According to one study, American fast food workers receive more than $7 billion dollars in public assistance. As it turns out, McDonald’s has a “McResource” line that helps employees and their families enroll in various state and local assistance programs. It exploded into the public when a recording of the McResource line advocated that full-time employees sign up for food stamps and welfare.
Wal-Mart, the nation’s largest private sector employer, is also the biggest consumer of taxpayer supported aid. According to Florida Congressman Alan Grayson, in many states, Wal-Mart employees are the largest group of Medicaid recipients. They are also the single biggest group of food stamp recipients. Wal-mart’s “associates” are paid so little, according to Grayson, that they receive $1,000 on average in public assistance. These amount to massive taxpayer subsidies for private companies.
Why are profitable, dividend-paying firms receiving taxpayer subsidies? The short answer is, because they can.
got a good question in my personal inbox i wanted to answer for more than one person, so i’ll repost.
question: “I had a question in regards to contacting editors. Now i’m not sure if it really matters, but is it best to try to get in contact with the main editor/photo editor or a lower tier editor/assistant photo editor. I’d assume that it probably just depends case by case, but thought that there might be a trend you’ve noticed in the past. thanks so much for your time.”
answer: write both if you can. there’s not much of a hierarchy, as funny as that sounds, photo editors of different levels just assign different sections. if you’re emerging/starting out, you’re likely to have more success reaching an assistant PE over someone like a photo director, but that’s no a hard and fast rule. that said, you’re more likely to get assigned a front-of-book assignment than a feature assignment if you’re on the newer side of things.
as an aside, and perhaps a more valuable point + thing to think about: never undervalue/underestimate a relationship with an assistant photo editor. not only are assistant photo editors rad, but these guys will be the ones calling the shots down the line in years to come. start your healthy, genuine relationships with them now. you’re (probably) young, they’re (probably) young. you guys are going to come up together.
i think there’s a general urge to reach for the top of every photo department, bypassing and sometimes ignoring the hardworking, lovely, younger assistants below. don’t do this! send these guys promos, email them, make sure to not bypass and ignore them.
there have been countless now-heads-of-photo-departments i’ve known for 3-5 years, since they were the lowest folks on the totem pole at magazines. i’ve been in touch with them since day one and been in touch with them more than most directors of photography. these are the folks that i work with all the time. it’s great. things are more candid, i see them for dinners and coffees when in SF or NY, we work on cool assignments.
i just checked my email, i have been emailing with amy silverman of outside magazine since sept 2009, when she was in charge of searching stock for front of book. amy is fucking rad, and has assigned me some amazing and meaty projects over the years as both an assistant and head photo editor. i met with alex arnold at travel + leisure in april of 2011 when he was an associate photo editor there. one year later, alex sent me to shoot a two different features india over the course of a month.
these ain’t braggin rites, these are just two examples of what happens when you (genuinely genuinely genuinely) develop solid relationships with the photo editors that work at magazines. i say genuinely 3x not only because i iike Ginuwine, but because i hear/see/witness photographers referencing photo editors as wax figures that they need to woo, wine + dine, or send silly tchotchkes to… but not treat them like real-ass cool people that they are! don’t do that! treat them like the real-ass cool people that they are!
“What is up with most of the people who YELP?? You spend $12 on a dish and complain that you werent blown away?!?! Give me a fbreak! I understand if you went to Danko’s and dropped $200 and weren’t blown away, I can sympathize with that. You spend $12 and expect to get blown away?!?!? GO to McDonalds and buy 3 bigmacs, does that blow you away??? And people complaining about waiting…ummm hello, there is a thing called a RESERVATION. Its there for a reason. So dumb asses like you dont have to wait around. GOT IT??? GOOD!
And people complaining about the portions and not being full. Well FUCKIN order more food. Who told you to stop ordering?? You couldnt spend an extra $15 to fill your fat ass????!!!! And to the dumb ass complaining about a lack of parking….WTF are you stupid!!??! Who the hell goes to the Mission/Castro area and expects to find parking around dinner time???? Are you that stupid?!?!?! Sound like most of the people who review, think they know about food. When in actuality are just a bunch of Chicken Teriyaki eaters who think Godzilla rolls are real sushi. Go fuck off, really. If youre going to try to review, at least know what youre talking about. Some knucklehead wrote “the food was good, but not memorable”…what the f**k is that. How does that even make sense. And then gives them 3 stars because its too casual??!?! This dude deserves to get his privileges revoked. I wish YELP would let us comment on these dip s**t reviews themselves.”—yelp, for yelpers.