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Forum Post: VIDEO FOOTAGE of CNN ANCHOR confronting Walmart spokesman on low wages

Posted 6 years ago on Nov. 22, 2012, 9:12 a.m. EST by therising (6643)
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The message of the real reason behind Walmart strikes is breaking through to capture the attention of mainstream press and the general public! There is something about this Walmart strike that resonates with people.... That's bad news for the corporate schmucks that are trying to hold the line and keep this issue out of the public eye..

See this link for 1 minute short clip video of CNN ANCHOR CONFRONTING WALMART SPOKESMAN ON LOW WAGES: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/11/20/carol-costello-cnn-walmart_n_2167213.html?utm_hp_ref=business

Here's the entire interview which has even more aggressive questioning of Walmart VP on CNN: http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2012/11/20/1221081/cnn-confronts-wal-mart-spokesperson-over-retailers-low-salaries-poor-working-conditions/?mobile=wt

Also, see this post on how Walmart bites the hand that feeds it: http://occupywallst.org/forum/biting-the-hand-that-feeds-you-walmart-harley-davi/#comment-879895



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[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

This is to all corporations:

Keep cutting wages and jobs and suffer the consequences.


[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Hope you're doing well. Thanks for posting this.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22843) 5 years ago

Sure. Nice to see you back. Hope all is well with you too. Unfortunately, Walmart has replaced ExxonMobil as the biggest revenue maker:


[-] 5 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

The great musician Rodriguez once asked "how many times can you plant flowers in this cartoon world?" Some days I feel that frustration. But you know what? I think we're going to win this. As Martin King said so eloquently: truth crushed to earth rises up." We can do this. Humanity can unify and rise above this corporate machine.

[-] 4 points by Builder (4202) 5 years ago

I'm still thinking there's gonna be martyrs.

Hopefully most of them will be one percenters, and they'll be martyrs only to show the next wannabe theives how not to act on the world stage.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22843) 5 years ago

It's a big fight, but I'm not giving up any time soon. Hope you stick around, we need your positive energy.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Oh, I'm here to stay. I'm in this for the long haul my friend. We Americans and citizens of the world need to carry on the work started in Zuccotti Park, work that was done by people who come from a long tradition of freedom fighters. We have only just begun to push back against the inhuman corporate machine. As MLK once said: "Truth crushed to earth rises up." It's time for humanity to rise.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22843) 5 years ago

Great! And, here is an uplifting article, "Fearlessness Grows From the Grassroots: U.S. Protest Movement Against the Banksters," courtesy Shadz:


[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Very cool :)

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Interesting. I tend to really really dislike Carol Costello, but thanks for opening my mind to another side of her. LOL. And, the WalMart guy doesn't look too convinced about anything he is saying in support of his company. Must suck to be on the wrong side.

[-] 4 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Big time. How does that guy explain that interview to his family? Jeesh.

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

He was not feeling what he was saying, so there is hope for him, I believe.

[-] 5 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Excellent observation.

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22843) 5 years ago

Walmart is one of the companies that refuses to sign the Bangladesh Factory Safety Accord. Here is the list:


[-] 3 points by richardkentgates (3269) 6 years ago


[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

I'll say

[-] 2 points by thegreatsquare (16) 6 years ago

The government should charge back all employers for every cent they give to an employee on any form of public assistance.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Sounds reasonable to me.

[-] 1 points by TrevorMnemonic (5827) 6 years ago

Fuck Wal-Mart!

"You can't live a middle class lifestyle on 15,000 a year." - way to go CNN lady

I knew a 40 year old guy with kids working at a Wal-Mart full time for less than 9 dollars an hour.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 5 years ago

Nice post - like the truth in the phrasing of your last link.

Employers "biting-the-hand(s)-that-feeds-you" I made a small change = (s)

TRUTH = Employees see that every employer is fed.

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 5 years ago

Ha! Love it.

[+] -4 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago


All the women in the pic are grossly overweight. Does not look like they are hurting to me

[-] 8 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Poverty leads to obesity because of poor diet, you numbskull.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Thanks for pointing that out.

[-] 2 points by flip (7101) 6 years ago

overweight and under nourished is typical - the worst calories are the cheapest - check out gary taubes on the subject

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

So true. Anyone who shops for food can see how expensive it is to create a meal from scratch with real ingredients such as meat, fruits and vegetables.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

And if you want shit that doesnt have the pesticide in it, or is immune to round up (wtf) expect to pay anymore.

