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Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:04 AM

Defense firms confirm layoff warnings


Major defense contractors have confirmed they’ll send tens of thousands of employee layoff warnings shortly before Election Day, according to correspondence released Monday by Arizona Sen. John McCain.

McCain, the top Republican on the Senate Armed Services Committee, wants to jump-start congressional action to avert automatic, across-the-board budget restrictions set to take effect early next year. Hawks and defense vendors hope the threat of mass layoff warnings in late October will light a fire under a deadlocked Congress.

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0912/81007.html#ixzz268PAmsKC

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:08 AM

1. Military-Industrial complex at work?

They may be trying to increase the unemployment rate as a way of threatening the President to give in to their demands.

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:31 AM

2. Fuckheads. "just before election day," huh? Not before inauguration, but "election day."

I guess THAT is the October surprise, eh??? Blame that on the President, too???

Why did anyone think that McCain had any decency? He's as evil and putrid as the rest of the people who make money from the war machine.

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:43 AM

3. Layoff warnings

They just want to scare people into voting for Romney.

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 01:57 AM

4. Vast majority of defense contract employees are Obama-hating Repubs.

I say this with confidence, being married to someone who moved in those circles.

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Response to TwilightGardener (Reply #4)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:42 PM

8. I respectfully disagree

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 02:01 AM

5. President Eisenhower WARNING about the Military Industrial Complex

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Response to TroyD (Reply #5)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:33 PM

7. WOW!

Thanks for the clip. He was so correct. The majority of current republicans are the alert and knowledgeable citizens that he was speaking of.

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Response to cgnick (Reply #7)

Wed Sep 12, 2012, 12:23 AM

10. President Eisenhower was the last good Republican President IMO

The next Republican President after him was Nixon, and it all went downhill from there.

Can you imagine a Republican today having the courage to speak out against the out of control military-industrial complex?

It's become a very famous clip.

Oliver Stone includes it at the very beginning of "JFK", but that's a topic for another day .. .

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Response to TroyD (Reply #10)

Thu Sep 13, 2012, 12:27 AM

11. I meant to say they that they are NOT the alert citizens...

Yes you are correct, they seemed like reasonable individuals until Nixon.

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 02:16 AM

6. Oh "military defense", phew...

I got scared for a minute there and thought "defense firms" referred to lawyers.

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Response to cgnick (Original post)

Tue Sep 11, 2012, 11:44 PM

9. I actually think this will put more pressure on the Republicants to cave on taxes

to avoid sequestration.

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