Originally posted by XXX777
reply to post by newcovenant
Alice Walton provide jobs at a certain wage for people that want jobs at a certain wage.
Alice Walton did not force any of those people to accept that job at a certain wage.
Alice Walton did not force any of those people to make babies they could not afford.
Alice Walton is better than you and you are a sore loser. Wah!! Get over it. Move on. Grow up. Learn responsibility. Manage your own life and stop
asking for handouts. What? Are you still crying and admitting that Alice Walton is better than you?
This is really, really easy to post, but the truth is that you're so far out of touch with reality that I don't even know where to begin when
No one is forced to take a job, you're right. Walmart provides a job at a specific wage, and people do have the choice to take that job or not.
What you do not seem to understand is the position that many potential employees are in at the moment. U6 unemployment is sitting at around 16.5-17%,
while "real" unemployment, about 22-23%. I can cite sources for this if you wish, but the former figure is available via the BLS.
What is happening here is coercion. Different from slavery, but not all that far removed. Workers are, under the threat of joblessness,
homelessness, poverty in general, coerced into taking jobs that provide such little benefits and pay that the U.S. Government is forced to pick up the
Now, you can reiterate your point in saying that they are not forced--you're correct, but again, coercion is the issue here, not force. Not taking
that job means sinking further down into the hole of potential poverty and debt, and quitting that job to find another, however unlikely that may be,
means exactly the same.
On top of these factors, being fired has the same consequences, so workers are coerced while on the job into performing duties far and beyond their
job description, pushing their capacity to work and productiveness to it's absolute limit.
I hope you can look a bit beyond your childlike perception of reality and understand the difference between purely voluntary work, work under duress
and coercion, and slavery.
Onto Walmart itself:
Should policy makers consider supporting legislation that would raise wages at Walmart? Should
they be concerned that low-income shoppers will bear the cost if Walmart is required to increase its
minimum wage to $12 an hour?
Our data suggests that a $12 per hour minimum wage standard at Walmart would be effective in
aiding lower-income families. If Walmart increased its minimum wage to $12 per hour, 41.4 percent
of the income gain would accrue to workers with wages below 200 percent FPL. These low-wage
workers could expect to earn an additional $1,670 to $6,500 a year in income.
If Walmart passed on 100 percent of the wage increase to consumers through price increases, which
is unlikely, the impact for the average Walmart shopper would be $12.49 a year (Table 6, page 8). We
estimate that 28.1 percent of the impact of the price increase would be borne by shoppers with
incomes below 200 percent FPL.
For reference, FPL means the Federal Poverty Level.
For this reason it is actually in Walmart's best interest to RAISE the minimum wage as they can easily afford to pay more, pushing even more
competitors out of the market as they are unable to compete. Is this good or bad? I'll let you figure that out.
So if Wal-Mart wanted to avoid paying anything for its employees under MaxTax, it could simply make sure that none of them made more than
$14,403 a year (they’d have to do this by ensuring their employees worked fewer than 40 hours a week, since this works out to be slightly less than
minimum wage). Or, a single mom with two kids could make $24,352–a whopping $11.71 an hour, working full time. That’s more than the average
Wal-Mart employee made last year. So long as Wal-Mart made sure its employees applied for Medicaid (something it already does in states where its
employees are eligible), it would pay nothing. Nada, zip. Nothing.”
Walmart is dodging paying for healthcare, again, by keeping wages artificially low, and having it's employees to apply for Medicaid instead... to
avoid paying for their healthcare.
A shining example of American Entrepreneurship.