I don’t normally link to moonbat websites but when I do, Democracy Now provides interesting lunatic fodder:
As Black Friday approaches, Wal-Mart workers and activists are planning another round of protests and strikes at the nation’s largest employer on the biggest shopping day of the year. The Black Friday protests come at a time of heightened scrutiny for the company. It made headlines last week when a photo surfaced online of a sign made by workers at one of its stores in Ohio. The sign was taped to a table and read: “Please Donate Food Items Here, so Associates in Need Can Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner.” Wal-Mart says the food drive shows the company tries to help its workers. But critics say it reveals the low wages Wal-Mart pays them.
Employment in any economy is tiered and stratified by three things, macroeconomic growth, capability/ability of the individual worker and supply and demand of the worker population. Just as there are different jobs of different value inside a company, there are different jobs of different values (pay) in the external, macroeconomic sense.
A favorite whipping boy of the left is Wal-Mart. They love to note how Wal-Mart can “afford” to pay more without noting how much benefit low income people get from the lower prices that Wal-Mart supplies to the market with mercenary zeal…but the other question they don’t ask is this – why are people not moving on from the lower paying jobs to higher paying jobs in other companies in the national economy
Wal-Mart does not hold their employees as slaves. What they do is to provide 2.2 million full time jobs, the greater percentage of which require the most minimum of skills and as such have the greatest population of workers competing for them. The recession has pushed many higher skilled people into these jobs – but just because you have a Ph.D. in Astrophysics, that does not change the value of the work in the aisles of Wal-Mart. If they are stuck with a career as a shelf stocker, the likelihood is that 1) they are not skilled enough to be in demand or 2) the broader economy is not expanding at a rate fast enough to create jobs.
Wal-Mart is not supposed to create high paying jobs at will or at the command of a gang of Democrat petit communists – that is not the role of an individual company in a national economy, that is the role of the economy itself to create the upward mobility through increased demand. When supply can’t meet demand, prices (wages) rise.
The law of supply and demand is like the law of gravity, it always applies and it always applies to everybody.
The left’s ire at Wal-Mart would be better targeted at the “progressive” Democrat policies rooted in an ideology that crashed our economy by creating a crisis. This being a crisis derived from a communist ideology, one that proposed people should not be prohibited from owning a house simply because they can’t afford one and the ensuing crony capitalist/corporatist/fascist “remedies”. We treated the illness with the same virus that made our economy sick in the first place.
Going after Wal-Mart is like treating a sucking chest wound by applying leeches.