Friday, January 13, 2006

Morronic Maryland

In their divine wisdom, the legislators of Maryland over rode the governor’s veto and passed a law which mandates that Wal-Mart cut Maryland a giant check. From Here (emphasis mine):
Bentonville, Ark.-based Wal-Mart is the only company in the state that currently would be affected by the law, which will take effect Jan. 1, 2007. It has about 17,000 employees at 53 stores and two distribution centers in Maryland and was planning on building a distribution center on the Eastern Shore, which the governor said may now be in jeopardy.

Supporters say the law is needed because Maryland is underwriting the cost of health care for many Wal-Mart employees who can't afford to pay their share of insurance premiums. Democratic leaders, who pushed the Fair Share Health Care Fund Act through the legislature, said they did not know how many people were involved or what the cost was to the state.
The logic used for this eludes me, mostly because none exists.

Would they rather these people not be employed at all? Who made them supply these health benefits? What costs are they looking to save? Whose jobs will be lost? If it's such a great idea, why didn't they apply it to every business in Maryland?

These people have absolutely no clue, they just fold to the group that makes the most noise (unions in this case) no matter how idiotic their demands. What's even sorrier is that these people would be more than happy to tax the residents more so that they can cut a corporate welfare check to the first automaker that infers that they might build a plant in the state.

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