We shall leave this world as foolish and as wicked as we found it when we arrived.

- Voltaire

Wal-Mart Rants = Votes

It is interesting that the company that most helps keep people at the lower income levels with not only jobs but by providing products at prices that considerably stretch their household budgets is used as a punching bag by (D)emocrats.

“My problem with Wal-Mart is that I don’t see any indication that they care about the fate of middle-class people,” Mr. Biden said, standing on the sweltering rooftop of the State Historical Society building here. “They talk about paying them $10 an hour. That’s true. How can you live a middle-class life on that?” [Read]

Since when did Wal-Mart become responsible for the middle class?

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York, who was a member of Wal-Mart’s board when she lived in Arkansas, the corporation’s home state, returned a $5,000 campaign contribution from the company last year. Mrs. Clinton said she did so to protest Wal-Mart’s health care benefits, and she has continued to distance herself from the policies of a company she was close to when she was the first lady of Arkansas.

Lest we forget, these are politicians campaigning, but is campaigning against the largest retailer a good idea? They are the largest retailer for a reason, and if the voters had to choose just on the basis of whether or not they like Wal-Mart, Wal-Mart would win and Democrats would lose, again.

“Wal-Mart as an example of the problems that exist in America today is a powerful political issue,” he said in an interview on Wednesday. “I think our party pretty much across the board agrees that people who work hard should be able to support their families. When a company like Wal-Mart fails to meet its corporate responsibility, it make it impossible for that to occur.”

Democrats say Wal-Mart is a potent symbol of corporate excess. The company earned $11 billion in profit last year, but fewer than half of its employees in the United States are covered by its health care plan, and the average worker earns less than $20,000 a year.

Wal-Mart counters that its average wage is more than $10 an hour, and that more than 150,000 Americans who had no health insurance now have it through the company. It also says it has saved consumers billions of dollars by squeezing costs.

The Democrats complain when there are not enough jobs, as they create barriers and burdens for business. When a company creates jobs, they complain the job’s wages are not good enough. When they wages are better, they complain the company should provide more benefits.

We know one thing for certain: Whatever happens, Democrats will complain and will be unhappy.

Does anyone ever tire of these spoiled, out of touch millionaires telling those struggling, surviving, how to allocate the few dollars they have? They all seem to have stock in Wal-Mart but have any of them shopped at Wal-Mart?

posted at 10:13:27 on 08/17/06 by clearpolitics - Category: The Cause - [Permalink]

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