Obama administration tries to block sequester layoff notices

posted at 10:01 am on September 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

The latest durable-goods orders report must have the Obama administration — and the Obama campaign — more worried than they publicly let on.  According to the National Journal, the White House will press government contractors to hold off on issuing layoff notices in October in anticipation of the sequestration cuts, afraid of the political backlash that will ensue.  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 Policy.

In other words, taxpayers will cover the costs of these layoffs through more spending, even though the point of sequestration was to force cuts in government spending.  Instead of paying contractors — mainly defense workers — to work, we’ll start paying them not to work.  And why?  Because the White House doesn’t want massive numbers of layoff notices coming in the last few days ahead of the election.  And make no mistake — with overall durable goods orders dropping 13.2% in a month and defense orders dropping 40%, those layoff notices would otherwise be coming, and sooner rather than later.

In other words, the White House wants taxpayers to pay to cover up the inevitable outcome of sequestration to keep Barack Obama from suffering the political consequences of his own deal.  Unless those funds are coming from Team Obama, this looks pretty corrupt — which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to have this OMB edict issued late on Friday afternoon, when few would be paying attention.


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Didn’t the blackhawk helicopter people just lay off 700 this week?

gophergirl on September 29, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Gophergirl, they did send layoff notices. Obama is the most corrupt president since Nixon. He cares more about keeping his job than about you losing your job. These criminals have got to go.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

Ah… an alternative use for a certain phrase from the infamous Climategate emails:

“…hide the decline.”

CPT. Charles on September 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Paging Mitt: This would be a good topic to discuss during debates or town halls. Why is the administration strong-arming defense contractors into canceling or delaying WARN notices before the election?

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

sits here shaking my head as we “borrow” that money. 40 cents on the dollar!

CoffeeLover on September 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Laws shmaws.

LtGenRob on September 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

You have to remember that this administration only enforces the laws they want enforced. We use to think that no one was above the law until corrupt politicians got involved. Under today’s standards the law is meaningless unless the government thinks differently.

savage24 on September 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Ah… an alternative use for a certain phrase from the infamous Climategate emails:

“…hide the decline.”

CPT. Charles on September 29, 2012 at 10:10 AM

It really does work for the entire Obama campaign.

Count to 10 on September 29, 2012 at 10:15 AM

Clearly, the incumbent’s re-election is Job One.

socalcon on September 29, 2012 at 10:17 AM

…the network news seems outraged over the transparencies!
…the economy of course is turning the corner!

KOOLAID2 on September 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

Awaiting some spines/Quixote.

OldEnglish on September 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

This will undoubtedly be all over the Sunday Talking Head shows /s

wb-33777 on September 29, 2012 at 10:18 AM

… Waivers….

…wavers…..

Seems I’ve found this administration’s theme.

socalcon on September 29, 2012 at 10:19 AM

The strategy is clear–continue the march toward paying people not to work.

And that after this is accomplished, and the brave new world begins
When all men are paid for existing and no man must pay for his sins,
As surely as Water will wet us, as surely as Fire will burn,
The Gods of the Copybook Headings with terror and slaughter return!

Be assured, the Gods of the Copybook Headings will indeed return.

NOMOBO on September 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot !?!?!!?!??!

Lemme get this straight …. layoffs will be DELAYED further, paid by the gov’t until after the election, THEN pink slips go out ??
Been up since 3am, so maybe not reading this correctly, I admit.

This admin does so many sh!tty things, it’s hard to keep up !!

Son works for LoMart, and understanding this would be helpful… will try harder.
Sheesh.

pambi on September 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

This really should, but won’t, be front page news across the country. Will it come up in the debates? Only if Romney forces it.

DAT60A3 on September 29, 2012 at 10:21 AM

This is a move of bold executive leadership by our President. Why, if these notices went out, it might actually hurt Dear Leader to the point where he’ll win reelection only by 6 or 7 points rather than the expected 10 to 12 points. With a smaller margin of victory, the GOP might still hold the House after the election, thereby prompting a national crisis.
/BSDNC-host

JimLennon on September 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Actually Obama doesn’t need to cover up since there are no invesstigati8ve reporters anymore. For the past year Obama has been leading with his chin-both economically and internationally- yet Romney refuses to administer the knockout punch because it wouldn’t be the “gentlemanly thing to do.”

