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The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart

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Wal-Mart Should the federal government be spending billions of dollars to pump up Wal-Mart’s profits?  I know that question sounds really bizarre, but unfortunately this is essentially what is happening.  Because Wal-Mart does not pay them enough money, hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees enroll in Medicaid, food stamps and other social welfare programs.  Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it.  And of course this is not just a Wal-Mart problem.  There are hundreds of other major corporations doing exactly the same thing.  And they will keep on doing it as long as they can because relying on the federal government to take care of their employees allows them to make much larger profits.  This gives these companies an enormous competitive advantage and it distorts the marketplace.  If you love the free enterprise system, you should be aghast at this.  Our big corporations have become the biggest “welfare queens” of all, and Wal-Mart is near the top of that list.

Does your local Wal-Mart store seem like it needs help from the federal government?

Of course not.

Wal-Marts all over the nation were absolutely packed this holiday season, but according to a recent Bloomberg article, the average amount of welfare that Wal-Mart employees receive from the government each year breaks down to about $420,000 per store…

Wal-Mart’s low wages have led to full-time employees seeking public assistance. These are not the 47 percent, lazy, unmotivated bums. Rather, these are people working physical, often difficult jobs. They receive $2.66 billion in government help each year (including $1 billion in healthcare assistance). That works out to about $5,815 per worker. And about $420,000 per store.

Does that make you angry?

It should.

Today, Wal-Mart employs approximately 1.2 million people in the United States, and it makes a yearly profit of about 17 billion dollars.

So why does it need 2.6 billion dollars of help from the U.S. government?

Wal-Mart is a colossal money-making behemoth.  Just consider the following numbers

The size of Wal-Mart is sometimes difficult to visualize. To put it into some context, consider the following: 100 million U.S. shoppers patronize Wal-Mart stores every week. Wal-Mart has twice the number employees of the U.S. Postal Service, a larger global computer network than the Pentagon, and the world’s largest fleet of trucks. Americans spend about $36 million dollars per hour at the stores. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other company in the world, capturing one of every four dollars spent on food in the U.S. The average American family of four spends over $4,000 a year there. Each week, it has 200 million customers at more than 10,400 stores in 27 countries. If the company were an independent country, it would be the 25th largest economy in the world.

Wal-Mart does well enough to be able to pay their workers a livable wage.

And yet they refuse to do it.

Shame on them.

Meanwhile, the six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the poorest one-third of all Americans combined.

This reminds me of something that I read in the fifth chapter of James the other day…

Come now, you rich men, weep and howl for your miseries that shall come upon you.  Your riches are corrupted and your garments are moth-eaten.  Your gold and silver are corroded, and their corrosion will be a witness against you and will eat your flesh like fire. You have stored up treasures for the last days.  Indeed the wages that you kept back by fraud from the laborers who harvested your fields are crying, and the cries of those who harvested have entered into the ears of the Lord of Hosts.  You have lived in pleasure on the earth and have been wayward. You have nourished your hearts as in a day of slaughter.

But we continue to reward this behavior, don’t we?

100 million of us continue to visit Wal-Mart every single week, and we continue to fill up our shopping carts with cheap products that are made outside this country.

We refuse to support American workers and American businesses, and this is a recipe for utter disaster.  For much more on this, please see my previous article entitled “National Economic Suicide: The U.S. Trade Deficit With China Just Hit A New Record High“.

The truth is that we cannot consume our way to prosperity.  When we consume far more wealth than we produce, we pile up debt and we become poorer as a nation.

And as a country we have become exceedingly cold-hearted toward our workers.  If you truly love free markets and capitalism, you should be encouraging big companies to pay their workers properly.  Instead, we are moving closer and closer to the slave labor model employed by China and other communist nations with each passing day.  Sadly, I am becoming increasingly convinced that many prominent “pro-business” voices in America today are actually closet communists.  They seem to want everything to be made in China and for American workers to be paid just like Chinese workers.

At this point, the U.S. middle class is well on the way to being destroyed.  As I have written about previously, 40 percent of all American workers now make less than what a minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.

How is the middle class supposed to survive in such an environment?

And for any “pro-business” people that want to defend Wal-Mart, do you actually like paying suffocating taxes to support all of the people that are being forced on to the safety net?

What is our society going to look like as millions more Americans become dependent on the federal government each year?  Government dependence is already at an all-time record high.  How much worse do things have to get before we admit that we have a real problem?

Unfortunately, it looks like our problems are only going to accelerate in 2015.  Thanks to the stunning decline in the price of oil, we are starting to lose good paying jobs in the energy industry

One company caught in the industry downturn is Hercules Offshore Inc. The Houston-based firm is laying off 324 employees, roughly 15% of its workforce, because oil companies aren’t renewing contracts for its offshore drilling rigs in the Gulf of Mexico while crude prices are depressed.

“It’s been breathtaking,” said Jim Noe, executive vice president of Hercules, which was founded in 2004. “We’ve never seen this glut of supply and dislocation in oil markets. So we’re not surprised to see a significant decline in demand for our services.”

These are jobs that we cannot afford to lose.

Since the end of the last recession, the energy industry has been the leading creator of good paying jobs in America.

But now as the U.S. energy boom goes bust, it might lead the way in job losses.

In order to have a middle class, we have got to have middle class jobs.

Unfortunately, those kinds of jobs are disappearing and the entire U.S. economy is moving toward the Wal-Mart model.

In the end, we will all pay a great price for such foolishness.

 

  • Mondobeyondo

    Awww, poor Wal-Mart. Next thing you know, they’ll be asking for a GOVERNMENT BAILOUT!!

  • Disagreeable

    Oh, stop complaining.
    The American middle class was chewing its way through Earth’s resources at an unsustainable rate. And others saw them as role models.
    I expect that if you uncover the motives of the people who REALLY run things, you’ll find that the decision to kill the middle class was made so that we wouldn’t consume the planet’s wealth in just a few generations.

    • MeMadMax

      You failed highschool business math didn’t you?

      • Disagreeable

        Funny you should ask that. I scored 100% in all math related subjects when I finished high school.

  • Phinehas

    I have a friend in the fracking industry – they’ve just been told (voluntold) they’d be receiving a 10% pay cut. He’s made a huge amount of money in the process, but it’s interesting to see how the price war is beginning to affect those employed in that industry (as you recently wrote about).

  • ward Kelly

    Targeting Walmart for not paying enough is disingenuous. There millions of working poor employed from a wide range of businesses who are all supposedly costing Americans. Here’s an idea…instead of trying to force corporations to pay artificial wages why not pare back the easy access to the welfare state?

    • Guest

      From the first paragraph of the article:

      “And of course this is not just a Wal-Mart problem. There are hundreds of other major corporations doing exactly the same thing.”

    • Ian Beattie

      Or the real problem. Money printing on Wall Street. Politicians in banker’s pockets.

      • MadAsHellYankee

        Boom. You hit it. All this ragging about corporations vs workers vs politicians is all bs until the root cause of our economic problems, the federal reserve (whose name should really be the Third Bank of the United States) is dealt with.

        • sharonsj

          It’s not all b.s. Walmart is just one of a thousand large companies that essentially gets corporate welfare. But conservatives only bitch about poor people and the working poor getting welfare. You and ward Kelly need to seriously ask yourselves why you don’t understand that.

    • jaxon64

      So many here and so few can think outside of the box—just like our politicos.
      How about we drop the assumption that higher minimum wage is the answer or insinuation of this article and open up our minds?
      First–Walmart increases employees hours to a mandatory 40 hr workweek so that they all qualify for partial payment of their health insurance by the company?—this increases both the weekly paycheck of the workers and reduces the burden on taxpayers to pay the full Medicaide bills for these folks.
      Second–How about a nice employee discount for all Walmart products? I’m talking a serious discount, not like endentured servitude, but allow employees to purchase their clothes and groceries at cost in the store they work at? This would trim tens of millions of $$$’s from the food stamp/EBT costs ( although it is not likely to help with nutrition or American obesity much.)
      These are just 2 very simple ideas that could make a wonderful difference in Walmart employees lives, save tax payers a nice chunk of change and might even increase the demand for an increase in local food and career opportunities.
      The downside? Those 6 heirs of Sam Walton who are worth billions each won’t be making it to trillionaire status in their lifetimes if their employees get a 20% discount on their grocery, school supplies and clothing purchases……James Chapter 5 indeed.

      • T.

        First – Wal Mart will Never go to 40 hours a week for their employees – ObamaCare is the reason. They will keep their employees at 29 hours (most of them), because raising them to even 30hrs. puts WM on the hook for paying employee medical care under ObamaCare. This would absolutely KILL their Profits. We live in a Corporatist Fascist Amerika (police state) designed by the International Banksters who run this country. Period. Thank the Rothschild global Banksters or leave.

        • Mike Smithy

          You are correct sir. In addition, Walmart is a private corporation and they have absolutely no incentive to provide food discounts to their employees as long as Uncle Sugar provides EBT benefits.

        • Lone Star State Mama

          Obamacare is not the reason. I worked at WM in 96. We were not allowed over 32 hours a week. When christmas season rolls around it helps when you actually got a few hours of “overtime” because that was a actual 40 hour check. I’m all for a capitalist market but the Waltons have some explaining to do regarding their mixed up ideas of excess wealth and low wages. There is a better balance to this issue. Of course I want to see my fellow man succeed so there’s that.

          • T.

            Sorry about your situation back in ’96, but let us please fast forward to today. The UnConstitutional ObamaCare law requires ALL employers to provide the majority COST of Medical insurance for ALL employees whom they employ and work 30 hours a week or more. That is fact.

          • Lone Star State Mama

            I’m not arguing that Obamacare are is right. I’m with you on that travesty. I was simply stating that Walmart has always had a shorter work week and that it didn’t start with Obamacare.

    • mike hunt

      Yeah, drive up the homeless rate…that’ll show’em. What a dweeb.

    • Priszilla

      Yes. Make the workers form unions and fight for their wages with their employers. Even, if necessary, with pitchforks, general strikes, and denial of service.

    • K2

      and get them to starve?

    • K2

      The problem is not too many people on welfare the problem is people on welfare having too many kids.

    • UnderpaidWageSlave

      The true parasites sit at the top of the food chain. They do not work but live richly off the backs and labor of the working class.

    • Ward Kelly

      Does the author and others critical of my comment believe in big government as the answer? Or Laissez-faire economic policy?

  • retired22

    You just discovered this?
    Why do you think both political parties in Washington pushed this amnesty garbage.They did it to give their bosses in big business even more available cheap labor!

    • Mike Smithy

      Yes, Republicans are pushing amnesty for cheap labor and Democrats are pushing amnesty as a voter registration drive.

  • DB200

    Good article Michael, but you are a bit too optimistic in your figures.

    Quote: “As I have written about previously, 40 percent of all American workers now make less than what a minimum wage worker made back in 1968 after you account for inflation.”

    We all know that the inflation number is understated. That means that the 40 percent is also understated and is most probably higher.

    Who dares to put the number above 50%?

  • MeMadMax

    Insufficient wages, welfare, broken middle class, etc are a symptom of a bigger problem: Broken dollar.

    And who can we point the finger at for the DIRECT cause of it?

    Federal Reserve.

    • Actually not the Fed, but the private banks who make 95% of our currency by loaning it out. The Fed is merely a backstop and fist among equals.

    • Priszilla

      You can even point the finger at the moon. It helps as much as any other finger pointing and praying.

      • Mark Stefan Reinoso

        in this case, its accurate.

