In a crystal clear example of the hypocrisy of government, NBC Washington reports that after the D.C. Council passed a bill requiring Walmart and other large retailers in Washington D.C. to pay their employees a “living wage” of $12.50 per hour, it was discovered that the city itself does not pay all of its workers the same so-called “living wage”. The city council of Washington D.C. actually passed a bill requiring a business to pay their employees higher than the city pays some of its full time employees. In passing the bill the D.C. legislature branded Walmart an exploiter of the poor, and an uncaring capitalist enterprise.
According to the D.C. Department of Human Resources, some full-time school maintenance workers and custodians make $11.75 per hour. The rate for a clerk at the University of the District of Columbia is $10.40.
Council members went to great lengths to criticize Walmart’s pay scale. They should have taken care of their own business first.
Government postures itself as morally superior to business, when all the government really does is leech off business. Sure there are a few good things that government does for the citizens that would be taken care of for a tenth of the current cost of government. The rest is simply redistributing wealth from those who earned it, to those who did not. And I am not just talking about food stamps, I am talking about executives and CEO’s who are too incompetent to keep a business running, and therefore appeal to the government to bail them out, subsidize them, or ruin their competitors. At least Walmart provides needed products to people for cheap prices so that they can afford to spend their money elsewhere on things they need or want, instead of all their disposable money going towards the necessities.
And what does the D.C. government do for its people? Siphon off tax funds to pay for their own luxuries, or hand to their cronies. The D.C. government fines a man for illegal possession of a firearm, after that man saves the life of a child being attacked by pit-bulls. The D.C. government pays some of its workers less than they legally require Walmart to pay their workers. They claim that a living wage is necessary, and then fail to give their own employees the same “living wage”. No one is meant to earn minimum wage their entire life, it should be a starting point to gain skills and move up or on to better things. Raising wages to the point where someone with “minimum wage” skills cannot get a job because their labor is not worth $12.50 per hour will not help these people, it will make them dependent on government. But then again, that is probably the point.