MaiDee on September 29, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Whiskey Tango Foxtrot !?!?!!?!??!

Lemme get this straight …. layoffs will be DELAYED further, paid by the gov’t until after the election, THEN pink slips go out ??
Been up since 3am, so maybe not reading this correctly, I admit.

pambi on September 29, 2012 at 10:20 AM

My thought exactly. Why would a business agree to not hand out pink slips now, knowing they’ll be handing them out shortly, to keep an administration in power that’s contrary to their self-interests?

I’m entering hour 73 of what’s going to be an 85 hour work week, but I can’t imagine for the life of me why they would…

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

Sequestration was the idea of our imperial president, designed to force Republicans to bend to his liking, to force Boehner to accept an additional toxic increase in taxes over and above what had been negotiated in the “Grand Bargain,” but the Republicans said “no” to the big-headed idiot (all due respect), and now he wants taxpayers to pay the freight for his stupidity. He wants us to fork over legal fees to protect his campaign. Let’s let the Democrat party foot that bill, since the Democrats are the ones who will benefit from the spending. The American people are paying for a huge chunk of Obama’a campaign fund-raising expenses and it’s about time that we derived some benefit from our “investment.”

stefano1 on September 29, 2012 at 10:27 AM

MORE FRIDAY NIGHT – TRANSPARENCY !

Team R&R would be remiss not to work this and the WH Visitor Log gaming into the debates when Ophony plays his ” open government ” card charade.

FlaMurph on September 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Regardless of what history judges this administration to be, it has to be the most duplicitous administration in history. They never want to take responsibility for anything. They can’t pass a budget so they push and push for continuing resolutions that keep the bloated spending, from their first 2 years, in place. Now, in their zeal to cut defense spending, because they believe it hurts “Republicans”, they’ve found out those cuts have consequences and they don’t want people to understand what those consequences are until AFTER the election because they know it’s not good for them.

It’s no wonder the economy is in the shape it is, or our foreign policy is proving to be a problem, these ideologues have put into place the policies they discussed in the faculty lounge at Harvard and they’re unwilling to say they don’t work. The problem with that is, they also want to hide the consequences of their actions hoping the stupid voters won’t figure it out until after election day. If the Republicans allow them to get away with this, they don’t deserve to be running the country either.

bflat879 on September 29, 2012 at 10:28 AM

Still steaming, here …

This is the scoop ?? (asking) …
1. Layoffs will happen, as planned.
2. Contractors will be compensated.

So, how does that actually prevent the pink slips ???
How do they expect this to help (or not hurt) his election ??

I must really be dense this morning.
Can allergy meds distort reality that much ?? ;-)

pambi on September 29, 2012 at 10:29 AM

but I can’t imagine for the life of me why they would…

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

They are making the simple bet that O will win and they get backscratching points when he does.

Limerick on September 29, 2012 at 10:30 AM

This is textbook, naked corruption.

In a sane America, people are fired and prosecuted over naked manipulation of the law to buy an election.

cane_loader on September 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Hide the problems., hide the truth, lies,lies and more lies. All to protect the “regime”. Hey, here’s agreat idea, we’ll get Obama elected, on Nov 7 we’ll laugh at the American people and the flood of layoff notices and new taxes can be released, all so Obama can hold onto power.For those who vote for Obama, when it gets really bad, as it will, Keep your 2012 stickers on your cars so the unemployed around you can thank you in an appropriate manner.It is going to get real ugly real fast, and Wonder Boy is going to be playing golf, laughing at your stupidity.

stormridercx4 on September 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

In other words, the White House wants taxpayers to pay to cover up the inevitable outcome of sequestration to keep Barack Obama from suffering the political consequences of his own deal. Unless those funds are coming from Team Obama, this looks pretty corrupt — which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to have this OMB edict issued late on Friday afternoon, when few would be paying attention.

Pretty corrupt indeed. What a bunch of hypocrites. They want to cut defense spending, but avoid the political pitfalls and repercussions. I hope these contractors tell the WH and OMB to stick it where the sun doesn’t shine and move “Forward” with the pink slips. Let the Obama team deal with the fruit of their decisions.

conservative pilgrim on September 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Up here in Maine, Bath Iron Works, the primary builder for US Navy vessels, has already laid off nearly 100 this week, with more layoffs to come in the weeks ahead.

