Wal-Mart does NOT lobby congress to raise minimum wage. Where the hell did you get that nonsense from? Large Unionized corporations do so because their members contracts are based on minimum wage. If it goes up, their members wages go up.
You have got to be Kidding! There are so many local permits and approvals needed to open up a walmart it is unreal. It took Walmart over a year locally to get permission from the local town board to upgrade the current store to a super walmart. There are drainage run-off permits, sewage usage permits, taxes and fees, etc.
Almost EVERY government employee is unionized, that is why our taxes are so high. The average government worker makes 150% of non government employees. The governments LOVE unions because a large amount of their dues gets funneled back to the democrat party.
Boeing wanted to set up shop in the carolinas. A right to work state, in other words, the employees wouldn't have to unionize. The Department of Justice and the NLRB sued boeing to keep them from opening up shop there because the current Boeing unionized employees in washington state didn't want the competition.
It sound like you learned about capitalism from a liberal professor or teacher with a bias against it.
allow me to explain. the point that i was making saying wal mart is not capitalistic because they shouldn't need permission to open up shop from any level of gov't is not a gripe against capitalism. It is just a fact and you proved it in your post here. you explained all that red tape in order for wal mart to open...how is that a free market? its not. that's my point. I don't understand what you were even arguing here. and no, not almost every gov't worker is unionized. i work for the federal govt and so does my father. none of our co-workers are unionized.
and fine, I can't say its a fact that wal mart lobbied for min. wage because it is controversial. they say they didn't, others say they are lying. fine, i'll give you that. but they do lobby. they spent millions in 2011. just do some basic research.
and yes, i guess i am learning capitalism from liberals...classical liberals such as F. A. Hayek and Milton Friedman. they, as well as I, are liberals in the truest sense of the word. we rank individual liberty supreme and vouch for a rule of law.
In the long run, No. Raising minimum wage also raises prices for everything that they spend their money on. Or, if the business can't raise prices, they fire workers to limit that cost.
Minimum wage is designed as an entry level wage. If you go into work, out-perform your other fellow employees, you can demand a higher wage and likely get it if you have shown your worth and dedication.
finally we can agree on one thing. under a free market, min. wage would be abolished though. again, proof that we don't live in a capitalist society...
another thing that bugs me, why do I so often feel like the lone Walmart supporter?
For some reason, political correctness maybe, it's cool to be anti Walmart. Admit it, they came up with a hell of a business model that works. They use their size and quantity buying to drive down their purchasing price and then pass it along to the customers. That factor and many others in their business model led them to the top of the retail industry.
I do have one gripe about them. Corporate headquarters needs to keep a closer eye on the branches. Some stores are great, others need the management to be put out on their asses for not maintaining stock and lazy ass employees bullshitting rather than working.
I shop there regularly for convenience and savings.
Maybe it's just cool to hate the best, like the Yankees
its cool to hate the best? no. that's not what this is. wal mart exploits their workers. I had friends that were employed by wal mart who were refugees from Ghana, they were taken advantage like crazy. it was disgusting. it would be contradictory for a capitalist to "hate the best;" however, wal mart does not fall into this category.
Funny thing is, alot of the anti-Walmart fanboys are defenders of internet sales tax. Let that soak in for a moment.
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i dislike wal mart and the internet sales tax.