Welfare queens

Go, Alan!

Representative-elect Alan Grayson (D-FL) said Monday that he will put mega-retailer Walmart squarely in his sights during the next Congress for the company’s liberal use of public assistance programs to supplement their workers’ wages.

Speaking to Current TV host Cenk Uygur on Monday’s episode of “The Young Turks,” Grayson called Walmart “the largest recipient of public aid in the country,” saying their low wages force workers to take food stamps, housing assistance and Medicaid just to get by.

“The taxpayer pays for the earned income credit,” he said. “The taxpayer pays for Medicaid. The taxpayer pays for unemployment insurance when they cut hours down. And the taxpayer pays for other forms of public assistance like food stamps. I think the taxpayer is getting fed up of paying these things when, in fact, Walmart could give every employee its got, even the CEO, a 30 percent raise and still be profitable.”

One Response to Welfare queens

  1. imhotep November 30, 2012 at 11:24 am #

    The net wealth of the six Wal-Mart children is equal to the net wealth of the bottom 40% of Americans. They own as much wealth as 120 million Americans. Does anyone really think that they care one bit about how they treat their workers? The plutocrats are way past due for their comeupance. And Grayson might be just the guy to start that ball rolling.

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