TKindred on September 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Oh! So this is what ‘saved’ jobs look like.

Left Coast Right Mind on September 29, 2012 at 10:32 AM

Ya know, part of me wants Obama to get re-elected just so we can hit rock bottom. This crap pisses me off, but how much of the population couldn’t care less? The replacement refs were more of a scandal. Maybe after an additional 4 years of the SCOAMF people will finally see the light and take measures to undo the damage progressive ideology and programs (not to mention disregard liberalism altogether). Though, if they don’t see it now, they never will. Plus 4 more years would be too late.

DiscePati on September 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

even going so far to say that the contracting agencies would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could follow.

Ah, millions more tax dollars being illegally appropriated by the Obama administration to finance the Obama re-election effort.

Well considering taxpayers spent $1.4 billion keeping the Obamas and their closest friends living in high style last year, what’s a few million more? We’ve got money to burn, right?

AZCoyote on September 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

They were for it, before they were against it ?

Blame Booosh.

FlaMurph on September 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

The appalling manufacturing and durable goods numbers mean the country is going into recession. This is damaging to the administration and these layoffs are even more damning.

Mitt shouldn’t wait for the debates to expose this corruption and failure. Do it now.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

NOTIFICATIONS REQUIRED BY LAW. And here’s the WhiteHouse seeking to circumvent them for the sake of an election.
Here is the tyranny of ‘pay to play’. The contractors can be persecuted either way, at the whim of the govt authorities. That is NOT a nation of laws.

rayra on September 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

And George Bush was evil, corrupt…and must go..
Spit on him they did…
Throw shoes at him..

Electrongod on September 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Mitt shouldn’t wait for the debates to expose this corruption and failure. Do it now.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:36 AM

He won’t even do it at the debates, much less before them.

Mark1971 on September 29, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Nothing surprising here. Just more of “The Chicago Way”.

GarandFan on September 29, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Why would a business agree to not hand out pink slips now, knowing they’ll be handing them out shortly, to keep an administration in power that’s contrary to their self-interests?

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

In order to keep what remains of their government contract(s).

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

If I was a businessperson that was going to have to lay off a bunch of people because of the inaction of the Obama administration, I sure wouldn’t delay the notices.

Heck, I’d make sure that the people that were going to get the pink slips knew well ahead of time so that they could work to change their future.

Obama’s Chicago Ways need to be defeated.

ProfShadow on September 29, 2012 at 10:43 AM

Businesses should go ahead with the notices BECAUSE there is an election coming. Businesses owe Obama NOTHING and anything they can do to screw him they should do.

clippermiami on September 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Hey Ed . . . . . .

Why not start a regular Friday morning thread on what we believe/guess/theorize will be in this week’s Friday night “news dump”?

listens2glenn on September 29, 2012 at 10:44 AM

Funny, isn’t it. You have an administration asking defense contractors to break the law and promising those defense contractors that it will cover the legal fees and fines for doing so. All for the purpose of protecting the regime’s re-election chances. However, the real story that is being covered by the media is that Romney was awkward at a campaign appearance.

Do we have outstanding news organizations or what? Deep, probing, investigative reporting. Leaving no stone unturned. Clear, objective reporting with sterling reputation and credibility. /s

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

The Chicago Way.

Little Boomer on September 29, 2012 at 10:46 AM

I finally got it !!

This admin is suggesting that WE THE PEOPLE pay the FINES for the contractors to break the law, so he won’t look bad ??? !!!
Good God Almighty !!

Wow, I need to spread this around, since no other media outlets will !!

pambi on September 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Where is 60 Minutes? Where is the in-depth reporting of the deception and manipulation going on here? When we can no longer rely on a strong media to look out for the American people rather than look out for their preferred candidate, then we’re heading down the drain.

I certainly hope team Obama is not re-elected, but, if he is, then we need to remind the media and Dems every day of the cost of their bias as we live through the next four years of misery 2.0.

HoosierStateofMind on September 29, 2012 at 10:47 AM

even going so far to say that the contracting agencies would cover any potential litigation costs or employee compensation costs that could follow.

