Obama’s Latest Sleaze

October/03/2012 15:49PM
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Here’s the latest Obama sleaze.

Sequestration is the mandated reduction in defense spending that was part of the budget reduction deal when Obama and Congress couldn’t agree on cuts. It’s baked in the cake and if a budget deal isn’t approved before January 1, 2013, it happens.

This means defense contractors must make big cuts. Plants closed and layoffs. By law,  they must give employees a 60 day notice of layoffs. Those notices must go out by November 1, 2012, right before the election.

Not wanting announcements of thousands of layoffs just before the election, the Obama administration notified major defense contractors the government will fund defending lawsuits for not following federal laws and making the legal announcement.

So here it is, your tax dollars will be spent to pay legal expenses for defense contractors to break the law for one purpose only. To keep those announcements from going out ahead of the election.  If Romney wins the election, sequestration won’t happen. If Obama wins, it will happen. Simple as that.

Since most of might not believe that a president would do that, here is the actual write-up verbatim.

“In fact, the Obama administration is offering to indemnify government contractors for losses and fines for delaying those notices: The White House moved to prevent defense and other government contractors from issuing mass layoff notices in anticipation of sequestration, even going so far to say that the contracting agencies would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could follow.
Some defense companies—including Lockheed Martin, BAE Systems and EADS North America—have said they expect to send notices to their employees 60 days before sequestration takes effect to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act, which requires companies to give advance warning to workers deemed reasonably likely to lose their jobs. Companies appeared undeterred by a July 30 guidance from the Labor Department, which said issuing such notices would be inappropriate, due to the possibility that sequestration may be averted.
The Labor Department also said companies do not have enough information about how the cuts might be implemented to determine which workers or specific programs could be affected should Congress fail to reach a compromise to reduce the deficit, triggering $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, half from defense, half non-defense. For 2013, that would amount to $109 billion in spending cuts.
Yesterday, the OMB went a little farther in wheedling contractors into playing ball: So the Office of Management and Budget went a step further in guidance issued late Friday afternoon. If an agency terminates or modifies a contract, and the contractor must close a plant or lay off workers en masse, the company could treat employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability, attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs as allowable costs to be covered by the contracting agency—so long as the contractor has followed a course of action consistent with the Labor Department’s guidance. The legal fees would be covered regardless of the outcome of the litigation, according to the OMB guidance issued by Daniel Werfel, controller of the Office of Federal Financial Management, and Joseph Jordan, the Administrator for Federal Procurement Policies. “

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