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This Lawlessness Should WARN All Americans About Second Obama Term

Posted on | September 29, 2012 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

Insty helps us get to some interesting details about the “Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act of 1988“.

. . .a United States labor law which protects employees, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide sixty- (60) calendar-day advance notification of plant closings and mass layoffs of employees.

Now, this administration has been unable to get a budget passed, and, having blown off its own Simpson-Bowles Commission, has the DoD on the brink of sequestration cuts.

The terrifying truth has the administration wetting itself:

But the Friday guidance from the Office of Management and Budget raised the stakes in the dispute, telling contractors that they would be compensated for legal costs if layoffs occur due to contract cancellations under sequestration — but only if the contractors follow the Labor guidance.
The guidance said that if plant closings or mass layoffs occur under sequestration, then “employee compensation costs for [Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification] WARN act liability as determined by a court” would be paid for covered by the contracting federal agency.

Let me see if I grasp this: OMB is telling employers that, as long as they toe the OMB line, the employers can blow off the law, and the government will have their six.  Is it legal to encourage lawlessness like this?

This should be referred to the Court of Public Opinion for a vote in November. Americans, if you can’t read between the lines here, and see the danger, what more is there to say? Based on this, and the pattern of behavior in which these shenanigans fall, I reasonably expect that BHO is going to quantitatively ease himself into an open-ended term. The 22nd Amendment isn’t going to get any more respect than the WARN Act from this creep.

Update: more at Maggie’s Notebook

Update II: linked at Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots


  • Red Dawn

    A lawless central government has no credibility.

    Everyone should take notice – the jihadis and the Chinese communists certainly have and are dramatically escalating tensions around the world.

    This is the most dangerous I’ve seen the world in my 40 odd years.

  • Maggie@Maggie’s Notebook

    Linked in mine on the same subject.

  • Beto_Ochoa

    Badges? We don’ need no steenkeen badges!

  • Walla Walla Tea Party Patriots

    Linked, smitty. Thanks for posting this.

  • Adobe_Walls

    Was that spending authority and appropriation included in the last CR hastily passed as part of Congresses’ latest escape plan? We can be assured Comrade President will spend the funds (from where exactly?) because um “We Can’t Wait”.
    It should be made plain by Romney that promises made by the Bolsheviks which violate the law can not be honored. All the dreamy illegals coming out of the darkness should bear this in mind.

  • HMSLion

    Note how this lawless scheme works…DOD takes a budget hit that is already known to be dangerous. DOD contractors, required BY LAW to notify workers, are being told by the Obama Crime Gang to break the law. And that any fines will be paid by the “contracting agency”. In other words, the same Defense agencies that got hit to begin with!

  • Adjoran

    This is the sort of lawless crap Obama dares in the middle of his reelection campaign – who thinks he will show more respect for the law when he no longer has to face voters?

  • Cube

    They really believe the military needs a major budget cut. It’s like some of these old-time leftists still believe that “dangerous military-industrial complex” propaganda from the sixties. If I were them, I’d be embarrassed to publicly admit I hadn’t learned anything about how the world actually works in the intervening 50 years.

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  • HMSLion

    It wasn’t…and I’d bet that when it came time to pay, Obama would not only refuse, but prosecute the firms that followed his illegal dictate.

  • SDN

    This is just Gibson vs Martin Guitars on a larger scale. Why is anyone surprised that a Third World President from Chicago acts this way?

  • Bob Belvedere

    It’s the most dangerous I’ve seen the world in my fifty-plus years.

  • JeffS

    Nope. HMS Lion makes a good point, but I see nothing stopping Obama from ordering the agencies to pay anyway, at the expense of other needs. If he breaks one law, he’ll break others.

  • Rich Vail

    Smitty, if we had a media that wasn’t all in for the Obama regime, we’d have this being reported all over the news. BUT, since the media has decided that they must pull their Chosen One across the finish line, they will do their utmost to bury this story…

  • Quartermaster

    FedGov has been lawless for all my 50+ years. It’s never been as bad as it is now, however.

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  • Bob Belvedere