Welcome to DU! The truly grassroots left-of-center political community where regular people, not algorithms, drive the discussions and set the standards. Join the community: Create a free account Support DU (and get rid of ads!): Become a Star Member Latest Breaking News General Discussion The DU Lounge All Forums Issue Forums Culture Forums Alliance Forums Region Forums Support Forums Help & Search

kpete

(72,171 posts)
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:17 PM Nov 2012

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/

27 replies = new reply since forum marked as read
Highlight: NoneDon't highlight anything 5 newestHighlight 5 most recent replies
Grayson: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’ (Original Post) kpete Nov 2012 OP
And this is true for all businesses that depend on minimum wage Tumbulu Nov 2012 #1
Yes, talk about the "moocher" society...... Swede Atlanta Nov 2012 #2
I have been screaming about this for years nineteen50 Nov 2012 #5
If your business model is dependent on keeping your workers on public assistance blueclown Nov 2012 #3
+1,000 to what you said. Needs to be said until everyone realizes that! freshwest Nov 2012 #4
Right on Politicub Nov 2012 #24
Plus add all the tax subsidies and loopholes the Walton family and the Walmart company get. Dont call me Shirley Nov 2012 #6
6 Walmart Heirs Hold More Wealth Than 42% of Americans Combined !! YOHABLO Nov 2012 #9
Grayson should call it what it is: "WAL-FARE". alp227 Nov 2012 #16
Article earlier about Mormons in Utah use this to have one parent stay home 2Design Nov 2012 #7
Link? alp227 Nov 2012 #18
no I don't have a link 2Design Nov 2012 #23
Go, man, go. Keep telling it, Grayson!! XtopherXtopher Nov 2012 #8
Total Kick and Rec SoapBox Nov 2012 #10
how can Walmart make a State raise the minimum wage? Sunlei Nov 2012 #11
Alan Grayson We Welcome You back! sheshe2 Nov 2012 #12
Damn I've missed... DirtyDawg Nov 2012 #13
It's about damned time we had a Minimum Wage that's a Living Wage!!! TahitiNut Nov 2012 #14
Welcome back, Mr. Grayson. And this doesn't begin to cover what WM has done to small businesses libdem4life Nov 2012 #15
K&R. Yes please! It is not at all fair that we taxpayers are propping up the Owners' greed. Overseas Nov 2012 #17
Grayson, Warren, Sanders, just a few who make the party proud, the voices of We The People. mother earth Nov 2012 #19
What about Senator Franken? I haven't heard anything about him for quite some time. Egalitarian Thug Nov 2012 #20
Def. add Franken to the list. nt mother earth Nov 2012 #22
Wal Mart itself is the largest? Or is the amount of public aid it receives the largest? marshall Nov 2012 #21
I say we cut the aid to Walmart off! Let them stand on their own two feet. Pterodactyl Nov 2012 #25
Walmart's low wages force workers to take food stamps, etc. CountAllVotes Nov 2012 #26
K&R n/t bobthedrummer Dec 2012 #27

Tumbulu

(6,304 posts)
1. And this is true for all businesses that depend on minimum wage
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:29 PM
Nov 2012

earners.

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

 

Swede Atlanta

(3,596 posts)
2. Yes, talk about the "moocher" society......
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:41 PM
Nov 2012

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.

nineteen50

(1,187 posts)
5. I have been screaming about this for years
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:00 PM
Nov 2012

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

blueclown

(1,869 posts)
3. If your business model is dependent on keeping your workers on public assistance
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:52 PM
Nov 2012

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!

Politicub

(12,165 posts)
24. Right on
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:50 PM
Nov 2012

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

Dont call me Shirley

(10,998 posts)
6. Plus add all the tax subsidies and loopholes the Walton family and the Walmart company get.
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:09 PM
Nov 2012

Billions, I suspect.

The Waltons: The Real Welfare Queens (and Kings)

2Design

(9,099 posts)
7. Article earlier about Mormons in Utah use this to have one parent stay home
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 08:10 PM
Nov 2012

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

2Design

(9,099 posts)
23. no I don't have a link
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 08:33 PM
Nov 2012

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

TahitiNut

(71,611 posts)
14. It's about damned time we had a Minimum Wage that's a Living Wage!!!
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:07 PM
Nov 2012

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


 

libdem4life

(13,877 posts)
15. Welcome back, Mr. Grayson. And this doesn't begin to cover what WM has done to small businesses
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:28 PM
Nov 2012

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.

Overseas

(12,121 posts)
17. K&R. Yes please! It is not at all fair that we taxpayers are propping up the Owners' greed.
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 12:00 AM
Nov 2012

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

mother earth

(6,002 posts)
19. Grayson, Warren, Sanders, just a few who make the party proud, the voices of We The People.
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 09:11 AM
Nov 2012

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.

 

Egalitarian Thug

(12,448 posts)
20. What about Senator Franken? I haven't heard anything about him for quite some time.
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:41 PM
Nov 2012

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.

marshall

(6,665 posts)
21. Wal Mart itself is the largest? Or is the amount of public aid it receives the largest?
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 04:55 PM
Nov 2012

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.

CountAllVotes

(20,897 posts)
26. Walmart's low wages force workers to take food stamps, etc.
Wed Nov 28, 2012, 10:09 PM
Nov 2012

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.

Latest Discussions»Latest Breaking News»Grayson: Walmart is ‘the ...