Level 1

Since: Jun 12

United States

#123 Nov 23, 2012
Utica2012 wrote:
Woiuld you all like some cheese to go with your Whine?
Some of America's hardest workers are getting paid the least. Why should the US taxpayer have to subsidize the profits of Walmart because they refuse to pay a fair, living wage?
Old School

United States

#124 Nov 23, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>Some of America's hardest workers are getting paid the least. Why should the US taxpayer have to subsidize the profits of Walmart because they refuse to pay a fair, living wage?
Wal-Mart employees chose to work there. Nobody put a gun to their head and said "you must take this job or else!"
your to stupid to know

Cisne, IL

#125 Nov 23, 2012
Old School wrote:
<quoted text>
Wal-Mart employees chose to work there. Nobody put a gun to their head and said "you must take this job or else!"
So you are OK with them drawing Welfare then?

Hell make up our mind. Do you want them to work or not???

I know Fox is running re-runs you you may not be able to answer until Sunday
Old School

United States

#126 Nov 23, 2012
your to stupid to know wrote:
<quoted text>So you are OK with them drawing Welfare then?

Hell make up our mind. Do you want them to work or not???

I know Fox is running re-runs you you may not be able to answer until Sunday
I have no problem with someone making an effort to earn a living and drawing welfare. It's those that don't make an effort that I have a problem with. I've said this before. Your memory doesn't serve you very well.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

United States

#127 Nov 24, 2012
Old School wrote:
<quoted text>I have no problem with someone making an effort to earn a living and drawing welfare. It's those that don't make an effort that I have a problem with. I've said this before. Your memory doesn't serve you very well.
Well, I have a big problem with one of the most profitable companies in the world paying its employees so poorly that we, as taxpayers, end up subsidizing their profits in the form of food stamps, Medicaid, etc. I'm shocked that this is okay with conservatives like yourself.
Jonathon

Owensboro, KY

#128 Nov 24, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I have a big problem with one of the most profitable companies in the world paying its employees so poorly that we, as taxpayers, end up subsidizing their profits in the form of food stamps, Medicaid, etc. I'm shocked that this is okay with conservatives like yourself.
Nobody is making then work there. What ever happened to working your way up? If they don't like how they are being treated, they are free to leave and go to target, kohls, or any other competitor .
wtwd13

United States

#129 Nov 24, 2012
If they dont like the way there being treated they need to organize.
65rolyatwr

United States

#130 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Well, I have a big problem with one of the most profitable companies in the world paying its employees so poorly that we, as taxpayers, end up subsidizing their profits in the form of food stamps, Medicaid, etc. I'm shocked that this is okay with conservatives like yourself.
People are paid what they are worth, if employees don't like the pay, mocve on to some other job. As I have told you before, there was 5 million applicants for 1.4 million jobs at Walmart, they have no problem finding employees. Taxpayers are not subsidizing walmart, it is subsidizing lazy unqualified people who are willing to work part time at Walmart rather than getting a decent job with good pay. Those people are who you should be outraged against.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#131 Nov 26, 2012
65rolyatwr wrote:
<quoted text>People are paid what they are worth, if employees don't like the pay, mocve on to some other job. As I have told you before, there was 5 million applicants for 1.4 million jobs at Walmart, they have no problem finding employees. Taxpayers are not subsidizing walmart, it is subsidizing lazy unqualified people who are willing to work part time at Walmart rather than getting a decent job with good pay. Those people are who you should be outraged against.
There you go again, vilifying and belittling many of America's hardest workers while, at the same time, you're lauding the greedy employer that's raking in billions while paying their workers peanuts. With attitudes like yours the GOP is destined to become an obsolete political party. Keep up the good work.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#132 Nov 26, 2012
Jonathon wrote:
<quoted text>Nobody is making then work there. What ever happened to working your way up? If they don't like how they are being treated, they are free to leave and go to target, kohls, or any other competitor .
The problem isn't the worker working hard to provide for their families - the problem is the employer that's making billions each year while their employees live in poverty.
whatever

