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JOBS: Don’t subsidize late layoff notices

Re: “Defense layoff notices shushed” (TNT, 10-5).

President Obama does not want our defense contractors to give layoff notices to comply with the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act. He is willing to illegally pay those workers with citizen tax dollars until after the election, along with any incurred fines for not complying with the act.

Major defense contractors include Lockheed Martin, BAE systems, EADS North America, etc. Hundreds are due to be laid off, and they are legally required to be notified months in advance.

Mainstream media are doing all they can to shore up Obama’s jobs image,

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DEFENSE: Samuelson uses fear-mongering

Re: “The dagger of ‘budget sequestration’ dangles over the throat of defense’ (Robert J. Samuelson column, 3-6).

Digesting Samuelson’s weekly morsels requires much attrition; they constitute a biopsy of the neo-con soul for us to inspect.

His backdrop is sound; $2.1 trillion in budgetary reductions for 2012-2021 were passed in debt-ceiling negotiations. Of those reductions, $1.2 trillion were considered “painful” and renegotiable by congressional “super-committee” until a 2013 “sequestration mechanism.”

But Samuelson cannot resist the tried-and-true propaganda of fear-mongering, blaming our president for “devastating cuts” which “dangle over the throat of defense.”

Defense spending consumes roughly $700 billion of

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MILITARY: Defense cuts will hurt state economy

Re: “Specter of big defense cuts prompts big worries” (TNT, 9-25).

Federal Transfer Funds (FTF) – monies entering the state to pay for federal commitments – represent a good portion of the economy of Washington state due to its several military installations and large military retiree population.

In the 2010 fiscal year, $3.737 billion was paid to fulfill commitments to 70,983 military retirees, their dependents and 8,373 retiree widows in this state. More than $1 billion of this is retiree retention pay. With most of this spent in the state boosting businesses, creating new jobs and reducing unemployment, it

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