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11:57 AM on 08/06/2013
“Only 5% are on medicaid.“ Yes, because a lot of states do not allow single people to sign up for the benefit.
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05:30 PM on 08/06/2013
I imagine most of the employees have to work at least one additional job to survive and that might put them above the Medicaid level. Some states consider $6,000 a year too affluent for Medicaid.
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guveqzero
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11:14 AM on 08/06/2013
Bernie sees through the corruption and the moral hazard.
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
12:03 PM on 08/06/2013
There a handful of reps that speak the truth. Unfortunately party leaders don't always appreciate that. Both parties try to enforce kowtowing, which is why they both suck. Individuals are not encouraged to work to find solutions, they have follow party line.
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11:04 AM on 08/06/2013
Not only do they pay poverty wages but they are one of primary reasons that so many manufacturing jobs have left this country and moved overseas as Wal-Mart has been incessant in forcing suppliers to cut their costs. They have been uniquely complicit in the destruction of the American middle class.
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ScapeGoat
Science rocks, Facts are stubborn things.
10:26 AM on 08/06/2013
We need more like him in congress.
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lipps
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05:18 PM on 08/06/2013
More Communists?
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ScapeGoat
Science rocks, Facts are stubborn things.
06:25 AM on 08/08/2013
Yes more communists and less taliban-republicans.
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Ex Marine
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10:16 AM on 08/06/2013
Bernie Sanders is a true American patriot. Anyone going into politics should emulate this guy. How great this country could be if there were more like him.
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Gisella Thomas
10:06 AM on 08/06/2013
the American people should collectively boycott walmart..
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11:00 AM on 08/06/2013
I already do as well as most of my family and friends
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Carl Caroli
I just don't understand people
12:05 PM on 08/06/2013
Unfortunately in many parts of the country, it's all that's readily available.
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bryan broome
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09:58 AM on 08/06/2013
An interesting article on how capitalism can work.

http://organicconnectmag.com/wp/raj-sisodia-conscious-capitalism/
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stratego
09:05 AM on 08/06/2013
Go, Bernie.
08:07 AM on 08/06/2013
At least old Bernie admits to being a Socialist. In actuality, what Walmart earns or pays its employees is none of his or the government’s business

First, the employees of Walmart are totally free to work or not work at Walmart. If they think Walmart is underpaying them then they are free to quit their jobs and work elsewhere. If they can’t find a higher paying job then they aren’t worth more.

Second, the claim that “Walmart's "starvation wages" end up costing the American taxpayer” (presumably because the workers use numerous government services) is a red herring. Government services like Medicaid are services given to the poor funded by the taxpayer’s compassion. If the taxpayer wishes to be less compassionate, that’s fine, but they can’t be compassionate and at the same time argue that a third party isn’t lessening the cost of that compassion. Further, Walmart isn’t legally required to hire anyone. If these workers didn’t work for Walmart’s wages the burden on the taxpayer would even be higher.

Finally, can we please stop referring to the Walton’s wealth? You can’t tax wealth at the federal level (its unconstitutional) so it’s an irrelevant issue. Although I would also argue that it’s none of a politician’s business, the only plausible concern is whether Walmart is making “excess” profits (only politicians could worry about a firm being too successful). And they aren’t. Walmart’s return on equity and on assets is in line with the industry averages.
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echurley
08:41 AM on 08/06/2013
I'm sorry but this is everyone's business. The tax payer is on the hook for food stamps, Medicaid, and housing subsidies while the Walton family pockets the difference.

It so easy to say get another job. Most decent paying job have gone elsewhere. The Waltons' have helped with that too.
09:37 AM on 08/06/2013
You're missing two important points.

First, social programs like food stamps, Medicaid, etc. are totally voluntary programs enacted by the government. They could be ended tomorrow if they are considered too costly. The taxpayer has made a choice, through their representatives, that they wish to be compassionate and help the poor. That's fine, but they can't complain when a third party (Walmart) doesn't help fund their compassion. It's very easy being compassionate with other people's money. More importantly if Walmart were to vanish the cost of these programs would even be higher since the employee's salary at Walmart offsets the need for even greater social programs.

Second, I defy you to show me any statistic which shows that Walmart (not the Walton family) is making excessive profits. I will warn you, such a statistic doesn't exist. The company in total makes billions in profits but that's because it's huge (it employs over 2 million people). On any meaningful comparison basis (e.g. return on equity, return on assets etc) Walmart is in line with the industry average.
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stratego
09:08 AM on 08/06/2013
You're the socialist. You are for propping up corporations obscene wealth by wanting all of us to pay, not to mention being in favor of them completely owning the election process, which they already are.
Why, you will hand over all control of your government to a select few. Absurd.
09:24 AM on 08/06/2013
The answer is to shrink the size and scope of the government...so then the tool that corporations use is dulled.
09:50 AM on 08/06/2013
Why is it that all liberals can do is rant?

