Depend on Bernie Sanders to ask right wingers the hard questions. In this video, he challenges experts from various points on the political spectrum to defend what he refers to as the worst kind of corporate welfare, the kind that goes to Walmart to subsidize the starvation wages that they pay their employees. The tap dancing around the question displayed by some would be amusing if it weren’t for the seriousness of the issue.
The Senator begins by expressing his dismay that those in Washington D.C. cannot see the growing disparity in income between those at the top and the rest of the country.
“The idea that anybody could suggest that we are massive increases in income and wealth inequality is beyond my comprehension,” Sanders said. “If you go outside of the beltway there is no debate about that.”
He goes on to talk of the fact that the middle class has nowhere near the standard of living that it once had and in fact it is rapidly disappearing, while the ranks of those living in poverty are rapidly growing, and the very wealthy are seeing their income rise at ever increasing rates.
He asks if anyone can say that the shrinking purchasing power of the working class makes any moral or economic sense, or if it makes sense that one family, the Waltons, owns more wealth than the bottom 40% of the American people.
[box type=”shadow”]”The Walton family is the wealthiest family in America, does anybody on the panel think that they need significant welfare help? And yet it turns out that they are the largest recipient of welfare in America, because when you pay workers starvation wages, which is what Walmart does, how do the workers at Walmart or McDonalds or Burger King survive? Well they get Medicaid for their kids and for themselves, they get food stamps, they live in government sponsored affordable housing.”[/box]
Watch as these “experts” first avoid answering and then attempt to spin it so as to make Walmart appear to be the greatest philanthropic organization of all time.