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Wal-Mart says it will pull out of D.C. plans should city mandate ‘living wage’ (deceptive title)
Washington Post ^ | 7/9/2013

Posted on 07/09/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT by markomalley

Wal-Mart said for the first time Tuesday, a day ahead of a decisive D.C. Council vote, that it will abandon plans for at least three planned stores if a proposal requiring it to pay a “living wage” becomes law.

Alex Barron, a regional general manager for Wal-Mart U.S., wrote in a Washington Post op-ed piece that the proposed wage requirement “would clearly inject unforeseen costs into the equation that will create an uneven playing field and challenge the fiscal health of our planned D.C. stores.”

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Government; News/Current Events; US: District of Columbia
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Massive deceptive title aimed at the low-information voter. The DC council is working on this legislation that will require retailers with over 75,000 square feet to pay their employees 150% of minimum wage, while smaller retailers only have to pay minimum wage.

A link to the legislation is here.

1 posted on 07/09/2013 4:45:41 PM PDT by markomalley
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To: markomalley

Good for Wal-Mart


2 posted on 07/09/2013 4:47:16 PM PDT by CGASMIA68
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To: markomalley
Washington DC - The Next Detroit
3 posted on 07/09/2013 4:48:19 PM PDT by Darteaus94025
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To: markomalley

How dare WalMart be capitalistic in the bastion of American communism?


4 posted on 07/09/2013 4:49:03 PM PDT by ProudFossil (" I never did give anyone hell. I just told the truth and they thought it was hell." Harry Truman)
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To: markomalley

When I did my thesis on Wal-Mart in 2005 the average shopper made $25,000. That was the lowest of all the retail stores. Target’s average shopper made $75,000. Wal-Mart is the reason that low income people live as well as they do.


5 posted on 07/09/2013 4:50:34 PM PDT by Gen.Blather
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To: markomalley

This is what the liberals do everywhere, drive up costs and drive out jobs.


6 posted on 07/09/2013 4:57:14 PM PDT by Williams (No Obama)
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To: markomalley

Gee, Yvette, you set up the equivalent of a bill of attainder aimed squarely at Walmart and YOU are upset at THEM?


7 posted on 07/09/2013 4:59:14 PM PDT by NonValueAdded (Unindicted Co-conspirators: The Mainstream Media)
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To: Gen.Blather
Wal-Mart is the reason that low income people live as well as they do.

and the left howls about the small businesses that are forced out by Wal-Mart, which is funny because they hate small business. And by keeping Wal-Mart out they keep the little people paying 15 bucks for mustard at a small local store.

8 posted on 07/09/2013 4:59:37 PM PDT by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: markomalley
D.C. NEEDS a Wally, Wally sure as hell does NOT need D.C.
9 posted on 07/09/2013 5:02:28 PM PDT by Chode (Stand UP and Be Counted, or line up and be numbered - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: markomalley
This problem would not exist if we had a Conservative party with half a brain contesting the daily "narrative" issued by the Ministry of Truth at DNC.

And its so easy to refute. Yet RNC just sits there and watches the Koolaid Distribution Networks feed mind-numbing idiocy to the "uninformed voters".

I will say Reince Priebus shows signs of intelligent life as an organizer but we need active engagement of this propaganda whenever it rears its ugly head.

They should have been contesting this nutty stuff years ago and because they haven't taken away this weapon, the Socialists continue to punish us with it, endlessly, election after election.

A SINGLE Mom with SEVEN KIDS was protesting McDonalds in New York because she can't make ends meet on the Minimum Wage. Apparently she finds it logical that a job at a Burger Joint should pay the same as a Fork Lift Operator.

But the main point here is: The Consumer Pays All Costs of Business. You should have seen the responses from Socialist Democrats when I posted that simple truth on Twitter.

10 posted on 07/09/2013 5:08:37 PM PDT by 1-Eagle (B.Franklin: "A Republic...if you can keep it." Let us all resolve to be Keepers!)
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To: markomalley

Can I ask a stupid question? Is this legal? I know that some states have ahigher minimum wage than the federal minimum. But, is it really legal to set a higher minimum wage based on the size of a business, and perceived ability to pay????


11 posted on 07/09/2013 5:12:08 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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Can I ask a stupid question? Is this legal? I know that some states have ahigher minimum wage than the federal minimum. But, is it really legal to set a higher minimum wage based on the size of a business, and perceived ability to pay????

If any big box business stays in the District long enough to have standing, I'm sure some Constitutional Lawyer will take up the case.

