Skip to comments.Thousands of Amazon workers receive food stamps, and Bernie Sanders wants Amazon to pay up
Posted on 08/24/2018 9:34:57 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) will soon introduce legislation that would require large employers like Amazon, Walmart and McDonalds to fully cover the cost of food stamps, public housing, Medicaid and other federal assistance received by their employees. The goal, he says, is to force corporations to pay a living wage and curb roughly $150 billion in taxpayer dollars that currently go to funding federal assistance programs for low-wage workers each year.
The bill, which Sanders plans to introduce in the Senate on Sept. 5, would impose a 100 percent tax on government benefits received by workers at companies with 500 or more employees. For example, if an Amazon employee receives $300 in food stamps, Amazon would be taxed $300.
At a time of massive wealth and income inequality, the gap between the very rich and everyone else continues to grow wider," Sanders said.
Amazon spokeswoman Melanie Etches said the figures were misleading because they include people who only worked for Amazon for a short period of time and/or who chose to work part-time, she said in a statement. We have hundreds of full-time roles available, however, some prefer part-time for the flexibility or other personal reasons.
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So just fire the employees receiving food stamps, problem solved.
God, Socialists are dumb.
People went part-time to avoid Obamacare requirements
I just lowered my TAXABLE income and cost of living so that I didn’t have to pay the penalty. It was easy. At age 64, Obamacare is so expensive that you can actually make descent money and still not have to pay a penalty
Well, the mandate has been rescinded. Those folks can buy their own food. This has nothing to do with Amazon. Other than Amazon makes a great target for a cash grab.
Which is why they don’t want you firing people except for extreme cases of whatever, and are pro-union which make it even more difficult.
Any full time workers on stamps? Must be embarrassing to the company but they have no sense of shame. Another article yesterday suggested the rural public was subsidizing their electric bills. Trump will deal with it.
Maybe the Burn could get his wife to ‘work their books’...seems like she’s good that in VT
That was my first thought too. They just don’t understand basic economics...
RELATIVE: "That Wal-Mart they built in town is a disgrace. They pay their workers so little, these people end up on food stamps and other public assistance."
ME: "Are you suggesting these people would not be on food stamps and other public assistance if the Wal-Mart was never built there?"
and corporations, including left wing run corps like Amazon, gave people 28 hour work weeks to avoid having to provide employees with health care via obamacare requirements...
Yeah, I agree. That was my point. People who work are on food stamps? So, if you don’t make enough, find another job or work two part-time jobs.
Not trying to be cruel, but dang it, the fedgov is deep in debt and I’m helping pay taxes. I’d like to see the money going out reduced as much as possible without hurting people who are REALLY in need.
I think that’s only about 5-10% of those on assistance.
Now having said that, the story comes to MSN from the WashPo.
Both Amazon and WashPo are owned by Jeff Bezos. Frankly, I’m glad when bad things happen to this guy, in a shadenfreude kind of way. Funny how his so-called newspaper writes a story about his business.
Stop with the illegals—and Amazon will have to pay more for their low-skill workers.
One word: robots.
Until they turn into SkyNet.
It probably means the threshold for receiving the food stamps is wrong. Which in turn means that socialists have a conflict of interest on this issue. If they do whatever they want, which is give away free stuff to buy voters, then they also get to claim employers are underpaying because “Look, half their employees qualify for food stamps, the greedy bastards!”. So they shouldn’t be able to make this claim, because they can control both sides of the equation.
Yep. Fire the bunch of them.
If you have a low-skill single mother with a few kids, it is very difficult to pay her above the level at which she’d be eligible for food stamps.
I believe it is now a majority of the children in this country who live in households receiving some such sort of government assistance.
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