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Originally posted by ecoparity
The problem is NOT Walmart or Wall Street or whatever business you care to insert.
The problem is a broken political system where big corporations can get legislation and policies passed that lead to severe economic in-balance (what they take out of our society vs. the benefit).
If you want to really start solving some of these issues the answer is in Washington DC, not Walmart.
1. Stop voting for the 2 parties and re-electing career politicians.
2. Reform the government with term limits for all offices.
3. Reform the campaign and contribution system to eliminate corporate buying of legislation.
It was bought and paid for congress and senate members who passed the tariffs that allow China to under-cut home grown businesses, violate copyrights wholesale, etc.
It was bought and paid for legislation that allows companies like Walmart to play games w/ overtime, wages and benefits.
It's a bought and paid for environment that has eliminated the last refuge of the working poor - (unions). I'm not a fan of them but when no one else will protect the public interest someone needs to.
Attacking these companies one at a time accomplishes nothing. We need new leadership in government willing to pursue new ideas. We need to go through and eliminate legislation that gives big corporations benefits at the public's expense. We need policies and legislation that encourage new models of business that are based on sustainability. That means economic as well as ecologic sustainability, not just "green" BS and propaganda like having special trash cans in the office.
Our forefathers designed a system that can work but they could not protect us from rampant corruption the public is too apathetic to do something about. We don't need to convert to socialism or keep waiting for unchecked capitalism to finally trickle down. We just need enough people to actually use the tools available and to be strong enough not to allow themselves to be sidetracked or corrupted. We can't solve these issues going after thousands of companies but we can solve it by using the democratic process and fixing it from the top down.
What are we waiting for? Someone else to do it for us?
Originally posted by intrptr
BS. All those years "made in China" was on every cheap thing sold here, I hated it. But I had little choice. I had to buy it because there was little else on the shelf.
Originally posted by Honor93
Originally posted by rockymcgilicutty
reply to post by The Old American
Tell that to rubbermaid.They kicked their door in and used muscle , here's the link in black and white.
edit on 6-1-2013 by rockymcgilicutty because: (no reason given)
classic corporatism ... not capitalism.
i really wish ppl would learn the difference.
WalMart reminds me of a zit that won't go away.
WalMart lacks ethics, equality and community involvement.
corporatists like those of WalMart belong in jail for racketeering against the American public.
(and RubberMaid specifically, along with many others over the years)
Fact: Walmart is a Job Killer
Walmart store openings destroy almost three local jobs for every two they create by reducing retail employment by an average of 2.7 percent in every county they enter.
Walmart cost America an estimated 196,000 jobs – mainly manufacturing jobs – between 2001 and 2006 as a result of the company’s imports from China.
Walmart workers average just $8.81 hour. This translates to annual pay of $15,576, based upon Walmart’s full-time status of 34 hours per week. This is less than 70% of the poverty line for a family of four.
Walmart pays less than other retail firms. A 2005 study found that Walmart workers earn an estimated 12.4% less than retail workers as a whole, and 14.5% less than workers in large retail in general. A 2007 study which compared Wal-mart to other general merchandising employers found a wage gap of 17.4%.
Last year, Walmart slashed already meager health benefits, leaving more workers uninsured.
Fact: Taxpayers Are Paying the Price for Walmart
Despite all the damage they have done to US workers and communities, a 2007 study found that, as of that date, Walmart had received more than $1.2 billion in tax breaks, free land, infrastructure assistance, low-cost financing and outright grants from state and local governments around the country. This number has surely increased as Walmart continues to receive additional subsidies.
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?
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.
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 was a key player in shutting down American Manufacturing because they stopped buying goods made in America because they wanted to buy the cheaper made in China goods to increase their profit. Thats how it works
Originally posted by WaterBottle
Look at all the corporate shills defending a corporation that will never ever defend the average American.
Originally posted by sconner755
Originally posted by Sphota
Originally posted by sconner755
Why does somebody being rich mean America is broken? It means America is working.
If this were a socialist or communist state, then somebody being rich would mean socialism or communism is broken. Those are the systems designed to make sure nobody is rich.
I give you five minutes to define these terms:
And, I'm gonna need you to explain how capitalism is not synonymous with entrepreneurship, democracy, and free market. Otherwise, I'm gonna have to ask that you stop posting, cause I'm getting sick of the superficial American public school understanding of comcialism and soshunists. It was worn thin in the late 80s and early 90s when they were regularly beat it into my head, and it still just doesn't have any real substantial or empirical merit....but it warms my heart that the same ol' propaganda is still in working order.
Who are you to ask me to stop posting, or demand I define anything for you?
Please, enlighten us with examples of socialist and communist economies so we can see the superiority of your non-American public education.