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Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
Rep. Ralph Hall (R-TX)
Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall has a plan in the event he doesn't win his runoff election:
"If not, I'll go work at Wal-Mart. I've got to have a job."
Ha ha ha ha! Funny, right? A guy's gotta make a living, not like a 90-year-old who wants to stay active can just volunteer at his local soup kitchen or anything. No, a man needs a job.

Hall, aged 90, has been in the House since 1981; he should be eligible for a pension of more than $80,000 a year. That's more than three times what a Washington, DC, Walmart worker would have earned if the city had passed a $12.50 living wage requirement for workers at big box stores. But Walmart had a temper tantrum over the idea of $12.50 wages and threatened to back out of building stores in the District, and the mayor vetoed the bill.

Of course, maybe he's suggesting he'd be open to a job as a Walmart lobbyist. That probably pays more than a House pension.

Originally posted to Daily Kos Labor on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:40 AM PST.

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  •  When you're rich, and don't need money, I guess (6+ / 0-)

    you fail to understand that hourly pay actually has meaning.

    "Having a job" and being able to earn a living are different things.
    One would think after 90 years Congressperson Hall would have learned that.

    I ain't often right, but I've never been wrong. Seldom turns out the way it does in this song.

    by mungley on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:46:54 AM PST

  •  Sounds Senile... n/t (2+ / 0-)
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    ZedMont, murrayewv

    Float like a manhole cover, sting like a sash weight! Clean Coal Is A Clinker!

    by JeffW on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 10:48:05 AM PST

    •  Looks remarkably good for a fossil, though, don't (2+ / 0-)
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      Matt Z, JeffW

      you think?

      He'd better polish up his greeting skills, because he's going to lose.

      Ted Cruz president? Pardon my Vietnamese, but Ngo Pho King Way.

      by ZedMont on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:03:41 AM PST

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    •  Sounds disconnected and entirely unaware. (1+ / 0-)
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      JeffW

      Ripe for displacement, I hope, but perhaps not by anyone substantially better, politicians being what they are.  Leaving political types without adult supervision is a terrible mistake and we pay for our inattention all the time.

      If you don't have a seat at the table, you're probably on the menu.

      by CarolinNJ on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 01:17:24 PM PST

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  •  I'm not holding my breath. He's never going (0+ / 0-)

    to work for Walmart. More likely he'd work for a lobbying firm if he doesn't just retire.

    "The object of persecution is persecution. The object of torture is torture. The object of power is power. Now do you begin to understand me?" ~Orwell, "1984"

    by Lily O Lady on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:06:04 AM PST

  •  I could retire on 80k / year. (4+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, trumpeter, JeffW, murrayewv

    Hell, I'd have savings.

    This better be good. Because it is not going away.

    by DerAmi on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:28:07 AM PST

  •  Sadly, Ralph is likely to be my Congresscritter... (2+ / 0-)
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    Gentle Giant, JeffW

    In a case of "frying pan into the fire", we are moving about a mile, over the county line, leaving behind Pete "Taliban" Sessions, TX-32, and trading him for Ralph "Let's bomb Iran! I'll fly the plane!" Hall, TX-4.  And he's the worst kind of Republican: a one-time Democrat.

    I will, gladly trade either of them.

    sigh . . .

    I'm part of the "bedwetting bunch of website Democrat base people (DKos)." - Rush Limbaugh, 10/16/2012 Torture is Wrong! We live near W so you don't have to. Send love.

    by tom 47 on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 11:55:54 AM PST

  •  "Texas Republican Rep. Ralph Hall..." (2+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, Eyesbright

    Need you say more? By now, we're pretty good at filling in the blanks on Texas Republican Reps.

    I think anyone elected to public office should have to spend the time between election and inauguration working for minimum wages, especially at WalMart, where the majority of workers are kept to part-time hours in order to avoid giving them benefits.
    They should also, as many pt WalMart employees are, be trained to apply for government benefits and then be forced to read all the facebook and other social media posted hatred calling them lazy, worthless and parasitic.

    Let's make the Texas ones wear that damned blue smock 24/7, too.

    "Non-violence is a powerful and just weapon which cuts without wounding and ennobles the man who wields it. It is a sword that heals." - Martin Luther King, Jr.

    by Gentle Giant on Thu Mar 06, 2014 at 12:16:18 PM PST

  •  I wonder if that awesome healthcare he receives as (3+ / 0-)
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    ER Doc, OldDragon, skybluewater

    a Congressman had anything to do with him making to the ripe old age of 90.