      • Hot Rain

        Touché

  • c w

    Walmart hires the unhireable. Since it takes no special skills, there is no premium payment for having an 85 IQ. I don’t live in America, so for me to tell you to not subsidize the poor might be bad manners. The folks who want to run government are very happy getting the real workers in America to pay for Walmart and to get the votes from these folks. You have created your own economic hydra, time for you to slay it, if you have the courage to do so.

    • Mike Smithy

      Undoubtedly the influx and ultimate legalization of 20 to 40 million low skilled immigrants from south of the border will only exacerbate the dilemma for low skilled workers already struggling to make ends meet on low wages.

      • kenfrombayside

        Re Immigration. If say or do nothing about this criminal third world invasion, you are part of the problem. Keep in contact with your elected reps; consistently go to the polls and vote against the true enemy of the white race: the Democratic Party; do yourgardening, don’t eat out and do your own laundry; go to numbersusa and join other organization that advocate a reduction in immigration. Make no mistake, this third world assault is a form of genocide against America’s white.

        • Gay Veteran

          here’s a clue: Democrats=Republicans

        • Larry

          Absolutely true, but we need a third party, a predominantly white populist political party. The Dem is THE minority party and the RINO party is for the uber rich plantation slave owners.

          • Patrick Henry

            Not sure what exactly you want… Liberty or a one race party? If you want a party that actually follows the constitution may I recommend voting libertarian.

          • laura m.

            Libertarian party has failed since the early 70’s; I agree w/the free market and other points (Mises instit., Cato, etc) but there is much bickering among them thru the years, mainly on social issues. I argued over the phone with the head of the libertarian party in Atlanta years ago, when she refused to see, agree on the global elite pyramid structure chart I sent her/ I no longer have any thing to do w/them. She didn’t understand the CFR or Bilderberg, club of Rome, etc. I have no tolerance for stupidity.

        • laura m.

          Agree w/you except Republicans are another arm of the global elite. Both Bush’s- papa and son, pushed for open borders and cheap labor (GATT/nafta.) I quit voting at the tail end of the Reagan era in all elections, as my elders said to me what I’m saying in this post.. Politicians are useless bums, and will kow tow to corp/banker global agendas. They draw a check and do little else., cannot be trusted. This country is down the crapper big time, as I look down thru the decades over time. Another issue: workers pay for slacker/bums on the dole outs, who breed like rats, and more on welfare programs now than ever, incl. illegals. 501c3 church leaders are paid to keep quiet on issues, hirelings and hypocrites running a business, under gov control freaks. Patriots need to ditch them now! Home church, lots of materials online..

      • Gay Veteran

        as Gerald Celente says, bring the troops home, seal the border, rebuild America

      • UnderpaidWageSlave

        Actions speak louder than words. The politicians are in it together. Many who own businesses want cheaper and free labor, so they funnel in desperate working class people by the millions. The wealthy enjoy exploiting the poor, as history has taught us so many times.

    • matt

      You are too hard on Wal-mart crew. They are ordinary working folks. They do have to show up on time, ready to work. Remember, “the less you get paid, the harder you have to work.”

      • gfmucci

        More accurately, “the less you have to use your brain, the less you get paid.” Hard work is not always physical work. Many in our nation have forgotten that, especially liberals/socialists/communists/progressives, and apparently Michael.

        • Gay Veteran

          we haven’t forgotten the MILLIONS of American jobs shipped by corporations to China, India, Vietnam, Mexico, etc.
          and more and more those jobs involve using your brain

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Because Americans like to buy cheaper products. You are guilty of what you are blaming on the corporations if you ever picked up an item whose component was made anywhere outside the US, including the PC you are using right now.

            Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home. Then only you have the moral right.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home. Then only you have the moral right.”

            hey Einstein, that’s hard to do when the multinational corporation has moved the production to China

          • nekksys

            “Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home. Then only you have the moral right.”

            Empahsis added.

            And this is why I make my own shoes and clothing, raise a garden, etc…

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Because Americans like to buy cheaper products. You are guilty of what you are blaming on the corporations if you ever picked up an item whose component was made anywhere outside the US, including the PC you are using right now.

            Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home. Then only you have the moral right.

          • jackrorabbit

            Yes, and the major reason for that is the tax structure. US is a 35% plus local taxes. The next highest, now, is Japan at 25% plus provincial taxes. It doesn’t take a genius to figure out that when you pay lower taxes, that allows for more money to go to wages or expansion. Either of those would do wonders here.

          • Gay Veteran

            tax rates are part of the problem, but don’t pretend for a second that the big corporations actually pay 35%

        • Lone Star State Mama

          Both of you are right. Some who work are hard working and decent intelligence. Some really are the bottom of the barrel, having no desire to improve themselves. On the other hand my husband makes a wonderful wage and it is the same where he works. Some of the people are so ignorant or stupid that it astounds me they have a job doing what they do.

          • UnderpaidWageSlave

            Some of the most ignorant people have multiple college degrees. Some degree holders can leave an observer wondering how they even dress themselves without assistance.

        • Swagato Barman Roy

          It is great to see someone with the balls to tell the truth.

        • Swagato Barman Roy

          It is great to see someone with the balls to tell the truth.

          • Gay Veteran

            more like apples, horse apples

        • UnderpaidWageSlave

          Please list specifically what it is that a CEO does in daily life that justifies a multi-million dollar salary while a construction worker, truck driver, plumber, electrician, mechanic deserve to make so much less. What makes the CEO’s contribution more valuable (especially if it is for a large company that has falling sales)? If the world were just, fair, and righteous, those who work the hardest would be paid the most. Giving so much of one’s body/back, and time to an employer deserves compensation.

          Is it the whiskey drinking, the golfing, the flirting with secretaries, entertaining clients, or sitting in a temperature controlled office that makes the CEO more valuable than the person that built the office for him/her?

          • nekksys

            Did you also forget the CEO directs the company’s efforts in an attempt to garner greater market share and higher profits so you can have a higher wage? What about the CEO’s level of education, time in service to the company and the time in the current position? Those 3 things do bear on military wages, especially time in service and time in grade… For example, the current sitting CEO of Long John Silver’s (fast food chain here in the US for our overseas readers) started as a fry cook. Doesn’t he deserve a tidy sum for sticking with it so long?

            Again, I’m not defending Walmart or any other corporation but there must be leaders to set the direction and focus for the company as a whole.

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            From the way you talk, it is clear that you have never been a CEO, neither will be.

            Anyway, those who pay the CEO (the stockholders) and clients know what he does. If you knew it, then probably you would know better than ranting here. You are looking at some superficial actions (flirting, golfing etc.) and drawing your conclusion.

      • UnderpaidWageSlave

        “The less you get paid, the harder you have to work.”

        Truer words have never been spoken.

        How in the world did it happen that up has become down, sweet has become bitter, bitter has become sweet, bad is good, and sick is cool?

        “Inequality for All”

  • VigilanteCaregiver

    Been looking for that scripture for a long time. Saw it years ago and been looking ever since.

    Yes, Mike, I have to agree completely. Closet communists – yes, does seem like it and would explain a lot.

  • K

    The sad thing is Walmart, has driven so many other businesses out. That in some rural areas, they are the only show in town. I shop there as little as possible. But the next nearest store of a similar sort, is an additional 50 miles. Besides, once the Pan Pacific trade pact passes, we are done. Do not be surprised when Microsoft is moved to India, and Boeing is moved to Taiwan. Those who control the puppets in D.C., want the middle class to be all but gone. As far as giving money to large corporations. Is that not the fascist model? Welcome to the Fascist States of America.

    • Sandbagger

      As described on the site, who rules america dot net, you’re right on.

    • MadAsHellYankee

      Dude… we’re already done. People can still get their trinkets, they don’t care at large. That’s the harsh reality.. a lot of people want freedom. Most don’t and will support tyranny under whatever form it takes as long as they can have their idle thoughts and creature comforts, no matter how much of their soul they have to sell to get it.

      • GenEarly

        “The democracy will cease to exist when you
        take away from those who are willing to work

        and give to those who would not.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its
        own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on

        would save one-half the wars of the world.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “I predict future happiness for Americans if
        they can prevent the government

        from wasting the labors of the people

        under the pretense of taking care of them.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “My reading of history convinces me that most
        bad government results from too much government.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “No free man shall ever be debarred the use of arms.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “The strongest reason for the people to retain
        the right to keep and bear arms is,

        as a last resort, to protect themselves

        against tyranny in government.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from
        time to time with the blood of patriots and
        tyrants.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        “To compel a man to subsidize with his taxes
        the propagation of ideas which he disbelieves

        and abhors is sinful and tyrannical.”
        — Thomas Jefferson

        Thomas Jefferson said in 1802:

        “I believe that banking institutions are more
        dangerous to our liberties than standing armies.

        If the American people ever allow private banks
        to control the issue of their currency, first by
        inflation, then by deflation,

        the banks and corporations that will grow up

        around the banks will deprive the people

        of all property –

        until their children wake-up homeless on
        the continent their fathers conquered.”

    • GenEarly

      I do not have the “extra” money to shop elsewhere. The trap is closed, it was closed decades ago with the “Free Trade” export of industrial capacity. Welcome to the USSA….a Fascist State blending gov.socialism, crony capitalism, and unionism……an unholy trinity of tyranny.

      • laura m.

        K, etc: Many of us retirees and family folks too, have to shop where they get best deals to incl local grocery stores with bogo’s and Walgreen bogo’s like vitamins, etc. The hammer has dropped/the door slammed shut and America is now hopeless. Voting is a waste, (has been for decades) as politicians are useless bums, sold out to world gov/trashed economy, for any price and do absolutely nothing to benefit the middle class. No reason to start a family in these times. I knew this was coming in ’77 and chose not to breed. Young folks have a zero future unless they are born into wealth. Foster kids already born or adopt.

        • K2

          My thoughts exactly.

      • Beowulf73

        maybe someone should have listened to Ross Perot?

        • GenEarly

          or Thomas Jefferson

          “The democracy will cease to exist when you take away from those who are willing to work and give to those who would not.”

          “It is incumbent on every generation to pay its own debts as it goes. A principle which if acted on would save one-half the wars of the world.”

          “I predict future happiness for Americans if
          they can prevent the government from wasting the labors of the people under the pretense of taking care of them.”

          “My reading of history convinces me that most bad government results from too much government”

    • RICHARD

      I have been telling everyone on this site for years that we are the Germany of the 20th century and it isn’t going to end well.

      • jsmith

        You Richard have hit it right on the nail. Of course you can’t exactly name the group, but I can tell you they ain’t Italians or the Irish. No one dares name them.

        • LifeTraveller

          “To learn who rules over you, simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize.” Voltaire

          Whether this quote can accurately be attributed to Voltaire, it is indeed accurate.

      • UnderpaidWageSlave

        Weimar Repubic and The Roman Empire.

    • Philip Arlington

      It is China which is fascist, as I just described in another tweet: a one party state, a mainly capitalist economy with state control of key sectors, and virulent nationalism.

      A country whose leaders don’t put their own country first is about as far away from the essence of fascism as you can get.

      The US is corporatist, globalist, and moving towards a form of post-democratic transnationalism. It is wracked by corruption, entitlement culture, identity politics and false guilt. It is a horrible mess, but it isn’t fascism any more than it is say, absolute monarchy.

    • Liberty First

      In many ways, it is the fascist model.

