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[–] FeralVoat 1 points 10 points (+11|-1) ago 

On the plus side, they will almost certainly need to raise the thresholds for what income levels are considered 'poverty'. If you're lucky, you'll suddenly qualify for benefits that weren't available to you before.



[–] themanlyhegoat 1 points 3 points (+4|-1) ago 

This is part of the problem - Wal-Mart is only able to pay employees poverty wages because they can survive with government assistance. If there were no assistance, Wal-Mart would have to raise wages.

So in effect, the US Government (taxpayer) is subsidizing Wal-Mart's shareholder profits, as they are the ones who profit from this.


[–] Krog 0 points 3 points (+3|-0) ago 

Walmart has already announced plans to raise their hourly minimum to $10/hr, and its supposed to go into effect this coming February, so they're no longer the best example of this practice.