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Old 12-03-2012, 05:01 PM  
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Who's the Biggest Welfare Queen? Wal-Mart!

They force their employees to live off federal assistance in many, many ways. Flame away, neocons:

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Good news everyone, after more than thirty years of searching by the news media, Ronald Reagan’s infamous “Welfare Queen” has finally been found. She lives in Bentonville, Arkansas.

“She has eighty names, thirty addresses,” Reagan warned during his 1976 run for President about a nameless, Cadillac-driving woman who’s conning the social safety net. He added: “She’s got Medicaid, getting food stamps, and she is collecting welfare under each of her names.” In total, Reagan said, “Her tax-free cash income is over $150,000.”

For more than thirty years, Republicans have used the existence of this “Welfare Queen” to justify their attacks on public spending and prove that the “welfare state” has run amok. Yet, her identity has never been revealed. After decades of searching, the best and brightest minds in the field of journalism were never able to discover who’s behind the wheel of the “Welfare Queen’s” Cadillac, or if she even existed.

That is until now.

We now realize our mistake. In our search for this “Welfare Queen,” we were looking for actual people when we should have been looking for corporate people. We should have been looking at Wal-Mart.

Wal-Mart is the largest private employer and brought in more revenue in 2011 than any other company in the nation. Wal-Mart pocketed a not-too-shabby $16.4 billion in profits that same year and the six Wal-Mart heirs, the Walton family, own roughly $100 billion in wealth, which is more than 40% of Americans combined.

But, despite making all of this money, Wal-Mart’s business model hinges on mooching from the government. It hinges on being the biggest “Welfare Queen” in the United States.

Because of the “everyday low wages” that the retail giant pays its employees, our government has to step in and provide public assistance to Wal-Mart workers just so they can survive…which is why the Wal-Mart workforce represents the largest recipient of federal aid in the nation.
A Wal-Mart worker makes on average 31% less than a worker for any other large retailer, and requires 39% more in public assistance.

A recent study by UC Berkeley found that Wal-Mart’s low wages are costing the state of California alone $86 million a year to provide public assistance like food stamps and healthcare to the retailer’s 44,000 low-wage employees in the state. The state spends nearly $2,000 every single year on each Wal-Mart employee who can’t afford basic essentials like housing, food, and healthcare with their Wal-Mart paycheck.

In total, it’s estimated that Walmart stores loot more than $2.6 billion every single year from the federal government in the form of tax-payer funded public assistance to their employees. That includes more than one billion in healthcare costs associated with Medicaid, and $225 million in free or reduced-price lunches for school children of Wal-Mart employees.

And now, as reported by the Huffington Post, Wal-Mart is planning to loot even more from us taxpayers, as the giant corporation adopts a new healthcare policy that will deny insurance for any employees working fewer than 30 hours a week.

Wal-Mart routinely forces their workers into part-time schedules, working fewer than 30 hours a week, so many will lose their health insurance under this new policy. When asked for comment by the Huffington Post on how many workers will be affected, Wal-Mart declined to answer.

Make no mistake about it, while it may be individual Wal-Mart employees who are collecting government benefits, the corporation itself benefits tremendously.

If the government didn’t step in to provide food assistance, Wal-Mart couldn’t operate with a team of emaciated workers unable to lift ballets of canned foods or count back the correct change at the checkout lanes.

If the government didn’t step in to provide health insurance, then Walmart stores would be a breeding ground for infectious diseases since their employees can’t afford to see a doctor on their own.

If the government didn’t step in to provide school-lunch assistance, then parents who work at Wal-Mart may have less money to put gas in their car and may not even make it in to work.

How can a business succeed with a sickly, tired, tardy, or altogether absent workforce? It can’t.

And while most businesses understanding that a healthy, happy, productive workforce is good for business, Wal-Mart hasn’t. Instead, Wal-Mart, with its enormous fortune, has shifted this responsibility onto taxpayers like you and me. They are, indeed, among the biggest of the big welfare queens in America.

The only difference is Walmart actually exists and Reagan’s “Welfare Queen” doesn’t.

