You have got to be kid… you’re not. This is a real thing.
So, the government is going to provide the funds to pay the fines they impose on the contractors for non-compliance with regulations written by the government.
This was attached to Darlene Click’s post of the National Journal article concerning—and honestly, I don’t know why there are not at this moment union riots all over the land—this act of bribery by the Obama administration:
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.
Why does King Zero want to do this? Because layoffs from sequestration, an automatic massive cut in Defense spending, would take place in January, the notices would, must go out, get this, five days before the election.
And, you know, the optics on that would not be all that positive.
As Light29ID at The Idiotarian Rottweiler points out:
If Obongo get reelected (God save our souls) he’ll just screw them anyway and they know it because there won’t be anyone or anything to stop him. He hates free market companies and he despises the military, and in particular, defense contractors.
This has got to be grossly, wildly, blatantly illegal. [update: And if it's not, there is no law; it is completely illegitimate.] It is a betrayal of the companies involved and the workers who voted for King Zero, if any. Plus, may I add, any company that falls for this deserves to go down in flames, and I am not being metaphorical here.