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Walmart is paying higher wages because the free enterprise system works

Today on Fox Business News’s Varney & Company, I spoke with Stuart Varney about Walmart’s announcement that it will increase wages for 500,000 of its employees up to $10 an hour by next year. Varney believes Walmart didn’t cave to union pressure. Rather, Walmart chose to pay more to attract and retain quality employees.

I agree with Varney.  It’s this simple: The free enterprise system works. Right now, oil prices are down and people have more money in their pockets, so business is up. When business is better there’s a greater demand for labor.  And, when there’s a greater demand for something, the cost of it goes up.  Walmart is responding appropriately.  The free enterprise system is a good system and it works – for business and for employees.

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