We need a massive decentralization, which goes at direct odds with the current power structure.

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Very good point, hchc. Eating truly healthy food is ultra-expensive.

[-] 1 points by hchc (3297) from Tampa, FL 6 years ago

Eating the organic stuff is more expensive. But I honestly dont agree that low wages mean you have to eat unhealthy. It matters if its a priority.

Many people in this country simply dont like healthy food. Water is cheaper than cola. Everyone knows McDonalds is disgusting, but the lines are always packed. Grocery stores have entire isles of chips and pop. Its incredible.

But I do like my beer, so we are all guilty in one way or another :)

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

I like McDonald's coffee, lolol. You make a point, hchc, as usual, but healthy foods are more expensive. Fresh fruit, fresh vegetables and fresh meat and fish cost a lot more than the crap that is prepared already. Just sayin'. If you have a family to feed on $15/hour you aren't eating many fresh blueberries.

[-] 4 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

There's a lethargy upon the populace. It's happening with our youth in Australia.

Always seeking the easiest "out" with anything, including food prep or consumption. No time to actually plan a menu for the week.

Having lived in very isolated situations, where you can only get to a food store once a month, I know the economics of eating, if not eating healthier.

I still like corned beef, which I know is not particularly healthy, but if I combine it with seeded mustard, or mustard pickles, it's okay to eat, and very tasty.

I can get three solid meals out of 200 grams (maybe half a pound) of lean beef mince. It's all about knowing what to do with it.

Mass-marketing and the general malaise/lethargy mentioned above is a lot to do with the obesity factor. Sugared drinks being the main culprit. I simply never do soda, unless to mix with spirit drinks, and that's a rare treat for me these days.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Lethargy? Ummm - yeah - I suppose - or depression? Depression can be very lethargic.

Anyway it also has to do with - is your time - your time? Or is your time dictated by what is left over from putting in your time for someone else?

Me when I was working - especially the last twelve years while becoming increasingly sick - I got home and I fell over - then I got up and went to work again. Ready to heat meals were a blessing in my eyes at the time - pop em in the oven set the timer and take a nap - get up and eat when the timer goes off and then go to bed.

Maybe I was at fault ( no maybes? ) or it could also be society in which I live. No standards of health placed on food that is put out for sale. No sane standards put on how many hours an individual can be made to work - coupled by no sane standard of a living wage that then forces individuals to work themselves to death - just to sleep under some sort of roof.

[-] 3 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

Lethargy; 1 A state of sluggishness, inactivity, and apathy.

  1. A state of unconsciousness resembling deep sleep. 3. The state or quality of dullness, prolonged sleepiness, sluggishness, or serious drowsiness. Compare "stupor" 4. a lowered level of consciousness, marked by listlessness, drowsiness, and apathy.
  2. a condition of indifference.

Importantly, the condition of lethargy can be directly influenced by what we consume. Notably, aspartame, found in "sugar-free" products, like chewing gum, soft drinks, burger buns. Also, flourine/flouride added to drinking water (on the premise of preventing tooth decay) is known to limit creativity, and promote lethargy.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

A sickness in society created by practices of society.

[-] 2 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

I think encouraged by consumerist attitudes. (meaning 1% approved)

The amount of "happy meals" purchased for children who don't even eat them, but want the free toy/status symbol of eating at maccas, astounds me. My son hates the burgers. I don't blame him. Bland has found a new meaning.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

One of my nephews has a passing relation ship with food. Basically he by passes it. When I was his age - if a hot rock was placed on the table - it was fought over. No hot rocks are not chewed - just sucked on. {:-])

[-] 3 points by Builder (4202) 6 years ago

Born into a large family, it was survival of the fittest and fastest.

Never let a chance go by, foodwise. And dissappear directly thereafter, or get lumbered with doing the dishes. As we say in Australian vernacular, there were no flies on me.

[-] 0 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Yeah those little buzzing bastards have - Got - to be quick - The flies as well.............Ha ha...............nah I never really fought with my siblings over food...........I was on the last to arrive list ( huge disadvantage )...............