With the help of “Welfare Queen” argument, Conservatives have targeted individual Americans who rely on public assistance as irresponsible and argued that it’s time to end the “handouts.”

But in reality, it’s time we target the actual institutions of irresponsibility in America – Wal-Mart and the other corporate giants who don’t give enough of a damn about their workers to pay them a living wage stick us with the bill for their well-being.

If a corporation can’t afford to pay its employees enough that each worker can afford basic essentials like healthcare, food, and housing, then that corporation – no matter how big or small it is – shouldn’t be allowed to do business.

No more corporate Welfare Queens in America!
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:34 PM   #16
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:45 PM   #17
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Companies like Costco take the money from their upper management, not add to their prices.
Yeah? Ever sit across the table from a Costco buyer? I know where they extract their pound of flesh, and it isn't from their execs.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:52 PM   #18
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Wal-Mart built their empire on American public stupidity. Providing products at lower prices forced many small companies out of business or forced them to move their production to cheap out of country labor.

Want a prescription? Pay more at the local pharmacy or go to Wal-Mart where you could get it cheaper. Tough shit for the local pharmacy.

This is more of the global market coming back to roost at home.
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Old 12-03-2012, 07:54 PM   #19
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Whole lot of stupid in the OP. Re read it and I'm amazed crap like this is ever printed. But these are the intrawebs
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:05 PM   #20
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The op article makes the case for getting rid of public assistance. Then Walmart can't do what it does.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:06 PM   #21
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Wal-Mart built their empire on American public stupidity. Providing products at lower prices forced many small companies out of business or forced them to move their production to cheap out of country labor.

Want a prescription? Pay more at the local pharmacy or go to Wal-Mart where you could get it cheaper. Tough shit for the local pharmacy.

This is more of the global market coming back to roost at home.
This.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:13 PM   #22
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I will always pay more at another store, before patronizing wal-mart.

Make that choice every single week.
Same here. I think we might go to Walmart maybe twice per year only if they happen to have something i can't find somewhere else at that particular time. I find the customers at target far more tolerable to be around.
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:15 PM   #23
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The op article makes the case for getting rid of public assistance. Then Walmart can't do what it does.
The taxpayers are subsidizing the Walmart payroll. I don't know what we could do about it though?
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Old 12-03-2012, 08:25 PM   #24
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The taxpayers are subsidizing the Walmart payroll. I don't know what we could do about it though?
The only legal thing is to get rid of the public assistance, people can't work there, and make Walmart NEED to compete for heads. Or stout competition in the market place.

Personally I'd like the US to just put them out of business. Illegally if we have to....On some level I view them as a threat to our nation.

They sell mostly imports, on so it seems. Jack up the import tariffs
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #25
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Walmart is crap. Only go there if I absolutely have to.

Their treatment of employees is crap too...which is why I never plan to ever work there. These people can seek other employment if they wish, nobody is forcing them to work for Walmart. Most people now are domesticated, in which this case, as long as the people have just enough to get by, they're ok w/ that. Most of these people have ZERO ambitions to do what it takes to move up in the world. They're perfectly fine w/ being a low wage, low on the totem pole type of employee, and as long as the govt kicks in they have no will to achieve any goals in life.
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Old 12-03-2012, 09:04 PM   #26
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That's a copout, Stevie. Capitalism has become Corporatism. And it's ****ing broken. Small business, and the American dream are dying.
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That's a copout, Stevie. Capitalism has become Corporatism. And it's ****ing broken. Small business, and the American dream are dying.
thats what I've been screaming at the neocons in here since I came back.Without a strong middle class its impossible to have a strong America.
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I go to Wal-Mart when it's the only option. Needless to say I haven't walked in a Wal-Mart in years.
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Old 12-03-2012, 10:15 PM   #29
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That's a copout, Stevie. Capitalism has become Corporatism. And it's ****ing broken. Small business, and the American dream are dying.
no, your stance is THE cop out...the PEOPLE and their MORAL compass are broken... that is why America is dying.

we've done this to ourselves.

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Old 12-03-2012, 10:17 PM   #30
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thats what I've been screaming at the neocons in here since I came back
please..since you've come back you're just another version of Kotter.

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