Anti-Walmart Activists Deliver "Tax Bill" to Walmart Chairman's Home in Paradise Valley

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In an anti-Walmart stunt, activists delivered a $7.8 billion "tax bill" to the Paradise Valley home of Walmart chairman Rob Walton.

It's the latest in a long line of demonstrations organized by the United Food and Commercial Workers or related union-supported groups, which have been campaigning on a claim that Walmart pays its workers so little that they depend on government safety-net programs, while the company turns huge profits.

See also:
-Black Friday Protest at Tempe Walmart

The claim that Walmart somehow owes taxpayers $7.8 billion comes from a report compiled by another union-supported organization.

About $1.6 billion of that involves some of the "tax loopholes" (which others may call "good accounting") that have been used to lower the taxes owed by Walmart and the Walton family.

The bulk of the "bill" includes an estimated $6.2 billion for Walmart employees receiving government assistance.

Forbes writer Tim Worstall wrote a counter-point argument to this report, noting, in part, that government-assistance payouts would only be higher had these people not been hired by Walmart.

Either way, activists left the $7.8 billion bill outside Walton's PV home (a home that Zillow estimates to be worth more than $12 million, for those curious).

Note to Uncle Sam: Don't wait by the mailbox expecting that check.

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fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

Here is the wager:


I bet $100.00 the four stooges in the picture were picked up on some street corner by the union, can't even spell union, let alone belong, and are being paid far less than the $7.25 they are "protesting" against.

Richard Mariotti
Richard Mariotti

also hold life ins policies on all employees and spouses!

Bao_Wong-Weinstein
Bao_Wong-Weinstein

Why those protestors so fat?!? They getting too much food stamps! My husband work hard at his dental office for my money, why he have to pay so much tax for fat protestors? Those piggies need go on diet so they can afford their walmart life.

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

Again, 4 people pushing the radical progressive narrative gets print in the PNT --- I've had more people at the last poker game in my garage.

Ira Dalton Bohm-Sanchez
Ira Dalton Bohm-Sanchez

Actions like this aren't usually planned with the intent of gathering people. They're usually used to bring attention to media via press releases. A lot of our news comes this way, especially on the local level. It's very, very common.

Randall J Haag
Randall J Haag

Thank Q SHANNON HUBBARD for your wealth of knowledge and opinions....a real eye opener, to say the least....!

Matthew Giacomazzo
Matthew Giacomazzo

Walmart makes enough profit to pay its workers fair. Instead they are essentially putting taxpayer money in the pockets of the owners and it needs to stop. These business models shouldn't be allowed.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

First, I'm not judging what their work is worth, the free market is, driven by the customers who are willing to pay a certain amount for walmart's products. Increasing labor costs drives up the cost of their products, then people may shop somewhere else. And those minimum wage people won't have a job or a reasonably priced store to shop at. Now, you still haven't told me how these Walmart employees are being forced to work against their will. Really, you haven't said anything worthwhile at all. You just make baseless personal attacks against someone you don't know anything about and I'm the ignorant one? If nobody agrees with me, I wonder why Walmart is one of the richest, most successful corporations in the world. You mean none of the/liberal trolls who push the liberal new times agenda agree with me. I know it pains you to acknowledge how successful and rich walmart is, but let's deal with reality here for a brief moment. Why aren't their employees quitting in droves and creating the high turnover that would drive up the cost of their products? if you want people to be able to live off minimum wage, you gotta get rid of the UNIONS and govt who do nothing of value. All they do is lower quality and make everything cost more for EVERYONE, including those who are scraping by on mimimum wage.

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

The question of the hour:

Are the four stooges shown actual union members or just stooges hired from "fatties are us" and paid in donuts?  

robearlo
robearlo

What's with the all the anti-corporate sentiment? Do any of you bashing Walmart even have the slightest inkling to how economics work? It's seems like a lot the hate is rooted in envy and entitlement. We live in a country with a free market. Not happy with how corporate America is run? Then start your own company and stop whining about companies that are successful.

Patrick N. Smith
Patrick N. Smith

Twits... How about I deliver a bill to them for being socialist parasites?

