This is an amazing display of arrogance and disrespect for our legal system on President Obama’s part. Let me first give you the background.
On January 1, 2013, a massive cut in government expenditures will take place, mostly to this country’s defense spending. That was the “trade off” the President made in August, 2011 for an increase in this country’s debt ceiling that would get him through this November’s election without that pesky Congress having to take action.
But, a problem surfaced in August as we reported here. Under federal law (the WARN Act), if a corporation with more than 1000 employees plans to either close a plant or lay off employees, that corporation must give notice to employees that they may lose their jobs 60 days before the expected layoffs. Under WARN cuts to defense spending taking effect this January 1 will require that some defense contractors, Lockheed Martin, for example, give notice of potential layoffs to all of their employees by November 2…four days before the election.
This, of course, would not be good for the President.
As we reported in August, the Department of Labor issued “guidance” to defense contractors telling them that they did not really have to comply with federal law. Apparently, the defense contractors were not persuaded by said guidance. So, on Friday (when else) the President told defense contractors that if they ignored the law and did not send out the required notices, you, the taxpayer would pay for any attorneys’ fees, court costs or damages the contractors would be forced to pay if they were sued.
Here’s what your President said to contractors if they failed to comply with the law.
[A]ny resulting employee· compensation costs for WARN Act liability as determined [sic] 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…
Translation…do what I say, and if you are sued for failure to comply with the law, John Q. Public’s taxes will reimburse you for everything you spend, win or lose.
In your face, taxpayers, I’m the President.