is bureaucracy.

      ttgy1

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Yes the income is taxed. I was referring to all the related benefits that aren’t taxed but are still part of the total compensation. If you had to pay for the gold plated healthcare and pension with pre tax dollars it would cost a fortune.

        B.T.D.T.

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

  12. christopher wray, the fbi director read the nunes memo on friday, then mccabe “””resigns””” on monday. this means people claiming the memos contained nothing newsworthy are wrong.

    my guess is it contains an outline of how the trump-russia collusion narrative was started without any actually evidence of wrongdoing, and/or, it exposes leakers.

    several conservative blue checkmarks on twitter are reporting the memo states mccabe set up a white house meeting with carter page, in order to leak the meeting, in order to kick start the collusion narrative (fisa warrants, unmasking flynn), and that’s in the nunes memo.

  13. Govy-train work is prole and very low status when you were in your prime.

    What’s even more fascinating is that millennials are even more reluctant to work for bureaucracy, and would rather be unemployed and play video games instead.

    JS

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Government work is only considered prole my prole Americans. In Europe civil service is considered aristocratic and higher status than private sector money grubbing. All businessmen in Europe, no matter how rich, are considered middle class. Proles only equate class with money, that is their problem.

      B.T.D.T.

      January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

  14. ResetEra is saying that the reason the House GOP is attacking the FBI is because House Republicans are also compromise by Russia.

    Also they are saying the reason for this latest offensive against the Deep State is because Mueller is close and they are all panicking.

    Otis the Sweaty

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Some House Republicans are certainly compromised more than Trump. Dana Rohrabacher for one. The NRA has also been happy to get Russian support.

      Is taking Russian money worse than taking Israeli, Saudi or Chinese money? Morally maybe not, but it certainly looks more hypocritical since the GOP has been telling us for years that Putin is our enemy and Obama was too soft on Russia.

      Peter Akuleyev

      January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • The idea that Republicans are taking Russian money is dumb. Why would anyone do that in this climate?

        It is true that there is a strand of sympathy for Russia among some conservatives. This is for a couple reasons that have nothing to do with corruption:

        (1) Paleo-cons (strong non-interventionists) are not interested in conflict with Russia, especially since Russia doesn’t want to be our enemy. Further, they are happy when Russia fights our wars (against ISIS) for us. Neocons would rather not be upstaged, even if it means our boys in body bags.

        (2) Some smart Republicans have noticed that Russia is now conservative and not SJW-converged. In addition to rejecting political correctness, their policies include pro-family-values, pro-faith, low taxes and other markers. In an SJW-converged world, anyone who stands up to insanity is appreciated.

        I think the appeal of Russia has faded for now. It is sort of a loser’s strategy to want to emulate a poor, alcoholic country like Russia just because they are not converged. For the time being under Trump, America has found some inner strength of its own, which is much better.

        But if in the near future, conservatives go back to getting their butts kicked in America, I am sure they will again look longingly at places where SJWs do not rule.

        Dan

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • “The idea that Republicans are taking Russian money is dumb. Why would anyone do that in this climate?”

        Sociopaths aren’t supposed to be rational.

        JS

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Paleo-cons (strong non-interventionists)

        Paleocons (Irrelevant pseudo-intellectuals) are cucks. The military industrial complex has too much lobbying power and too employees too many voters for the Congress to ever reign it in.

        Learn to love the warfare state like Putin does, not hypocritically cheer Putin’s militarism to the rafters but then cuckout by saying we can’t get in on the same game for world power.

        The Undiscovered Jew

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

    • “….because Mueller is close and they are all panicking.”

      I sometimes feel like I’m living in Bizarro World. Isn’t it amazing what irrational hate of a person can do? You get completely blinded to actual reality.

      Peter, you have one thing right – there are GOP at risk. But selling property to Russians doesn’t compromise Trump. He’s squeaky clean.

      The Memo is just the first part of the Big Ugly. “They” are panicking alright. But Trump and his team are sitting serenely watching the Team Justice do their thing.

      Team Justice Batting Order:

      Lead off – Chairman Devin Nunes. – The Memo
      Second – Chairman Chuck Grassley
      Third – Chairman Bob Goodlatte
      Clean Up – IG Michael Horowitz

      gda

      January 30, 2018 at EDT am

  15. Do any of these people with cush public sector jobs that let you retire early actually retire retire? Seems to me that every one I’ve ever met “retires” early only in the sense of quitting the public sector job with the full pension, but they don’t kick back at 45-50 and play golf the rest of their lives. They always seem to go get another job and have another 20 year career before quitting work altogether. I had a great uncle and an uncle who both did this–career military, “retired” from the military at 45 with their full military pension, but then went to work for defense contractors.

    Hermes

    January 29, 2018 at EDT pm

    • That’s true — all NYC retired cops seem to be working. In a decade or so we’ll start seeing thousands of retired female cops here, too. Which gives me an idea — let female cops retire early, while their still fertile, on condition that they’re married and pregnant and will care for their child themselves.

