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

Latest Breaking News

Showing Original Post only (View all)


(72,066 posts)
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 07:17 PM Nov 2012

Grayson: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’ [View all]

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