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Wal-Mart Mentality In The White House

Maybe this falls under the rubric of “don’t blame children for the sins of their parents” and maybe I’m just a wee bit cynical BUT…the president couldn’t find another qualified woman to runs his numbers as his budget chief besides someone who headed up the Wal-Mart Foundation?

The news:

President Obama plans to nominate Sylvia Mathews Burwell, the president of the Walmart Foundation, as his budget chief, a White House official said on Sunday.

Ms. Burwell, if confirmed by the Senate, would step into the role amid heated budget battles with Congressional Republicans. Federal agencies have started to implement the budget cuts known as sequestration — $85 billion in blunt, across-the-board spending reductions that were meant to force Democrats and Republicans to reach a long-term deal to pare the deficit.

A quick check of the Foundation website will get you the Women’s Economic Empowerment project:

Over a billion people live in poverty worldwide – 70% are women. Nearly 775 million people can’t read or write, and the majority are women. Almost 15 million households in America are headed by women. Despite being the sole providers, more than 29% of women live below the poverty level in the U.S. Through Wal-Mart’s Global Women’s Economic Empowerment Initiative, we’ll help provide more training, market access and career opportunities to nearly 1 million women, many on farms and factories, ultimately allowing them access to the economic opportunity they deserve.

Well, the reason a lot of women live in poverty is precisely because of Wal-Mart’s virulently anti-union posture — not a single store in the U.S. is unionized. And a union is the best road to economic stability, not some blood money handed over by a foundation funded by five extremely rich people who won’t give their employees decent health care.

And if you want to shiver a bit more:

In the 1990s, she served in a variety of economic policy roles in the Clinton administration, including as a top aide to Robert E. Rubin, then the Treasury secretary, and as a staff member of the White House’s National Economic Council. [emphasis added]

So, again, it may not be fair to assume Burwell is cut from the same cloth as Rubin. But, being up close to a guy who played a major role in the corruption of politics — by serving as a emissary between Wall Street and Washington, D.C. — and who, as I have argued, probably lied about his role in the financial crisis and, certainly, is a great threat to the people, should make the alarm bells ring loudly.

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