Originally Posted by capnwes
Do you have any idea how much 22 cents an hour is for a 40 hour week? Or how much a prescription costs for treatment of, let's say, epilipsy, and how much the patient has to pay out of pocket even with government aid?
Again, this topic has been re-hashed to death, and while I respect Wes hugely, the report is bullshit. Horseshit. Yellow journalism at its yellow-est. A huge, steaming pile of rancid, one-sided crap based on slipshod research and a desire to titillate, not educate. I'm not going to go into details of why this is such bullshit because that's been done before on this thread, and it keeps coming up thanks to irresponsible media reports like this. Suffice to say if GW paid minimum wage to the disabled, there wouldn't be any Goodwills. No one is forcing the disabled to work at GW--didn't see any chain gangs in the sorting room. They are working for 50 cents an hour because they want to work for 50 cents an hour while the government pays all their real-life living expenses. The report also fails to mention that GW gives raises to folks whose skills and productivity improve. Hmmm, I wonder why they neglected to mention that. Could it be that if they did, it would pretty much undermine their entire report? I also wonder why they didn't point out that if GW paid minimum wage to the disabled whose disabilities preclude employment elsewhere that GW would be broke. That's the truth, and it's readily verifiable via IRS filings available to anyone with a computer or smartphone. Go to www.guidestar.org
and look up the IRS filings for every Goodwill in the country and find out the truth. Don't trust the media to do it for you.
GW hasn't done a good job of getting its side of the story out, and lazy journalists haven't done a good job of seeking the truth. All this shows is that NBC is employing cheap-shot artists aka hacks. It's fucking disgusting.
If anyone wants to continue this discussion/debate, bring it, and we can do it all day long. I'll expect viewpoints supported by solid evidence, including publicly available financial records that show revenues, expenses and salaries for CEOs. That's what I used to form my opinions on GW. Then again, maybe I'm just stupid.