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(Some professor)   A half century ago America's full-time workers earned an average hourly wage of around $50, in today's dollars, including health and pension benefits. Today, America's largest employer is Walmart, whose average employee earns $8.81 an hour   ( robertreich.org) divider line
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2012-11-22 07:40:12 AM  
5 votes:
Saw this in another thread, think it's appropriate to leave here...

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2012-11-22 10:55:08 AM  
2 votes:
I am watching Kidz Bop perform The Jackson 5's ABC at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and reading about a class conciousness that the United States has somehow always been inable to grasp.
I picked the wrong day to stop sniffing glue.
2012-11-22 07:16:37 AM  
2 votes:
Only communists complain about being exploited by global corporations.
2012-11-23 02:02:19 PM  
1 vote:

tjfly: And tax rates were much higher. And those jobs went to china because the high pay was uncompetitive. And the dollar was stronger because real debt to GDP was lower so things didn't cost as much which helped sustained hose wages. Not the case today. But you all o on believing that a stock boy should get 50/hr. morons.

Yes, you're absolutely corr....

Oh , fark it: Look, maroon, you're echoing a party line that utterly fails to account for the simple fact that Europe has thriving manufacturing and heavy industrial sectors. Strong unions. Strong social safety net. Universal health care. High wages. Robust infrastructure. Mom-and-pop stores everywhere. All of these are things that the argument you're aping claims to be unpossible in a global economy.
2012-11-22 07:37:51 PM  
1 vote:
If the owners weren't dicks, we wouldn't need unions.

If unions weren't dicks, the owners couldn't so easily demonize them.
2012-11-22 12:27:19 PM  
1 vote:

Ed Finnerty: So stop shopping at Walmart. It's not rocket surgery.

The left isn't about alternatives and personal choice, it's about making sure the One True Path is followed. WalMart and Fox News don't fit that template and therefore must be vilified and, if possible, destroyed.
2012-11-22 12:21:17 PM  
1 vote:
At the peak of its power and influence in the 1950s, the United Auto Workers could claim a significant portion of GM's earnings for its members.

Unfortunately, the UAW didn't learn the lesson of successful parasites: don't kill your host.
2012-11-22 10:29:21 AM  
1 vote:

HotIgneous Intruder: born_yesterday: But if I kiss enough corporate ass like some wanna-be Pinkerton jackass, doesn't that mean I've got a million percent chance of becoming a job creator? The 1% always stands up for their moronic lapdogs, doesn't it?

And everybody sits at home watching their goggle boxes being programmed to buy things and be aspirational voters for the elites.
It's some sad stupid shiat.

Imma kill two birds with one stone--and eat Thanksgiving dinner right at the Walmart!

/Which reminds me, Happy Thanksgiving everybody!
2012-11-22 10:10:16 AM  
1 vote:

Marcus Aurelius: Weaver95: I just love how unified the message is from the corporate press - it's ALWAYS the unions fault when things go wrong. And that's even assuming you can get a story about unions on air in the first place. just look at this recent 'black friday' strike that's being organized against wal-mart. it's fairly easy to learn about via online discussions....but CNN? Fox News? if they mention it at all, it's to either laugh at it or shade the story to make the union organizers as shady people out to steal from 'honest hard working people'...

Yeah, and Hostess went under because the labor unions looted the place and left it with a billion dollars in debt, and the poor poor hedge funds had to clean up the mess out of the goodness of their own hearts.


But if I kiss enough corporate ass like some wanna-be Pinkerton jackass, doesn't that mean I've got a million percent chance of becoming a job creator? The 1% always stands up for their moronic lapdogs, doesn't it?
2012-11-22 08:37:42 AM  
1 vote:
What would be great is if Obama turned out to be a true socialist, and did something like said "American can't tolerate subsidizing the Walmart family any longer" and then nationalized the business, just took it over.

Epic lulz. Won't happen, but America needs an aggressive prosecution of companies that shove their expenses out onto the public (not providing health care, underpaying its employees leading to them being on food stamps, etc) .. while pocking billions in profits.

All so you dumb sh*ts can have cheaper crap from china.

// haven't shopped a wal mart in decades.

/// still visits peopleofwalmart.com though
2012-11-22 07:42:23 AM  
1 vote:
So stop shopping at Walmart. It's not rocket surgery.
2012-11-22 07:24:13 AM  
1 vote:
If we get rid of the unions things will be better. If we get rid of the auto workers things will be better. If we get rid of the public sector employees things will be better.
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