Wisconsin Reporters “Watchdog staff” simply amazed me today. Get a load of this title:
“Democrats complain having a job costs taxpayer dollars”
Crazy right? Oh, it gets even more surreal. There are three important dangers signs that spell the end of our democratic republic; Authoritarianism, projection, and rationalization. You’ll find all three here.
Let’s fall head first into this rabbit hole, with Dr. Merrill Matthews, a Resident Scholar at the Institute for Policy Innovation. Great group name?
The House Democrats’ Committee on Education and the Workforce has released a paper trying to demonstrate how Wal-Mart’s low-wage model costs taxpayers nearly $1 million per store … at least $904,452 per just one Wisconsin Supercenter. Where to start!?
While the paper claims it focuses on Wisconsin because it has the most complete and up-to-date data, you can bet that attacking rising GOP star Gov. Scott Walker had a lot to do with it.
Second, Wal-Mart’s average hourly wage of $8.81 is only 19 cents an hour less than President Obama’s proposed minimum wage increase of $9.00. Nearly everyone who qualifies for welfare benefits under Wal-Mart’s average wage would also qualify under Obama’s minimum wage.
Third, Democrats’ outrage is disingenuous because they never miss an opportunity to move the goalposts by increasing the eligibility-threshold for welfare benefits.
Finally, the paper says nothing about how Wal-Mart employing about 1.4 million Americans reduces government dependence. Employee benefits do not come free. If Wal-Mart chose, or was forced by government, to pay higher wages, it might cost fewer tax dollars, but consumers would likely pay higher prices. And the company’s effort to be the low-price leader could become a thing of the past.