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Morality, entitlement spending, and poverty

I find it ironic that the same people who go on at length about how we need to cut entitlement spending resist the most obvious measures to fix the problem from the other end. You can’t just tell people working at Wal-Mart to “get a job”; they have a job. And you can’t really tell them to get a better job, since in a lot of the country those better jobs were destroyed by… Wal-Mart. So Wal-Mart pays a wage that is so low their full-time employees qualify for public assistance, and we – the taxpayers – “top off” Wal-Mart pay until it hits bare poverty. And the Waltons heirs are collectively worth more than the bottom 2/3 of the country. But requiring companies to pay better wages would be immoral. Strange worldview.

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