Wednesday, March 2, 2011

And the Conversation Continues...

Friday I hosted the Friday FS Blog Round Up. My theme (if you want to call it a theme) was current events. There is a lot going on right now in the FS world but the big news that had everyone buzzing was the proposed pay cut for the FS. I wish I had something clever and interesting to add the conversation but after a long day of homeschooling and laundry my brain seems to have gone on strike. Fortunately there are others in the blog-o-sphere who are much better writers than me. Go check out these blogs and even if you are not in the foreign service but you want to be, your daughter/son/cousin/best friend is in the FS, or you just like blog stalking FS folks, go write your representative.

Hick/Hitchhicker/...Diplomat (!?) is all for the paycut but with a few important conditions.

Ever wondered what a FSO does to earn that salary that is on the chopping block? Simmons Says they work hard, really hard.

Something Edited This Way Comes would like to stress that we (me, her, and pretty much every other FS person I know) are middle class.

Four Globetrotters not only wrote her senators but she published her letter. The letter alone is amazing reading, but make sure to scroll down and take a look at the the comments. Great conversation, but where, oh where, do people get the idea that our pay is tax free? As if!

The Goodjamin blog likens the pay cut to some of his favorite heist movies and ends the post with a great picture just for those who don't care much about

Foreign Obsession is just starting out and already they want to cut her pay? Sheez.

Small Bits is happy to take a pay cut if it is part of true reform and true change.

DP's Blog is kinda insulated from the news at his post but still wants the world to know that diplomats don't lead cushy lives. Many, many, of us are single income families because we gave up careers to follow our diplomats around the world and the jobs just aren't there at post.

Nomads By Nature boils down the furor over the paycuts to three points: misinformation, targeted, and indignation. It is a well written thoughtful post.

Well that is about it for now. I am sure there are many more posts out there, nothing like money to get people talking. I look forward to reading more of the conversation.

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