MILLINOCKET, Maine, June 15, 2014 — In a most peculiar move, 26 of the 51 member New York City Council have issued a cease-and-desist order to Walmart and the Walton Family Foundation. They are demanding that the company stop donating millions of dollars to charitable organizations in the city.
The letter reads, in part, “We know how desperate you are to find a foothold in New York City to buy influence and support here. Stop spending your dangerous dollars in our city. We have seen your growing but quiet efforts to bankroll the privatization of public education in New York City and to invest in conservative organizations here that are actively working to undermine the progressive agenda we support.”
Walmart has given millions over the last few years to local New York City charities: $1 million tothe New York Women’s Foundation, which concentrates on women’s job training, $30,000 to Bailey House for distributing groceries to low-income citizens.
It also gave $4 million to a program that offers summer jobs to young people. Since 2004, it has donated $16 million to the city’s charter schools.
Mayor de Blasio and the council have made it their quest, with strong influence from the unions, to prevent Walmart from having any stores in the city, even though the mayor’s own Annual Poverty Report shows that the poverty rate in the city was at 21.4% in 2012.
Since 2008, 45.6% of the city’s population has been at or near the poverty line. New stores with new jobs would be welcomed by cash strapped citizens.
Has anyone on the council or from the mayor’s office consulted with the beneficiaries of Walmart’s largesse? How do those recipients feel about losing millions of charitable dollars?
Is there any greater example of progressive government than this? It should now be clear that progressives are a group of stingy, self-absorbed hypocrites who love to say they work for “the greater good” while never actually contributing to it.
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