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WALMART HEALTHCARE: OLD LINE, NEW TWIST…

Sunday, December 2nd, 2012

That Walmart sucks on the public teat by shifting its healthcare costs to Medicaid is no story for regular readers of The Writing On The Wal, but The Huffington Post yesterday, citing yet another infamous Walmart Healthcare memo, has lit a fire under the story by referencing the rallying cry of The Tea Party: Obamacare. […]

THE CONVERSATION IS NOT IMPROVING…

Saturday, February 5th, 2011

The conversation in New York City concerning whether or not residents want or government will support Walmart’s entry into the city is rapidly spinning down the sewer. Yesterday it was plantations and slaves today it’s socialists and sheeple. This will not end well. From The LRC Blog: A new report from socialist City University of […]

NEW YORKERS SPOT GIFT-BEARING GREEKS…

Thursday, February 3rd, 2011

New Yorkers are smart enough to know what New York City Public Advocate Bill de Blasio means when he calls Walmart a Trojan Horse. Corporations err when they assume a correlation between income and intelligence. New Yorkers are ready to school the company. From NewsDaily: Wal-Mart’s lengthy struggle to open in New York City has […]

CORPORATE WELFARE GOOD… WORKERS BAD…

Monday, December 27th, 2010

Some of us in Ohio are bracing for the viking strategy of Governor-Elect John Kasich and his Republican minions as they slash and burn their way to a balanced budget that doesn’t inconvenience their Corporate and Wall Street masters. The reaction to a Make Walmart Carry Its Own Load bill is instructive. From Et Tu […]

PRESIDENT BUSH’S BELATED GIFT TO WALMART…

Saturday, November 6th, 2010

Remember back in 2003 when then President George W. Bush signed into law a bill that the Republican Congress passed knowing it would add hundreds of billions of dollars to the national debt? Don’t worry, the teabaggers don’t remember either. The bill created the horribly expensive Medicare Part D prescription plan and guess who now, […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, July 4th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July 2009. Jonathan has already posted a best of series taken from Robert’s more than 600 posts to The Writing On The Wal. But Robert wrote elsewhere as well and, for some time, I’ve enjoyed a Sunday morning tradition of reading the essays he posted to his personal blog. […]

ON LOW-WAGE CAPITALISM, PART 3…

Saturday, July 3rd, 2010

Good morning. I’m away on my annual Wildacres Writer’s Retreat atop Pompeii’s Point in North Carolina. I’ve been reading Fred Goldstein’s Low-Wage Capitalism and thought his “Why the bosses need Walmart” is instructive. Enjoy Part 3: Wages at Walmart have been variously estimated at anywhere from $8 to $10 per hour It considers a full-time […]

Walmart employees are going to be the hungry before too long.

Thursday, May 13th, 2010

It’s rare that I’m less cynical about something Walmart does than Jeff is, but this may be one of those instances. I’ve been doing this long enough to remember when Walmart used to claim that donating food to the hungry would lead to their getting sued (even though there’s actually a law that says you […]

SUNDAY MORNING WITH ROBERT FEINMAN…

Sunday, March 7th, 2010

Our co-blogger Robert Feinman passed in July. Jonathan has already posted a best of series taken from Robert’s more than 600 posts to The Writing On The Wal. But Robert wrote elsewhere as well and, for some time, I’ve enjoyed a Sunday morning tradition of reading the essays he posted to his personal blog. Beginning […]

THE VENTERS IN THE COMMENTS…

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

Over at The Huffington Post, there’s a story about the Chattanooga shoplifters. That doesn’t really interest me. The reactions of readers, however, does interest me. The comments quickly move away from the theft to much larger social issues. Actually all kidding aside, the worst thing Americans can do to their economy and country in general […]

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. […]

The best of Robert Feinman, Part II.

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

One of the many things I loved about Robert was that he absolutely hated Libertarians. I think he hated them even more than I do (and that’s saying something). Yet despite the fact that he found their philosophy morally repugnant, he would still get down in the trenches and explain to them exactly why they’re […]

The Phony Medicare Crisis

Monday, July 27th, 2009

The Phony Medicare Crisis Those not wringing their hands over the the looming Social Security collapse are crying wolf over Medicare/Medicaid instead. This is mostly unwarranted. A quick look at some factors will illustrate this. 1. Growth rate of medical costs: Over the past several decades medical costs have grown faster than the cost of […]

Ayn Rand’s Social Policy

Monday, July 27th, 2009

Ayn Rand’s Social Policy One of the most popular philosophers of the 20th Century was Ayn Rand. She used her two popular novels to illustrate her philosophy of society which she called “Objectivism”. This is a belief system predicated on certain human characteristics which are assumed to exist. It is part of a long line […]

Quid pro Quo

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

For a week now there has been speculation as to why Walmart has come out with support of a new health policy. An article in today’s NY Times offers a new view. Health Deals Could Harbor Hidden Costs Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private-sector employer, agreed recently to support requiring all big companies to insure their […]