  • Michael Qualls

    The problem is not a walmart or any other company’s issue. It is that you cannot raise a family on a single income in most cases any more. Walmart and company’s like it tend to attract single moms or dads trying to make ends meet, when a single income will not. That forces people to accept food stamps, and other benefits offered by the government. It is the blame of the fed for devaluing the dollar to the point that money doesn’t have the same value it used too. Raising wages at Walmart or other retail stores will only hurt those same families your trying to help by raising prices at those same stores proportionally. There is no easy fix to what has been done. Since the 1970’s we have gone from a single head of household needing to work to 2 incomes barely surviving. It is all about to break, with many people using credit cards instead to make up the difference. We shall all see soon enough.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…There is no easy fix to what has been done….”
      start by repealing all “free trade” agreements, bring back tariffs

  • Ideas time

    As a test, what we need is set up a few gov free zones where you can set up business and manufacturing with zero interference, regulations or taxes from the gov. and see what happens. Common Law should be the guiding force.

    My guess is that only quality responsible companies would succeed and flourish. The market will be the only force needed to check the bad guys, sloppy operators and polluters. Pier pressure and market pressure will be the only forces needed to keep business honest and responsible. Any yes they can also police themselves and pay for services and utilities just like anyone else. Do no harm and you should be fine.

    With no gov regulations, permits required the project would not only flourish but boom. Without all the parasites sucking the life blood out of business we would have good paying jobs instead of a bunch of bureaucrats who produce nothing.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…With no gov regulations, permits required the project would not only flourish but boom….”

      and you would have massive pollution like in China, no environmental regulations there

  • Makati1

    ward, why not just admit the US is a 3rd world country and stop lying to yourself? This is nothing but corporate welfare in a suppposedly Capitalist country. If the profit cannot be made by selling goods for profit, then it should be out of business. WalMart destroyed the small businesses of America that did pay a decent wage. WalMart deserves to die a quick death and swoon will. It is a system that is no longer functional.

  • john

    4% of worldwide citizen(guess who?) is responsible of 50% world pollution.

    someone need to pay, no?

  • Mark Stefan Reinoso

    the title of this article isn’t accurate. If the employees receive benefits from the government, its different than Walmart itself getting assistance from government.

    If Walmart gives a 2$ raise to each of its employees, they would either have to raise prices massively or go out of business.

    The real culprit is inflation, which affects all americans. Inflation is the reason why both parents have to work, or why people making 10$ an hour can’t make ends meet. Those are 2 different issues

    • MadAsHellYankee

      You know, thats really a symptom of the fed reserve isn’t it? The inflation they produce, espically since food and fuel “don’t count” is the real killer of poor people espically.

      • Mark Stefan Reinoso

        yes CPI and PPI count cheap foodstuffs, but nothing substantive. so as long you dont eat anything other than Cheerios and dont drive….there is no inflation, officially.

    • Gay Veteran

      the real culprit is corporations shipping MILLIONS of American jobs overseas

      • Mark Stefan Reinoso

        thats a symptom, not the cause.

      • Mark Stefan Reinoso

        if you understood how our fractional reserve banking system works, if you understood that the USD is not a static currency, you would understand the problem instead saying what you just said,

        • Gay Veteran

          our problems are not merely because of our banking system.
          why should a company stay here if they can go to China and pay slave labor wages and not have to worry about environmental regulations?

          • Guest

            so you are saying that the reason walmart pays low wages is because companies are sending the jobs to china?

            its all the jobs were going to china, shouldn’t that increase the value and therefore, monetary compensation of the jobs here?

            SERIOUSLY?

          • Gay Veteran

            “so you are saying that the reason walmart pays low wages is because companies are sending the jobs to china?…”

            uh, where did I say that? SERIOUSLY

            “…its all the jobs were going to china, shouldn’t that increase the value and therefore, monetary compensation of the jobs here?”

            what kind of jobs are being shipped overseas? manufacturing jobs which paid more than service jobs, and now more and more white collar jobs are also leaving

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            if you understood a fractional reserve system, you would know the root cause of poverty and the issue discussed here. But you dont seem to want to know?

          • Gay Veteran

            we’ve had a fractional reserve system for a LONG time. why weren’t American jobs being shipped overseas decades ago?

            as I said, our problems are not merely because of our banking system (which is NOT to say our banking system is not part of the problem, it is, but it is not 100% of the problem)

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            china isn’t that cheap anymore. Look it up…..they have more and more regulations.

            but you are saying that the reason walmart workers need government benefits is because businesses export all the jobs to china? LOLOLOLO

          • Gay Veteran

            “china isn’t that cheap anymore. Look it up…..they have more and more regulations….”

            becoming more true now, but then the damage to U.S. has already been done.

            “…but you are saying that the reason walmart workers need government benefits is because businesses export all the jobs to china?….”
            would Wal-Mart workers rather have a manufacturing job which pays better than a service job?

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            Im sure they would….but there are tons of jobs available that they haven’t applied for. Many of these people dont have very many skills going in…. There are thousands of jobs available that employers CANT fill…because of lack of qualified applicants.

            Ill bet after a few years at walmart, they could qualify

            I have 14 employees. I have tried to hire young people from service sector jobs. They suck. They dont want to work, lazy and entitled. I have had to fire 3 guys. They went from making 9 bucks an hour at Walmart or petsmart, to making 12 with me. The job is not hard, but they wouldn’t do it.

            Many of these people simply dont want to work. So they go back to their jobs at petsmart, happy and content, apparently.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…but there are tons of jobs available that they haven’t applied for….”

            uh huh, must be why the labor participation rate is so low, all those people who don’t want jobs. eyeroll

            anyway, the manufacturing jobs (which generally pay better than service jobs) have been shipped overseas.

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            there are 3 million jobs that can’t be filled in the USA. A simple google search can tell you that……..

            if you open your closed mind, you can learn a lot.

          • Gay Veteran

            you can use Google to find a lot of inaccurate BS

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            CBS news? okay….

          • Gay Veteran

            god knows the corporate media would never push government propaganda.
            I mean, the unemployment rate is 5.8% and GDP last quarter grew by 5%, right?

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            hahaha you are right about the government, but these are businesses, like Caterpillar that can’t hire anyone

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            “Robert Funk, chairman and chief executive of Express Employment Professionals, a national staffing firm based in Oklahoma City that helped 335,000 people land jobs last year, told the New York Times: “We currently have 18,000 open job orders we can’t fill.”

          • Gay Veteran

            18,000? wow, truly massive

            hope none were in Texas or North Dakota, both soon to be in recession

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            layoffs already starting…

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            I have one position open at my business for 12 hrly, with company truck and credit card. Complete autonomy, entry level, no experience necessary.

            I have 6 employees in this business, pay ranges from 12 to 35 hrly. the higher end guys work their butts off and do really well.
            The entry level position…..I have gone through 3 employees in 14 months for this position….. one quit, because the work was outside and he didnt like the heat.

            the other 2 I had to fire..one guy wasn’t doing the work right and sleeping on the job. Laziest guy I have ever seen.The other guy just had a huge entitlement attitude and wouldn’t stop complaining to both his foreman and the customers.

            Its ridiculous, everyone wants to be a fashion blogger or sit at a computer or be a food writer. Nobody wants to work hard anymore.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Nobody wants to work hard anymore.”

            well your anecdotal evidence certainly proves that!

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            kids dont want to work hard for 12 bucks an hour anymore. Thats my experience.

          • disqus_nyQUEWj3aa

            It sounds to me like you are not screening the applicants appropriately and perhaps hiring the wrong people. Just saying.

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            Gabriel Shaoolian, chief executive of Blue Fountain Media, a Web design and marketing company with 85 employees in New York, said he had 10 openings right now because his company could not find enough highly qualified people with technical backgrounds.

          • Gay Veteran

            10 openings. wow

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            but if people are that hungry for more jobs, shouldn’t those positions have been filled?

            its a small number of jobs, but its indicative of whats out there.

          • Gay Veteran

            no, it is anecdotal evidence

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            ahhhh an empirical purist! but I suspect, only when it suits you. Other times, Im sure any other type of evidence would work

            so multiple businesses are stating that they can’t fill thousands of positions, and yet you refuse to accept that? I dont think the BLS issues official reports regarding this, but then again, you dont trust the government numbers? or do you?

            . It sounds you are trying to win the argument, even though you’ve been proven wrong.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…but then again, you dont trust the government numbers?….”

            ROFLOL, who would be stupid even to believe the “data” coming out of the government.

            but I’m sure the economy is going just fine, lots of high paying jobs, no inflation, etc. now where did I put my rose colored glasses

          • Gay Veteran

            and I’m sure you’re always willing to believe anecdotal evidence (unless it disproves your point)

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            I dont need everything served up on a platter for me. I try to use reason and logic, which is why I dont trust government numbers.

            But when a business says they are having trouble hiring people, when I have trouble hiring people, when some blue collar businesses owners tell me they are working because they can’t find good help…..I tend to believe it.

            go to Any major company and look at jobs available…there are a lot. look up welding jobs….80-100k for a welding position with experience that they can’t fill.

          • Gay Veteran

            again, you assume that just because a job is advertised that it exists. and no one doubts that there are some job openings that will be difficult to fill, but there is nowhere near enough such jobs to have a major impact on unemployment

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            this website isn’t letting me post the urls, but the new york times and CBS news have both run the same story in the last year…

          • Gay Veteran

            I don’t doubt it. They also ran stories about the unemployment rate being 5.8% and third quarter GDP going up 5%; all total BS

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            here is a perfect example of regulations making businesses go to other countries:

            I own a fire/safety compliance business. We install and service sprinklers, fire ext, etc. One of my white, anglo customers bought a machine from Krupp(I think) that shapes metal. etc. He was going to have it imported and installed in his shop in PHX, AZ where I live.

            Between the taxes, fees and new fire sprinkler system the city required, it was an extra 90k just to install. He absolutely couldn’t afford that, as he was a small business. he could finance the equipment, but not the fees.

            So he opened a shop in Mexico, just across the border and installed the machine there. It cost him 13k for everything. Now he is employing 2 Mexican guys instead of 2 American guys. Good for him and good for those Mexican guys.

            That’s how jobs move overseas. Our regulations stifle growth. so businesses go elsewhere.

          • Gay Veteran

            some regulations are indeed bad. but don’t forget the bad days when pollution went unregulated, when workplace safety went unregulated, just like in modern China (the favorite sweatshop of the multinational corporation)

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            we’ve past that many many years ago….small businesses are getting put of our business by regulations, while the big corporations can simply exploit the loopholes written into the bill by their friends in government.

            all regulations do nowadays is help big corporations get bigger, while putting small businesses out of business

          • Gay Veteran

            my point is still valid:

            some regulations are indeed bad. but don’t forget the bad days when pollution went unregulated, when workplace safety went unregulated, just like in modern China (the favorite sweatshop of the multinational corporation)

          • Mark Stefan Reinoso

            Ill give you the point about workplace safety. one of my businesses makes companies compliant with OSHA, NFPA and MSHA. its a little much, and it penalizes businesses for the slightest infractions…fines of 20k for a missed document. But Ill give you that

            Lets talk about pollution though. Yes the skies are clearer, but they were clear 10 years ago. Now the regulations go to far. Cars we made in 1999 that got 48 MPG(the geo Metro) are illegal now because of the EPA, but the 14MPG gas guzzlers are still legal. Its going too far

            And now other pollution is worse because the EPA and The FDA have made it legal for huge companies like DUPONT and MONSANTO to pollute the hell out of the land using petroleum based nitrates. Farmers can’t even drink their own well water anymore, but they could 30 years ago, when you say pollution was “so bad”

            all these chemicals are in our water, in our rivers, its killing our fish and our wildlife worse than ever. And its all because of these “regulations” that you love that help big corporations get away with murder.

