Wal-Mart’s Minimum Effort

By now you’ve probably heard of Wal-Mart getting into bed with Washington by flexing it’s lobbying arm. Out of the newly formed “war room” (incidentally filled with former tobacco lobbyists) came the strategy to ask Congress to raise mimum wage laws.

Because it’s obvious that’s what’s been stopping them from paying their employees more. Yeesh.

Wal-Mart is trying to clean up their public image, but that may not work as planned if they are simply going to use their size and might to bully the government into agreeing with them through yet another corporate lobby.

Like the news that the Department of Labor is in bed with Wal-Mart — offering unheard of tipoffs and leniency when Wal-Mart violates their laws, and get this: issuing joint press releases.

Now don’t get me wrong, I think Wal-Mart is a damned fine retailer when it comes to slicing pennies of the cost of goods and passing that on to consumers (at the peril of suppliers who can’t or won’t do the same). But when any company starts to schmooze their way into government process in such a lewd manner, you know there’s something fishy going on.

Stephen VanDyke

I've published HoT along with about 300+ friends since 2002. We're all Americans who are snarky and love our country. I'm a libertarian that registered Republican because I like to win elections. That's pretty much it.

  1. I read the news article when the CEO of Wal-Mart was advocating raising the minimum wage, and he made it sound like it was for virtuous reasons, i.e., our data shows our customers come up short as it gets closer to pay day. And in the same article it was saying they pay (on average) better than minimum wage. So, I asked myself the same question…ok, why doesn’t Wal-Mart pay more. The reason was obvious to me…they want to kill off all the mom & pop stores and get rid of their competition. Since Wal-Mart is already paying most of its personnel more than minimum, raising the wage a little wouldn’t hurt them much, but it would the mom & pop stores.

  2. I used to be a staunch supporter of Wal-Mart. It would make me laugh when all of the nutjobs would try so hard to keep them from coming, then spend tons of money after they opened. But Wal-Mart has entered a new phase, one that I no longer support.