Re: Wal-Mart saying in their financials that they rely on food stamp programs -- surely you've seen an article on this within the last few days? -- that's possibly a misinterpretation.
Look specifically in their 10-K, which you can find here, by selecting the March 21, 2014 10-K. This excerpt is from page 3.
What's fascinating if you read the 10-K where they put in this clause (select "more," below) is that they do the normal "business risks" disclaimer, of which one of them is if the federal government lessens aid. The idea is that this dampens the market for their goods -- it affects the revenues. I'm interpreting this, in this way, because of context:
"[These risks include]... credit availability to consumers and businesses, levels of consumer disposable income, consumer confidence, consumer credit availability, consumer spending patterns, consumer debt levels, consumer preferences, including consumer demand for the merchandise we offer for sale, the timing of consumers' receipt of tax refund checks, changes in the amount of payments made under the Supplement Nutrition Assistance Plan and other public assistance plans, changes in the eligibility requirements of public assistance plans, inflation, deflation, commodity prices, the cost of the goods we sell, competitive pressures..."
Now, that looks to me like a list of things that they expect to affect the top line. They separately list labor costs amidst a clump of operating expenses:
...anticipated store or club closures, labor costs, transportation costs, the cost of diesel fuel, gasoline, natural gas and electricity, the selling prices of fuel, the cost of healthcare and other benefits, accident costs, our casualty and other insurance costs...
So it seems clear to me, it's not only that they directly point out that raising the minimum wage and causing them to bear insurance costs will affect them materially, they also, separately, say that entitlements are economic stimulus.
To me, that's even more flabbergasting than the interpretation that their confessing reliance on federal aid to pay substandard wage.
Entitlements are economically stimulating? That is deeply at odds with the GOP position.
(Continue to read the full "risks" passage)