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Evil Walmart Overpaying New Hires In Vicious Capitalist Head-Fake

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  • Are you trying to claim that WalMart is paying more out of the goodness of their heart, or out of some special love they have for North Dakota?

    The reality is that they can't hire anyone for less than those wages there. The region has seen such runaway local inflation that those wages are essentially sub-minimum wage for there if minimum wage is viewed in relation to the cost of living. If WalMart tried to hire people there to cashier for $8 an hour nobody would even bother to apply.

    While North Dak
    • The region has seen such runaway local inflation that those wages are essentially sub-minimum wage for there if minimum wage is viewed in relation to the cost of living.

      Can you please elaborate on how exactly this is not a supply/demand problem? What is "essentially sub-minimum wage"? Is Walmart paying above the legal minimum wage, or not? I'm just wondering if one possible conclusion might be that all of these politically attractive measures to manipulate labor prices might be either (a) unnecessary or (b) even counter-productive in reality.

      • Minimum wage is supposed to be a reflection of the cost of living (not necessarily enough to fully cover the cost of living, but enough to be a meaningful step towards is). This of course makes a federal minimum wage fairly useless for many parts of the country as minimum wage is not even remotely close to the cost of living, but the idea is to try to at least give working people (of course you've demonstrated plainly your disdain for working people in the past) a chance to try to exist.

        So while Walmar
        • Put it another way, if the cheapest room you can possibly rent in town is $2,000 per month and the only job you can find in that town pays $1,500 a month would you take that job or go look elsewhere for work?

          Wait--are you arguing for, or against, the market here?
          A fascinating component of Lefty psychology is the negation of free will and the implicit assertion that laborers are all serfs, bound to the land, forced into taking whatever gruel is used to hose them down.

  • IIRC they were paying their full-timers a minimum of double the minimum wage, and even part-timers were getting 30% more than the state's arbitrary minimum. Probably not even due to market forces, per se; that surely enables it, but I assume it's the Christian outlook of its closely-held close-holders*.

    An organization that values its workers and voluntarily pays them good wages; something the Left ought to approve of. Except for the fact they're a corporation (evil!), in the private sector (more evil!), n

    • On a related note, it's amazing how few actual Hobby Lobby employees were featured in this case. It seemed to be all driven by the Godless Commies.

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