Home Depot Co-Founder: Democrats Don’t Have Brains

Mediaite reports:

Appearing on Fox News, Home Depot co-founder Bernie Marcus took aim at Democratic leaders, telling host Neil Cavuto that derisive comments about the bonuses will come back to haunt Democrats as it paints them as elitist.

“These are things that the Pelosi and Schumer group don’t have a clue about. It’s why they lost the election, it’s as simple as that,” Marcus said. “Clinton never knew about the real people out there. That’s why they lost the election, and that’s why they’re going to lose the next election for the same reason. You’ve got to use your brains! Democrats, use your stupid brains. You don’t have any brains!”

Marcus retired as Home Depot’s chairman in 2002 and is perhaps most well-known for declaring that any CEO that doesn’t oppose unions “should be shot.” His current net worth is estimated to be $3.4 billion.

  • Treant

    He’s evil, but he’s old, so he’ll die soon. Hopefully he pisses of the nurses when he does as they’re just “little people” and they accidentally withhold pain medications.

  • Gustav2
  • Macbill

    May his heirs squabble and fight for generations for his money.

    • SFnomad

      And allow the lawyers to take all of it.

  • Gigi

    Rich cons are so dumb. If not knowing how real people out there are like lost elections then Trump wouldn’t be president.

  • kiprian

    We currently have three hardware/lumber options: Homo Depot, Lo’s, and ACE. Which has the least reprehensible management/ownership?

    • Gustav2
    • alguien

      ACE stores are usually mom & pops

    • Lazycrockett

      Does Menard’s carry lumber?

    • another_steve

      “For the second consecutive year, The Home Depot earned a perfect score of 100 for LGBT Equality on the Human Rights Campaign’s 2017 Corporate Equality Index (CEI). The index measures inclusive policies and practices for LGBT associates.”


      • McSwagg

        “Policies”, yes. “Practices” at the store level, not so much. THC knows how to “play the game” with HRC.

    • kiprian

      So to summarize:
      HD has a good HRC ranking (100), independent testimony to its LGBT friendliness (see further down the comments) but reprehensible retired owners. Also an in-store experience that ranges from very good to downright lousy. (There are guys at my local HD who have been there for at least 5 years that I’ve gotten to trust.)
      Lowes has a poorer HRC ranking (75), donates a great deal of money to Rs. I don’t know about the employment environment there, but at least locally, they have very high turnover and a high percentage of 18-year-olds who know nothing. Which is not a good sign.
      ACE has a HRC ranking of 10. On the other hand, many ACE stores are family operations. I know that my local ACE (Waverly, Baltimore) is considered gay friendly. (It also has a friendly shop cat whose whereabouts after a late-night smash-and-grab was a matter of great concern in the community: cat was smart enough to stay put.)

      As usual, the evidence is mixed. I suppose the best advice is to blatantly support the local businesses that support you, and hope that that support is properly recognized at the corporate level.

  • AtticusP

    Meh. I switched to Lowe’s years ago. Now I’m happier than ever that I did.


    • BobSF_94117

      You realize, I guess not, that Lowe’s is a decided more conservative, more pro-GOP company. This douche retired years ago. HD is a much more liberal company.

      • Prost Seattle

        In the greater Seattle market we used to have Eagle hardware. Lowe’s bought them out. I still refer to Lowe’s as Less Of What Eagle Sold.

        • McSwagg

          When I lived in Seattle, the QFC Supermarkets were referred to as “Queens’ First Choice”.

      • AtticusP

        Well, it’s hard to boycott everybody. I try to buy local, but that isn’t always possible these days.

      • cleos_mom

        But at least in our market, HD’s customer service stinks more often than not. Lowes’ doesn’t.

        Besides, I’ve been a Democrat for over four decades, so according to HD I don’t have a brain. That can be useful.

        • BobSF_94117

          Sigh. The FORMER CEO of HD thinks you don’t have a brain. The CURRENT CEO of Lowe’s is a GOP supporter, big time.

  • Jim Maloney

    I don’t want some of whatever he’s having.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    Brains enough not set foot into your low grade store.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Moebym of the Returners

      When was this?

      • Blake J Butler

        Should be 2016 at the bottom, i see the Clinton campaign button on Dolores’s hat. Dolores still has the same hat but Sarandon’s top has changed.

        I’ve also posted the video of the exchange between the two in reply to lazycrockett.

    • another_steve

      After all of her hard work to discredit Hillary Clinton and get Trump elected, her acting career might be over.

      Bye bye, girl.

      • Blake J Butler

        Although i must say her driving off the cliff in the end of thelma and louise is probably my favorite movie memory of her now.

    • Blake J Butler
  • Sam_Handwich

    What was stopping big corporations from giving $1,000 bonuses last year or the year before? Absolutely nothing.

    Here’s the disturbing message to employees: forget merit or productivity related bonuses — we won’t throw crumbs at you unless republicans in congress give us billions in tax breaks first

    • Lazycrockett

      and you better shut up and not complain or else.

