Yes, he really is that desperate. Obama doesn’t want the consequences of his party’s demands for massive defense cuts – millions of layoffs – to go into effect until after the election, and he’s willing to bribe companies to break the law and fire employees without notice for his own benefit.
From Labor Union Report:
On January 2nd, under the Budget Control Act of 2011, $1.2 trillion in spending cuts will be made–half coming from the defense budget. One analysis estimates that over two million jobs are at risk in 2013 due to the sequestration rules under the Budget Control Act–not all of them defense related.
However, in the defense industry, as Investor’s Business Daily aptly points out:
The law requires $1.2 trillion in spending cuts, half coming from defense on top of a half-trillion in cuts already made by the Obama administration. That means layoff warning notices will be required by law to go out to hundreds of thousands of workers employed by defense contractors on Friday, Nov. 2, just days before the presidential election, a prospect President Obama and his campaign staff do not relish.
In July, one of those defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, stated that it might have to issue layoff warnings to a “substantial number of our employees, starting late in the third quarter.”
This, in turn, has set off alarm bells in the Obama
White House campaign headquarters, which, in turn, caused Obama’s Office of Management and Budget to send out a memo on Friday offering to cover companies’ costs (legal and employee compensation costs) if the companies follow the administration’s “guidance” and violate ignore the law:
…any resulting employee compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined by a court, as well as attorneys’ fees and other litigation costs (irrespective of litigation outcome), would qualify as allowable costs and be covered by the contracting agency, if otherwise reasonable and allocable.
The Obama administration’s offer to raid the public treasury to reimburse labor law violators if they’re sued apparently worked for Lockheed Martin.
Read more at Labor Union Report
Lockheed has agreed to wait until after the election and violate the WARN Act, which requires them to give their employees 60 days warning before a layoff. In exchange, Obama will give them taxpayer money to cover their fines.
Mike Flynn reports at Breitbart:
Yesterday, Lockheed Martin, a massive contractor, announced it had reached a “deal” with the White House and would not send out the legally required layoff notices. The Obama Administration had “interpreted” the law and found it would be “inappropriate” to send out the layoff notices.
More amazingly, the White House promised to pay any fines or penalties that might be leveled against the company for violating federal law. Read that again.
Yes, the White House just told companies to violate federal law and that, if they get in trouble for it, the government, i.e. taxpayers, will cover their fines.
Let’s remember, this federal law requiring the lay-off notices, the WARN Act, was passed in 1988 by a veto-proof Democrat Congress. It went into effect without President Reagan’s signature. It was an urgent matter for Democrats, until, apparently, they didn’t like the consequences of it.
Nothing must interfere with Obama’s reelection. Not even federal law.
Read more at Breitbart
In any other industry, this would be known as a BRIBE, which is a CRIME.
Labor Union Report ominously warns:
The President of the United States putting his re-election above of the law–something that America’s Founding Fathers sought to avoid.
When America becomes ruled by men in all their capriciousness and not by laws, tyranny is sure to shortly follow.
As to the media’s refusal to cover this story, Doug Powers observes at Michell Malkin:
It’s been asked: This is a big deal. So why isn’t it on the front page of every major newspaper in America?
It’s a sad state of affairs because it never even occurs to me to ask that question anymore. Besides, major newspapers these days have more important stories to put on the front page this year.
White House Tells Defense Contractors To Ignore Notification Law, Postpone Telling Employees Of Layoffs Until After Election
Obama Would Spend Tax Dollars To Keep Sequester Layoffs From Hurting His Election
KNOW ANYONE WHO WORKS FOR A DEFENSE CONTRACTOR? You may want to tell them about the surprise layoffs they’ll be getting
Lockheed: Sure, we’ll keep our workers in the dark about layoffs
McCain vows to block funds linked to possible WARN act suits