I remember under the Anthony Williams administration how hard the District fought to get Big Box Retailers to even come into the District in the first place. And the fools are just throwing it away.

12 posted on 07/09/2013 5:24:50 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: Chode
D.C. NEEDS a Wally, Wally sure as hell does NOT need D.C.

Especially when there is one in Bladensburg and one in Clinton that have nothing but DC license plates parked in their lots.

13 posted on 07/09/2013 5:25:44 PM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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To: markomalley

The Waltons are liberal democrats. Of course they’re also hypocrites.


14 posted on 07/09/2013 5:36:41 PM PDT by VerySadAmerican (If you vote for evil because you can't see evil, you ARE evil!)
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To: markomalley

The District has major problems, of course. You would think that they would avoid big dis-incentives such as this, which will hardly make any major retailers want to locate there.

The District has to overcome some big issues in order for major businesses to want to locate there in the first place. They have to realize that allegedly well intentioned liberal laws such as this will have unintended consequences.


15 posted on 07/09/2013 5:51:17 PM PDT by Dilbert San Diego
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16 posted on 07/09/2013 5:55:11 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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I actually read your link....every disgusting word of it....

The living wage is 11.75 per hour ..?

The thing reads like something out of “Atlas Shrugged”

Wally World would be committing suicide in It’s DC stores if it abides by this....


17 posted on 07/09/2013 6:03:34 PM PDT by JZoback
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To: markomalley

They want checkers to have a wage that will afford a house or a Lexis.


18 posted on 07/09/2013 6:03:58 PM PDT by SkyDancer (Live your life in such a way that the Westboro church will want to picket your funeral.)
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Who is John Galt?


19 posted on 07/09/2013 6:51:51 PM PDT by bicyclerepair (Inbred, pedophile-worshipping, misogynists (mozlums) offend me.)
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To: markomalley

This I’m afraid is why people, especially people my age, millennials (even though Romney won white millennials like me 51-44%), and white working class types buy into the Dem-pushed idea that the GOP is nothing more than a Daddy Warbucks party. I mean, look:
Why should we care about the bottom line for Walmart?

Walmart does not care about conservative values. At all. Walmart pushes diversity, and Walmart will crumble quite soon on any issue pushed by the homosexual brigade. Walmart is fine with a welfare state. Come swipe your EBT at Walmart! Heck, they even socialize the cost of their minimum wage employs by helping them sign up for welfare.

Corporate America does not like conservatism, Corporate America likes conservatives who vote in the GOP-Elite bait-and-switch.

I’m not arguing for mandating a company to pay a certain wage just because it’s “bigger than others.” I’m talking in general. The minimum wage has declined in purchasing power steadily since the post-war years thanks to largely an increase in America’s population of low-skilled workers due to mass immigration from the Third World. This has made unskilled native-born Americans and ultimately the middle class lose their purchasing power. It was the (white) Middle Class that elected Reagan. And now thanks to the left and corporate lobbyists, we have h1bs and diversity flooding in and hollowing out the lower and middle classes and Corporate America loves it.

Conservatives should try to conserve the successful society that America was in the 1950s and the conditions that made us successful. Helping to conserve Corporate America’s bottom line is antithetical to conserving American society and conservative cultural values, because everything we oppose (generational underclass living on the dole, big government, race-based diversity aka. no creepy-a-—cracker mandates, GBLQPERVERTS etc.) is embraced by Corporate America or will be at the very latest in the next decade.


20 posted on 07/09/2013 8:00:14 PM PDT by EthnicAmerican
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I’m not arguing for mandating a company to pay a certain wage just because it’s “bigger than others.” I’m talking in general. The minimum wage has declined in purchasing power steadily since the post-war years thanks to largely an increase in America’s population of low-skilled workers due to mass immigration from the Third World.

Welcome to Free Republic.

Minimum wages are in general a really, really bad idea. Additional personnel costs are simply passed on to the consumer in the form of higher prices. Consequently, inflation results. That reduces the buying power of everybody, including those who make more than the minimum wage.

You are right that (particularly) publicly held corporations are not ideological and will support whatever government policy (for good or for bad) that will help them increase their profitability or increase market share. This is a major reason why they don't object to increased regulation that impacts an entire horizontal. They can work through or around the regulation because of their size and it provides a major barrier to entry to possible new entrants in the market.

And, FRiend, it is a decidedly unconservative to support government legislation that punishes particular companies (or people) who have committed the sin of being successful.

21 posted on 07/10/2013 1:35:47 AM PDT by markomalley (Nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good -- Leo XIII)
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