According to the Heritage Foundation, the Obama administration’s total disreagrd for the letter of the law comes to the fore once again, this time trying to get federal contractors to violate the law for Obama’s reelection effort, at taxpayer expense.
The law is the WARN Act, which requires the government to notify employees of federal contractors to send layoff notices 60 days before a plant closes or mass layoffs. So defense contractors would have to notify their employees by November 2 (four days before the election) of pending layoffs that take effect on January 2, 2013, due to automatic spending cuts because of sequestration.
Employers who violate the WARN Act deadlines are subject to fines for back pay for each employee and a penalty for each day that notice has not been sent to the local government where the layoffs will occur and lawsuits could occur for the violation.
However, the White House has provided a taxpayer-funded guarantee as a way to counter their fears of enormous litigation costs. This guarantee is not only unprecedented but also potentially unlawful.
It is the ultimate abuse of the President’s executive authority: inducing federal contractors to violate a federal law and promising to use taxpayer funds to reimburse them for any resulting liability that they incur for violating that law.
Refusing to follow federal law has become the hallmark of this Administration, but the White House’s latest arrogant, unlawful ploy goes even further and may end up costing the American taxpayer a great deal of money.
This community organizer’s abuse of the law is only bounded by whatever it takes for him to be reelected to a second term.