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The crucial word not appearing in this article on Walmart’s staffing woes.

Said woes being, Walmart doesn’t have the staff to handle the business it currently has:

[Merchandise is] piling up in aisles and in the back of stores because Wal-Mart doesn’t have enough bodies to restock the shelves, according to interviews with store workers. In the past five years, the world’s largest retailer added 455 U.S. Wal-Mart stores, a 13 percent increase, according to filings and the company’s website. In the same period, its total U.S. workforce, which includes Sam’s Club employees, dropped by about 20,000, or 1.4 percent. Wal-Mart employs about 1.4 million U.S. workers.

And what is that word? Why, it’s Obamacare: “After making a big deal of publicly supporting the Affordable Care Act, Walmart—the nation’s largest private sector employer—is joining the ranks of companies seeking to avoid their obligation to provide employees with health insurance as required by Obamacare.”

Skip for a moment the minor detail that post links are to posts written by people who despise Walmart from the Left; speaking as a Righty partisan: Walmart has earned this. By supporting Obamacare in the first place the company decided to put politics above its mission statement, which is to sell reasonably sturdy consumer goods to middle and lower income workers at reasonably cheap prices. And now that they’ve allegedly discovered that that same Obamacare’s rising health care costs and mandated coverage is going to make it impossible for the company to fully staff its stores?

Well, speaking generically I’m appalled. In the specific case… :shrug: Nie moj cyrk, nie moje malpy.

Moe Lane (crosspost)

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