Wal-Mart bears revisiting. Or, more accurately, the trend Wal-Mart is following deserves further review.

Setting value judgments aside, the loser here, as smarter people than I have pointed out, is the federal budget. And, by extension, the federal taxpayer.

Wal-Mart wins. By cutting benefits to some of its part-time workers, they shed millions of dollars in costs, at what will amount to very little risk, since few of these employees will be willing — or able — or flee the company for greener pastures (that likely don't exist).

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