Archive for the 'Legislation' Category

Walmart is for the environment…

Monday, August 30th, 2010

…except when it hinders their ability to pave California into a bigger parking lot than it already is. The hypocrisy is staggering, and shame on every environmentalist out there who continues to suffer from Walmart Compartmentalization Syndrome.

WALMART NEEDS ANOTHER TAXPAYER BAILOUT…

Friday, August 27th, 2010

Free-market enthusiasts tend to sputter when asked to explain why, in a free market, their favorite business needs to suck at the public teat. Politics is not about stopping redistribution of wealth, its about deciding where you think the money should go. From The Houston Chronicle: The city is negotiating a deal with the developer […]

YET ANOTHER REASON TO LIKE WISCONSIN…

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

In addition to Michael Feldman, The Stone Toad and beer, I have another reason to like the people of Wisconsin: a 70-year-old law — supported for years by Democrats and Republican legislatures — that sets a minimum mark-up on retail sales. From our friend The Las Vegas Badger: Wal-Mart has been advertising their roll back […]

JUST HOW MUCH HAS WALMART PAID OUT…?

Tuesday, May 4th, 2010

Not a week goes by that I don’t read about Walmart settling some lawsuit or another for millions of dollars. Add the settlements to what it costs the company to maintain its crack legal team (which seems to lose a lot) and I’m beginning to wonder. Just how much has Walmart paid out in the […]

OOPS…

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

I was really looking forward to reading USWeapon’s take on Dukes vs. Walmart, but alas, the story has been pulled by the author because of around 20 spam comments an hour (we at The Writing on the Wal deal with that many in a minute, Akismet is awesome). Here’s what Google had to say about […]

MICHIGAN: GUILTY UNTIL PROVEN INNOCENT…

Saturday, April 24th, 2010

Just one of the reasons why I want the case of Joseph Casias v. Walmart to work its way to the Supreme Court of the United States is that our law enforcement system, all levels, is at odds with our laws. Michigan’s medical marijuana system is swamped. There is a three-month backlog of applications for […]

THE STORY IS NOT ABOUT STONERS…

Wednesday, March 17th, 2010

Medical marijuana changed our conversation on drug use and President Barack Hussein Obama has told the Justice Department to stop wasting critical resources on busting operations supplying patients in states that had legalized marijuana for medical use. This is why I fully expect the case of Joseph Casias v. Walmart to reach the Supreme Court […]

JONATHAN: WHAT’S UP WITH YOUR STATE…?

Friday, January 1st, 2010

It takes a particularly Scrooge/Potter kind of heart to legislate a minimum-wage decrease in times of financial troubles. I’d really like to know who sponsored the amendment and who cast their votes in favor of the clause in Colorado’s minimum wage law. To be fair, Colorado is not the only state with such a clause, […]

WALMART, CHILD HUNGER AND NUTRITION…?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Blogger Jill Richardson asks: What does Walmart have to do with improving school lunch and fighting child hunger? Richardson was responding to the witness list for a Senate Agriculture Committee hearing next week chaired by Walmart Senator Blanche Lincoln. From La Vida Locavore: When Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-WalmartArk.) took over as chair of the Senate […]

A LOUSY $62.93 EACH…?

Wednesday, September 16th, 2009

After years and years of waiting, 290,171 past and present Walmart employees may get a whopping $62.93 for working through their bathroom and meal breaks without pay. Whoop-da-feckin’-doo. Where is the justice in this? From The Indianapolis Star: Nearly 300,000 Wal-Mart Stores workers in Indiana and their attorneys could receive up to $28 million under […]

MAX BAUCUS IS A REAL FOW…

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

Remember in President Barack Hussein Obama’s speech to Congress where he said this week: “[W]e can’t have large businesses and individuals who can afford coverage game the system by avoiding responsibility to themselves or their employees.” He might have been starring directly at Senator Max Baucus (R-Montana). He was sure as hell talking about Walmart. […]

Starbucks agrees to sixth labor settlement in three years

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

From a “caffeine city” news report: Starbucks signed a settlement with the National Labor Relations Board last week agreeing to let Minneapolis-area employees post union materials in their break areas and discuss union issues while on the job, as long as it doesn’t interfere with their performance. There is some sort of poetic justice that […]

SEN. ARLEN SPECTOR, CARD CHECK AND 2010…

Friday, May 1st, 2009

Strictly speaking, this bit of political twistedness isn’t about Walmart. But I wanted to include this robocall to illustrate of how the legislation reaches far beyond plain intent of the bill. Republicans would rather face a newby in 2010 than an incumbant. Andrew Sullivan wrote: Planting story lines early makes them go over smoother later […]

MORE ON HOW TAX INCENTIVES GO WRONG…

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Tax incentives are back in the news, this time in Oregon where Walmart has managed to buy a multi-million dollar tax break because its accountants are smarter than the politicians in Oregon. Once again, Al Norman has jumped in. [T]his Oregon energy tax break involving Wal-Mart has left city and state officials looking foolish. According […]

POUNDING TACKS WITH A SLEDGE HAMMER…

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

In discussing Walmart, Chicago and that city’s food deserts, the conversation has moved to alternate routes of providing healthy food to residents and part of the focus is on small, resident-farmed plots and farmers’ markets that could grow and sell locally. Blogger Walter Olson points to one example of how Congress, too busy to consider […]