Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Employees of Wal-Mart, move to Maryland!

Thank heavens for Democratic controlled state governments right? Because here is a case where Wal-Mart is clearly wrong in not providing adequate health care benefits for its employees and yet both MD's House and Senate voted along party lines yesterday because, as the spokesperson for Wal-Mart so adequately stated, the votes were driven by "partisan politics."

Nevermind that a large portion of Wal-Mart employees eat on local taxpayers dime or that several more have no health insurance coverage whatsoever.

I think is my all-time favorite saying by people who are usually in the wrong to begin with:

"This vote was never about health care," Hurst said. "In allowing a bad bill to become a bad law, the General Assembly took a giant step backward and placed the special interests of Washington, D.C., union leaders ahead of the well-being of the people they serve. And that's wrong." (emphasis mine)

Well, if the Wal-Mart's all over the world (oh, wait, they pay people in other countries better than they do here) would pay their employee's a real wage which included real benefits, take 401-k and sick leave for example, then state legislatures wouldn't have to make laws that direcly applied to them.

The bill will require private companies with more than 10,000 employees in Maryland to spend at least 8 percent of their payroll on employee health benefits or make a contribution to the state's insurance program for the poor. Wal-Mart, which employs about 17,000 Marylanders, is the only known company of such size that does not meet that spending requirement.
I truly hate Wal-Mart and one day, they too will fall and I'm hoping it will hurt.