          • Gay Veteran

            uh, I’m all for environmental regulations that actually protect the environment (and which were fought tooth and nail by corporations), NOT for regulations bought by big corporations for their own benefit

  • GSOB

    Regardless who gets the handout, the tax payer is flipping the bill.

  • DH

    I always shop elsewhere before going to Wal-Mart. Some of this information in this article has been out for years. I agree with many other posts that Wal-mart is only one of countless other employers not paying a fair wage. Wal-mart needs to be exposed and held accountable because they are so big. They have become a role model for every other employer on how to take advantage of employees and tax payers. It’s disgusting to me! Unfortunatley, this will only get worse; The Bible tells us things will get worse for everyone as we get coser to the end of days! Not sure how long we have left but we are on the path traveling fast!

    • Hot Rain

      The big question is, will our collapse be Economic or Environmental? Lets not overlook the latter CAUSING the former.

  • Yermomandeye

    Strange to find myself in disagreement with Michael. It is lame to blame Walmart. If the economy was better, there would be better jobs for those workers to move to with better benefits if they so desired. It’s all about the un-free-market-economy that we have. The economic environment of our country is the problem. It allows a company to pay like Walmart and still keep people. Change that, and Walmart will have to pay employees more simply to keep employees from leaving. McDonalds can’t keep enough people in N.Dakota because they can all get better jobs working the energy fields. Make that same business favorable climate in America at large, and Walmart will have to offer more competitive compensation packages.

    • Priszilla

      Reduce your costs then you can safely reduce your income and even your tax payments.

    • Billzo

      Agreed. People know what WalMart pays in wages. If that is not enough then dont work there or get a second job. That is part of the problem…………..folks not willing to work a second, or third job to take care of their obligations.

      • UnderpaidWageSlave

        Yes, let’s work 24 hours per day until we drop. Studies already show that Americans work more than any other industrialized country, take less vacation time than other countries, and retire later in life, if they retire at all. But let’s get off of our lazy rear-ends and give those fat cats in the Ivory Towers 24 hours of labor for low wages. Let’s just work until we drop. Who needs Art, Music, Friends, Family, Hobbies, or Exercise?

        • Yermomandeye

          You didn’t do well in school did you. You can work as many hours as you like, for whoever you like. Need exercise?, sell your art and get a physical job pounding nails or laying bricks. If you don’t like your lot in life, change it. Beat the system at it’s own game. Yes work harder, spend less on art, hobbies, and friends if that’s what it takes to get ahead. You said it,,, get off your lazy rear-end.

    • Dan in Nevada

      I just Googled the fact that Walmart paid $7.1 billion in income taxes alone. That wouldn’t include all the other taxes and fees demanded by federal, state, and local tax authorities. Nor the taxes and fees paid by the management and workers. These go to pay for things like Solyndra, first family vacations, propping up dictators around the world, and other worthy causes.

      Unlike the choice someone has when deciding to work for Walmart or not, these fees and taxes are compulsory. I would guess that if WalMart and other companies were allowed to keep some or all of the wealth expropriated from them by various levels of government, workers would share in the extra income.

      But hey, let’s blame free enterprise – the only reason we have any wealth at all, and give a pass to the assholes in government who skim the cream from everyone else’s hard work. At any rate, Walmart is more than paying for that so-called $2.6bn gift.

      • jackrorabbit

        Well, actually Walmart pays zero in taxes. They merely collect them for the government. See taxes are an expense item, this is the biggest lie that we have been told. Corporations do not pay taxes in any way shape or form. They simply add that cost into the cost of providing the good to the marketplace, collect it from the people buying said good, and send it to the federal government. To believe anything else is simply not following actual business practices.

        • Dan in Nevada

          Well of course, you’re right. Any liability that Walmart (or any business) “pays” comes out of earnings before profits. Which means it’s coming out of what they charge their customers. To pay their employees more, they need to tack that cost onto the price of their merchandise. I’m arguing that the additional cost they’ve tacked on for “business taxes” would be much better spent on their employees.

          Instead, government uses taxes on business to lower the tax on individuals to hide the true (high) level of economy-destroying taxes. This raises the cost of doing business which raises the cost of goods and services. To be competitive at all, business has to cut other costs to the bone, including wages.

          It is so extremely ironic that most Americans then blame business for “not paying their fair share” of taxes, don’t pay their employees enough, and charge too much for their products. They then demand that benevolent government “do something”. Which of course was the problem to begin with.

  • Swagato Barman Roy

    YES, it makes me angry, not at Walmart, but at the government for giving out free stuffs.

    Walmart pays whatever is the negotiated wage. They have nothing to do with government aid. The primary obligation of any company is to its shareholders and clients. If the cashiers want a better life, they should leave the job and get more income by whatever means they can-app development or running a business or wise investments. The free doles to employees from taxpayers’ money affect the incentive structure like any government intervention. Only an innocent fool will believe that the doles will be in place, but no one will take advantage of them. It is sad to see Michael in that group.

    • If you want to reduce handouts only to those who are unable to work or elderly, then you should advocate that Wal-Mart and all other companies in the Fortune 500 switch to worker ownership. Excess profits would reduce significantly, as would shareholder dividends, and the wages of workers would increase.

      With reduced profits producer prices would fall leading to a deflationary period to reverse the ruinous inflation of the past 40 years or so in a gentle and controlled fashion. Furthermore, if shares of stock were made callable at par by the (worker-controlled) listed company, less money would be pumped into the secondary financial market and more would be utilized in productive investment.

      • Swagato Barman Roy

        Non-sense. Worker ownership does not have to be advocated from outside. If the workers were capable of running a business making strategic decisions, they can always form their own company. You can always team up with your friends and open your own supermarket, then work as a cashier, floor cleaner and mover. Will you do that if only I advocate so?
        About the rest of your economic reasoning, the less said the better.

        • Gay Veteran

          “…can always team up with your friends and open your own supermarket….”

          riiiiight, and compete against Wal-Mart with its massive bargaining power with suppliers

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            So you agree that walmart generates value for stockholders and customers, where the team of friends cannot compete?

          • Gay Veteran

            who owns most stock? certainly not the bottom 90%.
            value for customers? cheap crap from China that used to be made here by Americans who would spend their wages in the local economy

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            But anyone in the bottom 90% can own stock, and indeed a lot of them do. There is no law preventing anyone from owning stock. And whatever you say here does not matter, what matters is what choice you make when you are actually at the supermarket. Customers (millions of Americans) make their choices known at the supermarkets and retailers every single day.

            “Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home.”…
            I know that is hard to do, but choosing the easy way out you are contradicting yourself.

            If you do not like the production chain of a retailer, then you are not supposed to take full advantage of it, yet rant about it. Trade is not compulsory. The substitute of trade is making things by yourself. But by trading with anyone, you are giving your approval to the production and supply chain, and showing the world that you actually care more about your own convenience than sticking to whatever you are ranting here. I do not mind about Chinese jobs or European or American jobs, for me it is all about who gives me the most cost effective solutions. But you are the one ranting, right?

          • Gay Veteran

            “But anyone in the bottom 90% can own stock, and indeed a lot of them do. There is no law preventing anyone from owning stock….”

            and anyone in the bottom 90% can buy a Rolls Royce IF they have the disposable income

            “…The economy is changing, those who wish to stick to their wager earning day jobs will suffer….”

            Right, because there are sooooooooo many high paying jobs out there.

            “…Customers (millions of Americans) make their choices known at the supermarkets and retailers every single day….”

            Indeed they do, and the big corporations have economies of scale not available to a small business.

            “…”Buy things entirely made in America or make things at your home.”…
            I know that is hard to do, but choosing the easy way out you are contradicting yourself….”

            People buy what is available, and who is going to make a towel at home?

            “…If you do not like the production chain of a retailer, then you are not supposed to take full advantage of it, yet rant about it. Trade is not compulsory. The substitute of trade is making things by yourself. But by trading with anyone, you are giving your approval to the production and supply chain, and showing the world that you actually care more about your own convenience than sticking to whatever you are ranting here….”

            You seem to think that the consumer has a great deal of power in today’s market. That’s funny.
            And I guess people with 2 or 3 jobs and kids to take care of should spend all their free time trying to find a store that sells products made in America.

            “…I do not mind about Chinese jobs or European or American jobs, for me it is all about who gives me the most cost effective solutions. But you are the one ranting, right?”

            Well shipping American jobs overseas has certainly done a lot for median household income. A lot as in reducing it.

            But hey, if anyone objects to multinationals screwing over Americans then that is just “ranting”

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Congratulations for (deliberately) misinterpreting everything I said.
            If there is a mile long queue at every apple store before every iPhone release, you cannot assume that those standing belong to the top 10%, right? So you mean an iPhone does not come from disposable income? Or is every new model so essential to everyone that they cannot delay the gratification to put it in wise investments and better secure the future?

            When I said the economy is changing, I meant freelancing, innovation, wise investment, finding profitable businesses to invest all are gaining ground against salary. Even though I work as an R & D officer, more than 50% of my income comes from investments, which you can consider my moonlight job. And I live far below my means for a rainy day. I am not claiming to be a model citizen, but happy and confident enough about myself. You can choose to rant instead, which is precisely what you are doing.

            If you don’t make towel at home, do without it. But the shipping of production did not happen overnight. Happened for four long decades. How did it start and grew? Because consumers chose the cost effective ones when they indeed had the alternative available. By doing so, they drove the alternatives out of the market.

            Yes, indeed consumers as a whole have a lot of voice in the market. It is the consumers who drove out technologies like pagers, who drove out typewriters, who drove out a lot of brands you could see in 1960. And you don’t need power to express disapproval, just do not express approval. That is, don’t buy it. Buying it is expressing your approval no matter whatever reason/thought you have in your mind.

            Yeah, shipping has reduced household income in America, and still bringing millions of people out of abject poverty every single year in the vast landscapes of India and China. Talk about 1960?? The americans were the 1% you keep harping about. And everyone in privileged position tries to maintain the status quo instead of having to compete.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…If there is a mile long queue at every apple store before every iPhone release, you cannot assume that those standing belong to the top 10%, right? So you mean an iPhone does not come from disposable income? Or is every new model so essential to everyone that they cannot delay the gratification to put it in wise investments and better secure the future?….”

            it’s the latest fad, and a lot of people will spend their last penny to get the latest fad. same as it ever was

            “…Even though I work as an R & D officer, more than 50% of my income comes from investments, which you can consider my moonlight job. And I live far below my means for a rainy day. I am not claiming to be a model citizen, but happy and confident enough about myself. You can choose to rant instead, which is precisely what you are doing….”

            well hoo-f ing-ray for you. and people usually accuse others of “ranting” when they’re losing an argument

            “…Yes, indeed consumers as a whole have a lot of voice in the market. It is the consumers who drove out technologies like pagers, who drove out typewriters, who drove out a lot of brands you could see in 1960….”

            all technological improvements

            “…And you don’t need power to express disapproval, just do not express approval. That is, don’t buy it. Buying it is expressing your approval no matter whatever reason/thought you have in your mind….”

            no, buying is merely buying, especially when there is no choice.

            “…Yeah, shipping [American jobs overseas] has reduced household income in America, and still bringing millions of people out of abject poverty every single year in the vast landscapes of India and China.”

