Jul
02
2013
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DC City Council attacks Wal-Mart, poor people.

I swear to God, you’d think that the Democratic party just simply HATES people who live in cities.

The council voted 8 to 5 Wednesday to impose a super-minimum wage of $12.50 an hour — well above the District’s regular $8.25 minimum— on retailers reporting at least $1 billion in annual corporate revenue and operating in spaces of 75,000 square feet or more. A second and final vote is scheduled for July 10.

The bill — backed by organized labor and other advocates for workers — would affect stores already operating in the city, including Home Depot, Macy’s and Costco, which would be required to comply within four years. But the legislation, known as the Large Retailer Accountability Act, is generally seen as aimed at Wal-Mart, which plans to open six D.C. stores in the coming years.

Basically: if the law goes through, the expectation is that Wal-Mart will simply abandon three planned stores – and their jobs, and the sudden appearance of three new supermarkets in the DC food desert – which puts Mayor Vincent Gray (D) in a spot, because he’s been trying to get the aforementioned jobs and supermarkets into DC for some time.  But that doesn’t matter, because unions > poor people in the current Democratic calculus, and God forbid that Democratic campaign donors be ever, ever thwarted… (more…)

Jan
20
2011
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Another target for the anti-Wal-Mart mob?

You know, a couple of days ago RedState reported on a quote-unquote ‘grassroots’ organization that was planning to picket a developer’s house in opposition to Wal-Mart..  If that sounds familiar, that’s because you’re remembering the 500 epic heroes of SEIU who gathered together last year to terrify a fourteen-year-old kid as part of their unionization drive.  Are these the same types?  Probably: if we’ve learned anything over the last two years, it’s that the Left doesn’t have the first clue of how to run a functional, legitimate populist movement.  That’s half of the resentment of the Left towards the Tea Party, right there*.

Still, let it never be said of me that I’m not willing to help out fake activists: so if they’re looking for a too-outspoken private citizen to scare, I got one for them.  She’s not just a Wal-Mart ally and supporter.  She’s a stay-at-home mom with two kids – girls, so that should be extra exciting for a certain sort of “protester” – so they’ll have an audience for their anti-Wal-Mart fear-mongering.Her first name is Michelle, and her home address is One-Six-Zero-Zero Pennsylvania Avenue:

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