Walmart's Wage Hike

The Real Reason for Walmart’s Wage Hike - POLITICO Magazine:

A decent Article about the Walmart wage increase and Sams Club layoffs.

Some thoughts

Working full time at Walmart for 11$ an hour is less than $25,000 per year.

The median wage (2016) in the US is $30,533 so 50% of workers make more than the new Walmart wage, 50% make less. [SSA.GOV].  With the raise, a full-time Walmart worker comes in about $5,000 per year less than the median earner in the US. Probably 60-70% of workers (guessing here) make more than a full-time Walmart worker.

Hell, poverty level for a family of four is $25,100 [HHS.GOV] so a Walmart job at the new increased wage puts your All-American Nuclear family right there at the edge of poverty.

You can't raise a family on a Walmart job. Maybe two full-time Walmart jobs could but even that would be difficult as child care, second vehicles, etc come into play

.. and, even with two working, the family might as well forget about saving for college or retirement, owning a home, building savings, etc.

.. and, i think this is often missed, with both earners working full time, someone else is raising the kids.

Now, anyone making that level of wages would get some support from the government. Medicaid, SNAP, and the earned income tax credit would add a little to the total and I'm sure there are other benefits out there but they aren't huge and Rs, and some Ds are constantly trying to take them away.

so, the benefits help but still ..

.. The All-American Nuclear family can't exist on 11$ an hour at Walmart.

and... Walmart is not the only low-wage crappy paying employer out there.

so, this gets to what I think the MAGA voter is about.

The left is always asking them when they think America was great, and the MAGA voter never seems to have a good answer. Sure, there are some that think America was great when it was white, or before Gay marriage, or before women and brown people could vote, or before we were so politically correct, or before the war on xmas, etc. but most don't really have a good answer.

I (not a maga voter) think the real answer is

America was great when one wage earner could support a family.

That ain't happening today.

Today, in large swaths of America, both parents have to work and someone else is going to raise the kids.

Now, I'm not saying we should return to days of the man working while the wife stayed home to raise the kids but....

The need for two wage earners puts pressure on the American family that hasn't been there since before WWII.

Pressure that has been building for some time.

Pressure that helped sway a lot of MAGA voters in 2016.

We need a return to a modified nuclear family, someone working a good job that will pay the bills and provide a future and allow someone to stay home to raise the kids.

If the good job aren't there, then we're going to have to have additional government support to get us there.

A country full of two-earner working families barely getting buy while someone else raises their kids just a isn't working.


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