February 7, 2007

Wal-Mart, unions unite on health care [what the FUCK?]

From the AP via Yahoo! News:

Executives from Wal-Mart and three other major U.S. employers on Wednesday joined hands with union leaders in setting a goal of providing "quality, affordable" health care for every American by 2012.

However, they did not propose any specific policies to achieve this goal, or commit to spending any extra money in the near-term to provide health coverage to more workers.


Despite praise from SEIU and Communications Workers of America leaders who called for universal health care for every American within five years, Paul Blank, the campaign director for WakeUpWalMart.com, gave only tepid support for the plan in a prepared statement.

"If Wal-Mart is truly serious," Blank said, "we challenge the company to provide universal health care to all of its uninsured employees and their families today." Blank's group is funded by the United Food and Commercial Workers, which did not participate in Wednesday's press conference.


"I smell a rat," would be an under-statement right now. More like, "I smell a week old beached whale in the middle of July."

Here's what I've come up with:
Lee Scott and those other suites are actually trying to undermine the national health care movement by claiming to be a part of it. They'll make some changes, claiming to be fighting for national health care by 2012, and when we don't get it, all of corporate America (including Lee Scott and the others) can say, "SEE, we can't have national health care, we tried! It didn't work! Lets move on," and every Faux News pundit will follow suite. They're trying to squash the effort for good by manipulating it to their own advantage from the inside! It's quite brilliant, if that's what they're doing.

I simply can not believe that these corporate guys are actually sincere about this. After all, they're not increasing health coverage for their own employees, even while they claim to be fighting for better health care. Then again, maybe this is the epidome of Wal-Mart's current practice: "we don't have to pay a decent wage, the government can pay the difference!"

Wal-Mart assists their employees in applying for welfare money. They make a point to inform their employees that "there is help available (just not from us)." The big boys at the top don't get enough of their own government assistance (i.e. subsidies and income tax breaks), they have to screw their workers out of a decent wage and make the biggest possible profit while their most loyal customers bitch and moan about welfare queens taking all of their hard earned money and praise Wal-Mart as the greatest store ever. This is the way it's always been, and it just got a few notches more looney.

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