We've reached a strange juncture when the top officer of Wal-Mart Stores is calling for government to take a new look at increasing the minimum wage and is fretting about American business' ability to compete globally. Indeed, it's not entirely impossible to conclude that the discounter's chief executive, H. Lee Scott, would be amenable to public funding of health care. What gave rise to these near-radical viewpoints? What's going on now began in April 2004. That's when voters in ...

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