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Could it be reasonably argued that Walmart is now part of the US welfare system?

Asked by ibstubro (18345points) May 8th, 2014

What about the smaller businesses that are siphoning off Walmart’s best and brightest with an offer of $10 – $12 an hour presently? Couldn’t it be argued that Walmart is currently part of the US welfare system, training new-to-market workers and subsidizing vast numbers of others that would otherwise be 100% on public assistance.

If the minimum wage is raised to $10.10 an hour, why semi-challenge yourself for $11 an hour when you can part your brain at the door at Walmart for $10.10?

Sure, Walmart can afford a hike in the minimum wage, but can the smaller businesses now paying $11 an hour afford to pay $16 to lure the top of the Walmart class from the bosom of big business?

Isn’t Walmart currently providing a training program that puts launches people into the job market? A training program that the government has been woefully inadequate at? Considering the best and brightest move on to better paying jobs, and many of the part-time, career employees are either seeking that status or otherwise would be 100% dependent on the government?

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