It has always seemed a bit odd to me or a little bit disingenuous to me about how Republicans rail against social programs they usually just lump together under the label of “welfare” and yet say little about how business uses that welfare paid by our tax dollars to line its pockets.
There are many ways it does this, but here I am primarily thinking of how large corporate employers, and come to think of it maybe even a lot of small employers, take advantage of the fact that they can pay employees a relatively low wage and still retain them because the poorly-compensated workers may be eligible for various forms of government assistance, such as food stamps (or whatever that program may be called these days) and reduced-priced or free lunches at schools. If they paid their employees more the rest of us would not have to pay quite as much in taxes.
I was surprised that a strident spokesman for the conservative, pro free enterprise, anti-social programs Tucker Carlson came out against this form of corporate welfare.
I suppose it could be a rift among the right with a faction that is so against what they consider the establishment that they on some issues side with the far left. Carlson allowed as how Bernie Sanders in his estimation is wrong on just about everything but on this one issue, the practice of corporations using public benefits to augment their compensation to workers, he is on the correct side. Sanders, according to Carlson (I did not check this out) is pushing legislation to counter that practice.
I’m not sure I buy what Carlson says completely — I mean he might have missed a reality of the free market and that is that employers tend to pay what the market demands. In the employment market that can be situational or different depending upon local conditions. I have been a working person all my life (as opposed to a businessman) and it has been my observation that employers look around and see what other likewise businesspeople in their industry and just as important of their size and locality are paying.
Food stamps and other forms of subsidy to some low-income workers are a reality and if an employer sees that the employer uses business logic and takes that into account. If the programs were not there the employer might find it necessary to raise wages — but then again maybe not. Maybe the employer decides not as many workers are needed after all or there might be some means of automation or technology to take their place. Or the employer might decide that although it would be nice to be able to produce more widgets the cost of production as opposed to opportunity for profit precludes expansion.
Carlson strangely sounds anti-corporate. He opines that a lot of corporations support liberals, rather than conservatives. Gasp! The Waltons of Walmart supported Hillary Clinton, he said. Well, she did spend a lot of time living in Arkansas with Bill and Walmart is a homegrown product of that state.
But why let me tell you what Carlson said? I can give you a link.