Another reason to love the store progressives love to hate

The ever-so-wise Washington DC city council apparently decided to pass what essentially amounted to an economic bill of attainder against Wal-Mart mandating that retailers of a certain size pay $12.50 per hour minimum wage vs. the city’s existing $8.25 per hour minimum wage.

Wal-Mart is currently building three and planning three more stores in economically depressed wards around DC.  Jobs, cheap produce, and low prices for the poorest people in DC.  They released a statement saying Wal-Mart would not construct the stores if the Wal-Mart surtax was passed.  The council called their bluff and passed the bill.  Wal-Mart released another statement.

“We will not pursue Skyland, Capitol Gateway, and New York Avenue and will start to review the financial and legal implications on the three stores already under construction. This was a difficult decision for us – and unfortunate news for most D.C. residents – but the Council has forced our hand.”

Good on ya, Wal-Mart.  You get the politicians you deserve – good and hard.  The political class never suffers in progressive la-la land.  Funny how poor blacks embrace the political party which claims to be their only salvation yet repeatedly sells them down the river to reward their socially acceptable progressive allies like greens, gays, the open borders crowd, anti-capitalists, and organized labor leadership.  But not rank and file union schmoes.  Those ignorami stink of coal and perspiration.

Yet we still see articles and editorials puzzling over the lack of a recovery.

Anyway, the mayor still has a chance to veto the bill.  Even if he does Wal-Mart should pull out.  Anyone believe they won’t take another swing at it next session?  Listen, Wal-Mart and understand.  That council is out there.  It can’t be bargained with.  It can’t be reasoned with.  It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear.  And it absolutely will not stop, ever, until you are dead.

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  • LiberalNightmare

    Who do those racist bastards think they are, bringing jobs and opportunity to a poor neighborhood?

    • I know! How DARE the underclass be given an opportunity to improve themselves and buy the things that make their lives better?

      Really – the gall of Walmart… what good is being a self-appointed elite if you can’t keep others from climbing the ladder?

  • Commander_Chico

    Yeah, it looks like a bill of attainder. I wonder if it would apply to Target, Sears, Banana Republic, Macy’s and other big retailers, or is the limit set so high it only applies to Walmart?

    I try to buy from mom-and-pop stores if I can, but I get the clothes from Brooks Bros. More cost up front, but wears like iron. Buy a shirt from Macy’s or Walmart, you’ll get five launderings out of it before the structure is gone, the buttons come off, and the collar frays.

    • jim_m

      . I wonder if it would apply to Target, Sears, Banana Republic, Macy’s and other big retailers

      Depends on where their political donations go.

    • Oddly, I get most of my clothes from WalMart. Their higher-end ‘George’ black Khakis pants cost about $20 a pair, and I don’t worry about how well they wear – I’ll get about 6 months out of a pair. Their ‘George’ golf shirts wear like iron, and that apparel works well in the ‘casual semi-industrial’ environment I work in.

      Their store brand of shoe is remarkably comfortable… for about an hour. Then they turn into torture devices from the 16th Century.

  • Paul Hooson

    The Safeway Workers in Portland, Oregon are members of the grocers union, however their wages are virtually the same as WalMart workers in Portland, Oregon, or just above the minimum wage. But, despite paying wages just above the minimum wage in the city, two Portland area Safeway stores have recently closed, and a third, a brand new $18 million dollar store on Hawthorne Blvd. is deeply troubled financially, and has a huge turnover of help. Safeway seems to be losing sales to a Winco store which has prices sometimes half that of Safeway for comparable items. For example while Safeway sells popular pocket pizzas for around $2 or more, Winco charges just 98cents for comparable products, etc.

    I owned my own small grocery store in Portland up until recently. But, it’s a very tough market with a very tight profit margin so I recently sold that business. Now, I plan to go in another business direction and buy this $1.9 million strip club that’s the largest in Oregon. If beer and boobs ever go out of style, then I’m in trouble! – But, I realize that no one, including Safeway can effectively compete with Winco or WalMart in the grocery business here in Portland. Both of these companies follow a business formula that works, so why monkey with success? WalMart goes with what works for them…

    • “WalMart goes with what works for them…”

      Works for a lot of people, actually. Apparently WalMart has significantly improved the lives of the poor and poverty-stricken. And it decidedly improved my brother’s life when he got a job there…

      • Paul Hooson

        What I see is that the grocery business is so competitive that streamlined stores like Winco that don’t allow you to use credit cards to pay for purchases and you have to bag your own groceries, but you buy groceries for half the price of some items at Safeway are overtaking the market. With WalMart and Safeway wages so similar, I don’t see any real difference in these two stores these days, except that the new Safeway might be a little better place to work because it doesn’t have much business and employees can take it easy a little bit and not work as hard as they would at a bust WalMart. I do like the idea of WalMart hiring some older persons as greeters. That’s a good thing to me!

        • Out here we’ve got Aldi – a small store, almost exclusively store brands. Two people in the store at a time, one cashier and one receiving/stocking/straightening. Bags are extra, but they won’t mind if you grab a box and put your stuff in it (as long as you pay, of course…)

          They’re good when you’re on a budget – and their cheap chocolate is really smooth stuff.

