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Commentary, sarcasm and snide remarks from a Florida resident of over thirty years. Being a glutton for punishment is a requirement for residency here. Who am I? I've been called a moonbat by Michelle Malkin, a Right Wing Nut by Daily Kos, and middle of the road by Florida blog State of Sunshine. Tell me what you think.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Wal-Mart: Always Low Down. Always.

Wal-Mart’s CEO is calling for a raise in the national minimum wage and is expanding health benefits for its workers.

Isn’t that nice?

But wait, Wal-Mart already pays its workers above minimum wage because it cannot attract the workers it wants for $5.15 an hour. If it could, it would. Always low prices. Always.

But some of its competitors can attract good workers at $5.15 an hour. Better hours, closer to the home and not having to wear the blue vest offset the financial difference.

So what Wal-Mart really wants to do is have the government force higher costs upon its competition. Hey, every big, huge company wants the government to erect barriers to competition. Environmental regulations are embraced by big companies because they can absorb the costs better than smaller companies.

By posing the issue as helping his customers, the Wal-Mart CEO gains media brownie points. But you know something? We pay clerks more to sell this stuff than the Chinese pay to make it. Something is awry here.

Cross posted at Basil's Blog and Don Surber.

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