            I don’t care about India and China. I care about America.

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            This time thanks for answering point by point.

            “it’s the latest fad”-a pretty expensive fad for that matter. Now those who have money for the fad, should have money to invest wisely as well. So you agree that investment and generating some extra income is not that expensive, if only you can delay the instant gratification. Shrugging of the luxury as fad, then crying poor is a bad argument.

            I am not asking you to commend my investment decision, I am saying it is possible to act instead of complain or rant or yell. (Take whichever you want.) But you cannot deny that the job market is changing. Nothing apart from upgrading your skill or generating multiple incomes (instead of solely depending on your employer) is going to help you or anyone.

            As for consumer voice, technological improvements does not preclude its possibility. Nokia was once the virtually monopoly in the cellphone market, now almost facing bankruptcy. Why? The consumer voice. You can find numerous examples consumers driving out brands or products. Not out of hatred or anger, or political campaigns, just by their choice. Millions of Americans are expressing their choices in the supermarkets and capital market every single day.

            Yes, there is an alternative to buying. That is, not buying. Do without your towel, or iPhone. But when you buy, you are encouraging the suppliers and producers. A lot of things in today’s supermarkets did not exist a few decades back and people lived without them. Besides I said something else already which you ignored. The scenario is not like all American goods were replaced overnight by all Chinese goods. The transition happened slowly and it is consumers like YOU who drove out American goods slowly for four decades, via YOUR choice. When you are depending on Asian exports every single hour, whatever you say here is nothing but rant.

            “I care about America.”-yeah, I can see that. I am not asking you to care about India or China. I am just saying there is nothing objectively wrong with outsourcing as American consumers like it. If you care about America, go donate your money to American people or charities. No one is preventing you, no one cares. But just because you care does not mean everybody has to act (buy or invest) the way you see fit. Did you get this point? If I say I care about Germany and hence you have to always buy only German cars that is not any more stupid.

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Now those who have money for the fad, should have money to invest wisely as well….”
            not necessarily in view of declining real median income, but what they spend their money on is their choice.
            “…But you cannot deny that the job market is changing. Nothing apart from upgrading your skill or generating multiple incomes (instead of solely depending on your employer) is going to help you or anyone….”
            Of course it is changing, less and less manufacturing jobs. And you need to consider all those kids who went to college and now can’t find a job. Why? Good jobs are becoming rarer and rarer, thus the middle class is being destroyed in this country.
            “…The scenario is not like all American goods were replaced overnight by all Chinese goods. The transition happened slowly and it is consumers like YOU who drove out American goods slowly for four decades, via YOUR choice. When you are depending on Asian exports every single hour, whatever you say here is nothing but rant….”
            OIC, people’s incomes are declining and they look for cheaper prices, thus it is there fault the American jobs were shipped overseas in the first place. Interesting how things really started to fall apart with the passage of NAFTA (pushed on us by the multinational corporations; and it has already been proven that the politicians obey those who give them the most bribes…..er, contributions, so don’t blame the American people for NAFTA).
            “…I am just saying there is nothing objectively wrong with outsourcing as American consumers like it….”
            But there is, all that manufacturing income left America, followed by R&D.
            “…If you care about America, go donate your money to American people or charities. No one is preventing you, no one cares….”
            what a smug, arrogant attitude
            “…If I say I care about Germany and hence you have to always buy only German cars that is not any more stupid.”
            if you say that then move to f-ing Germany

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Yeah, how to spend money is there choice. But I am criticising the ranting or helplessness. They make poor choice and then people like you come up pretending to care for them.

            Okay, so we agree that the job market is changing. But apparently you are not ready or acknowledge the need to change yourself or other career seekers about how to adapt. That’s my point. The age of average mediocrity is past for good. I like it not just because of cheap goods, but because of the choice I get at my supermarket, because of the opportunity it provides me at my investments, to identify growing businesses. Globalisation and automation are your friends if you know how to take advantage. Again, you don’t have to be like me. As you said so clearly, your time, your money, your choice.

            Yeah, NAFTA allows free trade, which is great for skilled professionals since their salary either rise or buys them more. It raises a lot of people out of poverty in Mexico. Free trade is my freedom to trade. You don’t like it, don’t trade. But how do I invest my money, build plants or what goods I buy is my choice.

            No, not all R & D did leave America. Silicon valley is still a shining beacon of the new age R & D economy. Look at detroit for a union, benefit, pension and labour driven economy. Look at Silicon valley for an innovation, entrepreneurship, maritocracy driven economy where Americans work side by side with Russians, Chinese, Africans-you name it. Of course that does not suit your political agenda of intervening in peoples’ choice. And there is no law of nature that America will have the most jobs or only good paying jobs. Goods will flow where they are priced the most, capital will flow where they are valued the most.

            I am a law abiding citizen, and care more about my family than any nationality inside an arbitrary land border, be it China or America. But if you care about American people as you claim to do, what’s preventing you from givng up your things to any American you sympathise with? Why don’t you build a factory and give jobs to people? Maybe you are already doing, since I don’t know you. Congratulate yourself, but not that everyone has to care about arbitrary nationalities.

          • Gay Veteran

            from Paul Craig Roberts (Reagan’s assistant secretary of the Treasury):

            How the Economy was Lost, Doomed by the Myths of Free Trade

            “…I have read endless tributes to Wal-Mart from “libertarian economists,” who sing Wal-Mart’s praises for bringing low price goods, 70 per cent of which are made in China, to the American consumer. What these “economists” do not factor into their analysis is the diminution of American family incomes and government tax base from the loss of the goods producing jobs to China. Ladders of upward mobility are being dismantled by offshoring…The shift of production offshore reduces US GDP. When the goods and services are brought back to America to be sold, they increase the trade deficit. As the trade deficit is financed by foreigners acquiring ownership of US assets, this means that profits, dividends, capital gains, interest, rents, and tolls leave American pockets for foreign ones….”

          • Gay Veteran

            “…Globalisation and automation are your friends if you know how to take advantage. Again, you don’t have to be like me. As you said so clearly, your time, your money, your choice….”

            and what is the max percentage of the population that can take advantage? but who cares, you got yours, F everybody else.

            “…Yeah, NAFTA allows free trade, which is great for skilled professionals since their salary either rise or buys them more. It raises a lot of people out of poverty in Mexico….”

            Just ignore labor arbitrage (corporations going to slave labor countries) and environmental arbitrage (going to countries with little or no environmental reguations…..just hope the workers there don’t have to breathe the air or drink the water). Skilled professionals? even white collar jobs are being moved overseas.

            “…No, not all R & D did leave America. Silico n valley is still a shining beacon of the new age R & D economy….”

            Just ignore manufacturers of everything else. And Apple does not produce its products here.
            [btw, what about the supply chain for the manufacturers that moved to China? oh yeah, they moved to China too]

            “…I am a law abiding citizen, and care more about my family than any nationality inside an arbitrary land border, be it China or America….”

            I wish your family the best of luck as this country continues its decline. Kidnappings are a fact of life in Third World countries, and desperate people do desperate things.
            But hey, at least you got your stocks.

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Well, a big part of the population is taking advantage already. You are one of them since you are using a gadget possibly designed in california, assembled in Taiwan. At the income side, you are just unfit if you cannot take advantage.

            For whatever it is worth, an industrial employment system did not exist before the cotton meals in Manchester in eighteenth century. Humanity progressed for thousands of years before that without a monthly salary, via trade, freelancing, or making things at home. There have been disruptive technologies and trades since centuries via steam engines to tractors. Nothing is new. Since our own professional lives extends barely a few decades, we take things we see for granted. But society can progress very well without permanent jobs, so long as the human freedom exists to trade skills, products and services. Perhaps there were people like you who asked whether anyone can take advantage of steam engines, or aeroplanes or even telephones. But the global population as a whole is more resilient and adaptive than you imagine. Just because people you know cannot upgrade their skills, does not mean no one can. I learn a new metric to judge a business, or a new protocol to send data or anything from a relevant professional journal every month or week. That helps me stay relevant in the industry and make my job automation proof. Rather, I use automation to do mindless chores I don’t like. But apparently you want to stay stuck in your rut, or advocate people should do so. I have only one word-LoL!

            Designing an iPad processor or coding its operating system takes a hell lot more skills than moving plastic cases or screens around a factory floor. This is one of the reasons the former is done in the silicon valley and the later in Dailan. But that’s not a given, it can change according to the business strategy of Apple. Anyway, if you are that much intent to make phones in America, you can open a factory. Or you can try to buy a majorit stake in Apple or Samsung and use it to influence the board. You don’t own Apple (yet), right?

            Quite simply, do as you wish when you have your own business, Give jobs to whichever nationality you like. If you open a business in Tx, give jobs only to Texans, never, ever hire a Californian if you so desire. No one will have a right to object.

            You are blaming me for not caring about America. (I do not know why should I care more about America than about Canada, or Norway or India.) Anyway, if you do care (which I appreciate), how do you implement it via action? Donate your money to Americans? Open factories to give jobs to people fired by Apple or Nike outsourcing?

            And since you are apparently not aware, kidnapping is as much a fact in third world countries as school shooting or cop shooting in America. And there were many third world countries which are not third world any more, in many respects far ahead of many European nations actually. And they embraced free trade, import-export, immigrants and emigrants.

          • Gay Veteran

            you got some really long posts here, getting paid by the word? or are you just a troll pushing a pro-corporate agenda

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            Thanks for acknowledging that you ran out of anything to say and now have to resort to a personal fight.

          • Gay Veteran

            sorry junior, but I don’t get paid by the word like you do.
            now go confuse and deceive people with your pro-corporate propaganda elsewhere

          • Gay Veteran

            “Congratulations for (deliberately) misinterpreting everything I said….”

            or maybe you just don’t write very well.
            but it is much easier to accuse me of deliberately misinterpreting what you said

        • There are many employee-owned businesses in existence already, including in the supermarket space. It’s hardly an unworkable model.

          “About the rest of your economic reasoning, the less said the better.”

          So it looks like your “economic reasoning” boils down to asset-price inflation as a means of driving the economy rather than productive investment. Seems legit.

          • Swagato Barman Roy

            No, I am as much against asset price inflation as anyone else. But walmart is not the one responsible for it. If you need to blame someone, it is the federal reserve, the department of treasury and all the Keynesian experts.

            And I never said employee owned business is unworkable. I said if the walmart cashiers knew how to establish run a business, then they would not be sucking at walmart. You don’t need to advocate anything, just prove by action.

          • ” I said if the walmart cashiers knew how to establish run a business, then they would not be sucking at walmart.”

            Capital for employee-owned businesses is rare. Shareholders want to be able to maximize their return on investment by raiding corporate treasuries and making payouts even when self-investment and/or salary increases would be a better option for the long-term health of the business. They use their control of corporate boards, including Wal-Mart’s, to precipitate massive share buybacks and dividends above and beyond sustainable levels, causing asset-price inflation.

            Corporate boards are just as responsible for asset-price inflation as are the Fed, private banks, and Keynesian economists. In doing so they divert money that could be used productively into purposes that aren’t.

      • Mike Smithy

        To their credit, Wamart has always had a pretty good stock option plan for employees. I have an uncle that went to work for Walmart as a poor truck driver in 1975. In 1998, he retired as a multi-millionaire.

  • Justin Neubauer

    Have you lost your mind?

    Walmart pays More than other grocery chains for the same exact job.

    My local David’s supermarket was paying $7.25 an hour for doing the same thing that Walmart was starting people out at for $9.75 an hour. Plus the 10% discount on all things in store is another bonus.