[-] -3 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Oh I get it!!! If you are in poverty then you eat more eh??

[-] 1 points by gsw (3224) from Woodbridge Township, NJ 6 years ago

Basic science


A poor diet is characterised by excessive intakes of saturated fat, salt or sugar, and an insufficient consumption of fruit and vegetable, and dietary fibre.1

[-] -3 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Then they need to change their diets and walmart did not cause them to become heifers

[-] 0 points by janus2 (-387) 6 years ago

hillary = rich and fat, napolitano, rich and fat, sotomayor - rich and fat, kagan = rich and fat. ms obama = rich and fat.oprah= rich and fat.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

What do you not understand about poor diet. It is what it is. It is not about overeating - it is about a poor diet.

[+] -4 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

They are making their own life choices about how they eat. They could eat a very nutritious meal that consist of low fat meat and a salad, cheaper than what they are paying for their doughnuts, greasy potato chips, candy bars, etc

[+] -4 points by newShep (-179) 6 years ago

Help Walmart turned me into a 300lb man

[+] -4 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Poor eating habits, leads to obesity, you numbskul. These clowns could eat good nutritious meals cheaper than the crap they are eating now like (sugar doughnuts, greasy chips, candy bars, etc) Got it now????, I doubt it

[-] 7 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Do you go grocery shopping? Here's an article that outlines the connection between poverty and obesity:


From the article: "But for a large portion of Americans floating on or sinking beneath the poverty line this means bingeing on cheap, sugary, starchy, fatty calories in order to avoid hunger.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

people are fat because we live in a car culture

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

That is part of it, but in urban areas a lot of poor people can't afford cars. That was the big issue with requiring photo ID's for voting. Many don't even have driver's licenses.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

oh I don't feel safe with out an ID. I've been arrested for that

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Sad, but I can understand that.

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 6 years ago

cars do not prevent people from exercising. every been to Philly, low car ownership, a lot of fat people.

[-] 2 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

the cold perhaps

[-] -1 points by town (-374) 6 years ago

you can exercise at home. And cold weather is not year long,

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

we evolved having to exercise physical labor

[-] 0 points by janus2 (-387) 6 years ago

hillary = fat and rich, oprah= fat and rich, kagan = fat and rich, sotomayor= fat and rich, napolitano= fat and rich.

[-] 3 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Yep, there are many fat and rich famous people. Bravo, for making that point, but overall poverty leads to obesity much more than wealth does.

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

I am not a fan of walmart at all but they have nothing to do, with the way some people eat. Like I said a hundred times, certain individuals just have bad eating habits

[-] 4 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

WalMart, and companies like them, that exploit workers through low wages, while greedily hoarding the profits for the stockholders, perpetuate poverty, which leads to poor diet.

[+] -5 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Ok I get it now, so if I make around 15.00 per hour I am going to eat more nutritious meals than I would if I was only making 8.00 per hour??? NOT You continue to blame an organization for individuals that do not eat healthy foods.

[-] 5 points by beautifulworld (22843) 6 years ago

Right, very good, because $15.00 is no picnic to live on either. And, can you imagine purchasing food on $8 per hour! My goodness, what a nightmare.

It is these corporations that have bought our government in order to control how our economic system is set up to benefit the wealthy and, umm, corporations at the expense of everyone else. So, yeah, I blame them.

[-] -1 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

I am living on 15.00 per hour right now and not doing to bad. I live in the Country (about two hundred miles from a major city) and Country life to me I think is less costly to someone that lives in or near a city.

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

You don't want to understand the plight of the underpaid. The cheapest food (which is all you can afford on $8 hr) is the most fattening.!

But you know that. You are pretending to be stupid right?

[-] 1 points by MattLHolck (16833) from San Diego, CA 6 years ago

no calorie is an empty calorie

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

A desperate trap in a food desert.

[-] -3 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

I have had 8.00 an hour jobs in the past and I weighed 150.00 lbs. but I chose and still choose to eat healthier type meals. Just because someone is making less money does not mean that they have to eat junk. Salads, low fat meats, do not cost anymore than the junk they are probably eating

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

This is called an ad hominem. It's a logical fallacy where you attack a person instead of her argument. Look it up :) Usually people use ad hominems because they don't have any good reasons for their position.

