“So when people get promoted they don’t get raises? Is that what I can take from that statement?”
Yes, they get raises.
But prices of the things they buy with their earnings rise too.
In the long run, most of them won’t get raises that keep up with rising prices. Therefore, their wages won’t really grow.
That’s what has happened to everyone in the bottom 90% of income level in the last 30 (or 35) years – on average, their increased earnings didn’t rise any faster than inflation. Their REAL wages (in real dollars, adjusted for inflation) did not go up because the purchasing power of their wages had gone down at about the same rate that their wages went up.
sansabelt said: “John, saying that you don’t speak for the rest of Arlington does not equal me disagreeing with you.”
Well, had I known that we both agree that a Walmart would be a welcome addition to Arlington, we could have saved a heck of a lot of keystrokes over the last week. Glad to hear you are on board!
Should wages further be adjusted to compensate for the higher energy taxes the left wants? or would that defeat the point of trying to force people to use less energy?
“Well, had I known that we both agree that a Walmart would be a welcome addition to Arlington, we could have saved a heck of a lot of keystrokes over the last week. Glad to hear you are on board!”
John, saying that you don’t speak for the rest of Arlington does not equal me disagreeing with you does not equal me AGREEING with you either.
Some interesting facts about Walmart…..
Two Walmart stores opened in DC yesterday. The one closest to Arlington is 99 H Street NW (a couple of blocks west of Union Station). I visited the store yesterday. The store is large, but not as large as the big box stores you’ll find in the suburbs. It is located in a mixed use building with the Walmart entrance on the corner, several small retail spaces facing the sidewalk (Starbucks, etc.), and condos (??) above it. All in all, it’s a pretty attractive building – it doesn’t look like a typical Walmart, it looks like a regular urban building with brickwork that helps match with some of the older DC buildings.
The store itself has a large variety of stuff, including a full grocery section, clothes, electronics, pharmacy, hardware, toys, etc. There is also free parking under the building.
This location is several miles closer than the Kingstown location. Hopefully, we’ll get one of these “urban-style” stores here in Arlington at some point.
Here is a picture of the building at H Street:
@JohnFontain: Just wondering… How is the parking situation at the H Street Wal-Mart?
They’ve got a huge parking lot right under the building for free. You enter on the side street right off of H Street (I believe it is First Street NW). Yesterday was the grand opening, so it was crazy. I wouldn’t expect it to be so crazy after things settle down in a few days though.
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