  •  There should really be an age limit in Congress (3+ / 0-)
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    JeffW, skybluewater, Dave925

    90 years old? Holy fuck!
    The Senate is much worse. You see them all together and it looks like a sea of (very wealthy) retirees.
    And yes I do think at that age youre out of touch with your constituents and no Im no spring chicken myself.
    Some in the MSM had little hissy fits about how everyone in the Russian Parliament seems to be an over-65 holdover from the Soviet era. Well, what about us?
    Of course nothing will change, because we're idiots. People got a little skittish about the youth vote in the 60s and the only result was bad bad movies like WILD IN THE STREETS where kids put their parents in concentration camps.

    •  I think (0+ / 0-)

      putting some parents in concentration camps is a pretty good idea. We can start with anyone registered as a Puke. That's as good a qualifier as I've ever seen.

      "My one hobby is maintaining a Democracy. If you get these 500,000 soldiers advocating anything smelling of Fascism, I am going to get 500,000 more and lick the hell out of you and we'll have a real war right here at home. - General Smedley Butler, 1933

      by Dave925 on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 09:23:11 PM PST

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    •  No, only a test of mental competency (1+ / 0-)
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      Ljanney

      That'd really empty the place out.

      Quote of the week: "They call themselves bipartisan because they're able to buy members of both parties," (R. Eskow, Campaign for America's Future.)

      by mbayrob on Mon Mar 10, 2014 at 01:50:20 PM PDT

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  •  When I read about governmet folks (5+ / 0-)
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    getting pensions while they vote to take them away from non-government workers my heart skips a beat with rage.

    "I feel badly about the kids," the unknown person said. "I guess." [but] "They are [only] the children of Buono voters," Wildstein replied.

    by plok on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:13:50 PM PST

  •  Are you kidding? (0+ / 0-)
    at's more than three times what a Washington, DC, Walmart worker would have earned if the city had passed a $12.50 living wage requirement for workers at big box stores. But Walmart had a temper tantrum over the idea of $12.50 wages and threatened to back out of building stores in the District, and the mayor vetoed the bill.
    The bill that the Mayor vetoed would have applied to only Wal-Mart and not any other retailer or employer in the District. There's no justification for singling out a company like that, hence the veto.
    •  Not True (2+ / 0-)
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      Dave925, NoMoreLies

      Not even remotely. The bill applied to companies with  annual revenues over a certain threshold ($1 billion, if memory serves) and retail space of 75,000 sq. ft. Several other large, national retailers would have fallen under the law's requirement too (eleven if I remember correctly, including Target, Wal-Mart's most direct competitor). It contained an exemption for unionized retailers because 1) union represented labor in the city averaged an hourly wage near $12.50 anyway and 2) the nature of collective bargaining means labor and management come to agreement and sign contracts on wages. Your characterization of the proposed bill is patently false and misleading. The veto was an act of political cowardice (particularly since sunk costs ensured Wal-Mart wouldn't have backed out anyway, making their threats empty). In fact, as the issue fell out of the spotlight, in the heat up for re-election, the bill was re-passed (this time with a phase-in) and signed by Gray.

      Anyway, don't misrepresent things (especially to defend Wal-Mart and Gray).

      •  Fact Check (0+ / 0-)
        In fact, as the issue fell out of the spotlight, in the heat up for re-election, the bill was re-passed (this time with a phase-in) and signed by Gray.
        The bill passed  later on was a minimum wage increase for the city at large, not one that specifically targeted specific companies.

        My only slight amendation from my other comment, is that  the vetoed legislation didn't only affect Wal-Mart, you're right it affected a few other companies, but the criticism still stands. No state or federal wage laws have different rules based on square footage (LOL) or union representation. There is no logical sense for SUCH carveouts. If you want a minimum wage, make it apply to all employees in all sectors.

        Targeting specific companies to create an unequal playing field is unAmerican.

  •  DNA (0+ / 0-)

    I wonder if this treatment of those less fortunate is passed down in the DNA especially in the south.  I don't seem to have it but all my ancestors owned slaves.  It is the only socially acceptable attitude in the south of my childhood not that  the Republicans in my area of CA are much better.
    They refuse to pay taxes for any reason, but don't enjoy kicking a person when they are down or abuse them for their racial or sexual status.

  •  I resemble that remark.... (0+ / 0-)

    I'm retired military, have a good pension, saved up a 7 digit portfolio, and have no debt. But, I still work as a DOD IT contractor. I make a hell of a lot of money, that I really don't need. I'm not alone. I work with several military retirees, one in his 70's (I'm 49).
    I retired once, but practically went nuts from boredom. Is it wrong to work when you don't have to? Am I being selfish?

