Washington DC is an interesting place.
While a number of affluent government workers actually live outside the city in ritzy suburbs like Maclean, Arlington, Bethesda or Silver Springs, there are a number of nice if expensive/touristy/trendy areas to live in DC itself.
Then there are the mostly black, poverty stricken urban neighborhoods where unemployment is high and at rates pretty much in line with black unemployment nationwide.
WalMart who already has three stores under construction in the area recently decided to build three more stores, one in the city's 5th Ward and two in the 7th Ward. These are two of the poorest areas in DC and the most in need of jobs, especially for young people.
You would think the Democrats who run the District of Columbia government would be jumping at the chance to add to the District's tax base and provide badly needed jobs for the people in these neighborhoods. And they'd also be interested in how WalMart's low prices would provide a welcome alternative for low income shoppers.
Boy, would you be mistaken!
The District Council has passed new legislation that specifically targets WalMart. It would require retailers operating in spaces 75,000 square feet or larger to pay their employees no less than $12.50 an hour. The city’s minimum wage is $8.25.
While the bill would apply to some other retailers — such as Home Depot, Costco and Macy’s — a grandfather period and an exception for those with unionized workforces made it clear that the bill targets WalMart, which has said it would open six stores, employing up to 1,800 people.
WalMart's response? If the bill is signed into law, not only will they 'reconsider' building the three new stores, but would likely not complete the ones under construction.
I certainly understand where WalMart is coming from. After all, if the loons on the DC Council can come up with one piece on confiscatory legislation aimed specifically at WalMArt, why not others once the stores are built?
DC's Democrat Mayor Vincent C. Gray called Wal-Mart’s move “immensely discouraging,” but indicted that he might consider vetoing the bill.
Tell me again how Democrats love the poor.