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Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:17 PM

Grayson: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’

Source: Raw Story

“Representative-elect Alan Grayson (D-FL) said Monday that he will put mega-retailer Walmart squarely in his sights during the next Congress for the company’s liberal use of public assistance programs to supplement their workers’ wages… Grayson called Walmart “the largest recipient of public aid in the country,” saying their low wages force workers to take food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid just to get by.

“The taxpayer pays for the earned income credit,” he said. “The taxpayer pays for Medicaid. The taxpayer pays for unemployment insurance when they cut hours down. And the taxpayer pays for other forms of public assistance like food stamps. I think the taxpayer is getting fed up of paying these things when, in fact, Walmart could give every employee its got, even the CEO, a 30 percent raise and still be profitable.”

He added that while the health care mandate in the Affordable Care Act will help, “that’s just the start. In state after state after state, Walmart employees represent the largest group of Medicaid recipients, the largest group of food stamp recipients, and taxpayers shouldn’t have to bear that burden,” Grayson said. “It should be Walmart. So, we’re going to take that burden and put it where it belongs: on Walmart.”



Read more: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2012/11/27/grayson-walmart-is-the-largest-recipient-of-public-aid-in-the-country/

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Reply Grayson: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’ (Original post)
kpete Nov 2012 OP
Tumbulu Nov 2012 #1
Swede Atlanta Nov 2012 #2
nineteen50 Nov 2012 #5
blueclown Nov 2012 #3
freshwest Nov 2012 #4
Politicub Nov 2012 #24
Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #6
YOHABLO Nov 2012 #9
alp227 Nov 2012 #16
2Design Nov 2012 #7
alp227 Nov 2012 #18
2Design Nov 2012 #23
XtopherXtopher Nov 2012 #8
SoapBox Nov 2012 #10
Sunlei Nov 2012 #11
sheshe2 Nov 2012 #12
DirtyDawg Nov 2012 #13
TahitiNut Nov 2012 #14
libdem4life Nov 2012 #15
Overseas Nov 2012 #17
mother earth Nov 2012 #19
Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #20
mother earth Nov 2012 #22
marshall Nov 2012 #21
Pterodactyl Nov 2012 #25
CountAllVotes Nov 2012 #26
bobthedrummer Dec 2012 #27

Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:29 PM

1. And this is true for all businesses that depend on minimum wage

earners.

Enough already on the low wages highly profitable enterprises that pay so little tax on these profits.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:41 PM

2. Yes, talk about the "moocher" society......

 

Taxpayers are on the hook because Wal-Mart doesn't pay their workers a living wage or provide basic benefits such as health insurance. This at a time when the company is reporting record profits.

This is what is wrong with American capitalism. It is all about the owners and no sense of common purpose. If the owners are rich and happy then screw everyone else.

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Response to Swede Atlanta (Reply #2)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:00 PM

5. I have been screaming about this for years

I wonder how much it has cost taxpayers over the years to make Walmart's wages livable wages.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:52 PM

3. If your business model is dependent on keeping your workers on public assistance

Then it's not a good business model. And it's the government's job and duty to create laws and enforce regulations in order to make sure that companies do not pass the buck to taxpayers.

Grayson for President 2016!

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Response to blueclown (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 06:55 PM

4. +1,000 to what you said. Needs to be said until everyone realizes that!

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Response to blueclown (Reply #3)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:50 PM

24. Right on

Couldn't agree more. If you can't pay your employees fairly you shouldn't be in business.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:09 PM

6. Plus add all the tax subsidies and loopholes the Walton family and the Walmart company get.

Billions, I suspect.

The Waltons: The Real Welfare Queens (and Kings)

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:48 PM

9. 6 Walmart Heirs Hold More Wealth Than 42% of Americans Combined !!

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Response to Dont call me Shirley (Reply #6)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:47 PM

16. Grayson should call it what it is: "WAL-FARE".

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:10 PM

7. Article earlier about Mormons in Utah use this to have one parent stay home

They teach them how to use the system and live off of it

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Response to 2Design (Reply #7)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:30 PM

18. Link?

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Response to alp227 (Reply #18)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 07:33 PM

23. no I don't have a link

I saw it during the election cycle in background on romney - might be able to search and find it

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:44 PM

8. Go, man, go. Keep telling it, Grayson!!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:52 PM

10. Total Kick and Rec

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:57 PM

11. how can Walmart make a State raise the minimum wage?

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:22 PM

12. Alan Grayson We Welcome You back!

Thought I don't think Walmart will...Go get them!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:58 PM

13. Damn I've missed...

 

...this guy. Can't wait till he's back in Washington.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:07 PM

14. It's about damned time we had a Minimum Wage that's a Living Wage!!!

We had it in the 70s and then the GOP ramped up their war on workers. Enough!


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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 09:28 PM

15. Welcome back, Mr. Grayson. And this doesn't begin to cover what WM has done to small businesses

and local economics. I watched in West Coast horror as I visited my sister in a regional town in Western Oklahoma once or twice a year and went from small shop owners who knew everyone (and some even recognized me, the visitor) to Going Out of Business sales and finally, at some point, our shopping trips were mostly to WalMart. There were ugly divorces as formerly prominent families split up, civil services declined, spouses having to move to the City to get jobs, farms consolidated and sold for single-crop agribusiness, kids went to college and did not return etc. There were many factors to be sure, but WalMart is at the head of the vulture class.

Small town Midwest Main Street barely hangs on. A few scattered shops, thrift stores, professional offices, but more shuttered quaint storefronts, corner brick/multi-story buildings (usually were banks), brick-lined streets ... not quite ghost towns, but not thriving.

Her inlaws are still there because they are the only insurance agency/brokerage in the region. Walmart hasn't gone into insurance brokerage...yet. It has been a scourge on our social order.

Good luck, Alan.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Tue Nov 27, 2012, 11:00 PM

17. K&R. Yes please! It is not at all fair that we taxpayers are propping up the Owners' greed.

I thought it was amazing to contemplate that they could give every employee a 30 percent raise and STILL be profitable!

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:11 AM

19. Grayson, Warren, Sanders, just a few who make the party proud, the voices of We The People.

Thank you, Alan Grayson, for the clarity and truth you bring to us. So many still need to wake up, it doesn't have to be this way.

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Response to mother earth (Reply #19)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:41 PM

20. What about Senator Franken? I haven't heard anything about him for quite some time.

 

I expect that he is concentrating on issues for MN constituents, but he doesn't seem to lend his voice to these other national-level issues.

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Response to Egalitarian Thug (Reply #20)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 06:49 PM

22. Def. add Franken to the list. nt

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 03:55 PM

21. Wal Mart itself is the largest? Or is the amount of public aid it receives the largest?

It's a little confusing to me what exactly he is saying. Either Wal Mart is the largest organization to receive public aid, or Wal Mart receives the largest portion of public aid.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:05 PM

25. I say we cut the aid to Walmart off! Let them stand on their own two feet.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:09 PM

26. Walmart's low wages force workers to take food stamps, etc.

Walmart sucks!

Anyone that must work for an employer than cannot provide for their worker's benefits sucks and they do not deserve the workers that they have!



& recommend.

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Response to kpete (Original post)

Mon Dec 3, 2012, 06:51 PM

27. K&R n/t

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