First, I defy you to cite anything I wrote that advocates the government "propping up" a corporation like Walmart. On the contrary, if a corporation is losing money I would be the last one to advocate bailing them at or propping them up-let them go bankrupt

Second, I didn't advocate "wanting all of us to pay". Although your English needs a little work, I presume you mean having the taxpayer pay for social programs like Medicaid, food stamps etc. Again, on the contrary, I support reducing the funding for these programs not shifting the funding source. More importantly, if you don't like paying for them, then you too should advocate for their reduction, not disingenuously asking a third party (Walmart) to pay for them. In other words, if you want to be compassionate, that's fine, but you can't be compassionate with other people's money.

The rest of your rant has nothing to do with my comments or the article.
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KeyopsBack
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08:06 AM on 08/06/2013
We need a revolution and heads getting chopped off to get some balance back.
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Uncle Todd
07:06 AM on 08/07/2013
Yours first ! Deal?
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06:36 AM on 08/06/2013
Micheal Duke, Wal-Mart CEO gets paid about 800 times the typical employee's annual salary.The only guy higher is Ted Cook of Apple which blows him away at over 6,000 times his typical employees according to Fortune 500 (2012).

http://money.cnn.com/magazines/fortune/fortune500/2012/ceo-pay-ratios/

The third highest guy was Gregg Steinhafle of Target at 645 times

Apples profits were $25.9 Billion in 2011 as apposed to Wal-Mart's $15.7B

Wal-Mart was ranked #2 by Fortune 500 behind ExxonMobile whose profits were $41B.

So Duke is flying pretty high relative to his peers considering his products and quality of employees. Bernie may have some very good points considering the Wal-Mart typical salary which is about $22,000...approximately $7,000 less than Target, which means if Wal-Mart's employees were typically equal to Target then Duke would be at about 600 times their salaries. But Wal-Mart profits were over 5 times those of Target...so go figure. One might claim no wonder look at the wage disparity.
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06:54 AM on 08/06/2013
A clarification to my former; Duke's salary is $1.3M compared to Cook's $900,000, and Steinhafle's $1.5M (which do not include total compensation) but total compensation is what was used in figuring comparisons with typical salaries.
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03:02 AM on 08/06/2013
To: The American Government. Aug 5,13

In a Democracy both the employer and employee have Rights.

The employer provides the Capital, factories, machines, bldgs. He must make a profit.

The employee should have a decent living wage. Both should try to understand each other's problems.
Vanza Devereaux'63. Coauthor Homer Ferris Acker, Researcher Consultant. Curriculum Consultant Chester D. Babcock. Asst Superintendent Curriculum Instruction, Washington State. Government of a Free Nation. Ca State Education Dept. On Amazon.com Bkstr.

Eva Hart. Sfc
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susan satterfield
01:00 AM on 08/06/2013
Lets be clear. No one gets Medicaid if they make a dime. No one. It is strictly for the unemployed. These people have NO INSURANCE AT ALL. ?They are forced to use the ER and not pay the huge bill. Hospitals are not letting anyone pay the amount they can afford anymore. They pick an amount, you pay or go to court. The judges have no mercy and will; garnish what little wages they get. That makes it an even uglier picture doesn't. Screw these terrible paying jobs, they burden all of us except Wal mart that is laughing all the way to the bank.
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Bremu
01:34 AM on 08/06/2013
I'm sorry but you are wrong. I received Medicaid, for myself and my two children, for over a year while working full-time as a Nurse. I am still a Nurse but make just a little too much to certainly qualify for it. And no, my employer does not offer insurance of any kind.
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susan satterfield
12:34 PM on 08/09/2013
You should be ashamed because I too am one and you made enough money to by your own policy.   
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taylor316
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11:39 AM on 08/06/2013
Medicaid is for people making poverty level wages, including the unemployed. The amount you earn to qualify varies by state. Don't know where you got your info, but that isn't true at all.
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kamact
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11:23 PM on 08/05/2013
Direct your business to companies that both deliver value and better compensate their employees...And no one should have more than $1 B...certainly not $100 B for the Waltons....
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Uncle Todd
07:10 AM on 08/07/2013
Why should no one have $1B or $100B for that matter?
10:32 PM on 08/05/2013
Bernie is more than welcome to start up a competitor to walmart and pay his employees $20 an hour

put your money where your mouth is,socialist
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artdio
11:46 PM on 08/05/2013
another person who doesn't know the meanining of socialism, or has ever heard of COSTCO.
05:52 AM on 08/06/2013
just costco?lmao
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susan satterfield
01:01 AM on 08/06/2013
It has been done already and Costco is doing great. We don't care about Wal mart as much as they cost the tax payer is the issue. Not listening are you
05:53 AM on 08/06/2013
you keep beating this costco drum,but i dont see anybody else willing to pay what they do-guess why?