NewsFlash: Wal-Mart Economically Depresses Persons of Color

Tuesday, January 9, 2007
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Just two really basic questions concerning this article:

The group released two statements signed by 100 urban leaders – one demanding that Wal-Mart’s chief executive, Lee Scott, change his approach to urban communities, the other calling on elected officials to enact policies that encourage the creation of good jobs in urban America. “Our research found that when Wal-Mart comes into any area, it reduces earnings of the community by 1.3% and the worst affected are black workers and others of color,” says Steven Pitts, a labor policy specialist at the University of California, Berkeley, who took part in the conference call.

And so how is that? Do these liars have to support their statements, or is it acceptable to say that Wal-Mart singles out “people of color” for destruction, and leave it at that? This reminds me of an old joke, and I heard Rush Limbaugh tell it about 10-15 years ago…

God decided He was finally fed up with the human race and decided to end it for good. He called up a reporter at the New York Times to tell him the news: The world would end the day after tomorrow.

The reporter tried to talk God out of it, but God was firm and wouldn’t be swayed. The reporter then asked if he had an exclusive. God said that He was going to call three other newspapers.

Headlines the next day:

The New York Times: “God says world to end tomorrow; story and analysis on page B11.”

The Wall Street Journal: “God says world to end tomorrow; market to close early”

USA Today: “IT’S OVER!”

The Washington Post: “God says world to end tomorrow; women and minorities hardest hit.”

Then…back to the article:

The company enrolls fewer than half of its employees in its costly health insurance plan, compared to 67% for the average large employer.

As a result, taxpayers end up subsidizing health care for the company’s workers. “In California alone, taxpayers pay $32 million annually in medical care for Wal-Mart employees,” says Tracy Gray-Barkan, director of retail policy for the group and author of the report.

How much does California pay for the health care of low-wage workes who work in the fast food industry, restaurants, drugstores, grocery stores, Target, delicatessens, car washes, etc. How many of of those industries/businesses supply health care for nearly half of their low-wage workers? How much does California pay for the health care of those unemployed or on welfare, or for the jobless parasites having immigrated here for the unlimited bennies?

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