PS - Your ad hominem appears more desperate than most. Are you a member of the Walton family that has as much wealth as the poorest 40% of American citizens combined? If so, how do you reconcile holding that much wealth while at the same time paying the majority of your workers less than a living wage? Also, how do you explain that 80% of your workforce is on some kind of public assistance so they can feed their families and have health care? (Remember, your managers keep public assistance fliers well stocked in the break rooms). How do you sleep at night knowing you're forcing average American taxpayers to pay your employees health costs and provide them with assistance for food and housing? Look up "living wage" sometime.

What will you and the rest of the Walton family chat about over Thanksgiving while many around the country are talking about how unfair your company is to its workers?

[+] -6 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

If the workers do not like it then they need to find another job. The Walton wealth was built from hard work, something some of you folks should try and do

[-] 3 points by GirlFriday (17435) 6 years ago

Hmmm...........You are an online troll and the hardest part of your job is creating another ID.


[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Actually the five Walmart family members that have as much money as the poorest 40% of all Americans combined really pretty much inherited their wealth. They may go to the office and they may pay some really conniving executives but they didn't start the fire and they really can't take credit for pulling themselves up by their bootstraps :-)

[-] 2 points by shoozTroll (17632) 6 years ago

What "hard work" did they perform?

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

Over 50% of the wealth in America is held by the wealthiest 1%. And 90% of that is INHERITED. The 5 Walton's hold as much wealth as the poorest 40% of Americans combined. And most of this was INHERITED.

[-] -3 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Maybe if you're a good boy then your Grandma will leave you something. Would that make you feel better if someone "lined your pockets" rather than you getting off the couch and doing it your self????????

[-] 2 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

I think if you reread what I wrote, you'll see clearly that that is not at all my suggestion. Gotta read carefully.

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

I understood what you wrote and so what if someone inherits a fortune. Does that mean that they have to share it with everyone else? no. I do not like walmart at all but I also do not condemn someone that has more wealth than me either.

[-] 3 points by therising (6643) 6 years ago

You missed the point. You said, "So what if someone inherits a fortune." I don't much care about "someone" inheriting a fortune either. What I'm talking about is the fact that the wealth of America is concentrated in the hands of a very few and the gap is widening. And while so many of those folks preach about pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, the fact is that 90% of those in the top 1% INHERITED their wealth. 90% dude. That's not just "someone". That's just about all of them. Do you think it's healthy that 5 members of the Walton family have as much money as the poorest 40% of the American public combined? 5 people have as much as 120,000,000 people. !!!!!!

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

No need to condemn the wealthy. If a wealthy person wills his money to someone who hasn't earned it then it shouldbetaxed like all income is taxed.

I can't say I'm being condemned because I am taxed! And neither are the wealthy (sitting on the couch not earning it themselves!) being condemned. Just taxed.

Why wouldexpend energy advocating for the wealthy? You ain't wealthy. You think someone is gonna leave you a fortune? LMFAO.

You're dreaming. Stop betraying your class.

The wealthy have armies of lobbyists (to rig the laws), accountants (to evade their fair share of tax), & lawyers (to avoid punishment).They are well taken care of.

The middle class needs the advocacy you give to the wealthy.

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Your comment makes no sense at all

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

Sure it does. inherited wealth is unearned income for someone.

unearned income should be taxed a lot higher than my earned income.

Those inheriting wealth didn't do anything for it! Lazy greedy bastards!

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Sorry but that is where I have a different view on it. Inheritance is a "gift" from one person to another. And depending on the size of the gift it can also trickle down to other siblings, etc as well. Why put a higher tax on that and what do you think Uncle Sam is going to do with it??? More than likely the Gov is going to misuse the money like they do with everything else.

[-] 2 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

Trickle down is a farce. Therich never trickle anything down. Money naturally flows up! The people with little money always spend it all. The wealthy (driven by greed) are always looking to suck up the money ofthe lower income class.

Unearned income should be taxed at a higher rate. More workers earned income should be exempt from tax!

And the revenue increase from taxing the wealthy inherited wealth WILL go to cutting workers income tax.

Hows that? Ya with me?

[-] -3 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

I still somewhat disagree and think that "inherited money" should not be taxed higher that regular tax because the majority of it goes back into the economy anyways. I do agree with you on one thing and that is a person that grew up rather poor and comes into money, they tend to spend it (or get rid of it faster) than someone that has money

[-] 3 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

They wealthy idle inheritors AIN'T working! Never a day in their soft lives. They add nothing. THEY are the takers.