          • Commander_Chico

            Aldi? The German chain? I’ve been in their German stores, they are really bare-bones. Not even shelves, just boxes cut open.

          • Yep. There’s shelves here though… for the boxes that are cut open.

          • Paul Hooson

            There’s a market for no frills, discounters like this. It’s good business these days. On the other end, there’s New Seasons here in Portland, an upscale grocery store with very high prices that also does well. Safeway is caught in the middle. Not as nice as New Seasons, nor as cheap as Winco or WalMart, so they suffer from lack of sales. The only good thing about Safeway? Plenty of parking because no one shops there….Easy for me to hop on a motorcycle and pick up a pizza or dog food, and forget how much I’m actually paying…

          • We’ve got Whole Paycheck (Whole Foods) and Trader Joes out here – both do good business, but I find TJ’s prices a bit high for the value (when you consider they’re selling basically prepacked, pre-cooked meal ingredients, it isn’t surprising) while Whole Foods has a smell of rotten milk that whacks me as soon as I walk in. The local Publix grocery is always clean-smelling (as in ‘no detectable aroma’) as is the Kroger chain.

            Nice there’s so many options available.

          • Paul Hooson

            Trader Joes fills an interesting market, their niche is to be a discounter that appeals to the organic foods audience with low prices, although the taste quality of their foods isn’t always consistent or good. I don’t know too much about the business model of Whole Foods here. I know employees such as buyers they hire, but otherwise I’m not completely sure what their business model is. Kroger owns Portland area Fred Meyer stores. These are really good stores for a broad cross section of products, including variety. Fred Meyer manages to do pretty much what department, food, hardware, automotive, electronics, etc stores all do under one roof. It’s impressive for what they try to achieve. No other Portland store seeks to do the same identical business model as this. My own dad worked for this company for 45 years as a baker.

    • Shawn

      I’m looking for a new line of work. 20 years management experience.
      If you need help with your new business venture, let me know.
      I am willing to re-locate.

      • Paul Hooson

        If you don’t mind working around naked women and beer all day long, then it’s not a bad job at all. – I’ll see what falls in place soon here.

        • Shawn

          Keep me in mind.

          • Paul Hooson

            I’m serious as well. I’m investing in a $1.9 million dollar business. Certainly, I will keep you in mind. 20 years management experience is excellent. I like making money, so good management gets my attention.

          • I’ve been a recruiter for almost 20 years, maybe I can work you up a pipeline of Texas talent. I’ll even screen ’em for tattoos no extra charge.

          • Paul Hooson

            Good to carefully check out those girls! – One of my personal favorites is a female friend of mine who has done some adult films for Evil Angel and Vivid. She’d make a nice poster girl and celebrity draw for the full page ads I’ll run for the club in local strip club magazine. She’s actually 23, but some adult movies claim that she is a legal aged teen, although she’s older than that. In fact, most of the actresses are 21 in the industry or even much older, few actual 18 year old actresses are actually used according to folks in the know such as Ron Jeremy. Jeremy runs a swingers club here in Portland that’s pretty popular an upscale.

          • Far out. My grandmother lived across the Columbia in Vancouver and my father is buried there alongside her. You, Shawn and I could run a Wizbang satellite office from the bar. Play the presidential debates on the big screens and liveblog the event. The possibilities are endless…

          • Paul Hooson

            Having the club will be great. There’s still a lot of hangups in process. A 97 year old woman owns the club, and some of their conditions of sale are unreasonable. But, I think I can get past those. A few years ago the club had a gang shooting between rival gangs. But, I’m a great peacemaker, with good relations and mutual respect among gang members to get everyone to behave their best and not to disrespect the club or to be trouble. I want a mainstream clientelle who just come in for a good time, and leave any issues they have at home.

  • The_Weege_99

    If that “living wage” is such a great thing, then why limit it to only large stores? Wouldn’t every minimum wage worker benefit from a nearly 50% increase in income? Why are those greedy small stores exempt from not paying their employees a fair wage they can live on, huh?

  • Hank_M

    Excellent solution by the DC Council.

    Instead of approx 900 jobs at $8.25 an hour, they’ll have zero jobs at $12.50 an hour. I’m sure the poor and unemployed are thrilled.

    • Jwb10001

      You would think the poor and unemployed would be upset at this but I’m willing to bet that virtually every single politician that voted for this will be reelected. Like the story says you get the government you deserve.

  • Vagabond661

    Gun manufacturers are leaving blue states. Maybe ALL businesses should follow suit.

    • It’ll take time – but once a business acts on an idea, others will follow.

  • GarandFan

    About time that businesses start standing up to progressives and their BS demands that have no basis in reality. Let’s see the “progressives” bring a business in that will provide those wage levels.

  • Joe_Miller

    I have a question for the members of the city council: If you knew, with certainty, that the goal you are pursuing would make the life of everyone affected by it worse, would you still pursue it?

    • I think they would – if it was what they thought was the ‘correct’ thing to do. It’s not about what’s best for their people, it’s what they believe is the right thing to do.