    I know this because I applied to these places just a couple years ago.

  • Rob

    The biggest problem is that, as a publically traded corporation, if Walmart does anything that lowers profits for its stock holders, the leadership of the company will immediately be slapped with a class action lawsuit over it. That is at least part of the reason why privately owned Hobby Lobby pays its workers much better than Walmart does.

  • Sadentrepenuer

    Duh wal mart and other big box stores killed choice and diversity all for the lowest price. Yes, diversity not skin color. Now it’s everyone goes to the same store homogenized non diverse culture!

  • Paul F

    wal-mart has destroyed small business independent-america and has become corporate you-depend-on-us-america–of course the government will support wal-mart, wal-mart keeps the sheeple in crowded lines minding the system.
    wal-mart is sewage

  • Harry Legg

    I guess I will never understand the mindset of the super wealthy. I mean, how much is ever enough? They just take, and take, and take, etc. Soon, no one will be able to afford their junk, then what? I guess the world is truly not enough for these people.

    Donald Trump said in one of his books, “After a while the money means nothing, it’s just a means of keeping score.” Well, in this game all of us are the ones losing and will end up with a destroyed economy and a destroyed world and stand to suffer the most. What monsters.

  • Paul F

    i never step foot in a wal-mart—despise and loathe that nasty place. wal-mart is a disease and a virus that has contributed to the death of independent america. i believe wal-mart was created to destroy small business. if you look inside the rat you will see it’s stomach. boycott wal-mart–don’t even step foot in that filthy place. seek out what ever small businesss remain and give them your business. one stop shopping is for the lazy and controlled.

    • Hot Rain

      The day I am forced to shop at Walmart is the day I turn into a criminal..

    • disqus_nyQUEWj3aa

      Yep. I told my wife that I thought she enjoyed the human interaction she had with the clerks and she looked at me puzzled. I pointed out the the use of the self check out line, not only in Walmart but others as well, would result in the elimination of Jobs. One day soon all items will be rfid tagged, you will simply roll through a gated scanner that will count, tabulate and ring up your purchase and automatically charge you or debit you as it (the unseen computer server) communicates with the chip in your credit or debit card. All overseen by one or two human observers who will themselves soon become obsolete. I choose not to participate in that particular form of job destruction.
      Of course one day it will be mandatory if you want to buy food. All you will have to do is accept one small little mark.

  • JustSayin’

    Honestly, I agree and DISAGREE. Look, I think we can all agree that Americans have changed ALOT morally and ethically in the last fifty years. Gone are the days when someone worked hard and made their way up the chain to better positions. Yes, Walmart does good financially, but I disagree that they should pay a higher wage for low wage positions. How much do you really think a cashier or shelf stocker should make? Sorry, but minimum wage jobs are those that require very little skill, and Walmart jobs are definitely low wage jobs. In addition, hasn’t everyone noticed how lazy workers are now? We could go on and on of stories of lazy employees who DON’T want to work hard and set goals for themselves. If you don’t like minimum wage, then GET SOME SKILLS at a local community college, trade/tech school, or other college. Why is that too much for you guys? Stop bickering and start setting goals to achiever better things in life. I don’t agree w/blaming “the system” for each person’s lack of hard work and good ethic. That’s your own fault. Aim high, and see where that takes you. You’d be surprised how attitude CHANGES EVERYTHING. Like this blog, but respectfully disagree w/this particular article.

    • hairy reed

      I can tell you’ve never worked in a retail setting, or fast food. Hell, if hard work and effort was equal to wages then farmers would be millionaires.

      These corporations only care about themselves and its destroying our economy and our world. Instead of blaming workers “for not working hard enough” or “not having any ambition” how about giving them an honest and decent wage instead of being so damned greedy.

      • JustSayin’

        Point well taken. However, I was indeed a low wage worker. Too many years pounding that cashier at McD’s. Those were some loooooong years, Sir. Hated every year that went by being treated poorly by managers and oftentimes the public. I see your point, but I just woke up one day and said, “enough.” Got so tired of it, so decided to get some skills. Best decision I ever made. You sound hardworking, so why not work hard at a job and get paid what you are worth? You CAN DO IT. I scraped, but eventually made it out in my 30s. Hard to do, but by the grace of God, I did it. It can be done.

    • rentslave

      My only skill is in picking winning sports teams,but I cannot move to Nevada at my age.This racist judge in NJ stopped all white people from making money in this discipline 2 months when he took a bribe from the sports leagues.

    • Gay Veteran

      now the workers are receiving a smaller portion of corporate income. where did it go? top 1%

  • Jake Slapper

    I was a Loss Prevention manager for KMart for a brief time when I first got out of collage. I was surprised when I met our Soft Lines manager. She had nearly 20yrs with Kmart and was only making $9hr. All of that time and only $9hr? Really? These fools have no shame do they?

    • DesertPaine

      College 101: Learn how to spell ‘college’.

  • Georgiaboy61

    Re: “The 2.6 Billion Dollar Welfare Payment That The U.S. Government Gives To Wal-Mart”

    According to its founder, Benito Mussolini, fascism represented the perfect merger of the state with the corporation. Indeed, Mussolini once said that he wished he’d named the fascist system “corporatism” – for the seamless manner in which it blended the corporation with the state. Can there be doubt any longer that we have arrived at the destination of which Il Duce spoke? What is politely-termed “crony capitalism” in 21st century America is in fact nothing more than fascism.

  • Yet another example of why large corporations should be controlled directly by their workers, not by Wall Street shareholders who only wish to enrich themselves and not by an oppressive criminal state that serves the aforementioned Wall Streeters.

    • Paul F

      agree

  • Priszilla

    If I can avoid it I don’t shop at ASDA which is owned by Walmart.

  • XSANDIEGOCA

    “Meanwhile, the six heirs of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton have as much wealth as the poorest one-third of all Americans combined.”
    Good God Almighty! Sam Walton must be rolling in his grave!! Towards the end, Sam realized that he had to buy American if he wanted Americans to come into his stores. His heirs have been totally seduced by China to the point where Wal-mart could and should be renamed China-Mart.
    A recent cover story in the San Diego Reader profiled people trying to survive in this expensive city on $9/hour. Bottom line: without welfare it can not be done. There is a lot of suffering out there. Can’t say either party is doing much about it. How ironic that Obama is the finest President the 1% has ever had. All that QE money that was supposed to go into our businesses has passed to them. The big money center banks no longer make business loans so much as dabble in derivatives. If that market ever blows, as Michael has written, it will make 1929 and 2008 look like small potatoes. The Gilded Age never saw anything like this.
    This is very sad. Time was working a job was sufficient to pay your bills. This is no longer the case as this article testifies. Worse yet is a government that at the end of the day is nothing more than a dressed up welfare mendicant. The government borrows or prints 40% of every dollar it spends. Our debt has doubled under the Messiah. In other words, we are no longer able to generate sufficient tax revenue to cover our expenses. This is a definition of bankruptcy IMHO. When the interest rates rise on a national debt that will easily crest the 20 Trillion Dollar mark before the Messiah leaves office, the levee will begin to crack. Look for the government to cut back on the welfare that keeps the Wal-mart workforce going. Look for massive cuts in SS and Medicare. ObamaCare will simply become unaffordable and unusable. It will be ugly.
    Meanwhile, the ruling class has just legalized having half of Mexico move up here. Mark my words, they will be working at Wal Mart. We native Americans are being marginalized in our own land. Remember that commercial with the Indian Brave shedding a tear? I think it was an ad against pollution. The Indian was weeping over the destruction of his land. I know exactly how he felt because I weep now.

    • doug_b

      If you can’t survive in San Diego on your wage – then move!

    • Hot Rain

      “Trying to survive in this expensive city”
      Along the Gulf coast, housing and commercial rentals are ludicrous. How can the average person afford this? Like you say, government handouts? And if this is all over America, maybe THAT is the real reason for the deficit. Maybe we are more broke than anyone could ever imagine or admit. I am starting to think that we are in dire straits, ALL of us. Maybe the middle class has BEEN gone. Maybe food stamps and obama phones are the new normal. What if the ‘struggling’ is now ‘surviving’? The homeless situation is getting out of hand. I see people all over living in their vehicles. The young adults are all living at home. Some say the BUS is too expensive.
      So, what if I am right? What if we ALREADY had a small collapse and are hanging on by a thread? The distractions are ramping up. Food and energy are unaffordable. What if cheap gas is our only salvation? Now that is a terrifying thought..

      • XSANDIEGOCA

        One good shock could send us over the edge. Heussein is practically inviting an attack. Could we handle another 911? How about a few EMP bursts or destruction of a couple of our cities courtesy of N Korea and Iran? How about China announcing its currency is backed by Gold? How about N Korea moving on S Korea, Iran on Israel, Russia on the Baltic State and China on Taiwan all at once? We dance on the edge…

  • Walter Hermann

    Well unfortunately the reality is that Wal mart workers are basically the epitome of welfare recipients if they have no place to show up. then the govt would be subsidizing their entire existence instead of the portion not subsidized by wal mart in reality so who’s really subisidizing these folks?

  • mot

    It all goes back to having a corrupt government. Blame Walmart if you please, but that is not the root problem. And please don’t blame all the Walmart shoppers for the problem either.

    • Wal-Mart created its own customers by driving out small businesses from smaller towns, forcing their well-compensated owners and workers to work for Wal-Mart at slave wages.

  • Genada

    This to me is more about hiding problems in plain site. The reason Walmart workers do not demand more pay is because the government makes up the short fall for what it would take them to live.

    It’s just like being able to say, there’s no soup lines so it’s not that bad. That’s true but if you took away ecb cards, would that be true?

    At some point, we need to start facing the truth and admit that our economy is not working and failing a majority of our citizens. People that work full time and haven’t made poor choices in life shouldn’t be living in poverty.

    • Megalon

      In the past, a person who was low skilled and had minimal education could still get a decent factory job and provide a adequate income for his family.

      The manufacturing sector has been decimated in North America so those good paying low skill jobs are gone overseas or Mexico. I live in Southern Ontario Canada and we are seeing plant after plant shut down.

      We hardly make anything anymore,Canada is 75-80% service industry and even if something is made in Canada people aren’t willing to pay the higher price because we are addicted to cheap Chinese made stuff.

  • DaveZiffer

    Never in my life did I imagine that I or anyone else could support myself, let alone a family, doing unskilled labor. The idea that people should be paid some arbitrary minimum regardless of supply and demand for what they are doing is destructive, no matter what your sentiments are. Get educated and become productive, folks. And stop making stupid life decisions that trap you in bad employment situations.

    • Gay Veteran

      well back before the mega corporations we had anti-monopoly laws that allowed small businesses to prosper, that’s all gone now

  • Jackie Milton

    I personally choose to pay a higher price than shop at wal mart. I might go into a wal mart once a month and it’s only for something small and they are convenient at the time. Wal mart does not always have the lowest price but people are gullible and believe they do.

  • gfmucci

    Sheesh. No! Walmart does not have to do “it.” People who want/need to advance in life need to acquire skills that pay more money. A private company should not be expected to be the government-substitute big daddy who doles out benefits irrespective of whether they are earned. You are advocating a minimum wage for every ditch digger, picker, stocker, and sweeper, despite their skill level or hours worked? Astonishing.

    • Gay Veteran

      spoken like someone with a cushy white collar job

      • 2gary2

        Maybe he worked very hard to get that “cushy white collar job” ?