You defend these leeches over the decent hard working Americans they exploit, because you are a blind right wing tool, betraying your own class?

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

How do you know that they are NOT working at all. The question was asked on my last comment but you never replied. If I won the lotto and quit my job would I then be considered to be a 1% also ???? Even though I worked all my life???

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

No that means we should tax the wealthy and use that revenue to cut taxes on workers. I already said that! Pay attention! Keep up!

Are you pretending not to listen, or are you honestly stupid!


[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

Please! You don't feel sorry for the workers because you are a corp 1% plutocrat shill!

You have clearly been brainwashed with the right wing 'blame the victim' mentality that has destroyed the worker conditions in America.

Stop advocating against you own class and for the criminal corp 1% oligarchs squeezing, exploiting, and draining the wealth of this nation.

Greedy, selfish, income hiding, tax evading, do nothing, fat, do nothing, corp 1%, bastards. The Takers. That is who you "feel sorry" for.

You have no honor!

[-] -1 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Does that mean that we should give more of our tax money to the greedy scum Gov, so they can waste more of our tax dollars.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

If you won the lotto you would be taxed up the ass! They win the inheritance lotto and should be taxed up the ass. Soak those lazy greedy do nothing takers!

And I did answer your question as to how I know they ain't working. I said they AIN'T working! You just don't like my answer! I ain't gotta prove they ain't. It is well known they ain't. Period! Certainly they don't deserve the inheritance without being taxed up the ass!

[-] -1 points by richardkentgates (3269) 6 years ago

Taxing interpersonal exchange is immoral. Such as, taxing you for giving your kids money. Taxing business transactions such as payroll and purchases, investment gains, ect, is justifiable.

Should we begin taxing allowances given to kids for doing house chores?

How about when your give you kid a car as a graduation present, is that moral?

The only reason you feel the inheritance tax is justified is your discriminatory attitude toward a certain class. I of all people have no sympathy for the wealthy but the morality of my actions and my approach has nothing to do with the other person(s) in a scenario, it has to do with the kind of person I am. Tax the rich for the debt they ran up, sure, but taxing as a form of aggression or discrimination has no moral justification.

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

The bottom line is that I do not feel sorry for the workers, that are employed at Walmart. Sure their pay is low but if they did not like it then they can seek employment else ware.

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

Yeah I didn't say that. All wealthy sit on their money. That is why all unearned income (inherited, interest, cap gains, rental, passive, royalties) MUST be taxed at a higher rate than earned income.

We should encourage work and discourage idleness.

We should also create a luxury tax on expensive purchases, and a small tax on all fin transactions.

The increased revenue should go towards reducing income tax for workers.

[-] -2 points by mapleLaneser (-120) 6 years ago

Again I will say that I am no fan of Walmart but how do you know that the inheritors of Mr Walton's fortune are setting on their asses and not working??? They may well be working and you not knowing it. So what if they are not working

[-] 0 points by richardkentgates (3269) 6 years ago

LMAO, hard work. When did riding on yachts become hard work? Yachts paid for by the blood sweat and tears of people that do the actual work and many of who still can't make ends meet. Poor poor rich white folks ;.-(

[-] 1 points by VQkag2 (16478) 6 years ago

Taxing the poor is immoral. Taxing the wealthy inheritance is REQUIRED, in order to address the unhealthy concentration of wealth.

I agree taxing as a form of aggression is wrong. That is why I do not propose or support that. You don't speak for me! Your suggestion regarding my motivations are absolutely wrong and designed to malign my correct position in support of working class. Weak and dishonest is how I would describe that personal attack.

The ridiculous false comparison to allowance & gifts is just a weak attempt at obfuscation. An unrelated distraction. Smart peoplewill see through that non sense.

Support workers! cut their taxes, raise taxes on the wealthy and use that revenue to cut the income tax on the worker.

[-] -1 points by DKAtoday (33690) from Coon Rapids, MN 6 years ago

Take your BS propaganda somewhere else. Wallmart has killed much of the competition because the competition was local small business. So take your BS about working somewhere else and shove it where the sun don't shine.