Owensboro, KY

#133 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
The problem isn't the worker working hard to provide for their families - the problem is the employer that's making billions each year while their employees live in poverty.
Their employees choose to live in poverty. A sales associate is an entry level, high school job. I had one and then as I got older, worked harder and moved on. The reason the company makes billions is because most if not all of their products are made in China.
Jonathon

Owensboro, KY

#134 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
The problem isn't the worker working hard to provide for their families - the problem is the employer that's making billions each year while their employees live in poverty.
Who forces them to work there? Goodbye pal!
65rolyatwr

United States

#135 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
There you go again, vilifying and belittling many of America's hardest workers while, at the same time, you're lauding the greedy employer that's raking in billions while paying their workers peanuts. With attitudes like yours the GOP is destined to become an obsolete political party. Keep up the good work.
i belittled no one but you. the workers are paid what they are worth in regards to the skills they bring to the job, and there is nearly 5 people waiting for each job the company has available. The amount of money the company makes is irrelevant to that. A company makes money, or goes out of business. Walmart prices for consumers is low, and costs including labor must be low to maintain those prices.
who benefits from low prices:
WAL-MART’S LOW PRICES KEEP POORER CONSUMERS AFLOAT

By Dees Stribling

Wal-Mart, the world’s richest retailer, may also be one of the biggest friends of the poor, recent studies indicate.

Consumers in Los Angeles would save nearly $700 million a year if a Wal-Mart were allowed to capture 20 percent of the city’s retail market, concludes a report commissioned by local officials last year.(So far there is only one Supercenter in the city itself.) And residents of poor neighborhoods, traditionally served by smaller, more expensive local retailers, stand to gain even more by the arrival of Wal-Mart, says Gregory Freeman, vice president of policy consulting at the Los Angeles County Economic Development Corp.(LACED), who prepared the report.

“If you have a small income, even a few hundred dollars a year saved that way is a great benefit,” said Freeman.

There has been no shortage of ink devoted to the sins, real and imagined, of Wal-Mart. Far less has been said and written about the impact of Wal-Mart’s single most important feature, at least as far as shoppers are concerned: the chain’s low prices. Wal-Mart has built its empire by offering an array of goods at price points its competitors cannot sustain.

Nowhere does this matter more than in low-income, inner-city areas, which historically have been shunned by national retailers. Worse, what retailers there are in these areas often charge more than their suburban counterparts, as was made clear in The Price is Wrong, a recent Brookings Institution report that focused on Philadelphia’s inner-city neighborhoods.

“Low-income neighborhoods in Philadelphia are stocked with grocery stores that research suggests charge higher overall prices than the larger stores that are in middle-income neighborhoods,” the report notes, though it did not cite figures.

The lack of competition, combined with high crime rates, helps keep prices high. Scale is another factor; stores in poor areas tend to be smaller than their suburban counterparts.

“Neighborhoods in the city with a median income less than $15,000 have grocery stores that have a median size of about 6,000 square feet,” the report said. By contrast,“neighborhoods with a median income between $75,000 and $90,000 have grocery stores with a median store size of 46,000 square feet.”
A study by Emek Basker, an assistant professor of economics at the University of Missouri, conducted in 2003 and revised this year, quantifies the effect of Wal-Mart’s famed low prices in trade areas nationwide by comparing before-and-after prices of 10 consumer items in 165 cities with a Wal-Mart. The study looked not at low-income areas specifically, where the impact would probably be greatest, but at the cities as a whole. The results revealed some “robust price decreases for several products, including shampoo, toothpaste and laundry detergent.” Prices declined by between 1.5 percent and 3 percent in the short run “and four times as much in the long run, in the range of 7 percent to 13 percent”
“Wal-Mart’s entry into the market is, of course, controversial,” Freeman said.“But even the opponents of Wal-Mart usually don’t bother to deny the benefits of lower prices.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#136 Nov 26, 2012
Jonathon wrote:
<quoted text>Who forces them to work there? Goodbye pal!
Nobody forces them to work there - they choose to work because there because they feel it's important to earn a living rather than draw welfare. Instead of belittling them you should be praising them for their effort. Again, all work is necessary and honorable. Any American who works full time shouldn't be dependent on government benefits to sustain their families - that's the unfortunate predicament many Walmart employees find themselves in.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#137 Nov 26, 2012
whatever wrote:
<quoted text>Their employees choose to live in poverty. A sales associate is an entry level, high school job. I had one and then as I got older, worked harder and moved on. The reason the company makes billions is because most if not all of their products are made in China.
Unfortunately, not everyone was born with the same capabilities. Nobody CHOOSES to live in poverty. Anyone willing to work a full-time job shouldn't be stuck drawing poverty-level wages, especially when their employer is one of the world's most profitable. People have a duty to work - employers have a duty to pay a living wage. Walmart is failing badly.
65rolyatwr