  •  The Walmart Situation (0+ / 0-)

    Well known: Walmart's endgame is controlling all worldwide food distribution *feed the peasants the poison,...quick fix: blow Rogers off the map, then hire the unemployed (at an above-living-wage pay) to demolish every Walmart store in the world and rebuild with no gmo, organic, fresh, non-processed edible food markets...then start on the Kochs.

  •  90? He'd be TAKING a job from someone... (1+ / 0-)
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    skybluewater

    He's RICH. He should be turned out to pasture.

    (Oh, and it's a WAR on the rich with me. Don't even ask.)

    Ugh. --UB.

    Money is property, not speech. Overturn Citizens United.

    by unclebucky on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 12:42:56 PM PST

  •  . (0+ / 0-)

    maybe he'll get Hillary's old job on the board of directors' of walmart.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    "History records that the money changers have used every form of abuse, intrigue, deceit, and violent means possible to maintain their control over governments by controlling the money and its issuance." -James Madison

    by FreeTradeIsYourEpitaph on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 01:13:40 PM PST

  •  See how easy it is!? (0+ / 0-)

    All you need to do is walk down to your local corporate master and kneel.  

    Streichholzschächtelchen

    by otto on Sat Mar 08, 2014 at 01:25:07 PM PST

  •  If current, his photo is heavily retouched and/or (0+ / 0-)

    he's been heavily retouched.

    No human being naturally looks like that at age 90.

  •  Since he's never WORKED a day in his life, (0+ / 0-)

    he can't unload a truck; doubt he has the dexterity to operate a cash register.  Mop-slingers (maintenance) have to move fast.  And people greeters are being scaled back.

    Where ya gonna work?  Maybe you can coerce WM into creating a job for you -- like sorting through the dozen or so different sizes of peg hooks the stores use.

    You certainly don't deserve any better.

  •  Glass houses (0+ / 0-)

    John Dingell, a Democrat, served 58 year. Haven't heard he's turned down his pension and his wife, who is a young 60, is poised to run for and probably win his seat.  
    Entirely possible the world and congress would have been a better place if he'd retired earlier and given others a chance to legislate.  Also find it hard to believe his wife is the best candidate the party can find to replace him.
    One challenger already seems to have been intimidated.  
    I am troubled by the idea of nepotism and political dynasties in a supposed democracy and can't help but feel in a country of 200 million plus citizens there are undiscovered gems out there.  But that is just my opinion.
    Other than the fact Hall is a Republican and old, not sure what is the point of this diary.

  •  He wouldn't survive one shift (0+ / 0-)

    doing the push.

  •  Cool! (0+ / 0-)

    Another grave to piss on for my bucket list!

  •  Recent stat that blew my mind: (2+ / 0-)
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    CaffeineInduced, slinkie

    The top 85 most wealthy people in the world own more wealth than the bottom 3.5 BILLION people put together.  The same number of people as are given scholarships to play football at a major university in any given year owns as much or more wealth as virtually half of the population of the planet.  

    This is a vast and incomprehensible evil.  

  •  Another (0+ / 0-)

    Texas republican prick.
    See if he's still laughing 10 years from now.

  •  Just another Texas hypocrite (1+ / 0-)
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    DonMahoney

    Why do people have to say things like that?   He doesn't do himself any good at all, in fact people should just laugh at this poor guy who obviously doesn't care about anyone beneath his pay scale.

    I'll bet he calls himself a Christian.

    But Jesus wouldn't!

  •  I look forward to... (0+ / 0-)

    ...seeing him in a blue polyester vest greeting fat women in sweat pants and t-shirts.

  •  Cynical and ridiculous (0+ / 0-)

    I just moved back to the mainland from Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. While there, I experienced my first retail job (I was paid 9.16 per hour). It was physically tiring, occasionally demanding, and frequently boring work. I took the job because I needed something. I'm an experienced IT professional, currently seeking work, who previously made upwards of 65K per year. My recruiter (who works for a well-respected agency) has advised me NOT to take a low-paying job. Fortunately for me, so far I've been able to ride it out, and spend most of my day either applying for jobs (over 80 so far) or upgrading my skills. This particular individual (I try not to use pejoratives, no matter how tempting) is extremely disingenuous at best, and an evil person at worst.

  •  effing hilarious (0+ / 0-)

    i'm rolling on the floor right now.

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