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“The Real Deadbeats”: You’re Not The Deadbeat. The Waltons Are The Deadbeats

If you are tired of your taxpayer dollars being used to pay Wal-Mart employees the money that the Waltons refuse to pay them, then you might be interested in the large Black Friday protests that are occurring at 1,600 Wal-Mart stores in 49 states throughout the nation right now.

“I have to depend on the government mostly,” says Fatmata Jabbie, a 21-year-old single mother of two who earns $8.40 an hour working at a Walmart in Alexandria, Virginia. She makes ends meet with food stamps, subsidized housing, and Medicaid. “Walmart should pay us $15 an hour and let us work full-time hours,” she says. “That would change our lives. That would change our whole path. I wouldn’t be dependent on government too much. I could buy clothes for my kids to wear.”

The nation’s largest employer, Walmart employs 1.4 million people, or 10 percent of all retail workers, and pulls in $16 billion in annual profits. Its largest stockholders—Christy, Jim, Alice, and S. Robson Walton—are the nation’s wealthiest family, collectively worth $145 billion. Yet the company is notorious for paying poverty wages and using part-time schedules to avoid offering workers benefits. Last year, a report commissioned by Congressional Democrats found that each Walmart store costs taxpayers between 900,000 and $1.75 million per year because so many employees are forced to turn to government aid.

This isn’t complicated. If you have a job at Wal-Mart and you still need Medicaid, food stamps and subsidized housing, then you aren’t just getting shafted by the Waltons. You’re also being paid your missing wages by the federal government. You’re not the deadbeat. The Waltons are the deadbeats.


By: Martin Longman, Political Animal, The Washington Ponthly, November 28, 2014

November 29, 2014 - Posted by | Minimum Wage, Walmart, Workers | , , , , , , ,


  1. Reblogged this on Rational Opinions Blog and commented:
    The Walton’s are disgusting. So much money, yet they want even more. They are the ones that labor laws and unions are meant to protect us from… They knowingly “play the system” to their benefit, and the government let’s them get away with it.


    Comment by Larry Shivers | November 30, 2014 | Reply

  2. Reblogged this on angrymanspeaks and commented:
    This is perhaps the most blatant example of what happens when we allow our Corporate Capitalists to run amok. Why is this allowed to happen? These people are repulsive, sickening examples of humanity and need to be controlled. Forced to pay much higher wages and forced to make much lower profits. Yes; I said forced. Capitalists will NEVER learn when enough is enough or to share their success with those who are not as lucky; intelligent; talented; silver-spoon-fed; as they are; or even with those people who make this wealth possible for them. Want to see. let these i.4 million people quit and let’s see the Waltons run Wal-Mart on their own. These greedy Bastards are prime examples of what is wrong with America. You haven’t seen angry until you have seen my face right now. “BOLD PROGRESSIVE POLICY” is the only chance we have to fight this cancer. Christy, Jim, Alice, and S. Robson Walton are tumors
    on the body of this nation; greedily gathering all of the wealth and denying sustenance to the people of this nation who have MADE Wal-Mart what it is.


    Comment by angrymanspeaks | November 29, 2014 | Reply

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