January 26, 2006

JOBLESS, JUST LIKE DEMOCRATS LIKE THEM:

Hard Line State: Big Labor's war on Wal-Mart claims casualties among poor Marylanders. (STEVE H. HANKE AND STEPHEN J.K. WALTERS, January 26, 2006, Opinion Journal)

In Big Labor's war against Wal-Mart, "collateral damage"--in the form of lost jobs and income for the poor--is starting to add up. Of course, since the unions and their legislative allies claim that their motive is to liberate people from exploitation by Wal-Mart, these unintended effects are often ignored.

Here in Maryland, however, that's getting hard to do. The consequences of our Legislature's override of Republican Gov. Robert Ehrlich's veto of their "Fair Share Health Care Act" on Jan. 12 will be tragic for some of the state's neediest residents. The law will force companies that employ over 10,000 to spend at least 8% of their payroll on health care or kick any shortfall into a special state fund. Wal-Mart would be the only employer in the state to be affected.

Almost surely, therefore, the company will pull the plug on plans to build a distribution center that would have employed 800 in Somerset County, on Maryland's picturesque Eastern Shore. As a Wal-Mart spokesman has put it, "you have to take a step back and call into question how business-friendly is a state like Maryland when they pass a bill that . . . takes a swipe at one company that provides 15,000 jobs."


Well, if they have jobs they become Republicans.

Posted by Orrin Judd at January 26, 2006 4:46 PM
Comments

the republicans need to get out there and let the maryland voters who are being impacted, about this. of course they won't because that would be vulgar. wimps.

Posted by: toe at January 26, 2006 6:36 PM

The problem, of course, is that the people who profit from this anti-Wal-Mart bill know their interests very well. The people who are harmed because they'll never be employed by Wal-Mart or purchase their low-priced goods don't really know what's in it for them, and they wouldn't have the political capital to make an impact even if they did.

Posted by: Matt Murphy at January 27, 2006 5:24 AM
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