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Bloomberg reports that Bernie Sanders, the Socialist Senator from Vermont who is running for the Democratic presidential nomination, said this week that the Walton family is the nation's biggest welfare abuser because it "doesn’t pay its employees a 'living wage,' forcing many workers to turn to food stamps, Medicaid and subsidized housing funded by taxpayers."

Sanders also said the Waltons exemplify a "rigged economy," and that it is "unacceptable that Walton family has more wealth than bottom 40% of Americans."

Sanders made the comments at a campaign event in Keene, New Hampshire.
KC's View:
It seems to me that we're likely going to hear a lot more of this as the primary season unfolds; what Sanders may not realize is that as his campaign spreads throughout the country, he will be trying to appeal to people who shop at Walmart frequently because it is their best and sometimes only option.

I am completely sympathetic to the notion that we have a rigged economy in which the leaders of major banks that brought the country to the economic precipice paid very little price for their misdeeds, and that little has been done to adjust the system so it cannot happen again. But I'm not in favor of demonizing people who have a lot of money, or even the people who have a lot more than a lot of money. I might have issues with some of the ways in which they spend that money, but the world isn't black-and-white, and rich people are as entitled as I am to make their own decisions.