Walmart, who pays its workers so little and/or gives them so few hours, that they cannot feed themselves while the Walton family rakes in billions, does have its sense of humor. Either that or they could just care so little about what anyone thinks that they are just like, whatever, what are you going to do about it anyway except buy more junk you don’t need from us on Black Friday?
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday November 26, 2014 11:23 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday August 7, 2014 11:45 am|
Raise the minimum wage. The arguments for are strong, and the arguments against don’t hold up to facts.
One important reason to raise the minimum wage to a living one is that people who can afford to feed themselves will not need food stamps paid for by taxpayers. You still think everything on the dollar menu really costs only a dollar? Companies who profit off their workers’ labor will be forced to pay a fair price for it, and not get by on taxpayer-subsidized low wages. Just as important, people who can afford to feed themselves earn not just money, but self-respect.
|By: Peter Van Buren Wednesday August 6, 2014 7:55 am|
Walmart, which already is profiting mightily from federal, taxpayer paid corporate welfare in the form of food stamps subsidizing its workers’ low wages, as well as billions in direct profits from buyers shopping with food stamps, also takes advantage of tax laws that help it avoid paying federal tax.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday July 29, 2014 12:09 pm|
A new report by the Urban Institute and Encore Capital Group’s Consumer Credit Research Institute shows 77 million Americans– 35 percent of those with files at a major credit bureau– have a debt in collection.
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday April 8, 2014 9:05 am|
Walmart supports an increase in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, i.e., food stamps) benefits, to erase the cuts Congress voted into place last fall. Does Walmart really care more about the fate of about hungry children than does Congress? Um, not really. Walmart has instead acknowledged publicly that federal cuts to food stamps are a threat to its bottom line.
|By: JP Sottile Wednesday February 26, 2014 6:15 pm|
What happens when a war ends and an army comes home?
It’s been a vexing problem for centuries.
After completing the long Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula in the 15th Century, a newly-united Spain turned its attention and its Conquistadors toward the New World.
At the end of the Civil War, the Re-United States shifted its victorious army westward, quickly making the American Indian the Civil War’s biggest loser.
Now the United States faces the problem once again.
|By: DSWright Wednesday February 5, 2014 6:45 am|
The Senate has passed the Farm Bill which includes $8 billion of cuts to food stamps and $7 billion of increases to agribusiness. President Obama has said he will sign it into law. Game over.
|By: DSWright Monday February 3, 2014 11:14 am|
After extensive negotiations and public shaming the House of Representatives did what it was going to do anyway and cut food stamps. So just be happy the bill only cuts food stamps by $8 billion instead of the $39 billion the Republicans initially wanted.
|By: Kit OConnell Wednesday December 25, 2013 6:01 pm|
Here’s a swig of actual news to wash down all those twee “human interest” pieces sticking in your throat.
|By: Scott McLarty Monday December 16, 2013 4:10 pm|
It’s hardly a surprise that the coalition of social-justice groups that held a press conference in Washington, DC, on December 10 had no influence on the latest lurch into austerity.