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Washington D.C. to Walmart – do as I say, not as I do!

Walmart last week pulled out of plans to build six stores and create 1800 much needed retail jobs in Washington D.C. after the city council passed a law that unless large retail stores paid a minimum wage 50% above the U.S. minimum wage, they wouldn’t be allowed to build their stores in the city.

Non-union Walmart was the only store meeting the ordinance’s required stipulations. Go, Figure.

It turns out according to the Patriot Post, that the hypocrites in Washington D.C. pay their workers less than what they asked Walmart to pay. Really?

Excerpt:

The retail giant took a tongue-lashing from city council members for denouncing the city’s Large Retailer Accountability Act, which would have required Walmart to pay employees a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.

After all, if the world’s largest retailer wanted to put down roots inside the District, then they needed to pay their “fair share.” Walmart pulled out, instead.

But NBC reports that the city doesn’t even pay their own employees the aforementioned “living wage.” In fact, some custodians and maintenance workers make only $11.75 per hour while a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia earns even less — just $10.40 per hour.

So I think,

If you are a politician extolling the virtues of a living wage, make sure the government employees over whom you preside are making a living wage.

Consider it another case study of government hypocrisy: “Do as I say, not as I do.”

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  1. So you are saying that 9-11 was the start of 2008-09 recession? Bush inherited a badly neglected terrorism issue that all Clinton did was lob a few missles at him after our embassies were bombed 15 years ago

    The economic expansion from Nov, 2001 thru Nov, 2007, those 73 months, that had 34 months of unemployment at 5% or less doesn’t matter to you?

    In 2007, with two wars (wouldn’t have been necesary if Clinton had done his job) and the tax cuts, the deficit was only $161 billion. Obama has no wars and has repealed teh tax cuts and his deficits are still over $500 billion and projected to go higher. What’s your excuse now?

    I had to live with the mortgage meddling recession too. Now I have to live with Obama’s inept economic policies.

    After 4 years of Obam’s economic policies – where are we – GDP growth under 2% and the true unemployment number at about 10%. See the economic theory from Nobel winner Milton Freidman to explain why we should be at 4% GDP and 5% unemployment.

  2. Brian Opsahl

    Bush inherited one hell of a economy compared to what bush left Obama….FACT…!!
    Bush was givin a budget SURPLUS …NOT a collapsed economic dissaster…as Bush handed off to Obama….yes terry another one of those FACTS…!!!

  3. Brian Opsahl

    I lost over 150 K under your bush
    I gained all that and then some in just 5 years with the Bamster…after 8 years of bush my retirement was cancelled and most of my familys plans we’re put on hold….yea thanks GW

  4. Bush inherited from Clinton an economy that was 40 days from recession. The recession was kep short due to supply tax cuts that Bush enacted in 2001 and then again in 2003 to grow the economy. After those TAX CUTS, gov’t revenues increased by $600 billion just 4 years later.

    In addition to the oncoming recession which would eliminate the projected recession, he also inherited a badly neglected terrorism issue which would cost the country in treasure, let alone lives.

    You incurred your 401K losses due to housing bubble bursting. Housing bubble was caused by democratic mortgage meddling policies. YOu have recovered your 401K losses during the past few years due to Helicopter Ben and his QE printing press, not because of Obama’s job killing policies.

    Obama inherited an economy that was 14 months into recession and the mechanism for that recession was already put into place – TARP. All he had to do was follow the playbook that Bush, Paulsen aand Bernanke laid out. Recession was over five months later. Obama has bungled the economic recovery – worse since WW2 when it should have been one of the best. See my guitar string theory

    Those are the FACTS.

    We are talking economics, the welder should listen to the guy with the CPA and MBA.

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