Why we should support the Walmart employee strike/boycott

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  1. ninja08hippie

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    Almost all of you have heard that Romney believed that 47% of the population was sponging off of the system. Well, not really, they are just paid so poorly that they can not afford things like food, health care, taxes… They think because the poorest 47% aren't paying for all of that, and because they are drawing money from the government, that they are sponging. This isn't the case, you have to look behind the curtain a little bit, because it's actually the billionaire 1% that are sponging off of the system.

    How can that be? Well, these are the ones who manipulate the laws with "donations." They keep the wage low, and the cost of living high. Walmart pays $1.2 billion in taxes each year, sounds good right? Well, because they pay their employees so poorly, their employees pull in $2.5 billion in social welfare each year. Walmart counts on the government to do this so that they don't have to provide their employees with livable wages. Walmart is completely aware of this, the ignorant masses, is not. Who is really the sponge here? Walmart costs the taxpayers a net of $1.3 billion / year.

    The way to fix the social inequality and welfare problem in the country is to make the biggest employers pay their employees livable wages and force them to stop expecting the taxpayers to fill in the gaps for them. The GOP wants to lower the minimum wage and let health care costs go up uncapped. We fixed one, now all big companies are forced to provide health care, which is one of the biggest costs of poor people, and a small cost to big companies.

    Some big companies are fighting it, Papa Johns cut a lot of hours so as to not provide health care. He said it would cost him $8 million dollars a year. The current operating cost, is $1.13 billion, so he cut hours so that his operating costs don't go up 0.4%. He could also offset this cost by increasing the cost of a pizza by a penny, but does he really care about $8 million dollars? Well, a pizza costs $8, so that's a million pizzas. Anyone who watches football knows that the company is currently giving away a million pizzas as a promotion. So he really only cares about $8 million if it's going to his employees health care.

    So are %47 of poor americans sponging, or are 1% of rich americans sponging?

    Walmart also pulls huge amounts of money out of your local economy. There is a fixed amount of money in your local economy (not really fixed, but go with it) and the more people shop at Walmart and other massive chains, the more money goes into the company. Good for economy right? Wrong. Lots of money goes into Walmart from shoppers, some of it goes back into the economy through employee's wages, local advertising... but they also suck out huge profits, which funnel back to their headquarters and their stock holders. This is why areas that get these big chains, start getting poorer. People think that the more shopping that happens, the more the economy is moving. It's true, but its moving from the area where the Walmart is to where Walmart is headquartered, with very little going in the other direction.

    So shop local this black friday, support your friend and neighbours because all of that money does stay in the local economy. Get your wife a necklace, but buy it at a local jeweler, get your kid a teddy bear, but buy it from a shop on Main Street.

    Plutocracy doesn't work, its the reason for the collapse of every major civilization in history from Rome to England to the USSR. Money being shifted around at the top doesn't hold up an economy if there is nothing moving around on the bottom. These giant corporations are not the savior the GOP tells you that they are, they are the countries downfall. You see most hippies yell and scream about the evil corporations, but don't really know why, I do know why, now you do too: math.
     
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    I left the part that might be infuriating out of the first post on purpose. I know that if Walmart suddenly had to pay their employees an extra 2 billion instead of the taxpayers doing it, it might have unforeseen consequences. If only we could find 2 billion in operating costs that could be cut...

    Oh, I know... Walmart spends 8 billion dollars a year (2011 figure) on lobbyists. That's right America, Walmart would rather spend 8 billion to assert its control over the government than spend 2 billion to ease the burden on the social welfare programs and provide livable wages.
     
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    Hi, this is great, I am going to read every post you make now.