DC’s Walmart Minimum Wage Law Would Hurt the Poor
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  • Kavanna

    Cronyistic plutocracy is the real point of the Democratic party today. DC is now where New York is, only more so: the poor are on welfare, the cronyists are on top, and the independent and salaried middle class are squeezed out.

    Wasn’t that the point?

    • Corlyss

      “The transformation of the DC area into a gold-plated, recession-proof enclave in the last 20 years has been astonishing.”

      It’s been like that since WW2. Recessionproof DC is not nearly that new.

  • Corlyss

    “DC’s Walmart Minimum Wage Law Would Hurt the Poor

    They don’t care, just like they didn’t care about Michelle Rhee’s reforms. It’s the People’s Republic of the District of Columbia. I suspect this has more to do with unions and the limousine liberals in the Northwest’s figuratively-gated communities and the gentrified area in SE around the Congress and the Library of Congress. Those folks have always been supporters of reparations and think its perfectly fine for most of the DC population to be on welfare.

    Personally, I think the statute would be struck down as a bill of attainder since they exempted all the union stores. If Walmart needs the DC poor’s business, then I would expect the world to reverse rotation on its axis.

  • circleglider

    Didn’t the failure of the Soviet Union prove once and for all that centralized economic planning doesn’t work?

    • Nick Bidler

      ‘course not, because that would mean admitting fallibility.

  • Corlyss

    When Jim Cramer described the arrival of Walmart as the “first time poor people could buy a nice suit appropriate for job interviews,” suddenly a lot of things about their success and the limo liberals unyielding hostility to Walmart became clear.

  • dawadu

    DC Council members are people who refuse to let facts get in the way of their opinion and in this case WalMart is bad and hurts the poor.

  • Andrew Allison

    Re: “Blue politicians who oppose Walmart in DC—and in Chicago, New York and Los Angeles before it—do so with good intentions to help low-paid hourly workers afford life in their overpriced metropolises.”
    I big to differ. They do it, and thereby deny workers jobs which they would willingly take, because of political pressure from the businesses which would be hurt by the competition.

    • Corlyss

      Amen! I often wonder what child’s fairy story some of WRM’s charitable, give-em-the-benefit-of-the-doubt opinions come from.

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