According to an article in The News, Wal-Mart, the country's largest and most profitable discount store, wants the street that provides main access to its headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., widened and extended. Spokesman Jay Allen said this would facilitate access for 10,000 workers. This concern for workers is ludicrous.
Providing them a living wage and affordable health insurance and allowing them to unionize might be more appreciated. Wal-Mart is one of the most generous contributors to the Republican Party. The company asked Rep. John Boozman, R-Ark., and Rep. Don Young, R-Alaska, to help secure federal funding for the project, which they did. An amendment to the federal highway bill now includes $37 million for Wal-Mart.
The Republican-controlled House of Representatives approved. This is a prime example of money corrupting our democracy. Wal-Mart does not need federal money for this project. It could well afford to bankroll it. There are other more important places to spend 37 million taxpayer dollars.