      Here’s an idea for a jobs-program that occurred to me a half-hour ago — the government pays tens of thousands of “clinical psychologists” to see walk-in patients for free. Basically, these clinical psychologists sit in special buildings and anyone who wants to can walk into the lobby, put their name on a sign-in sheet, and wait for an appointment. It would be sort of like a bar. Anyone who likes the idea of a Universal Basic Income should like this idea — it meets two basic needs: (1) gives people “someone to talk to”; (2) gives smart people who like to converse something to do that feels meaningful.

      Garr

      January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • “Which gives me an idea — let female cops retire early, while their still fertile, on condition that they’re married and pregnant and will care for their child themselves.”

        Who retires at 30? The clearest solution to the female fertility problem is just for women to go all-in on motherhood.

        Dan

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • Robo police will take over law enforcement and female bots will be the substitute for men who want some form of sexual intimacy and sh!t talking.

        JS

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • Yeah, I know, Dan; I just think that it would be funny to make this point in the round-about ways still possibly available to the Rulers. Since “No girl cops!” is out, just pay them to retire when they’re 28.

        Similarly, judges should just always give women “suspended sentences”, even for mass-murder, because they’re only women — since it wouldn’t possible at this point to implement the best policy, the one that truly conforms to Natural Law, which would be to charge the men to whom these women belong with criminal negligence for not keeping their women in line, rather than charging the women at all.

        JS, 95+% of sex-bot users will be women, not men; women already use crude sex-bots called “vibrators”, so it’s a natural progression for them. Most men would rather masturbate than fuck a woman-shaped machine, I’m quite sure.

        Garr

        January 30, 2018 at EDT am

      • I’m looking at this Sophia the Robot (it’s creator probably never kissed or touched a woman) seen here on the video with Jimmy Fallon. Its lifelike appearance is kind of creepy. The really scary thing is that the robot’s face resembles a woman whom I know personally. Imagine refinements and upgrades in the near future. The reptilian brain of man will respond accordingly.

        JS

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

  16. I would never take a government or a union job. They go against my grain. I like being a Prima Donna and doing my own thing and I hate, hate, hate laziness and beuracracy. Their benefits and compensation are at an irrational level and remove all and any rationale for the little guy not to avoid paying taxes.

    Yakov

    January 30, 2018 at EDT am

    • Garbage collectors are gov’t workers though.

      JS

      January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

      • So? When I say it’s a good job I don’t mean for myself, but for people in general out their. I’m different and should know it by now.

        Yakov

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Won’t get you off if you’re caught.

      Curle

      January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

      • Big IF though. I’m just a tinsky little guy, or at least that’s what they think.

        Yakov

        January 30, 2018 at EDT pm

  17. Technically he’s retiring in March, but he’s leaving now because with unused vacation time he will get paid through March.

    McCabe’s last day on the payroll is March 18th. So he will take vacation leave for 36 work days from Jan 30th through March 18th. Federal employees can accumulate a maximum of 30 days vacation leave as of Dec. 31st of each year. With management approval, a very minimal no. of vacation days in excess of the 30 maximum can be retained past Dec. 31st into the following calendar year. This is probably what gives McCabe the ability to receive 36 paid vacation days to get him to March 18th.

    He’s only 49, but he gets to retire with a pension.

    Federal law enforcement agents become eligible for full retirement at age 50. McCabe is currently 49 y/o but surely turns 50 before his final day on the payroll – March 18th.

    MCabe has 22 years of FBI service. I estimate his annual salary at $175K (that’s $140K base plus $35K overtime). I’ll estimate the average of his highest three annual earnings as $160K. His annual pension will be (22 years) X (160,000) X 1.7% = $59,840. McCabe contributed 0.08% of his earnings each year toward that pension (at least I think that applies).

    McCabe is a graduate of Duke University law school, but certainly, at his young age, never practiced law and likely joined the FBI immidiately after graduating law school.

    Nowhere Man

    January 30, 2018 at EDT am

    • This isn’t enough to have a normal family and educate your kids in private schools.

      Yakov

      January 30, 2018 at EDT am

  18. The government pay scale tops out at like 115k doesn’t it? Maybe 150 if you stick around for 30 years and keep adding seniority. Either way. That’s… not terrific.

    It’s more than most people in government deserve for what they do. It is not a great salary for a smart guy with a law degree though.

    The pension is nice but government work is more of a middle class trap than anything else. As smart as you are, Lion, middle class never should have been the goal.

    Jonah

    January 30, 2018 at EDT am

  19. Working like crazy at FBI duriing 21 years, he’ll get a 55K a year retirement. A guy who would have buy some propety to rent over 20 years (rents paying for the credits), and then let them to an agency if he doen’t mind lowering the efficiency once it’s all repaid, may easily cash 100K a year without doing any work. Investing is far better than working. But working in government for people of very high caliber is not a good thing. The only one who benefit are those who go to private sector and sell their contacts – or the prestige of their job – to cash in real money. A bit like most presidents do now (Clinton, Schröder in Germany, Barroso from Portugal and UE/commission) and naturally many russians apparatchik who became the oligarch. Only investment (with lended) money can pay. I believe some CEO uses their position to “invest” side by side with their firm with “bank money” in businesses they make. Many of them buy the propoerty rented by their firm for example. That kind of investment is not reported to stock holder because it is made “outside” of the firm role ….

    Bruno

    January 30, 2018 at EDT pm


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