What’s one similarity between the economic policy agendas of Presidents George W. Bush, Barack Obama, and Donald Trump? All three made the Walton family—the wealthiest family in the world—even richer.
According to a new analysis by the union-led campaign Making Change at Walmart (MCAW), the combination of Bush’s 2003 tax cuts for the rich, Obama’s extension of those tax cuts, and Trump’s passage of a $1.5 trillion giveaway to the wealthy last year has netted the owners of Walmart $1.1 million per day in dividend income tax savings for the past 16 years.
“It is time Americans know that the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the world, is being subsidized even as Walmart workers live paycheck-to-paycheck with jobs that have few benefits.”
—Amy Ritter, Making Change at WalmartIn total, MCAW found that the Walton’s total savings between 2003 and 2018 exceeded $6.5 billion—a finding that the campaign said should infuriate workers struggling to get by on paltry wages.
“It should anger working and middle-class Americans of all political backgrounds that they pay taxes while the Walton family reaps the rewards of a $6 billion dollar tax break,” Amy Ritter, communications director for MCAW, said in a statement.
“It is time Americans know that the Walton family, the wealthiest family in the world, is being subsidized even as Walmart workers live paycheck-to-paycheck with jobs that have few benefits,” Ritter added. “It is time for our political leaders to wake up to the reality that our broken tax system is helping the least deserving and hurting the most deserving.”
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