White House to DoD Contractors: That Whole “It’s the Law Thing?” Not in an Election Year, it Isn’t

“Because, you know, sending out 2.1 million (that’s six zeroes, which is six times more than we have in the Oval Office) pink slips on November 2nd? Not good for Chocolate Jeeebus, not good at all, so you’re herewith invited, nay ordered to ignore the law. For the Common Good and the Glorious People’s Utopia of Next Tuesday™.

Obama’s Labor Department is trying to spare the president the embarrassment of having hundreds of thousands of layoff notices arrive in the mail just before Election Day, including in the crucial swing state of Virginia. It issued a guidance yesterday to defense contractors that just happened to advise them not to send federally-required warnings to their employees that they could get pink slipped because Washington can’t get the budget under control.

At issue is a regulation called the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notice Act, which requires federal contractors, especially ones with Pentagon contracts, to send notices to their workers 60 days before their contract is expected to terminate. The point is to give the workers a heads up and time to get new employment or seek training.

Except the 2.1 million workers about to be laid off in the Glorious People’s Castration of the DoD would be required to get their pink slips no later than November 2nd and, well, something else is scheduled to happen on November 6th. Not that we think for a second that the two are related, nosirree. That would be doubleplusungood for us to suggest and, of course, RACIST!

Expect the Ogabe Steno Pool to be breathlessly covering this. Of course they won’t. They’re busy howling and screaming at Romney in their whiny, nasal pleas for attention.

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“Governor Raaaaaaaaamneyyyyyy, what about the palestiiiiiiiniannnsssss?”

Oh how we love the plaintive wails of the irrelevant, useless wastes of oxygen.

Thatisall.

12 comments

  1. 1
    BrendaK growls and barks:

    Someone educate me, ifyouplease…can the Labor Dept. in fact determine whether or not contractors follow this law? What I mean is, is this law optional based on whatever the Labor Dept. decides it wants to do at any given time?

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    DJ Allyn growls and barks:

    Except the 2.1 million workers about to be laid off in the Glorious People’s Castration of the DoD would be required to get their pink slips no later than November 2nd and, well, something else is scheduled to happen on November 6th. Not that we think for a second that the two are related, nosirree. That would be doubleplusungood for us to suggest and, of course, RACIST!

    No, not racist. Just recalcitrant and a bit truculent on the part of Congressional Republicans who will absolutely not agree to any tax increases on the rich — even when being handed the largest spending cuts in history on top of it.

    For a minority party, and in the face of overwhelming poll numbers against them, it was they who agreed to the automatic cuts across the board and then failed to make any kind of compromise that would have prevented the DoD cuts. The Democrats met them more than halfway, but because of some idiotic pledge to Grover Norquist not to raise taxes on the rich, they decided to let it all go. And now they complain.

    I say let it go. Go over the financial cliff. Grind this bad boy to a halt. Unfortunately, nobody has any balls to do that, and by November 2nd, there will be no lay-off notices. Congress will punt the ball to early 2013, after the next Congress is sworn in.

  3. 3
    LC Gladiator growls and barks:

    DJ= Lying Pussy

  4. 4
    Emperor Misha I growls and barks:

    DJ Allyn says:

    No, not racist. Just recalcitrant and a bit truculent on the part of Congressional Republicans who will absolutely not agree to any tax increases on the rich — even when being handed the largest spending cuts in history on top of it.

    Yep, because whenever you have a gridlock where neither party is willing to give, it’s always and ONLY one of the two’s fault, and that one of the two is always the Republicans, because the Democrat Fascists have an enormously long history of being ever so accommodating and nice. :em05:

    That aside, and thanks for the comic relief, what exactly does the finger pointing have to do with the actual subject of the post, said point being “so the law isn’t the law at all if the Reichsführer decides that it isn’t anymore?”

    Follow-up question: If it really IS All The Republicans’ Fault™, then wouldn’t it be far better for Der FUBAR to order his administration to be in compliance with the law (it would be a nice change after nearly four years of a lawless dictatorship by executive fiat)? After all, since it’s soooooo bloody obvious that those evil, EEEEEEVIL Rethugnicans are to blame for all of it, then wouldn’t it be to Der FUBAR’s advantage to have 2.1 million voters fired 4 days before an election?

    Or are you following the usual Liberal Democrat Socialist Directive of “the people are fucking idiots, but we can’t really say that out loud”?
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    AgTiger growls and barks:

    May a clerk at the Department of Labor have a divinely inspired realization that “the law is the law”, such that they send out the legally required notices on time, or even a little before.

    Lord, hear our prayer.

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    LCBrendan growls and barks:

    Deej’s last paragraph is sadly, all too true.

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    Emperor Misha I says:

    Or are you following the usual Liberal Democrat Socialist Directive of “the people are fucking idiots, but we can’t really say that out loud”?

    But, of course.
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    DJ Allyn growls and barks:

    Emperor Misha I says:

    Yep, because whenever you have a gridlock where neither party is willing to give, it’s always and ONLY one of the two’s fault, and that one of the two is always the Republicans, because the Democrat Fascists have an enormously long history of being ever so accommodating and nice. :em05:

    If you ever have some time to read some REAL history, instead of the white-washed versions, you should check out Politics in the Gilded Age

    I suspect we are heading back in that direction again.

    Oh, and before some of you point out the part about Democrats being the cause of the civil war, you should know that there has been a pole shift in the two parties. Obviously, the Republicans and Democrats didn’t just pack up and swap territory…

    But anyways, it is a good read.

  9. 9
    Fa Cube Itches growls and barks:

    Well, what sort of government would deliberately antagonize its military when it might just need it for beating down unruly peasants.

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    0007 growls and barks:

    Lemme see here; the DEMOCRATICALLY controlled SENATE hasn’t passed a budget in four years, but it’s all the fault of the republicans…oooookay.
    Can I get the name of your dealer there , DJ? I want to buy some of that stuff you’ve been smoking again. No disrespect if you’re only using it during your chemo.

  11. 11

    They’re waxin’ poetic over at Tha Cube

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    Mark12A growls and barks:

    No, not racist. Just recalcitrant and a bit truculent on the part of Congressional Republicans who will absolutely not agree to any tax increases on the rich — even when being handed the largest spending cuts in history on top of it.

    Largest spending cuts in history? You’ve got to be kidding. In order to have a “spending cut” you’ve got to have a budget. His Imperial Highness Reid has decided that no budget will be passed through the senate. Period. Including the jokes Il Douche has sent over. This “sequestration” is a gutting of the country. We need a strong Department of Defense way more (as a country) than we need 30 million welfare breeders.

    The Democrats met them more than halfway, but because of some idiotic pledge to Grover Norquist not to raise taxes on the rich, they decided to let it all go. And now they complain.

    Tax increases will result in the loss of 770,000 jobs in 2013, according to Ernst and Young. Not increasing the base tax rates (which are what these are, rather than “Bush Tax Cuts”, which have been the tax rates for ten years) will create 1,000,000 jobs, according to the same study. At the current federal spending levels, the upper tax rates would have to go to 88% in order to create a balanced budget…this according to Paul Ryan. It wouldn’t pay down the debt.

    I say let it go. Go over the financial cliff. Grind this bad boy to a halt. Unfortunately, nobody has any balls to do that, and by November 2nd, there will be no lay-off notices. Congress will punt the ball to early 2013, after the next Congress is sworn in.

    I completely agree with you. Shut the fucking federal government down. Instead of threatening military families and social security recipients, threaten to shut down the IRS, DHS, TSA, HHS, DOE, and EPA. No one will give a shit.