Are WalMart’s Pay Raises A Good Thing?

The budding “revolutionary guards” among WalMart employees may be learning a lesson about economics in the real world–a course they were never offered during their substandard public educations.

The pressure from militant employees and union thugs has brought about a series of raises for WalMart workers, which is supposed to be good news. But is it?

Some of these raises will start immediately, and others will follow until all REMAINING workers will see remarkable increases in their salaries; some will be getting $80 per week raises.

Nevertheless, WalMart has not become the largest retailer in the world by voluntarily shrinking its own already razor-thin profit margin. The “hard fought – hard won” raises have a price tag that will be paid by some of the very “revolutionaries” who fought so hard for them.

Since the new pay structure was announced, WalMart has experienced an outbreak of “faulty plumbing” in some of its stores. These suspiciously handy “plumbing failures” have necessitated closing at least five stores due to “ongoing plumbing issues that will require extensive repairs.” A review of the listed stores shows that one, in Pico Rivera, California, has been the scene of ongoing employee work stoppages and picketing.

During the widely reported incidents, a worker was quoted as saying she “walked out …missing her afternoon shift, because ‘when we speak out, they cut my hours in retaliation and they have me pull pallets, which is very hard work. I’m a single mom and I can’t afford them cutting my hours.’”

Apparently, she never heard the story of WalMart’s Jonquiere, Quebec store. In 2004, its workers voted to join a union. In response, the company closed the store six months later, citing the union’s requirement that new workers be added and new work rules be imposed. Yes, the union appealed to the Canadian Supreme Court and won, meaning the 190 fired workers may eventually get back pay with interest; but WalMart had made its point. The store has yet to reopen.

This time, WalMart has apparently learned its lesson: Say you’re closing because of plumbing problems, not union rules!

The Pico Rivera store will be closed for at least six months. Has WalMart now added “lessons from the real world” like “don’t tug on Superman’s cape” to its employee benefits package?

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Liberals Steal A Quote From An Old White Lady To Make Maya Angelou Commemorative Stamp

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The United States Postal Service (USPS) has colluded with the family of the late poet Maya Angelou to steal a quote from a white, eighty nine-year-old children’s book writer named Joan Walsh Anglund to make the new Angelou stamp look good. The whole episode is a perfect example of how liberals are different from other people.

According to reports, there was an excited gathering of “luminaries” at the stamp’s unveiling which included Michelle Obama, who is the political world’s Kim Kardashian – famous for being famous without any actual accomplishments of her own.

That the quote placed on the “forever” Angelou stamp, “A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, it sings because it has a song,” is mumbo jumbo and not worthy of any notice is beside the point – it was stolen.

The befuddled Anglund answered, “Yes, that’s my quote,” when asked about the theft. The bozos at the USPS did an “Ahumina humina” act when they were asked about the theft and said the Angelou family approved the quote. So either the family is ignorant of Angelou’s work, or they are a bunch of hucksters — I’ll go with hucksters.

In this Barack Obama world, colored by race in every single detail, it is hard to ignore the fact that if this situation were reversed, there would be a Sharpton-led riot. Had a stamp commemorated white author Joan Walsh Anglund using a quote stolen from African American Angelou, there would be demonstrations in the streets and calls for the Post Master General to be fired.

Of course, there will be no such demonstrations in our streets. The liberals will laugh at any protests about the theft and dismiss them as race-motivated.

The impression that the quote was from Angelou first came from the Fraud-in-Chief, Barack Obama, who quoted Angelou as loving the quote. This fraud will be buried like every other fraud the liberals force us to accept. One comforting thought: we might be forced to buy the fraudulent Obamacare, but we have not yet been forced to buy the fraudulent Angelou stamp.

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More Of Gruber’s Obamacare Lies Exposed For The World To See

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Thanks to some careful research by Matt Palumbo who writes for the Foundation for Economic Education, a series of lies and half-truths being promulgated by Obamacare mouthpiece Jonathan Gruber have been uncovered.

The first lie cited is the bogus analogy Gruber makes between a mandate forcing Americans to buy Obamacare and one forcing drivers to buy auto insurance. This completely pushes aside the fact that no one is required to drive a car and thus carry auto crash liability insurance. Asserting that the burden to carry Obamacare is no different than the mandate of auto liability insurance is a lie.

Another of Gruber’s false claims focuses on the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA), which mandates hospitals to provide emergency medical treatment for anyone without regard for their ability to pay. He insists that the EMTALA causes an appreciable increase in the cost of medical care for everyone else, which is equally bogus.  The truth is that emergency room costs for both insured and uninsured Americans represent only about 2% of what is spent on healthcare.

Moreover, no evidence can be found that supports Gruber’s allegation that medical bills are the number one reason for individuals having to file for personal bankruptcy protection.  In fact, a Department of Justice study found that among those seeking bankruptcy protections, although 54% had no medical insurance, 90% reported debt under $5,000.00–which indicates a lack of medical insurance was not the primary cause for their bankruptcy.