Ah, millions more tax dollars being illegally appropriated by the Obama administration to finance the Obama re-election effort.

Well considering taxpayers spent $1.4 billion keeping the Obamas and their closest friends living in high style last year, what’s a few million more? We’ve got money to burn, right?

AZCoyote on September 29, 2012 at 10:35 AM

…remember during the second election campaigns of Reagan and the Bushes…where the MSM were worried constantly about the use of Air Force One and every gallon of gas that went in it?!

KOOLAID2 on September 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

In order to keep what remains of their government contract(s).

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

And if there are no remains…?

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

this looks pretty corrupt — which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to have this OMB edict issued late on Friday afternoon, when few would be paying attention.

Would it matter if anyone WAS paying attention? The MSM will spin this as some backhanded way Obama is saving or creating jobs he wanted to cut, the DNC will regurgitate that a 100x over and people will be too busy watching the new old refs to care.

Sad beyond words that this has become the norm.

Gatsu on September 29, 2012 at 10:51 AM

To any defense contractors out there: DO NOT FALL FOR THIS! Do you seriously believe that once Obama has accomplished his objective of getting re-elected he’ll hold up his end of the bargain? It’s a sure bet that he will not. Look, they’ve already built in their out – a contractor will only get the indemnification “so long as the contractor has followed a course of action consistent with the Labor Department’s guidance.” Which means what? It means whatever the DOL says it means to get out of paying your legal fees.

Don’t be schmucks. Send out the WARN act notices and tell Obama and his Department of (Organized) Labor to take a long walk off a short pier.

natasha333 on September 29, 2012 at 10:52 AM

My thought exactly. Why would a business agree to not hand out pink slips now, knowing they’ll be handing them out shortly, to keep an administration in power that’s contrary to their self-interests?

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

because they don’t want to be on Obama’s enemies list. If they send out the layoff notices and Obama gets reelected they will be lucky to get a contract to clean the toilets in his 2nd term.

Wigglesworth on September 29, 2012 at 10:53 AM

And if there are no remains…?

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Then they would soon become ex-government contractors, and might well be motivated to work toward replacing the administration, as you suggest.

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

What would happen if everyone from our side used the word ‘corrupt’ to describe the Obama administration for the next 40 days?

faraway on September 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

In a sane America, people are fired and prosecuted over naked manipulation of the law to buy an election.

cane_loader on September 29, 2012 at 10:31 AM

This.

petefrt on September 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Why would a business agree to not hand out pink slips now, knowing they’ll be handing them out shortly, to keep an administration in power that’s contrary to their self-interests?

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 10:25 AM

In order to keep what remains of their government contract(s).

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Not sure how well this works. The business that agrees to not announce layoffs in accordance with the WARN act is breaking the law. My understanding of Federal Acquisition Regulations is that the government cannot, by law, reimburse a contractor for illegal activity. Those contractors also know that this administration is not a fan of defense and that capitulating here is no assurance that they will not sustain further cuts. Since defense authorization originates in Congress, the ability of the administration to cancel contracts will be curtailed. This is one of those instances where pork barrel politics is actually a benefit because congresscritters will scream bloody murder if such political payback occurs in their districts and affects their constituents. Heck, a few Republican congressmen might even dig their spines out of the closet and vociferously oppose the administration.

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

Oh C’mon already with this corrupt a-hole.

How the frig can this be legal?

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

In other words, the Osama Obama regime is advocating a crime, which is to ignore the law.

That’s impeachment-worthy, right there.

Oh, wait. It’s the Anointed One acting as an accessory to a criminal act. I guess that makes it, at most, a candidate for an “Obamateurism” post. That’ll show Obama!

MrScribbler on September 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Meanwhile Obama’s hacks send out internal emails and give speeches at meetings telling government workers to vote for Democrats.

Wigglesworth on September 29, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I’m beginning to suspect that this Obama guy isn’t exactly on the up and up.

natasha333 on September 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Oh C’mon already with this corrupt a-hole.

How the frig can this be legal?

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that the Obama regime believes that the law applies to the actions of the regime.

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

What would happen if everyone from our side used the word ‘corrupt’ to describe the Obama administration for the next 40 days?

faraway on September 29, 2012 at 10:54 AM

“Romney? He sucks!…..
BAD!”

