Since my post, 'Meyerson: Cities resist the 'Wal-Mart-ization of work,' on July 17, I've been eagerly awaiting the decision of DC Mayor Vincent Gray whether or not to veto the DC City Council's "fair wage" law ("Large Retailer Accountability Act of 2013") that would require all big-box retailers, such as Wal-Mart, that earn more than $1 billion in yearly revenue with floor space of over 75,000 square feet to pay all employees a minimum wage of $12.50 an hour, up from $8.25.
According to WSWS, other major national retailers such as Home Depot, AutoZone, Macy’s, Lowe’s, Target and Walgreen’s have written an open letter to Mayor Gray, declaring the bill "misguided."
For what it's worth, the "liberal" Washington Post has also come out against the bill. Let me repeat that: arming al-Qaeda affiliates in Syria? For. Paying working Americans a living wage? Against. That's the lib'rul media for ya'.
We're still waiting on Mayor Gray's decision. The tension is so thick you could cut it with a knife! ... And why not cut it with a premium electric knife with rubberized handle (made in China) from Walmart for only $18.00? (Hey, it's my way of balancing the scales, since I rip on Wal-Mart so often).
If you think it's just me, or just liberals, that see this DC law as a bellwether, think again. Witness all the conservative ink spilled on the subject:
- Washington's War On Wal-Mart Will Only Hurt The Poor, July 10, Investors Business Daily
- DC City Council Shake Down of Walmart Epic Fails, Ronald Bailey, July 10, Reason.com
- More on the DC city council’s hostility to Wal-Mart and DC consumers as an ‘economic death wish’, Mark J. Perry, July 10, AEI-Ideas
- EDITORIAL: Go away, jobs, July 10, Washington Times
- D.C. Snubs Hundreds of Wal-Mart Jobs With 'Living Wage' Law, Warner Todd Huston, July 12, Breitbart
- MSNBC's Smerconish Says that DC Mayor Gray Should Veto DC's 'Living Wage' Bill Targeting Walmart, Tom Blumer, July 12, NewsBusters
- Denying Wal-Mart hurts D.C. poor, Mona Charen, July 12, Chicago Sun-Times
- Surprise: D.C.’s “living wage” bill targets Wal-Mart, but could discourage other businesses, Mary Katharine Hame, July 12, Hotair
- DC’s Walmart Minimum Wage Law Would Hurt the Poor, Walter Russell Mead, July 12, The American Interest
- The Commissars of the People’s Republic of DC strike again, Judson Phillips, July 12, Tea Party Nation
- Why Mayor Gray should veto Wal-Mart bill, Deborah Simmons, July 14, Washington Times
- In Washington, D.C., Walmart Shrugs, July 14, Before It's News
- 5 Reasons Vince Gray Will Veto the “Living Wage” Bill, Harry Jaffe, July 15, Washingtonian
- Walmart shrugs in D.C., Doug Altner, July 17, Ayn Rand Center for Individual Rights
- Wal-Mart's D.C. wage battle: A shortsighted skirmish, Scott Olster, July 18, Fortune/CNN
- Blocking Walmart From Washington, D.C. Would Hurt Poor, Star Parker, July 20, Townhall
- MSNBC's Brzezinski Befuddled that D.C. Communities Want Walmart Jobs, Andrew Lautz, July 22, NewsBusters
- Minimum wage for thee, but not for me, Dustin Siggins, July 22, Tea Party Patriots
- The DC City Council vs. Walmart, Rush Limbaugh, July 23
- “Gray’s Dichotomy”: DC Mayor must decide this week to veto anti-Walmart “living wage bill”, Gawken, July 29, RedState
If all these right-wingers think that DC's living wage law is a terrible idea, then it must be good!
Seriously though, anybody who knows, knows that where Wal-Mart goes, wages go down across the board. Is that what DC really needs? A line has to be drawn somewhere, and only the DC City Council has the authority to draw it.
There's also this stupid debate about who needs who more: DC or Wal-Mart? Of course Wal-Mart needs DC, why else would they be opening 3 stores and planning 3 more? Wal-Mart is not in the charity business.
I lived in SE DC for two years, so I know that Washington, DC does not need cheaper toasters; it needs more jobs that pay a living wage. Wal-Mart will not only offer poverty wages, it will depress wages at its competitors and across the District, making Washington poorer.
Let's hope Mayor Gray has a big brass sack!