    • AmeriCanadian

      People don’t realize that a corporation can LOWER its taxes by increasing its expenses, and labor costs (e.g. pay, bonuses) are an expense. These paltry bonuses that are in the news are basically after-the-fact bribes or payolas to make the public think that the business tax giveaway is going to make a difference in people’s wages. The fact is, these are going to be one-time bonuses and they will dry up as quickly as they came. Those extra profits are going directly to the stockholders and executives, where they have always gone. History does not change!!!

      • I’ve kinda noticed that people who can afford to have their taxes done by professionals tend not to understand how taxes work.

        But yes those bonuses are going to be a one time deal.

        • Mark

          I have my taxes done because I am a business owner and believe me, I DO know how taxes work.

          • For tax purposes I am a business owner too because most of my gigs don’t take taxes out and consider me self-employed. I’ve been doing my own taxes since 1991. The tax code is a mess and clearly written for the benefit of the donor class.

          • cleos_mom

            I hope you use Schedule C?

          • Yes, of course. Everything is on a spreadsheet ready to go as soon as everyone gets the W2s and 1099s to me. (I have yet to get a single one so far, btw.)

      • Kruhn

        Amen! I worked for a company that had a bonus and employees would do all live and die by the bonus to the point that they favor things that would be in the customer’s detriment, saying it’ll mean a bigger bonus. I once I got into a debate over a ridiculous fee at the employee discussion group, and despite using a similar tone and language as in this post, the Powers that Be deleted my responses.

    • Gustav2
      • Chucktech

        That lovely vignette of Hannity getting a figurative pie in his face was just delicious! What a first order douche he is.

    • Ninja0980

      Yup and if you point out these are crumbs, you’re just a dumb libtard who doesn’t know how business works.

  • Steverino

    Fascists are like that.

  • If that hair equals brains then I’m proud I’m bald.

  • Harveyrabbit

    He’s looking better than last time I saw him. I guess all that baby’s blood he drinks is working. https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/5d0a3eeb6b485b24e6d7bbed09dba9076a22e15a7eb9118780d7122f41ed7821.jpg

    • Dazzer

      True. He’s clearly come off Peter Thiel’s teenage blood diet.

  • Tom Kidd

    Another reason why I won’t shop at Home Depot.

  • David

    Democratic candidates received the most number of actual votes.
    They only lost because the apartheid congressional & electoral college system is overwhelmingly rigged in favor of rural white states and republicans.

    So if “smarter” is the new PC word for CHEATING and FRAUD, then yes, republicans are consistently “smarter” then democrats.

    • LesbianTippingHabits

      Thank you, but the same Constitution that gives us Marriage Equality all across the country also uses the electoral college system.

      Hillary Clinton never visited Wisconsin. That was her choice.

      Hillary Clinton did not campaign in Macomb County, Michigan. That was also her choice.

      Hillary Clinton said “deplorables.” That was her choice.

      I held my nose and supported Hillary Clinton, but I am still honest enough to acknowledge that she was not perfect, and that many of her choices contributed to her defeat.

      As long as we progressives refuse to look honestly at ourselves, we are doomed to defeat.

      Think about it. Thank you.

      • JT

        The electoral college may be part of the Constitution but it has nothing to do with what produced the marriage equality decision. Slavery and discriminatory voting rights were also a part of it. Fortunately, they were changed for the better. Winning the popular vote by 3 million but losing the election should give you some clue as to what’s going on. Gerrymandering has nothing to do with the Constitution.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you, but the Constitution includes everything, Marriage Equality, Citizens United, and the Electoral College.

          • JT

            You are very ill-educated, very stupid, or both.

          • McSwagg

            You left out the obvious choice of “Russian bought troll”.

          • Todd20036

            His screen name is a dig on Hillary Clinton, whom he thinks is a lesbian

          • McSwagg

            OK. I missed that. I thought ‘Lesbian’ was self referential. Thanks.

          • John30013

            That’s why I blocked them a long time ago.

      • another_steve

        There was 100 percent certainty on Clinton’s and her campaign’s staff that she had the win in the bag. Almost all observers agreed. No way was Trump going to win. Consequently, she didn’t run a sufficiently strategic and aggressive campaign.

        And of course, Russiagate. Few understood, back then, the extent of the collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

        I’ll leave it to the political science Ph.Ds to sort out.

        • McSwagg

          I’d rather the White Collar Crime Prosecutors (i.e. Mueller and his team) sort it out and hold the traitors to account.

        • Terry

          Russiagate is a nothing burger. I expect to find financial crimes there though. Even Luke Harding who wrote Collusion when interviewed on The Real News couldn’t provide concrete evidence of collusion

          • another_steve

            “Collusion” is, legally, a rather amorphous term that might prove difficult to establish. It’s the head of the Trump/Russia octopus. The thing that helped get Trump elected.

            The octopus’s head might not get Trump removed from office, but the octopus’s many tentacles might.

