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Though labor unions haven't given up their efforts to unionize Wal-Mart employees, they seem to have stopped trying to win workers' hearts and minds in favor of employing high-pressure tactics against management using an array of anti-business allies. Politicians are at work, too. Rep. George Miller, Democrat-CA, released a report in 2004 titled "Everyday Low Wages: The Hidden Price We All Pay for Wal-Mart," alleging the company's success has meant "downward pressures on wages and benefits, rampant violations of basic workers' rights and threats to the standard of living in communities across the country." What the report did not say was that about two-thirds of Miller's campaign contributions come from unions. Rep. Rosa DeLauro,a Dem-CT, is also union made. She recently urged Americans to boycott Wal-Mart for Mother's Day, and she wants the company to disclose its wage statistics for congressional review, but half of her campaign contributions come from organized labor. As Thomas Sowell once said, "One of the sad signs of our times is that we have demonized those who produce, subsidized those who refuse to produce, and canonized those who complain."

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