Corrupt is the new cool…

Electrongod on September 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

You seem to be under the mistaken impression that the Obama regime believes that the law applies to the actions of the regime.

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 10:59 AM

You’re right of course…I forgot there for a second.

It’s not like Holder’s DOJ will be the least bit interested.

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Perhaps the survivors of the old mafia dons, convicted of corruption, should demand a presidential pardon for being wrongly accused, since such behaviour is now the norm.

OldEnglish on September 29, 2012 at 11:02 AM

“Romney? He sucks!…..
BAD!”

Corrupt is the new cool…

Electrongod on September 29, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Got me an ObamaPhone!

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

People, what are we going to do if this thug is re-elected? They’ll be coming after all of us to pay for what comes down…even seizing out retirement accounts. I’m scared.

gracie on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 10:55 AM

I hope you and bigmacdaddy are both right. But intimidation is a hallmark of this administration (See Chrysler and GM creditors, e.g.), and opposing it is not a hallmark of this Congress as far as I can tell.

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to have this OMB edict issued late on Friday afternoon, when few would be paying attention.

Even if issued on a Monday morning, the MSM would paper over it. Gotta keep their jobs safe, dontcha know.

Useless pukes, the lot of them.

4Grace on September 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Even the WaPo ombudsman has come to understand that something is amiss:

Will The Post be about news or opinion?

One aspect of The Post that particularly irks conservatives is the columnists who appear in print and online in news positions (as opposed to those on the editorial and op-ed pages and the online Opinions section). With the exception of Dan Balz and Chris Cillizza, who cover politics in a nonpartisan way, the news columnists almost to a person write from left of center.

Ezra Klein of Wonkblog comes out of the Democratic left, fills in for Rachel Maddow and Ed Schultz on MSNBC and sometimes appears in the printed Post on the front page.

Steven Pearlstein, who covers business and also appears occasionally on the front page; Walter Pincus on national security; Lisa Miller of the On Faith blog; Melinda Henneberger of She the People; Valerie Strauss, the education blogger; plus the three main local columnists — Robert McCartney, Petula Dvorak and Courtland Milloy — all generally write from a progressive perspective, readers say. (So does Dana Milbank, who works for the Opinions section but writes a column that appears on Page A2 twice a week.)

Is it any wonder that if you’re a conservative looking for unbiased news — and they do; they don’t want only Sean Hannity’s interpretation of the news — that you might feel unwelcome, or dissed or slighted, by the printed Post or the online version? And might you distrust the news when it’s wrapped in so much liberal commentary?

Drained Brain on September 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Let me be clear, the American people do not need any bad news before they re-elect me, so I will buy all the bad news with their money until after the election. bo

tim c on September 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Good grief I loath this man.

Cindy Munford on September 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

I’ll take this is evidence that Obama plans for, and always wanted, sequestration. It’s the radical dream of destroying America’s military power and shunting that spending to entitlements made flesh, packaged to slip past both Republicans and pro-defense Democrats at the same time.

Blacklake on September 29, 2012 at 11:06 AM

“You were made to be ruled.” —- Loki Lord Obama

Paging all the Limp Handshake republicans that are running the party and “The Great Backpeddler” Mitt Romney!!

Stop falling into the TRAITOROUS MEDIA spin that you “jumped the gun” and TEAR OBAMA a new one!!!!

DEFEAT OBAMA Mr Romney!!!

PappyD61 on September 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I’m scared.
gracie on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

I have days like that, too, Gracie.
Not sleeping really well lately.
Lotsa prayin’.
Sigh.

pambi on September 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

so I will buy all the bad news with their money until after the election. bo

tim c on September 29, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Just think what it would be like if he didn’t have the press in his pocket. No telling what we might be hearing.

Cindy Munford on September 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Chicago thuggery in action. They act is if we are all stupid puppets and can’t see through this. I am sickened at the notion that we may have 4 more years of this stuff.

COgirl on September 29, 2012 at 11:07 AM

That’s impeachment-worthy, right there.

