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TOPIC: Meet the Welfare Queens of the Percent - The Moochers Mitt Missed Work for the Pentagon
Created by: TheGhost_and_MrsMuir
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Forget the laid-off workers, disabled veterans and elderly retirees. Pentagon contractors are far more dependent on taxpayers to pay their way than Mitt Romney's fabled 47 percent; and rest assured, Mitt can count on their support.

Mitt Romney's recently-exposed statement disparaging nearly half of all Americans as hopelessly dependent on government may actually make a valid point, however churlish it may seem on the surface. To be sure, the Republican presidential nominee was most likely denouncing purported scroungers and moochers like the unemployed person who rakes in a princely $293 a week on average from unemployment insurance, or the 60-percent disabled veteran who is dependent on government to the tune of $1009 a month.

But if Mr. Romney were to broaden his focus, he would find that there are welfare queens beyond his imaginings. In the last four years, Wall Street moguls such as Jamie Dimon and Lloyd Blankfein have reaped tremendous public scorn for their outsized paychecks, so their transgressions are not exactly a secret. At least in theory, however, bankers operate private enterprises not dependent on the taxpayer (that is, in good years when the government is not bailing them out). Their executive compensation - again, in theory - is a voluntary concession by shareholders. Whether, for that matter, a financial institution - the deposits of which are insured by the federal government - ought nevertheless to submit to executive compensation limits is an argument for another day.

That said, there is no dispute about the status of major Pentagon contractors, their utter dependency on government, and their outsized profiteering. Lockheed Martin, the largest contractor, receives about 85 percent of its revenues from US Government contracts. Government sales accounted for more than 90 percent of revenue to Northrop Grumman, the fourth largest contractor, during the last three years.

Unlike the cases of Dimon or Blankfein, I doubt one American in a thousand knows who Wes Bush is. The CEO of Northrop Grumman, he made over $26 million last year, exceeding JPMorgan Chase's payout to Dimon, the highest paid bank CEO. In fact, the chiefs of the five largest Department of Defense (DoD) contracting firms hauled in $107 million combined, more than the top five bank CEOs (who limped in with a mere $75 million altogether). Yet somehow, this form of income redistribution through the medium of government manages to bounce off the consciousness of people like Romney and his supporters like Swedish peas off an Abrams tank.

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Is this an original writing of yours ghost? Swear I read the same thing about a week ago on truth-out, by Mike Lofgren.

Just thought people should know where this post came from. Truthout is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, progressive organization.

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Obama Administration Tells Contractors Facing Sequestration to Not Warn Employees About Potential Layoffs

Administration issued a memorandum (White House link) late Friday, instructing Federal contractors that they should not provide WARN Act notice to employees facing sequestration. The WARN Act is designed to protect “workers, their families, and communities by requiring most employers with 100 or more employees to provide notification 60 calendar days in advance of plant closings and mass layoffs.” This White House directive follows a July 30, 2012 guidance letter from Jane Oates an Assistant Secretary at the Department of Labor, who concluded that no notice was necessary, specifically stating “As long as the likelihood and timing of contract cancellations remains speculative, an employer is not obligated to provide WARN notifications.”

While the Department of Labor guidance was consistent with existing precedent, it seems to be inconsistent with The WARN Act Guide for Employers, issued by the Department of Labor. That guidance provides only three exceptions to a WARN Act notification. The exceptions are: 1) a faltering company that is actively seeking capital or business and believes notification would prevent it from obtaining such capital, 2) a natural disaster and 3) unforeseeable business circumstances. Unforeseeable business circumstances are defined as “a business circumstance that is caused by some sudden, dramatic, and unexpected action or conditions outside the employer’s control, like the unexpected cancellation of a major order.” None of these three exceptions seem to apply to sequestration. Therefore, at least according to the Department of Labor’s guidance for employers, WARN notifications would be appropriate in light of sequestration. Of course, the Guide is merely best practices, and is not a statement of the law.

If defense contractors were to issue WARN notifications, they would need to be issued just days before the election as the sequestration cuts would occur on January 1st (and the law requires at least 60 days notice). Any notifications would create a huge political risk for the Obama administration. According to a report in The Hill, this recent White House memorandum “raised the stakes” by telling “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"

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I hope we shall crush in its birth the aristocracy of our monied corporations which dare already to challenge our government to a trial by strength, and bid defiance to the laws of our country.

--Thomas Jefferson

This from the 'First Republican'

I'll say it again; We have failed miserably at what our founders envisioned....

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TBR, everybody misses your incoherent points.

Everybody works the system even if they do not like it. Very few people are martyrs. Except maybe Bobby...

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And FJ misses the point again...

Rand "fought" socialism until it was advantageous for her to not fight it. When someone invents an ideology, maybe it is just me, but I expect them to at least pay some passing lip service to said ideology.

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fjep, good point.

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"But for some reason Tbr, reading your post made me think of Noam Chomsky (or chommy as I refer to that piece of "work." ) "

One protects his own money because THAT is the system he has been given to work with. This is completely consistent with what you neocons excuse Romney for doing though..The other denigrates and dismisses the system all her life and then moves to take full advantage of it, not with a admittance that it was socially useful but by trying to hide her actions altogether.

That the right cannot see the material difference in this is a strong indicator of how completely disconnected they are from society at large.

In MHO an ongoing display of pathetic self aggrandizement and greed.

Now, can we please get back on topic?

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"What is the first thing Rand did when she was diagnosed with a serious disease? "

Obama is anti handgun, yet he is surrounded by people with handguns. People deal the hand they are dealt. Michael Moore laments wealthy making money, yet where does MM's wealth come from?

Very few people will not use what is there even if they are not morally on board for it. Including you.

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Those who raise their heads above the crowd are the most likely to have it chopped off...

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Hmmm

(I'm no fan of Ayn Rand)

But for some reason Tbr, reading your post made me think of Noam Chomsky (or chommy as I refer to that piece of "work." )

The very same Chommy that rallies against the concentration of wealth in "trusts" by the 1% His claim is that the US tax code is rigged with "complicated devices for ensuring that the poor pay off the rich."

Chommy who's worth is around US2MM, created a trust himself, imagine that! He contacted Palmer and Dodge, A well known respected Boston law firm, and with the help of a tax attorney specializing in income-tax planning, set up an irrevocable trust to protect his assets from Uncle Sam, with his daughters and tax attorney as the trustees :).

Chommy loves massive income redistribution, just not his income :)

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