Looks like Trump’s outreach to Bernie Sanders supporters will be as spectacularly successful as his appeals to the Hispanics, the blacks and the broads [Politico link]:
“I don’t want to hit Crazy Bernie Sanders too hard yet because I love watching what he is doing to Crooked Hillary,” Trump wrote [on Twitter]. “His time will come!”
“I think a lot of the young people that are with Bernie Sanders are going to come to my side because they want jobs. Bernie Sanders and I agree on one thing, trade, that we don’t know what we’re doing on trade,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity. “The difference is, I’ll make great deals out of it. He doesn’t know what to do. The people that are with Bernie Sanders, the young people, I really believe they’re going to come over and vote for me. I think we’re going to have a lot of crossover.”
Yeah, that’ll work.
Speaking of plutocratic deadbeats, the six Walmart heirs share a $145 billion fortune, according to the Economic Policy Institute. That is equal to the wealth of nearly 1.8 million median-income American households — the numerical equivalent of the population of Louisiana.
One way the Walmart heirs amassed such a gargantuan pile was by paying their employees so poorly that U.S. taxpayers must help feed, shelter and provide medical care to Walmart workers and their families. Public assistance for Walmart employees costs taxpayers about $6.2 billion each year.
But public assistance isn’t the only way Welfare Queen Walmart shifts its operating costs to taxpayers: According to a Tampa Bay Times report, the big-box deadbeat also saddles local police departments with store security:
Law enforcement logged nearly 16,800 calls in one year to Walmarts in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties, according to a Tampa Bay Times analysis. That’s two calls an hour, every hour, every day.
Local Walmarts, on average, generated four times as many calls as nearby Targets, the Times found. Many individual supercenters attracted more calls than the much larger WestShore Plaza mall.
When it comes to calling the cops, Walmart is such an outlier compared with its competitors that experts criticized the corporate giant for shifting too much of its security burden onto taxpayers. Several local law enforcement officers also emphasized that all the hours spent at Walmart cut into how often they can patrol other neighborhoods and prevent other crimes.
It’s not just the Tampa Bay area — communities nationwide are footing the bill for providing store security while Walmart rakes in revenues that surpass the GDP of most countries on this planet, all the while socializing the risks and privatizing the profits. “Save Money. Live Better” — if you’re a Walmart shareholder.