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  •  It's not me (1+ / 0-)
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    llywrch

    It comes from the WalMart workers I've been on the picket line with.  They understand, as you clearly don't, that WalMart is the biggest player in the low wage arena.  Unionization, local ordinances or whatever it takes to give people a living wage are going to make an enormous difference for workers in those communities as well as making  substantial difference in their own lives.

    Those workers talk about how humiliating it is for them to apply for food stamps, housing assistance, free lunch for their kids, and use those SNAP cards at the grocery stores even when they work another job in addition to the job they work at WalMart.  And then because even those programs don't really make their lives a sweet deal they have to stand in line at a food pantry so their kids can get some food when the benefits run out.

    Many of them talk about how things were when Sam ran the place.  I remember WalMart then, happily proclaiming US made products for sale and treating employees as something other than trash.  They know that changes to WalMart will affect ever other business.

    You might just want to check out the next picket at WalMart and talk to those workers yourself.  They'll tell you a lot about what it's like to work you butt off and still be poor.

    There already is class warfare in America. Unfortunately, the rich are winning.

    by Puddytat on Tue Sep 17, 2013 at 10:38:21 PM PDT

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