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McDonald's Budget Plan Leaves Out A Critical Line: Corporate Welfare

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McDonald's just published some practical tips on how its workers can subsist on poverty wages. It's missing one key suggestion: Apply for food stamps and other government assistance immediately so McDonald's can keep the corporate welfare flowing.

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Roger G (154)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:24 pm
noted, thanks!

Past Member (0)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 3:36 pm
McD's budget worksheet left out a lot of things, most notably any hint of understanding about how company pay scales force their indentured servants to live lifestyles that would piss off a Chinese peasant.

Kit B (276)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 4:12 pm

There is only one of two ways to deal with McDonald's, immediate and sweeping government reforms or for their customer base to dry up. Considering the swill they serve as food, I would vote for the latter, but neither is going to happen. McDonald's is emblematic of the deep corporate corruption that keeps the workers on the edge of catastrophe and the corporate offices filled with champagne.

Sheryl G (363)
Wednesday July 17, 2013, 8:10 pm
And now we have a major employer of the working poor arming its employees with this handy new survival kit: a line item budget that can help them survive on less than $8 an hour and still sleep indoors.

They should be ashamed of themselves.

I looked at McDonalds budget sheet that the hotlink brought me to and I'd also like to know where McDonalds got their Shelter costs figures. Because I would like to know where someone can rent for $600 a month. Can they please find those places. They must of obtained rent from some other Country.

Indeed, where is the Child Care costs and a 2nd job, why shouldn't people be paid enough on their first job. My goodness, when are people suppose to find time to sleep, help the children with homework, clean their house, do their laundry and grocery shop. There is little enough time now to spend with the children and spouse now they want you to work two jobs as a standard fact of working for a living.

George Bush “You work three jobs? Uniquely American, isn't it? I mean, that is fantastic that you're doing that."

To a divorced mother of three, Omaha, Nebraska, Feb. 4, 2005”

No George, it is sad that she has to do that. Her children never get to see her and what is so great about being an American and having to work oneself to death just to get by. Guess all the Plutocrats have jumped on that bandwagon.

Jaime A (52)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 12:23 am

Jonathan Harper (0)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 4:01 am

Gloria p (304)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 7:40 am
I haven't had McDonalds in years. That was only because my cousin stopped there so I had no choice.

Birgit W (160)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 1:54 pm
Noted. If it were for me McDonald would be bankrupt by now.

Katie & Bill D (107)
Thursday July 18, 2013, 9:04 pm
We also Never go to this place just like Walmart! Never. Thank You

Syd H (48)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:00 am
I thought this would be about the corporate welfare McD's gets from taxpayers such as from subsidies for the commodity crops it promotes (including GMO HFCS & Soy oil) and the GMO grain-fed factory animals it slaughters by the billions the world over (not just in USA as Europe imports 30 million tonnes of GMO Feed) and the tax breaks, and environmental issues it outsources to the taxpayers including run-off, dead zones, and decimation of wildlife (to protect the domestic herds & mono-crops).

Oh, I forgot, outsourcing for health problems too from eating the so-called food...

And yet, in the grand scheme of things, it is the Big M that is inside the Wal-Mart, not the other way around. Monsters are so scary, but sometimes too big to see them for what they really are. Giant Parasites.

Syd H (48)
Friday July 19, 2013, 6:45 am
Okay, I have to complain about one more thing (sorry Judy for the rant).

Why are Americans, even those who shun the Big M having to subsidize all these commodity grains so Europeans can by it as cheap feed to supply fast food burgers, bacon, nuggets, and buns to these multinational corps such as McDonalds, Burger King, Taco Bell, Subway, Pizza Hut, which I see in almost every city in the world?

We are in effect subsidizing our own death, if not by diet then by environmental degradation and stripping our pockets. WTF?

Sheryl G (363)
Friday July 19, 2013, 7:17 am
Keep ranting, the general public needs to get some better understanding of the overall.

Most people look at the world through the eyes of mouse, they need to start looking at it from eyes of eagle.


Jim Phillips (3257)
Friday July 19, 2013, 10:19 am
The budget plan is so bad that I'm surprised that even both corporations worked on it to give to McDonald's employees without a second thought to see if they could live on it with the low
paying jobs McDonald has.

Remember folks, McDonalds may be serving GMO Frankenpotatoes produced by Monsanto.
It has not gone through yet but is up for considerations by the McDonald Corp.

Now, soon, you can go out and say McDonald's are crap & poisonous to friends. The last time I visited
a McDonald restaurant was a pit stop with my sister and her children. Her kids are all grown up
and have families of their own. I had a cup of scalding hot coffee and that was just awful.

Ty, Judy.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Friday July 19, 2013, 2:08 pm
McDonalds, evil face of capitalism, as far as I am concerned, absolutely loath it, same as KFC.

Lois Jordan (63)
Friday July 19, 2013, 4:52 pm
I can't believe McDonald's actually released this budget plan. It is laughable at best! Didn't they know how fault-ridden it was before releasing? And, I loved Syd's rant...absolutely 100% correct!
Anyone defending this sorry piece of paper can easily be taken to task by asking the specific questions about health care, child care, electricity bills, etc. Don't let anyone get away with defending it.

Judy C (97)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 2:56 am
All comments, and especially rants like those above, are welcome! This ridiculous budget says it's "brought to you by VISA and Wealth Watchers International (registered trademark). Is it a coincidence, or does this resemble Weight Watchers' International? It seems like a bad joke, like the rest of this budget. You would certainly lose weight on it, because the monthly tally has no allowance for food. What about gasoline, vehicle maintenance, or some other form of transportation? As Dandelion points out, what about child care? On what planet can you rent a dwelling for $600/month? I hope your whole family will fit into a room in a boarding house, or if you're lucky, an efficiency apartment. What about clothing and shoes? The dentist? Entertainment or vacations? Way too frivolous. I could go on. Oh wait. You do have that big $100 for miscellaneous that the budget lists. And you could tap your fat savings account, because you will surely have at least the $100/month to put into savings, as the sample budget suggests.

Sheryl G (363)
Saturday July 20, 2013, 5:11 am
Might I add, that besides what they failed to put into for expenses, the additional $100 for miscellaneous is after the 2nd job is included. If one is working two jobs, I doubt there will be any time for a vacation or the ability to even go see a show for that matter, one will be working around the clock and 7 days a week.

Briahlen H (1)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 4:40 pm
Dear McDonald's,

I'm a 31 year old medically retired US Army soldier. Currently I work as an EMT/Firefighter. I make a good wage at $17.25 per hour. That being said, my family was very poor when I was a child. I grew up in a household with a single mother who worked full time while trying to raise 3 kids at minimum wage. She struggled to put food on our table. I have a keen understanding on what it's like fighting to survive on minimum wage.

The budget plan for your workers you came up with is a joke. Who ever came up with this obviously has no soul & fails at simple math. Seriously, this is so out of touch it's almost physically painful. I'm sickened that I risked my life so people like you can have the freedom to abuse others. You are what is wrong with this country. I won't give you my business any more. Thanks for helping me cut back on costs.

Sheryl G (363)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 5:42 pm
Bless your heart and thank you for this wonderfully written letter and for your service.

If anyone would like to call or write McDonald's directly I leave this here. My letter had already been sent out on this insulting so called "helpfulness". Pay your workers a "living wage" McDonald's.

Call McDonald's Corporate Headquarters
7 days a week
7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. CST

McDonald's Corporation, 2111 McDonald's Dr., Oak Brook, IL 60523
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