According to one study, American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonald’s has a “McResource” line that helps employees and their families enroll in various state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public when a recording of the McResource line advocated that full-time employees sign up for food stamps and welfare.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private sector employer, is also the biggest consumer of taxpayer supported aid. According to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, in many states, Wal-Mart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients. They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients. Wal-mart’s “associates” are paid so little, according to Grayson, that they receive $1,000 on average in public assistance. These amount to massive taxpayer subsidies for private companies.
Why are profitable, dividend-paying firms receiving taxpayer subsidies? The short answer is, because they can.
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Hi! Thanks for wanting a postcard, a surprising amount of people asked for one without giving me a name. I know you guys thought a lot about your tumblr names but I’d love to be able to address them to a human!
this week. If you’d like one, shoot me a private message with your address. If you’ve gotten a postcard from me before, could you send your address again? I’m trying to consolidate lists and get organized (ha).