If Walmart Paid Its Employees a Living Wage, How Much Would Prices Go Up?

Via Slate:

In the series “The Secret Life of a Food Stamp,” Marketplace reporter Krissy Clark traces how big-box stores make billions from the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, aka food stamps. What’s more, the wages of many workers at these stores are so low that the workers themselves qualify for food stamps—which the employees then often spend at those big-box stores.

This video crunches the numbers on how much Walmart, the single biggest beneficiary of the food stamp economy, might have to raise prices across the board to help a typical worker earn a living wage.

Are safety-net programs designed to help struggling Americans padding corporate profits at taxpayer expense? BTW friends don’t let friends shop at Walmart.

  1. #1 by cav on April 8, 2014 - 2:56 pm

    So not only is the pay package of the Wal-marche employee augmented by the taxpayer at large, but the Wal-marche corporation then makes still more money when the underpaid worker, knowing where the ‘deals’ are, drops the food-stamp portion upon Wal-marche in exchange for sustenance (I presume)..

    I’m continually impressed by the highly evolved turns some of our corporate brethren see fit to take.

    Well, OK, now I’ll go watch the vid. I may have this process backwards.

  2. #2 by brewski on April 9, 2014 - 7:07 am

    Nice trick using a 30 hour work week to do the math. I guess if I got to work part time then I could ask for a raise. Pretty dishonest post. But that is what we have come to expect from the left.

  3. #3 by cav on April 9, 2014 - 10:29 am

    And what exactly is expected from the right (wrong)?

    Senate Republicans blocked a vote on Wednesday to open debate on the Paycheck Fairness Act, which would hold employers more accountable for wage discrimination against women.

    “At a time when the Obama economy is already hurting women so much, this legislation would double down on job loss, all while lining the pockets of trial lawyers,” Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) said before the vote. “In other words, it’s just another Democratic idea that threatens to hurt the very people that it claims to help.”

    • #4 by Richard Warnick on April 9, 2014 - 4:49 pm

      Notice how all Republicans say “The Obama Economy” at every opportunity, but Dems are too spineless to talk about Bush’s Great Recession.

      OK, so how does the GOP want to solve the problem of pay equality? These people have all the answers, until someone asks them a question! MSNBC’s Chris Jansing asked the RNC’s Kirsten Kukowski to explain. It was a simple question: “So what’s your plan?”

      What That RNC Aide’s Equal Pay Blunder on MSNBC Says About Her Party

  4. #5 by El Progresso Retardo. on April 9, 2014 - 11:40 am

    No one should work for walmart, it isn’t cheapest anymore anyway.

    As well, if you attend, pay careful attention to the pricing schemes. Many times in there I have seen products which are actually MORE expensive when you buy the bulk bag.

    The upshot when I pointed this out to management was for me to say that walmart is either counting on the US public’s inability to do basic arithmetic, or counting on the market based conditioning that more is cheaper.

    No, folks nobody should have these jobs..and we would all be better off if walmart went under, and we returned to the 50′s model of downtown living.

    Let’s get serious here. The United States under flawed economic principles, and a penchant for murder and stealing other people’s stuff is on the way out. Even our allies, Germany and Britain have just signed deals with China to denominate their trade in each others currency, the dollar is being abandoned, and all we can do about it is terrorize and kill people.

    …and we ‘aint even doing that right anymore either.

    So should any of you really want to talk about what’s actually up in these United States, you should probably stop kidding yourself, as a Constitutional Republic…we are done.

    In the some 230 odd years of the Roman Republic it should be well noted that Rome the fascism, lasted 270 years. So don’t think we’ll disappear, we’ll just be the standard bearer for misery, if the world doesn’t figure out how to do us in..

    This article is symptomatic of the slaves we actually are, no amount of yammering about yaddayadda will alter where we are going, and what we actually are to the people who own this animal farm called America. Read it and know, read it and weep…it’s fully over, and no amount of petitioning the government, or the Lord with prayer, is going to get it done.

    http://www.realfarmacy.com/volkswagens-new-300-mpg-car-not-allowed-in-america/

    It’s past time to balk..sign up for ocare?, Pay taxes? Even slaves had it better under a benevolent owner, which our government certainly IS NOT!!

    It’s over.

    • #6 by Larry Bergan on April 9, 2014 - 8:39 pm

      Is that you glenn?

      I actually agree with everything you said there and I sure hope the new “peoples car” can go into massive production.

      You’re right; the dollar stores are kicking Walmarts ass, because we now live in a third world country. The only thing that is propping us up is the threat of military action.

      Maybe Obama realizes that and is trying to SLOWLY create some sanity.

    • #7 by cav on April 9, 2014 - 8:45 pm

      “No one should work for walmart,..”

      They should all find jobs at Lockheed Martin, General Dynamics, Halliburton and The Carlyle Group – which are a little harder to come by. Still, the government welfare checks captured by THEM make Wally’s look like pocket lint…

    • #8 by Larry Bergan on April 9, 2014 - 8:53 pm

      “Corporate Welfare” was definitely NOT coined by Frank Luntz. Whoever did, is probably banned from the media, or not with us anymore.

  5. #9 by cav on April 9, 2014 - 9:35 pm

    We purchase the government with the money we have – not the money we wish we had. Which is another reason why this latest not-so-’supreme’ court ruling is so fantastic. It multiplies our buying power by a factor of ‘limitless’!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Ultimate Privatization. Now, get out there and Compete!

  6. #10 by Larry Bergan on April 9, 2014 - 10:02 pm

    Now that the 1% are only competing amongst themselves, we can narrow down the threat.

  7. #11 by cav on April 10, 2014 - 10:01 am

    Problem is – None of us are any too sure the kleptocrats can continue to keep us safe from the ‘evil’ socialiists / communists as they so successfully did when the John Birch Society was fresh.

    Despite all of our well practiced militarism, most believe there’s been a complete under-utilization of dialog, cooperation, glossing our differences. We’ve been given 2nd Amendment solutions and greed – nothing more.

  8. #12 by cav on April 10, 2014 - 10:59 am

    Of all the destructive things accomplished by the klepto-plutocan’s lackeys in recent decades, turning the federal government into an alien ‘other’, rather than the representatives of all Americans, is probably their most successful, and most harmful.

    • #13 by Richard Warnick on April 10, 2014 - 2:19 pm

      You mean, the perception, the reality, or both?

      I don’t subscribe to the Faux News idea that the federal government is the enemy (unless a Republican is in the White House, in which case any criticism of the administration makes you a “traitor”). OTOH reality-based thinking indicates we don’t have the representative democracy we’re entitled to.

      • #14 by cav on April 10, 2014 - 3:57 pm

        The presence of such grand quantities of money so pointedly reducing our government to simple yes-men of the very wealthy has both diminished its legitimacy and dulled its tools. Nowadays the overwhelming majority call the pockets of the un-elected, rich, shadow governors home. But money DOES talk – often irresistibly, persuasively.

        This on top of ‘the stupid’.

  9. #15 by brewski on April 10, 2014 - 1:53 pm

    This tells you all you need to know. The kleptocrats moved into DC in 2009 and prices boomed:
    http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2011/12/washington-dc-the-nations-fastest-growing-top-earning-best-educated-city/250406/

    • #16 by cav on April 10, 2014 - 4:00 pm

      Oh the kleptocans have been very well entrenched for much longer than you suggest – but that fits your framing so what’s new?

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