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Who are you to judge what their work is worth? I am of the opinion that time + energy + terrible job = decent livable wage. You also seem to be resistant to opposing views that are based on real life situations. I don't imagine it is fun to be as ignorant as you and to go about life spewing ridiculously absurd opinions. If you haven't noticed. Nobody agrees with you, Shannon. If you weren't so slow and dimwitted, the number of opposing views would tell you something.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Shannon I love those union thugs. Read a history book.

Adrene Amber Olcott
Adrene Amber Olcott

Shannon Hubbard you are a bigot and a fool. Bet you money you are on walmarts payroll. I think you are a troll.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Arizona also has a serious income inequality problem. On my daily commutes, I purposefully take side streets to try to get an overall impression of Maricopa County (Arizona). What I have seen doesn't paint a very pretty picture of Arizona.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Will somebody please explain to me how these people are being forced to work at wal mart against their will? And John, how did you manage to escape? If they have other better employment opportunities, why are they still at wal mart? If they don't have better opportunities, then wal mart is paying them what their work is worth.

John Taylor
John Taylor

People say, "then don't work there". Kind of tough when its the only game in town. They have very predatory practices that kill small ma and pa stores.

Adrene Amber Olcott
Adrene Amber Olcott

How many of you could be in a horrific accident, lose your leg, your spleen, fight and win a battle with acetobacter, a lug disease shared by the hospital, spend three months total in three different hospitals.........now here's the wallets rule......you have to come back to work and if you can't work your regular 12 hour shift then ramparts rule is FUCK YOU and they did because he couldn't.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Adrene you have no idea what a 'slave' is. Shame on you for even trying to equate working at wal mart to slavery.

John Taylor
John Taylor

We subsidize Walmart with our taxes. The Walton family is worth 100 billion and cant pay more than $7 an hour? Use your brain folks its a pretty simple math.

John Taylor
John Taylor

I was a manager for Walmart. Do you really want the truth? Shannon, I was in the trenches. I don't think I will waste my time with this argument because I'm already wrong in your mind.

John Taylor
John Taylor

Not when they put everyone out of business and its the only gig in town.

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

Slaves? Are these employees not permitted to quit and find employment elsewhere?

Arizona Luke
Arizona Luke

4 'activists' show up and you think that's newsworthy? LOL, you guys are a joke. No wonder I don't advertise in your rag.

Nathan Schneider
Nathan Schneider

Wrong. The goal of a corporation is wealth, power, expansion, success. They will attempt to achieve these goals by any means possible, including not paying their employees a wage above poverty level so as to continue to expand, grow, and pad the pockets of their stockholders, board of directors, and executives.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Wow kind of like an argument with a subliminal personal attack... a smarter than average wal mart hater. So wal mart is exploiting the workforce by giving people jobs they want, with more & better benefits than many other companies? Again, why do their employees put up with such abuse. most of those making $7.25 At wal mart would be making $7.25 an hour somewhere else, or have no job at all if not working at wal mart. If they have better options, they would leave. Wal Mart isn't tying them up and holding them against their will. If UNIONS and the govt didn't make it so expensive to manufacture things here in the US, Chinese products & labor wouldn't be so much cheaper. Then their products wouldn't be preferred and big US companies, like GE for example, wouldn't shift their operations to China .

Mary Thomas
Mary Thomas

Walmart doesn't pay enough of a wage for most of their hourly employees to live on, so they have to get food stamps & medicaid. So please don't tell me that they do all these great things when they exploit cheap labor to make things in China, then exploit our workforce here at $7.25 an hour. And I didn't even have to make fun of your low intellect or obvious brownnosing to make my point.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Anyone who wants to send a big corporation an invoice from the taxpayers should be sending it to the union goons at General Motors or Government Motors, whatever they are now. Unions want to do to Wal Mart what they did to GM.

Shannon Hubbard
Shannon Hubbard

Like I said... people who can't make an intelligent argument say stuff like that. You make my argument easy, and represent your union well too, btw. It's good for others to see the true colors of the wal mart/business/success haters.

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Workers are not, and should not, be paid whatever the employer can afford.