United States

#138 Nov 26, 2012
Wages are paid based on abilities, and everyone has different costs for "living" so your "living Wage" is not a determinable number. Walmart has no duty to pay any more than is required to get the job done.
Just more of your "liberal constipation"
whatever

Owensboro, KY

#139 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Unfortunately, not everyone was born with the same capabilities. Nobody CHOOSES to live in poverty. Anyone willing to work a full-time job shouldn't be stuck drawing poverty-level wages, especially when their employer is one of the world's most profitable. People have a duty to work - employers have a duty to pay a living wage. Walmart is failing badly.
I was born into poverty, my mother was born into poverty. We were once homeless and she CHOSE to improve our situation. She now makes about 60k a year.
Do you even read what you write sometimes?
"Not everyone was born with the same capabilities"
If everyone has different capabilities, then someone always has to be on the bottom. If there wasn't an upper class, then we wouldn't have a lower class either.
And your other quote
"Anyone willing to work a full-time job shouldn't be stuck drawing poverty-level wages"
Walmart isn't the only option out there to work. Just like the person earlier mentioned about the driver job. There are numerous jobs available, even if it means moving or taking a position they don't want.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Duluth, GA

#140 Nov 26, 2012
whatever wrote:
<quoted text>I was born into poverty, my mother was born into poverty. We were once homeless and she CHOSE to improve our situation. She now makes about 60k a year.
Do you even read what you write sometimes?
"Not everyone was born with the same capabilities"
If everyone has different capabilities, then someone always has to be on the bottom. If there wasn't an upper class, then we wouldn't have a lower class either.
And your other quote
"Anyone willing to work a full-time job shouldn't be stuck drawing poverty-level wages"
Walmart isn't the only option out there to work. Just like the person earlier mentioned about the driver job. There are numerous jobs available, even if it means moving or taking a position they don't want.
Not everyone is suited to being a truck driver, and not everyone is suited to working at a place like Walmart and dealing with the public. No matter what your talents are or aren't, people working a full time job shouldn't live in poverty, especially when their employer is one of the most profitable companies in the world.

Level 1

Since: Jun 12

Owensboro, KY

#142 Nov 26, 2012
Old School wrote:
<quoted text>Quit worrying about what other people earn and worry about yourself. Nobody OWES anybody anything. When will you realize that this is a free country? Nobody HAS to work at Wal-Mart. They are free to quit and work elsewhere ANY time they want. Outside of Christmas time, they have a VERY easy job. They also have an option to apply for a job with a different company. For you to think that Wal-Mart owes them more is ridiculous. It is not your money. You have such socialistic views. You are living in the wrong country. You would be better off in a country that doesn't reward hard work, perhaps Russia, Cuba, or China. Take your pick. This is America, the land of the free.
Is it the land of the free or the land of the taxed to make up for Walmart's refusal to pay its employees a living wage??
Sup

Owensboro, KY

#143 Nov 26, 2012
rwtaylor56 wrote:
<quoted text>
Is it the land of the free or the land of the taxed to make up for Walmart's refusal to pay its employees a living wage??
I am still curious what you think Wal-mart should do. Decrease profits?
The foundation of our society is capitalism. It is the driving force that is supposed to push us all to do more.
I know nothing about the work conditions at Wally World, but I know that they pay better than several other businesses. I am afraid that the sharing of profits you are referring to is called socialism.

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