        • Gay Veteran

          many do, but many also have empathy for those less fortunate

          • GSOB

            Socialist

          • Gay Veteran

            when did emphathy become socialism.
            and that is an extremely odd comment coming from someone who is supposedly a christian

    • Smokeman

      A prime example of government fixing wages to an artificially high level is….New York. Look how well that has worked out.

  • Stan

    Blaming Walmart, or its employees is like blaming the illegal alien for coming across the border to take advantage of our, (for lack of a better word) “kindness”.

    I blame our government at all levels and the politicians ever so willing to trade out sanctity, our culture, our way of life for political gain and the bleeding heart liberals who can’t see past this and who support it all.

    I suggest we focus our fix elsewhere……..

    • Gay Veteran

      we forget that the “conservatives” support this too

      • Stan

        Republicans may, but not true conservatives

        • Gay Veteran

          true conservatives are about as rare as true liberals.
          Republicans=Democrats

  • moovova

    Socialists hate capitalists…especially successful capitalists.

    Keep up the good work Wal-Mart.

    • GSOB

      Russia’s economy has been hurt by two big things: the falling price of oil and economic sanctions.
      (Remember Crimea?)

  • sherlock32555

    Anyone really surprised? This didn’t me because our thieving government sure don’t listen to us!

  • DJohn1

    The problem is people working for Walmart have little choice.
    They are players in a system of welfare.
    The “rules” are that they can not make more than a certain amount because they will lose their benefits with the government.
    That is a doomed system. It requires people to stay under a certain amount of money or they lose benefits worth at least $15,000 dollars.
    Take two individuals. One is working for a nursing home. The other is only working part time to keep their benefits. Guess who gets the most reward for not working?
    The laws were set up to disqualify anyone that makes over a certain amount of money. Originally that money was worth a lot more. Now with inflation not so much.
    So a person making under the limit stands to benefit to the tune of about 15,000 worth of benefits. In order for them to get the same benefits in private life they would have to make about $35,000 a year.
    Walmart is not alone. Many other retail stores and many health care facilities have the same problem. The worker cannot make more than a certain amount of money or they end up losing all those benefits.

  • MadAsHellYankee

    “But now as the U.S. energy boom goes bust, it might lead the way in job losses.”

    But but but we need to drive oil down because Putin invaded Ukraine!!! All the libtards and neocons say so.

    • Gay Veteran

      “…But but but we need to drive oil down because Putin invaded Ukraine!!! All the libtards and neocons say so.”
      can’t have massive new profits for the military-industrial-surveillance complex without a new Cold War (or hot)

  • Black

    ya, so my taxes help to support walmart employees but I make up for it with the huge savings. just scored a ten gallon jar of pickles for $1.39! life is good!

  • Darren

    The author erroneously describes (IMHO) a situation of unfair disadvantage to the employees (low pay) and the government (unintended subsidy of a major corporation). However I argue against this position by proposing that each participant in the Walmart labor equation are fully compensated and fully informed of their positions:

    1. The Walmart owners get richer (by paying lower wages) and therefore they remain incentivized to continue to invest in and support their business which fosters continued and new employment opportunities for low-skilled workers in the US

    2. The Walmart workers in the US remain competitive (by receiving lower wages) and therefore are able to keep steady jobs that help provide for their families based on the limited skill-set they offer to society

    3. Walmart as a business remains able to provide lost cost food and goods (through reduced labor expenses) to the American consumer which increases the purchasing power of the consumers and stimulates the economy.

    4. The government gets tax income from all of Walmart sales and employees’ revenues

    5. The Chinese and other low-cost manufacturing countries that Walmart buys from are able to continue to provide low-cost goods that America and the rest of the world demand. This stimulates the world economy, as well as incentives American manufacturers to look for ways to compete with the Chinese or face obsolescence, with the result (in either case) being that consumers get cheaper products

    In the end, everybody wins and so the delicate balance between welfare and wages is maintained as the status quo that we see today.

    • Gay Veteran

      that was some good corportist propaganda.
      a man could support a family one one wage in the 50s and 60s, before corporations shipped American jobs overseas.
      and you forget that the manufacturing wages go to China, not U.S.
      plus research and development follows manufacturing

      • Darren

        No, I have not forgotten where the wages go..they always go to the lowest common denominator (in this case: the Chinese) – because this represent the best value to the consumer.

        Outsourcing of American Jobs is the natural evolution of the conglomeration of cultures made possible by technology. It is simply the path of least economic resistance to getting the demanded Product to the consumer in the most efficient manner possible. Just like a river – no matter how many dams the government builds – the river always finds it’s way back to sea. You nor I can stop this.

        And do you really want to go back to live in the 50’s and 60’s especially considering how you call yourself (Gay Veteran) and how they treated Gays, Blacks, Latinos, Women, the environment, laborers etc, etc back then?

        There is no perfect society (not back then and not now) … every Generation has its own challenges and accomplishments

        • Gay Veteran

          well Darren it is a simple fact the middle class in this country is being destroyed, and shipping American manufacturing jobs overseas is part of the problem.

          “outsourcing” (what an Orwellian word) is due to labor arbitrage (slave labor wages) and lack of environmental regulations (much cheaper to produce in China when you don’t have to worry about pollution).

          • Darren

            I agree completely you. What goes up must come down… all of the great past empires have fallen and history has been known repeat itself. But don’t get depressed in the cycle of life and death of great empires and their economies. We will be OK if we adapt.

          • Gay Veteran

            indeed, the collapse of the Soviet Union did not mean the end of Russia

      • Orange Jean

        One wage yes, in some cases… but I how many were able to do it on minimum wage (except maybe some very low cost communities or if you owned a home because it was handed down in your family)?

        Back when I first started working, part time after school…. in 1966… I earned $1.25/hr. (slightly lower than regular minimum wage because I worked at a hospital that had a “special” lower minimum wage).

  • Donald Wilson

    Michael this all being done intentionally, wipe out the middle class, load up the safety net until it eventually snaps which will ultimately usher in the “The New World Order.” When this finally transpires citizens across this once great nation will be in for a world of hurt and despair.

    Good Luck and Good Night…

    Bravo two zero out

  • Tom_F

    Walmart pays over $7 billion a year in taxes (32%+ rate), look it up. I’m not going to debate the $2.6 billion subsidy, but the money is mostly going to part-time workers who have made the decision to have children they don’t have the time, interest or money to raise properly, get the education required to get a better job, and they are working at the only place that will hire them. Seriously, would any of you want to live next door to a Walmart retail line worker? Nah, me neither.

  • Tractor

    Only if Sam Walton were alive today he would FIRE the lot of them, EVERY SINGLE ONE of them greedy bastards

  • Billzo

    Since when does Wmart have to provide a career for an employee? How can you make a middle class living at a part-time job? You cant. This is the problem, and it falls on the employee…….not WalMart. The employee is responsible for income, not the employer. Employees that work into management make good money. You cant expect to start at the top in todays business climate.

  • DesertPaine

    Sorry Michael. Gotta go with the large number of comments that disagree with you on this.

    Instead of regurgitating it all, let me address what is almost never addressed. “We refuse to support American workers and American businesses, and this is a recipe for utter disaster.” Yes, its a recipe for disaster. But the larger disaster is supporting them. For these reasons: As long as businesses cower and throw workers under the bus, and the workers accept it, by issuing W-2s and 1099s then businesses deserve no sup[port and workers get what they deserve.

  • energizedmortal

    Humanity has been addicted to corruption and warfare since its creation. Some hate it, some embrace it and profit from it. Good news: can’t profit from people if you kill them all so there is a chance that the elites will try to keep the radiation to a minimum.

  • Hot Rain

    Walmart boasts relationships with 20,000 Chinese suppliers. It also buys from Bangladesh, Cambodia, and a host of other 3rd world countries. Their food and clothing are alarmingly toxic.
    Walmarts market power is so immense that suppliers must meet demands to lower and lower their prices. This is the #1 cause of companies moving out of the US and the major source of manufacturing bankruptcy. This is corporate greed, and abuse of the world.
    Walmart spends millions lobbying for legistrative favors. The corporate government is now your worst enemy.
    And finally, the Vactican now sells their deluxe model Mahogony Sacred Heart casket for $3799 for when you are worn out and sick. Walmart didn’t ask for a lower price..

    • DesertPaine

      What do you do for a living, Hot Rain?

      • Hot Rain

        Anthropogenic pollution related research.

        • DesertPaine

          This could mean anything from picking up trash on the side of the road to study of amino acid chains for sunlight breakdown enzymes. Can you be a bit more specific?

  • Philip Arlington

    China isn’t a communist country, it is fascist. It has a one party state, a mainly capitalist economy with state control of key sectors, and virulent nationalism. That is the fascist recipe.

    Because China is fascist it ruthlessly puts itself first, giving it a huge advantage over Western countries run by globalists who cling to the fantasy that in a world without barriers everyone will play fair regardless of all evidence to the contrary.

    Not that communism is a good thing, but it is important to describe things as they actually are.

    • brimp

      Actually, China is a mafia state. I was shocked the first time I went to China (in ’97). It seemed that they were more “free market” than the US. After several trips I finally figured how things worked. Anyone can start a business producing or selling almost anything that people wanted more than their money. Only after a business gets to a certain size that they find out that they have ‘partners': The Peoples Liberation Army. Nothing enters or leaves the country without giving a cut to this mafia. This includes personal items sent through the mail.

      There is very little socialism in Beijing. If you don’t work, you don’t eat. As long as you don’t talk about politics, you have free speech. I still can’t figure what really goes on at the top of the food chain. Are they puppets to the New World Order or competitors? I don’t know.

    • XSANDIEGOCA

      The Chinese have been and will continue to eat our lunch. I drive out to Palm Springs a lot. I-10 parallels the Union Pacific tracks out of the ports of LA and Long Beach. I see the same thing EVERY TIME. A huge train of over 100 container cars, double stacked with goods from China, heading East . The booty is so large it takes 5 engines to pull it all over the mountains. The assumption, as you have stated, is that the Chinese will “play fair”. They do not! The Chinese have been doing this for 5000 years and are laughing up their sleeves at the West, which is being devoured by radical Islam but that is another story…

  • frank1569

    All across Europe, Asia, and slowly here in awesome America, Big Corporations are replacing human service industry workers with robots. Near-fully auto fast-food and reg restaurants, warehouses, etc. We’re looking at another 5 million jobless in the next few years and nobody is talking about just how monumental a shift this is going to be. What happens when even the crappy min wage jobs are gone?

    • Hot Rain

      The Hunger Games, minus the murder at first. You didn’t think that was ‘just a movie’, right? I believe there are many movies with an underlying message. In reality, film makers cannot speak out.
      The elites have already “zoned” the land. Call them Factions. Call them Ghettos. It is at that time I will gladly meet my maker..

  • pokerchip

    As “crazy” as it sounds, Ross Perot was absolutely on the money.

  • Whirled Peas

    “Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it.”
    Would you feel better if Wal-Mart did poorly? I hope not, but judging from the hate poring out of the keyboards on here, many would just be as happy if the government took over Wal-Mart.
    “so the Federal Government has to do it.” No it does not. Welfare is best done at the local, county or state level. However, only the Feds have a printing press so the $18 trillion debt just keeps piling up and the leftist idiots keep pushing for an economic collapse.

