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By Jim Cogar
May 31, 2015 at 11:15 a.m.

    Wal-Mart has joined the growing list of corporations who now are singing a different tune. First it was BP who for years following the Gulf Oil disaster, aired Ad after Ad extolling how BP was so concerned with the state of the Gulf coast as facts emerged that what they said didn't exactly jive with what they were doing. Then the Oil and Gas Industry preached how "fracking" was safe and contributing to the United States becoming a leader in energy. Meanwhile, citizens of Texas and Oklahoma were getting all shook up with earthquakes that were linked to "fracking". We saw how the citizens of Denton reacted and what happened there. Not to mention the people of Pennsylvania and New York who have been able to set their tap water on fire and had to put up with the noxious odors as they turned on those taps.

    Now Wal-Mart is bending over backwards in Ads to congratulate themselves on raising the wages of their workers. This following years of resistance to any increase in wages to the majority of their employees because that was how they managed those low prices, as they accumulated corporate profits making them the richest company in the world, or close to it. Only after evidence that a small increase in wages would have little to no effect on the bottom line, coupled with protests and strikes by workers did they agree to paying more to the very people who made those profits possible. Now they, and BP, and the Oil and Gas Industry want us to believe that they are the good guys. 

    Wonder which company will next join the Hubris crowd?



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