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Wal-Mart, "Living Wage" and Grabby Government
RealClearPolitics ^ | September 21, 2013 | Carl M. Cannon

Posted on 09/21/2013 7:55:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Washington, D.C., Mayor Vincent Gray summoned the political fortitude earlier this month to veto a “living wage” measure passed by the D.C. Council. The bill, with the Orwellian title the Larger Retailer Accountability Act, would have raised the minimum wage for Wal-Mart employees -- but only Wal-Mart employees -- to $12.50 per hour compared to $8.25 cents for everyone else in the District.

“This is not a true living-wage measure,” Gray said. “While the intentions of its supporters were good, this bill is simply a woefully inadequate and flawed vehicle for achieving the goal we all share.”

The mayor was half-right. The motivations of the “living wage” crowd actually seem more linked to repaying labor unions for their political support. Washington doesn’t actually have any Wal-Mart stores yet. Six are on the drawing boards, but if this legislation had become law, they weren’t likely to be built.

To Wal-Mart officials, the bill was not just ill-considered but discriminatory, and was driven by the confiscatory impulses typical of local governments.

Meanwhile, Gray and high-ranking D.C. officials professed to be shocked, shocked, that the city for years had been part of a shakedown scheme that sold the liens on thousands of homes -- almost all of them owned by low-income minorities -- because they had become delinquent on their taxes.

Homeowners could “buy back” their lien, but only after paying thousands of dollars in fees tacked on by the shady operators who bid for the liens. But, in some 200 cases documented by The Washington Post, the homes were sold out from under their owner-residents....

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


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: minimumwage; retail; walmart
How is that even legal?
1 posted on 09/21/2013 7:55:54 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

Legality is very elastic nowadays.


2 posted on 09/21/2013 8:04:20 PM PDT by rlmorel (Silence: The New Hate Speech)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The crooked liberals are playing this right, let W-M invest multi millions in these 6 new stores, then spring the “living wage” law on them.


3 posted on 09/21/2013 8:44:58 PM PDT by Graybeard58 (_.. ._. .. _. _._ __ ___ ._. . ___ ..._ ._ ._.. _ .. _. .)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The cops are getting to be worse than the crooks that are paid to protect us from!


4 posted on 09/21/2013 10:29:44 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: rawhide
The most notorious abuser was the police force in Tenaha, Texas. There, police routinely pulled over out-of-town motorists on the pretext of traffic violations and confiscated the drivers’ cash, iPods and whatever else they felt like taking. The travelers were told to sign a paper agreeing to the forfeiture in lieu of being arrested and having their children placed in foster care.
5 posted on 09/21/2013 10:30:49 PM PDT by rawhide
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A “living wage” is code for more government revenue in the form of taxes.


6 posted on 09/22/2013 5:54:51 AM PDT by New Jersey Realist (America: home of the free because of the brave)
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