Moyers and Company ran a piece today reminding us that many very profitable corporations make so much money because they squeeze the taxpayer to cover for the shortfall between what they pay their employees and what their employees need to be alive and well enough to show up to work. You see, McDonald’s and Walmart enjoy the major savings they get from paying employees the minimum wage or not much above it, leaving employees to languish in poverty. However, they want employees who show up to work showered, able to stand without passing out from hunger, and at least somewhat rested so they don’t forget where the buttons are on the cash register. But they don’t want to pay for that, because their executives have bigger yachts to buy!
That’s where you and I come in, with the taxes we pay because we’re not rich enough to wiggle out of them.