MrScribbler on September 29, 2012 at 10:56 AM

Yeah, that’ll work. Even if the Weeper of the House has the spine and the huevos to file impeachment charges and if the Republicans in the House are able to maintain unity to vote to impeach do you honestly think Dingy Harry would even bring it up for a vote in the Congress? The guy who hasn’t passed a budget for over 3 years? Assuming for some strange reason that he had a random act of integrity and did bring the motion to a vote, with a democrat controlled Senate, it would never pass. Finally, with Benedict Roberts as the Chief Justice, I’m sure he’d find a taxing authority reason for acquitting.

Impeach Obama November 6 and avoid the drama.

AZfederalist on September 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Maybe after an additional 4 years of the SCOAMF people will finally see the light and take measures to undo the damage progressive ideology and programs (not to mention disregard liberalism altogether). Though, if they don’t see it now, they never will. Plus 4 more years would be too late.

DiscePati on September 29, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Part of me wants Obama to be the one presiding over the inevitable economic collapse in the next few years(assuming we don’t change course). But the problem there is that even if 95% of the electorate suddenly figured out what we already know, we’ll be past the point of no return. We’ll have accumulated more debt than we could ever hope to pay back, the interest payments alone will eat up a huge chunk of the federal revenue, and the dollar will be worthless. Oh, not to mention Obama will have stacked the courts with so many radical leftists that future elections won’t even matter.

Who cares if people “get it” at that point? The country will already be lost.

Doughboy on September 29, 2012 at 11:08 AM

It’s scandalous that Obama wants to use our tax dollars as hush money to bribe Defense contractors for not sending WARN notices. We would be paying them to break the law.

Corrupt imperial presidency.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 11:09 AM

IMPEACH

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

Again the little dictator is trying to manipulate the government, the law and the flow of information through the press for his own personal and political purposes. Do the people have any idea what is happening here?

rplat on September 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

…to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification (WARN) Act, which requires companies to give advance warning to workers deemed reasonably likely to lose their jobs.

We just don’t understand the big picture. For a constitutional scholar such as Obama, laws such as the WARN Act are just guidelines.
/

STL_Vet on September 29, 2012 at 11:10 AM

But intimidation is a hallmark of this administration….

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

Yeah, but Romney cut some kid’s hair once.

/your favorite troll’s name goes here

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Based on his other behavior, lies, tactics and strategies, i’m not at all surprised or stunned, but i am seething with rage.

WashingtonsWake on September 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Since all governmental spending is approved by the legislature via budget (which we don’t have…remember why we have sequestration in the first place?) HOW CAN THIS SPENDING BE LEGALLY OFFERED by the White House?? They do not have the ability to offer additional spending which has not been approved. Do they plan to take it from the budget of the OMB? From WHERE??? What magic money is going to cover legal costs for contractors who do not give adequate layoff notice??? If I were a contractor, I sure wouldn’t buy that bag of monkey crap, no matter what letterhead was on the page peddling it.

Hueydriver on September 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

But intimidation is a hallmark of this administration….

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 11:04 AM

oh, so you’re saying this is a hallmark moment? I guess that might not be seething rage I’m feeling, maybe it’s just the warm fuzzies.

WashingtonsWake on September 29, 2012 at 11:13 AM

If these defense contractors play along with this bribe, then SCREW THEM. The GOP leadership should say that any company that plays along with this will be participating in a widespread government corruption conspiracy and will pay a price for it when the new Congress convenes. RICO, RICO, RICO.

Rational Thought on September 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

I’m beginning to suspect that this Obama guy isn’t exactly on the up and up.

natasha333 on September 29, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Hah. Found Charlie Rose’s account!

rayra on September 29, 2012 at 11:17 AM

I have lived a very long time and I have never seen more bullying,lying,corruption in the WH. How can people be so stupid, he said what he was going to do and people cheered him just as the German people cheered Hitler, PATHETIC.

This Pretender in chief makes Tricky Dicky, Slick Willie, and the Mafia look like choir boys.

concernedsenior on September 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Based on his other behavior, lies, tactics and strategies, i’m not at all surprised or stunned, but i am seething with rage.

WashingtonsWake on September 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

I’m with ya brother…I can’t even stand the lying, jug-eared, punks voice anymore.

Every time he opens his pie-hole, nothing but lies drop out of it.

