Entailments have been great to the Rockefellers, the Hiltons, the Kennedys, the DuPonts, the Waltons. The entailments have been so food to the Waltons that they possess more wealth than the bottom 45% of the country, combined. The average WalMart employee makes $1,700 a month, before taxes. The employer with the largest percentage of its employees that are on Medicare? WalMart.<quoted text>
Hey Mr. Banks. Entailments are bad. Run like a crazy man!
Thank you, Ronnie Rayguns, for eliminating the tariff on imported goods that Thomas Jefferson put into place. This allowed the Walton family, the beneficiaries of the entailments of Sam, to go against his initial policy of providing only American-made products. They forced their suppliers and manufacturers into an ever devolving spiral of anti-American and anti-human policies of overseas, sweatshop labor, aided and abetted by Congress and the junket junkies contained therein.
Yet, no tears from corporate for workers in Bangladesh. 120 of them. Trapped behind locked doors. A practice we evolved from after the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire. Yet, here we are, just as uncivilized, as long as it happens offshore, far away, no matter, we get $5 t shirts. So another 120 workers mostly women who earn 20 cents an hour died last Saturday in a building where 1,000 worked and the fire extinguishers didnt, and exits were locked.
Yet, WalMart attempted to dissemble and distance themselves from the tragedy, cognizant of so many other sweatshops they currently and historically have operated. WalMart, surely you dissemble. Just as in 1991, when you contracted with the Saraka garment factory in Dhaka to make your clothes; then the plant had a fire killing 25 children well covered in the news. Fox Business pundit Charles Payne predicted on Monday that,I dont think something like this will happen again. He must know that since 2006, 600 Bangladesh garment factory workers have died in fires. Or that another fire destroyed a garment factory the very same day he spoke just two days after the Tazreen blaze.
Lest some of Paynes audience have qualms, he assured them that people in Bangladesh want and need these jobs from WalMart, Gap and other U.S. and European firms. Extending his logic, this must mean the families of those killed will be happy to get the $1,250 the Bangladesh Garment Manufacturers and Exporters Association has just offered. Perhaps Payne was also unaware of a mid-1990s poll of garment workers in the small island paradise of Mauritius due south of Bangladesh which became a sweatshop haven. It found the women surveyed, who slept on the floor during their half-hour lunch break, said they couldnt work past the age of 35. Why? Because they wanted to retire and enjoy life? Well, no. They were so exhausted they couldnt imagine working any longer.
The fact is sweatshops are alive and well and thriving. To satisfy international lenders and garment factory investors, Mauritius banned the union and workers from striking. Despite this, the union and women launched an action and were hauled off to jail. Their offense? They wanted another 25 cents a day. Fires. Death. A $27 a month paycheck. Enjoy your cheap shit America. People are paying for it with their lives.