They should be paid what it would cost to replace them with somebody who can do the job as well.  In other words, the market rate.   If a job is easy enough that anybody can do it, then it won't, and shouldn't, pay well.   The economy needs some low-paying, easy to get jobs for retirees, working mothers looking to supplement the household income, teenagers, students, etc.


ssn0
ssn0

@robearlo What is our trade deficit? What kind of tariffs does China have compared to the U.S? What have been the effects of NAFTA and WTO?

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Nathan, your formula doesn't seem to include education, responsibility or ambition.  The willingness to learn and to take responsibility for applying that knowledge is generally seen as beneficial to employers, and I've always found them willing to pay well for reasonable service.


valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

A lot of people in Arizona aren't legally able to hold jobs.  Have you considered that?  I think it may have considerable impact on income inequity and on your your observations.

If I make more money than you do, who's responsible for that?   Am I doing something wrong?  Is my employer doing something wrong, or could it possibly simply be that I've made more responsible choices in life?

 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

Employees are, and should be, paid based on the cost of replacing them with somebody else.  If you are only capable of (or willing to do) a job that nearly anybody else can do, you're not going to be paid well.  Whether you like it or not, life is a competition for resources.  You have to be better than the next guy in order to be paid more than him.

66rock
66rock topcommenter

Then again before you question the intellect of others, learn to write Walmart, it is not two words.  LOL

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@valleynative  Valley, I do not know where you get the patience.  Hard to remain rational in the midst of all the liberal hysteria.  It is truly unfortunate that the new mantra seems to be:

***  I'M ENTITLED ***  

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@66rock  

It's actually "Wal-mart incorporated".  It wasn't until 2008 that they dropped the punctuation and made it all one word in their logo.

Not reasonable to laugh at "wal mart".


fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@66rock  Gosh rock, since you are being critical, let's review your contribution.

"Then again (insert comma) before you question the intellect of others, learn to write Walmart, (period not comma) it (capitalize the I forming a new sentence) is not two words."


You might also refrain from using the trite, moronic, asinine acronym "LOL".   

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@gumud @valleynative@66rock 

I'm saying that both "Wal-mart" and "Walmart" are correct now, and that since "Walmart" has only been correct for a very short time, that it is particularly childish to ridicule somebody for using "Wal mart", which is an acceptable variant of "Wal-mart".

Sorry if I wasn't clear enough for you.

 

 

gumud
gumud

@valleynative so in other words you're saying that rock is correct in that it's spelled walmart and it has been that way for over 5 years now. you give a fact that proves you were wrong, and then say you were not wrong and accuse him of being unreasonable. LOL LOL LOL!

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@66rock @valleynative 

It's interesting that when people point out your mistakes, you accuse us of thinking we're special in some way.   Do you not have much experience with people who have more common sense than yourself?


66rock
66rock topcommenter

@valleynative @66rock   So you are the great one who decides what is reasonable and what is not?  Too funny!  

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@fishingblues   At my age, I'm certainly do not care if I open myself to anyone being critical of me at all, especially people on the internet. LOL BTW,that's not your opinion?  So it's a given that it's a "moronic, asinine" acronym, then? Ahhh, no.  

fishingblues
fishingblues topcommenter

@66rock @fishingblues    Well now rock, you certainly have the freedom to present yourself as trite, moronic, asinine and illiterate, if that is the image you wish to project.

By the way, "And no, not a period since I was not ending my sentence.", IS NOT A SENTENCE.  You might also wish to look up separating prepositional phrases with commas.  


As long as I am here, I might as well add:


Your "use" of LOL was not my opinion.  My opinion was: 

"You might also refrain from using the trite, moronic, asinine acronym LOL."   


See what happens when you criticize others?  You open yourself to others being critical of you. 

valleynative
valleynative topcommenter

@66rock @fishingblues 

Welcome to the Internet.  As a new user, you need to know that what you post is open to comment by anybody who reads it.

And, by the way, yes, you were ending your sentence after the word "Walmart".  You don't get to decide when a sentence ends.  English language syntax decides.

 

66rock
66rock topcommenter

@fishingblues @66rock  First of all, I was speaking to Shannon, not you.  My comma that you refer to, is actually debatable. And no, not a period since I was not ending my sentence. My use of LOL is nothing but your opinion.  I will use it if I wish, it's called freedom of choice.  LOL 

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