Pope Francis Condemns Corruption and Unbridled Capitalism
Pope Francis is truly a remarkable figure. My favorite quote from the above Huffington Post article:
He urged politicians and business leaders “not to yield to an economic model which is idolatrous, which needs to sacrifice human lives on the altar of money and profit.”
I wish I had more to write, but I am somewhat speechless. I’m extremely glad to see such a powerful figure speaking truth and standing up for human rights. Statements like the above shouldn’t be surprising, it’s basic common sense, but unfortunately we live in a world where people all too often put money and profit above others.
Walmart Raises Wages
I was happily surprised today to see that Walmart is raising the minimum hourly wage that it pays workers from $7.25 to $9 and eventually to $10. I’m under no illusion. This was done for self-serving reasons and not for any great altruistic purpose. It is still incredibly hard to live in America on $9 an hour. However, regardless, this is a good thing and Walmart, whatever their motivation, deserves credit. If we are to criticize companies for not doing the right thing, then we must also acknowledge when they make positive changes. Walmart has influence in the marketplace due to the fact that they are such a large employer. Hopefully this will help set a trend of wage increases in America. This is good news for the hard working Americans who work for Walmart, because they are slightly closer to earning a living wage. This is good news for all Americans as our economy has always done better when American workers earn fair wages. There is still much to be done to make our economy fair, but lets take at least a moment to acknowledge that a small step has been made in the right direction.