This is an interesting location in cyberspace. It is time to put employees first and focus not just on job creation, but on great job creation. How many people can live on the 7 bucks or so an hour that Wal-Mart gives most of its employees?
People in good to great jobs that pay well, become more productive and contributory to a powerful economy. With the evaporation of US jobs, we are only seeing a larger gap between rich and poor. The four hundred buck windfall provided by GWB really doesn't go far when you can't pay your rent.
Not only that, but the gov't is practically giving away cash for big box retailers to move product in from off shore increasing the trade deficit to never before seen levels.
In this extensively researched study, we show that the giant retailer has received more than $1 billion in economic development subsidies from state and local governments across the country. Taxpayers have helped finance not only Wal-Mart stores, but also the company’s huge network of distribution centers, more than 90% of which have gotten subsidies. The report also includes policy proposals, including a prohibition on subsidies to big-box retailers except in distressed areas that are underserved by retail outlets (and in those cases the recipient of the subsidy should be required to pay a living wage.)
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How about an end to corporate welfare before an end to social welfare?