  • Guest

    What an absolute load of crap this article is.. The only this Walmart should do is to fire the lazy-ass employees (which, by my estimation is about 20-30% of them) and then MAYBE give a nominal raise to those who remain. Neither Walmart, nor any other employer should be compelled to hire ANYBODY…let alone pay them an arbitrarily decided and imposed wage. Make any able bodied person who draws welfare go out and do volunteer work in return for their food stamps and I guarantee they will miraculously figure out how to find a ‘decent’ paying job, they will work hard at it, and for perhaps the first time in their lives they will step over the fence and become productive citizens, rather than parasitic sloths.

  • Allan Elliott

    I’m no defender of Wal Mart but was this written by Bernie Sanders or someone at MSNBC?

    All of this economic turmoil is the result of crony capitalism and big government. Get government out of the way and all of these big corporations who get subsidies and use the government for their own gain would collapse. And then we would have free enterprise and free markets.

    Memo to Michael – attend a Mises conference.

  • Liberty First

    Sadly, I am becoming increasingly convinced that many prominent “pro-business” voices in America today are actually closet communists.

    –I do not agree completely but would agree that may “pro business” voices are fascist and socialist to the core. They despise true capitalism, and love bailouts, govt. regulation that favors them, and bailout/corporate welfare. No longer does success in business equate with producing valuable goods and services. Now, it is all about political favoritism.

  • UnderpaidWageSlave

    The middle class thrived when 40% of all jobs were union. Now about 10% of jobs are union. The unions made sure that employees received wages they could actually live on. A college degree wasn’t the only way to get a good job since unions trained people. Paying for college is a way employers have passed the expense of job training on to the employee. Internships are a way for employers to get free labor (just like the self check-out lines in some retail stores). Research Blair Mountain and the coal miners to learn why unions were formed in the first place. Sadly, wherever there is money and humans, there will be corruption. Yet, people are stronger when they stand together than when they stand alone. Now, CEOs have multi-million dollar annual salaries while employees can barely afford basic bills. Businesses are making record profits while employees choose if they should buy food or pay rent with the paycheck that took them 14 hours per day to make. What if everyone stopped showing up and working at low wage jobs? What if the working class stood together until employers offered work/life balance and wages people could survive and thrive on?

  • The saddest thing is the skewing of reporting. What I would like to know, and never see, is just what qualifies a person for government assistance? After paying rent/mortgage, food, utilities, and vehicle costs, then that is what needs to be shown. Not after luxuries like cable/satellite, cell phones, cigarettes, alcohol, etc.

    • Botswana Jones

      It’s not rocket science it’s based on income. Listing rent and utilities, vehicle costs etc. is already required. Cigarettes and alcohol are not subsidized by the gov. Now let’s talk about what’s required to aquire corporate welfare instead of demonizing the poor and disabled many of which are American children.

  • nekksys

    Let me state this first and foremost: I am NOT defending Walmart!!!

    Let me reiterate: I AM NOT DEFENDING WALMART!!!!

    I have, however, seen “the belly of the beast” and I have something that needs to be revealed: Walmart has other “employees” that aren’t accounted for in these figures. Those folks you see in the store, walking around with their “Vendor” tag and an iPad are indirectly employed by Walmart. Their wages come from Walmart thru an outside employer yet these folks hold a position in the Walmart heirarchy. These folks get paid fairly well; not well enough in my opinion, but still well enough to live on. However, these folks pay and position are an aside to the reason I’m posting this.

    My reason is simple: Almost every Walmart employee is nothing more than an over-glorified stock person. Look around next time you’re there. What are these people actually doing? Rolling out skids of junk, opening boxes and shoving products on shelves. (Usually the wrong shelves, too…) Marketing displays that were once assembled and installed by actual Walmart employees are now pushed off to these Vendors. The same goes for managing inventories and product placement; Vendors handle this stuff, not Walmart employees.

    Walmart’s decision to add these Vendors was made for a very good reason: Today’s young folks, and many adults, don’t want to work, aren’t trustworthy and are, for the greater part, completely unreliable. How often do you go into a Walmart and find the wrong products on the shelves? How often do you find no one in the department to help? Due to the willful ignorance, laziness and sense of entitlement in the American masses today, Walmart has contracted out a majority of the real business management duties to outside companies.

    And the level of laziness and unreliability seems to be getting even worse. Prime example from this passed holiday season: A local Walmart decided to use a temp agency to fill some of the holiday positions. A dozen people were chosen, three showed up to work. THREE people decided they needed a job out of 12. Thats 25% and, frighteningly enough, almost parallels the job scene nationwide.

    But wait, there’s more! These outside Vendor companies vet and discipline their employees well away from the public eye. Now why is this important? If Walmart were to do everything themselves, the employee turnover rate would be astronomical. So why does Walmart only handle stocking and employee management? Simple; I-M-A-G-E. Upper management couldn’t maintain that Walmart is such a “great place to work” if they were routinely sacking a few hundred people a week. Face it, as long as Walmart keeps their employee expectations low, they can continue keeping wage expectations low.

    And keeping those prices low…

    So, yeah, I understand why Walmart does things the way they do. Conversely, why would anyone be excited and energized to work for a company who will do everything in it’s power to fire you before you get to earning a decent living wage? Demonstrating any level of motivation or ambition leads to employees being taken advantage of and having more work dumped on them so the lazy ones can goof off. Where’s the excitement in that?

    How do I know these things? It helps to get certain information being married to one of those Vendors who is firendly and upbeat AND has access to the managers of several Walmart stores in the area… You’d be surprised to hear some of their stories.

  • tranpl

    This is total BS. Wal Mart isn’t supposed to allow people (who want to) to work part time? Wal Mart is supposed to pay people based on the number of children they have? The same isn’t true of Target, of Sears of ay other retailer? Big bad Wal Mart..oooooooooo, so scary! How much is the bonus Taco Bell gets? KFC? …or any business in the service industry?

    I like how you claim the money is going to Wal Mart, then shift it to govt. programs for low-income. If you sold cars this way, you’d be in prison, btw.

    • nekksys

      Taco Bell and KFC are, in essence, PepsiCo brands. (Yum! Brands, the parent company of Taco Bell and KFC, was the result of PepsiCo spinning off their fast food division.) They don’t get bonuses. PepsiCo tends to buy, gut and unload as fast as they can.

      I do agree though: Since when is it the responsibility of a company who employes nothing but stock boys to pay anything above minimum wage? Don’t want minimum wage? Don’t keep minimum skills!!! Get an education at college. Go find an apprenticeship program and learn a skilled trade.

  • GoneWithTheWind

    This is the view of the Marxist socialist left it seems odd that you would be pushing it too. How much should I pay or you pay an employee? Should socialist/communist activist groups decide or should business owners decide? The real problem is that anyone could have a paying job and still get any form of welfare. Instead of wasting your time fronting for the socialist how about demanding that we change welfare to workfare where everyone getting welfare must put in 40 hours a week public service.

  • bwoboe1

    I agree! I know the “conservatives” that read National Review are just as corporatized as any liberal. I was banned for posting this same argument at National Review Online. The echo chamber is so dominated by corporate worship that those fools think it is patriotic to shop there. Accused me of being a paid troll to “disrupt” their “pro free market” discussion. These people have lost their minds! The programming they have been undergoing these many years is complete. Divide the masses, reap the rewards.

    I stopped shopping at Walmart and its equivalents many years ago. We can only change things one person at a time. That and supporting unions.

  • Charles Reece

    Michael, in this article, you state the following: “Even though Wal-Mart makes enormous profits, they refuse to properly take care of their employees so the federal government has to do it”.

    Michael, I thought that you were “conservative” by political philosophy, based on reading your articles. Now you sound “left-wing” here; sounding “anti-capitalist”, seeming to be “pro-labor”, and thus perhaps a “closet socialist”!

    Isn’t this is what “laissez-faire” capitalism is all about? Isn’t this just what “conservatives”, such as yourself, believe in? Why should you care about how Wal-mart treats its workers? American capitalism is cut-throat! It is economic “social Darwinism” – i.e., “survival of the fittest”! I find it surprising that you would “care” how any corporation treats its workers. Conservatives, such as yourself, are not known to really “care” about “workers’ rights” – even when the Government is fulfilling the “tab” or making up the “difference” for lack of sufficient hourly-wage earnings to take care of food, shelter, and healthcare.

  • William Zabel

    Large American corporations need to disappear faster than the rain forest and their executives and managers need to spend a lot of quality with Bubba in the prison shower.

  • Botswana Jones

    People won’t mind the riots as long as they can watch them on their new flat screen TV.

  • Al

    This is all true relating to Walmart and other companies like it, but as for the low oil prices it should be good for the economy. There is a noticeable increase of people on the road due to lower gasoline prices and they are our out spending money.

  • bilejones

    What a bunch of mind numbingly ignorant fools.

  • robert h siddell, jr

    The Democrats want more welfare. Three or four kids per single mother is not enough so they are importing future Democrat voters as fast as they can. Working society is on it’s last leg.

  • jackrorabbit

    I understand the hatred for Walmart; however, the options aren’t good. Here they are.
    1. Deny anyone working at walmart from receiving benefits from the government, that would go for any other retail establishment(cannot pick and choose here, because most of the chains do it). Upside, savings to the Federal Government. Downside, it would force the employees to either quit or form a union and demand higher wages. We know from history, that when a union attempted to be started, Walmart simply closed that store, leaving all those workers with zero income, and on the dole for a lot more than just some extra help. So, bad option

    2. Encourage a union, see above.

    3. Pass a law requiring “living wages”. This is called a price floor. The upside, those that are working there, get a living wage. Downside, Walmart is going to make their profit, period. So, they will either raise prices or cut jobs. That means that you either pay more for their goods or you wait a lot longer to check out.

    4. Find a different place to cut spending. LOL, sorry couldn’t help myself. Washington giving up spending anywhere. This simply wont happen.

    Short and sweet. They have set the trap, politicians and businessmen alike. The collusion between these groups is beyond disgusting, and our Founding Fathers, who warned us against this, would be furious with the voting public, who continue to vote in the same idiots that are screwing them over on a regular basis. There is no good answer, and any of the above actions, which I believe are the only feasible ones, will lead to either job losses or price increases. Neither of which our economy can handle. There are simply too many people living on the edge of disaster, and a price increase of 10% could be enough to break their back. This could lead to loan defaults and a rehashing of the 2008 banking crisis

    There is no good answer.

  • Spychiatrist

    Very good article. I must commend the writer for bringing forth this truth. Thank you.

  • Call Me Silly

    Oh boo hoo! The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. I have been in the workforce for over 40 years and today I make a pretty comfortable living because I have a very specialized skill. But hold on there those of you that say “well that’s fine and good because you are smart or you inherited what you have.” I started my working life many years ago washing cars. When it became clear that I would not be able to provide for anyone, let alone myself, with this poor excuse for a job, I did not put out my hand to Uncle Sam and say “Oh woh is me give me a handout – I did what I had to get an education and a skill so that I could really get ahead in life. I joined the US Military, spent 7 years gaining a good skill, and have had a very good life because of it. It was 7 years of very hard labor, very low wages, and lots of lack of sleep. But I overcame. Without low paying work (even if people have to get food stamps or other assistance) there would be no incentive for people to improve themselves – I that is what you really want then I suggest that you build a time machine and go back 50 years to live in Soviet Russia – ask any of those people who happened to make it to our country how good they had it then.

  • eric

    Supply and demand baby.. The supply of people willing to take a Walmart job is too great so why would Walmart choose to pay them more than they are worth? If on the other hand no one was willing to work these minimum wage jobs, guess what happens? Walmart is forced to increase their pay to attract workers.

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