August 17, 2006

DEMOCRATS VS EMPLOYMENT:

Eye on Election, Democrats Run as Wal-Mart Foe (ADAM NAGOURNEY and MICHAEL BARBARO, 8/17/06, NY Times)

Senator Joseph R. Biden Jr. of Delaware, a likely Democratic presidential candidate in 2008, delivered a 15-minute, blistering attack to warm applause from Democrats and union organizers here on Wednesday. But Mr. Biden’s main target was not Republicans in Washington, or even his prospective presidential rivals.

It was Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private employer.

Among Democrats, Mr. Biden is not alone. [...]

“My problem with Wal-Mart is that I don’t see any indication that they care about the fate of middle-class people,” Mr. Biden said, standing on the sweltering rooftop of the State Historical Society building here. “They talk about paying them $10 an hour. That’s true. How can you live a middle-class life on that?”


A couple who between them worked a hundred hours a week at $10 an hour would make something like $52k a year. They wouldn't be wealthy in America's unique terms, but that's at least two and a half times poverty level for a family of four.

Posted by Orrin Judd at August 17, 2006 12:58 PM
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To Joe Biden and his commie ilk: If you don't like what WalMart is paying, go find another job.

Posted by: sam at August 17, 2006 1:14 PM

And if you take a $10 job, show up for work clean and sober and can do what's asked of you without complaint, you'll be promoted in a matter of months. Financial success is so simple in this country that those who don't have it, don't really value it.

Posted by: Patrick H at August 17, 2006 1:20 PM

“My problem with Wal-Mart is that I don’t see any indication that they care about the fate of middle-class people”

Except make goods and services available to them at extraordinarily cheap prices.

BTW: I won't do my photo developing at out local WaMart anymore because the service is so poor. Think doubling their pay would improve things? Me neither.

Posted by: AC at August 17, 2006 1:35 PM

“My problem with Wal-Mart is that I don’t see any indication that they care about the fate of middle-class people” What a great summation of the Democrat's economic policy. They are fellow-travelers of Hugo Chavez but more cowardly.

Posted by: Palmcroft at August 17, 2006 1:47 PM

$52K is greater than the average family income in Arizona. So they would BE middle class here.

Posted by: Brandon at August 17, 2006 2:19 PM

Patrick, What you say goes double for Blacks and Hispanics. There's no reason why hard working smart people can't rise and rise quickly. There's a dearth of talent out of there.

Posted by: erp at August 17, 2006 5:06 PM

Yeah, you should be able to raise a family of four on a job stocking shelves. And if you can't, you don't deserve any job at all.

This is what Biden is saying, right?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 17, 2006 10:54 PM

Yeah, you should be able to raise a family of four on a job stocking shelves. And if you can't, you don't deserve any job at all.

This is what Biden is saying, right?

Posted by: Bob Hawkins at August 17, 2006 10:55 PM

If you can't raise a family on the wages you can command, then don't have a family. Welfare and other benefits should be a safety net for those of our neighbors who find themselves in a temporary monetary bind. That's what I'm saying.

I read yesterday that Wal-Mart has more customers than registered voters in the U.S. This is really a winning strategy . . . for us.

Posted by: erp at August 18, 2006 8:27 AM
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