Walmart Asks its Poor Workers to Give to its Poorer Workers
|November 29, 2013||Posted by Staff under Inequality / Concentration|
This 2013 excerpt of AlterNet, Nov 18, is by Alex Kane.
A Wal-Mart in Cleveland launched a food drive for its own employees. It’s targeted at the low-wage workers who could afford to donate food to other, even more low-wage workers.
“That Wal-Mart would have the audacity to ask low-wage workers to donate food to other low-wage workers — to me, it is a moral outrage,” Norma Mills. Some workers at Ohio Wal-Marts went on strike.
The majority of workers at the corporation earn less than $25,000 a year. Walmart is setting up bins because its employees don’t make enough to feed themselves and their families.
Ed. Notes: Actually, low-skilled work does merit low amounts of pay. Should people really make a career of low-skilled work? Or should they realize their dreams? Of course, poor workers and poor everyone should get more money — but from working? It’s not challenging one’s talents, and it’s work that others willingly do at the cheap. And higher minimum wages tend to lag behind inflation.
A better solution is an income apart from one’s work — an income from the value of the land in one’s region. Everybody makes land valuable, and nobody makes land. All the money paid to own or use land makes an ideal common wealth.
We could redirect it from the vaults of speculators and lenders into the pockets of all members of society via government. Government could levy dues or taxes or fees to recover the socially-generated value of land and use a monthly dividend check to disburse the recovered revenue from the public treasury, out to the citizens in the region — sort of like what Alaska and Singpaore do.
At the same time, government could quit taxing wages, starting from the bottom up. Why tax poor people then offer them handouts like food stamps? Why not just quit taxing them in the first place? Not only could poor workers take home more pay but the cost to hire somebody would drop so employers will hire more people.
Losing taxes, while recovering rents — called geonomics — not only makes sense but has worked wherever tried, to the degree tried.