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Monday, June 9, 2014
Tell Walmart to go subsidize itself
Or more bluntly put, to go fuck itself. The following is from The Other 98%:
Walmart owes you money. Big time. They raked in $17 billion in
profit last year, yet they pay their employees so little that folks who
work full-time must turn to food stamps just to feed their kids. And
guess who’s picking up the tab? Every year Walmart racks up $7.8
billion in government subsidies, and they force you and me to foot the
bill. Their explosive growth and ridiculous profit margins aren’t the
result of hard work and a little luck; they’re the result of Walmart’s
scorched-Earth business model - poverty wages, tax dodging, and
extensive use of the social safety net for private gain.
Over the last decade, Walmart
has bamboozled $240 from every single person in America. Meanwhile the
Walton family is the richest on Earth (worth more than the bottom 42% of
all Americans) and continues to hoard their obscene wealth while
demanding more tax breaks and subsidies.
$7.8 billion might not seem like
much to the Waltons, but I'm sure the rest of us can think of a few
better things to do with that money. We demand that Walmart start paying
its workers a living wage that lifts them up out of poverty and treats
them with the respect they deserve.