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Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Wal-Mart Liberals

Arnold Kling:
"The biggest beneficiaries of the Wal-Mart law are likely to be people who are better off than Wal-Mart workers. For example, owners of other businesses will be able to charge higher prices and earn higher profits.

In the liberal morality tale, Wal-Mart is a villain, and its workers are victims. However, Wal-Mart workers themselves feel lucky to be able to work there. What low-skilled workers need are more Wal-Marts. More Wal-Marts would increase employment for low-skilled workers, and ultimately this could drive up wages for such workers."
I think Kling's commentary offers a useful perspective that one needs to consider when doing policy analysis. You should read the entire piece.

Comments:
Maybe they should get rid of the door greeters. Do we really need somone to give us a basket and a non-heartfelt hello when you walk in. That would help with cutting back on the payroll giving more money to spend on programs for their other employees.
 
I assume you wouldn't want to make your suggestion as a matter of public policy. Correct?
 
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