One of the more disingenuous of Gruber’s claims is that 20,000 people a year die for want of medical insurance.

This claim was likely based on a 21 year old American Medical Association study that used suspect, estimated mortality rates.  A recent study done in Oregon revealed that mortality rates remained relatively constant without regard for whether those studied did or did not have health insurance.

Yet another of Gruber’s lies holds that the largest group of people without insurance is the “working poor.”  A study found that 17 million uninsured people had incomes exceeding $50,000, and another 8 million made more than $75,000. The uninsured are not the “working poor”; they are the middle class, upper middle class, and illegal aliens.

Gruber also said Obamacare would not increase our health insurance premiums; we could keep our current policy and keep our doctors.

All of this came from a sniveling little twerp who counseled Barack Obama to lie about Obamacare in order to fool people into accepting it.

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Is Pennsylvania AG Kathleen Kane On Her Way To Prison?

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After an exhaustive eight month investigation, Kathleen Kane, Pennsylvania’s Democrat “Girl Wonder” Attorney General, may finally be facing the criminal charges she so richly deserves. A Grand Jury has recommended Kane be indicted for perjury, false swearing, official oppression, and obstruction of justice. While these crimes are serious when lodged against an ordinary public servant, they are bombshell quality when brought against a sitting State Attorney General.

The charges stem from allegations that Kane leaked Grand Jury confidential memos in an effort to embarrass her Republican political enemies. Among those enemies was Tom Corbett, who was the then-State AG and now former Governor of Pennsylvania.

From the beginning of her meteoric rise, Kane was backed and groomed by the Clintons and used as a tool to gain revenge against another Democrat who had angered the vindictive couple for backing Barack Obama in 2008.

A 2013 Pittsburgh Tribune –Review article said, “When Kane, the wife of a wealthy Scranton businessman, ran for attorney general last year, she benefited from a Bill Clinton political score that needed to be settled, for [Murphy] had done the unthinkable in 2008 and endorsed Barack Obama over Hillary Clinton in the state Democrat primary … Clinton repaid that favor by fundraising, endorsing, cutting ads, and bringing out the big guns for Kane over Murphy.”

A quick study, Kane took hold of every odious Democrat position and became a star overnight in the Party of the Rich.

Many thought her next stop would be Washington after she unseated Keystone Republican US Senator Pat Toomey in 2016. That move is so much in doubt that to head off that disaster for them, the Clintons have arranged to have their personal stooge Lanny Davis defend the “Girl Wonder.”

Like the typical Democrat, Kane is refusing to resign and claiming her commitment to serve the people of her state as the reason she is staying on. That’s one thing about Democrats; they are hardwired not to feel the slightest bit of shame or embarrassment when they are caught committing their crimes.

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Don’t Tell Me “I Saw The Three Minute Video” And “The Lady Really Was Sawed In Half”

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There is an expression in police work: “If you weren’t there, you don’t know what happened.” Cops know you need all available information to make a good judgment. When a cop sees a lady “sawed in half” on a stage, he/she understands that what is being presented is a carefully crafted illusion. They understand that seeing a brief video, even one that was “shown on television thousands of times,” doesn’t necessarily provide proof of what happened.

The Rodney King case brought acquittals for the police when the first jury saw all of the available video, but there was a conviction when the second jury saw a carefully edited version of the same incident.

Lately, we have been seeing videos of police interactions with civilians that have ended badly. Apparently, far too many people who must believe professional wrestling is real and magicians really do cut the lady in half are being heard from. They reason that since they saw these things, they must be true.

In the Eric Garner case, many people couldn’t be bothered looking any further than the three minute cell phone video presented to them by a media with a recognizable bias against cops. Fifty eight witnesses and six weeks of testimony meant nothing, so “Don’t tell me; I saw the 3 minute video” prevailed.

While we don’t have the exact number of police–civilian interactions that occur each year nationwide, there are some numbers from the New York City Police Department that give us an idea.

The NYPD has 34,500 officers; among residents, commuters, and tourists they deal with over 10 million people each day. Last year, the Department had 25 million interactions with the public that led to only 5500 civilian complaints (that’s 1/5th of one percent).

In 2013, NYPD cops shot just 81 people; that’s once every 330,000 interactions. Experts say we have a 1 in 3000 chance of being hit by lightning, which means we are 1,100 times more likely to be hit by lightning than shot by a New York cop.

Since there is no reason to think things are much different elsewhere, these numbers tell us a lot. They say cops don’t hunt people; they help people regardless of race, creed, or ethnic background. And submission is the best policy when dealing with the police.

These numbers also tell us those who believe the lady is actually being sawed in half, Hulk Hogan really is a champion wrestler, and a three-minute video is all they need to make a judgment about police officer conduct ought not be listened to while serious people are trying to decide the matter.

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