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.