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Taxpayers Pay Walmart Salaries

by The Winning Words Project category: Politics

“Tell Congress to stop Walmart from padding their payroll with taxpayer funded benefits—Pay 2012 wages to workers! http://thndr.it/RrVQMa

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Taxpayers Pay Walmart Salaries

Walmart and other multi-billion dollar corporations cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars a year by forcing us to pick up the balance of today's cost of living that they won't pay their employees through their own payroll. Walmart and other big corporations get away with foisting a large portion of their payroll responsibility onto the public because they can. And they can because they have spent hundreds of millions of dollars lobbying Congress to keep the minimum wage lower than what is even survivable in today's economy.

They underpay their employees knowing taxpayers will supplement their employee's salaries with SNAP benefits (food stamps), housing assistance, tax credits for low income families, Medicaid, and more.

That's not welfare for people, that's Welfare for Walmart.

With profits of over $15 billion in 2011, it's offensive  and downright unAmerican that a corporation the size of Walmart would dare to enrich themselves at the expense of our entire nation's debt and economy, and we can't afford to allow it to continue.

We could reduce reliance on taxpayer-funded food stamp assistance alone  by 30 percent if these billion-dollar corporations would stop using the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program as a division of their payroll departments.

The House of Representatives is about to vote on a Farm Bill, a version of which has already passed the Senate. The Senate bill takes $4.5 billion out of the mouths of hungry people in this country in the name of "fiscal responsibility," which it is actually anything but (taking that money out of circulation from our economy in its current fragile state is actually fiscally irresponsible). House Republicans have introduced their own draft, cutting SNAP by $16 billion.

That's unconscionable. We're imploring you to take action by calling your Representative in Congress and telling them to redirect their efforts to preventing major corporations like Walmart from using U.S. taxpayers to pad their payrolls. If Congress enacted legislation that prevented Walmart from paying workers wages that qualified them for taxpayer assistance programs, we'd see more than $16 billion in savings without having to take food away from people who need it!

It's common sense. If working people qualify for SNAP, they are being underpaid and their employers should be fined instead of taxpayers being forced to pick up the difference, or people being forced to go hungry in the richest nation on earth.

Please help us change the narrative on this critical issue for families in this country.


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The Winning Words Project
ATTN CONGRESS: Walmart Is Using Welfare To Pad Their Payroll—Stop THEM, Not Hungry People

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Hungry families are being targeted by Republicans in Congress, to pay down the deficit on the backs of, when families themselves aren't the ones responsible for the greater need for assistance in this country—their employers are!

The narrative has to change or we are doomed to an ever-increasing gap between the haves and have nots in this country, more and more families being forced to rely on taxpayer assistance, but an unfeeling Congress who is ready to let them starve rather than go after the businesses who have created this economic disaster in the first place.

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