Nothing more pathetic than a marxist failure who wraps himself in the American flag to try get reelected.

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 11:18 AM

Just so I have this straight. Liberals defend the rule of law re. the arrest and imprisonment of the person who violated his parole by posting the Mohammed video on the internet, so as to further the Obama lie re. the cause of the Libyan Ambassador’s murder and claim the arrest had nothing to do with appeasing the Sharia Law nuts. So now, Obama can tell the Employers to ignore the law(violate it) so as to help his election, and libbies defend it. Yep, works for me.

they lie on September 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM

/your favorite troll’s name goes here

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Huh. Speaking of which, is it just me, or is this an uncommonly troll-free thread?

Either they’re watching Saturday morning cartoons, busy with the Plouffe/Axelrod/Cutter conference call getting their weekend talking points, or clogging up some thread screeching POLLS! POLLS! POLLS!

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Rational Thought on September 29, 2012 at 11:16 AM

Perhaps the parties most motivated to expose this scandal are the companies which lost defense contract bids–the competition.

Barnestormer on September 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Isn’t it against the law to entice others to intentionally break the law?

Bribery is bribery, right? Anyway why would any company risk their reputation in the merest hope of recouping their legal expenses and fines?

These regime promises are written on the wind. They can be ahem “misinterpreted.” If I owned such a company and had observed the duplicitousness of Oblamo I wouldn’t trust a damned thing he had to say. Neither will they.

Several current sources report the notices are going out. Check out the Daily Job Cuts website.

Rockwell just cut 1,000.

http://www.dailyjobcuts.com/

dogsoldier on September 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

In other words, the White House wants taxpayers to pay to cover up the inevitable outcome of sequestration to keep Barack Obama from suffering the political consequences of his own deal. Unless those funds are coming from Team Obama, this looks pretty corrupt — which is undoubtedly why Obama chose to have this OMB edict issued late on Friday afternoon, when few would be paying attention.

Bribery? That sounds kind of dishonest, doesn’t it?

*shrugs*

Now where’s my damn free Obama phone?

Flora Duh on September 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

Since all governmental spending is approved by the legislature via budget HOW CAN THIS SPENDING BE LEGALLY OFFERED by the White House??

Hueydriver on September 29, 2012 at 11:12 AM

The military will just steal from Peter to pay Paul to cover the additional costs.

Most military contracts are what is termed cost-plus contracts. This means that even though we may have a negotiated cost for a product, we will pay that cost plus any overruns that occur. The Federal Acquisition Regulations cover what costs are allowable for the contractor to claim.

Obama’s administration is making the costs associated with noncompliance of the WARN Act to be allowable. In other words, we’re giving industry permission to ignore the law and then allow them to be paid for any costs they incur.

The money to pay those additional costs will then come out of the military’s overall acquisition budget. The military will just have make cuts in some programs to pay these additional costs.

STL_Vet on September 29, 2012 at 11:29 AM

dogsoldier on September 29, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Thanks for the link….added it to my daily-visit list.

Tim_CA on September 29, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Gophergirl, they did send layoff notices. Obama is the most corrupt president since Nixon. He cares more about keeping his job than about you losing your job. These criminals have got to go.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

There’s a line for Romney at the debate.

slickwillie2001 on September 29, 2012 at 11:31 AM

sits here shaking my head as we “borrow” that money. 40 cents on the dollar!

CoffeeLover on September 29, 2012 at 10:14 AM

Quantitative Easing is transferring that borrowed money to the FED. very few people are really lending the Government new money right now. Right now the fed hands money to banks, who then buy federal bonds to be resold to the fed at a quick profit. Then they just keep rotating that money around.

astonerii on September 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

If companies decide to abide by the law and be punished by this corrupt administration, it will lead to more layoffs because of the costs incurred by the fines and penalties. Way to go, O.

He does not care about your job, your life, your family, or this nation. Arrogant, self-centered Obama cares about one thing: Himself.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Gophergirl, they did send layoff notices. Obama is the most corrupt president since Nixon in history. He cares more about keeping his job than about you losing your job. These criminals have got to go.

Philly on September 29, 2012 at 10:09 AM

FIFY.

Nixon was an amateur by comparison.

bigmacdaddy on September 29, 2012 at 11:36 AM

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