I was watching Travis Smiley interview Sally Field tonight (FYI - It was a two program interview and was fascinating.) and Smiley is sponsored by Walmart. They usually run a PSA kind of commercial and I've seen most of them but the one tonight was new to me. It was a message from some corporate big-wig from Walmart talking about how much Walmart has donated to the fight against hunger...ARE THEY SERIOUS?
This is a company whose employees are often recipients of food stamps and other public supported benefits because their pay is so poor. Several state are investigating if there is any way to recoup some of the costs of benefits given to full time Walmart employees.
The Walton family is among the richest in America and they refuse to, in any substantial way, share the profits with the people who help them to make them, their employees. And here they are pandering on Smiley's program and speaking of Walmart's generosity...GIVE ME A BREAK! I don't know the specifics of the tax situation of the Walton family or of Walmart but I'll bet anybody who'll take the bet a cup of tea that they use their donations to fight hunger for a tax deduction. So we as taxpayers support some of the families that despite full time employment cannot depend on Walmart for their living and they turn around and instead of paying all employees a living wage donate to fight hunger.
Please understand I do not have any objection to taxpayer supported assistance of any kind for those of our American family that need them. I also know that Walmart can be a bit of a hot button issue here on CM. In the past when I've negatively mentioned them in replies because of their poor pay and/or benefits some CM members have replied that they, or a family member, work for Walmart and are well paid. That may well be but they are, by everything I have discovered about Walmart, the exception rather than the rule.