          • Terry

            Probably…I don’t see this collusion taking him out though but afterwqrd we would have Pence/Ryan and then down the line of succession.

            I don’t believe any evidence of collusion exists because a lot of what they say is circumstantial

      • Blake J Butler

        Kind of strange that you totally leave out russian interference, comey, and the fact of diluted democratic support of a independent socialist that lost the democratic nomination, yet totally go off in a rant that it was all Hillary’s fault as to why she lost the EC, yet totally won the PV by almost 3 million.

        Also deplorables is because that is who they ARE.

        Just like purists get called purists for the good fucking reason. Because they ARE.

        – The more you know.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Well, if Hillary Clinton was such a perfect candidate, why did she lose?

          I held my nose and supported her in the General Election, with my vote, my time, and my money.

          Colin Kaepernick suppressed his own vote; no Republicans needed.

          Sad !

          • DN

            Someone claimed Hilary was a perfect candidate?

            Citation needed.

          • I just finished her book. Even she didn’t claim that.

          • Blake J Butler

            You still haven’t answered the question, you keep referring to the blue wall, yet the blue wall wasn’t responsible enough for her loss. Failure to mention the countless other things i mentioned in reference.

            Throw all of that together and there you have your answer. And before anyone says that, She was shoved down peoples throats as the nominee there were three other candidates to choose from, they dropped out, and it came down to a nobody with a shot in hell of winning, versus a financial juggernaut that could run a good campaign followed by being a policy wonk. It was already pre-decided because people wanted a democrat in the white house after Obama. And had he won the nomination, sanders would have been the 2016 version of McGovern.

            Something her opponent never was until on a ballot sheet of paper that said he did, then threw away his registration with the party after the election. And continuously refuses to support democratic candidates on the ballot, unless they kiss his ass.

            I am finished debating Hillary, she’s never running again, she doesn’t deserve to be told by sanders’s base to sit down and shut up, like her help is not needed, because like it or not she is vital to the resistance. I’ve already had to block several more people on here because they always pop up when a thread is directly about her on JMG. And i’ll do it more, the purity brigade will try to ruin 2018 and 2020 like they did in 2016, further proof that it wasn’t about Hillary, but much more than that.

        • McSwagg

          Why would she include those points? Those aren’t the Russian talking points she’s paid to spew.

          • Terry

            Why is everyone who didn’t care for Clinton a Russian Troll…that is the Nazi of the right. A lazy dig. She lost because most of her commercials were devoid of policy and and Vox did a study analyzing how often she referenced policy, and it was an abysmal 32%. So more often than not she attacked him personally.

            Better Than Trump wasn’t a winning strategy

      • Chucktech

        Wisconsin voters: “Boo hoo, mean ol’ Hillary didn’t come to tea. We’re pissed and not gonna vote.”

        How fuckin’ stoopid is that??

        And deplorables? A, that’s exactly what they are and B, those people were never going to vote for her anyway.

        Deplorables, party-before-country traitors, and stoopids. And more than a little help from their friend-skis. There’s your Trump (not-with-popular vote) victory.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you, but, for the record, I held my nose and supported Hillary.

          • McSwagg

            “Supported” but not “voted for”? Your choice of words is quite telling.

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            I respectfully disagree.

            “Supported,” for me, included not only voting for her [in a non-competitive state], but also donating to her campaign and volunteering in two different competitive states.

            After donating, what did I get: a thank you? No, requests for more $.

            Sad !

        • McSwagg

          … “friend-skis” usually translated “comrades” from the Russian товарищи (tovarishchi).

        • SkokieGuy

          And who really decides or changes their vote because someone visits their state? I have never attended a Presidential campaign even and I imagine most people haven’t.

          But we could talk about CrossCheck, the number of people removed from the voter rolls in Wisconsin and how Trump won by a very slim margin.

          But no – let’s all bash Hillary. Her deplorable comment was dead on and over time has become more and more true.

        • cleos_mom

          The “stoopids” may just have a large majority.

        • I’ve always thought that was bizarre reasoning too: “Hillary didn’t visit me, I’m voting for Trump?” Who makes a decision like that, really?

          • Chucktech

            Stoopid people, that’s who.

        • Terry

          Deplorables is the Clinton equivalent of Mitt Romney’s 47% comment

      • j.martindale


        • McSwagg

          She’s a “Russian bought” troll.

          • j.martindale

            They ALWAYS turn things to Clinton. It is predictable.

          • McSwagg

            It’s Hilary’s magnetic personality that draws all things to her. The are powerless to resist her dominating force.

          • JCF

            Probably not a “she”.

      • Paddycakes2001

        On a couple of those points:

        The Constitution doesn’t mandate the current way the Electoral College works. The Constitution doesn’t require the winner-take-all system used by 48 states. (Maine and Nebraska do it slightly differently.)

        Hillary said that *half* of Trump supporters were a basket of deplorables. On election day, about 19-20% of the U.S. population voted for Trump (around 63 million out of 320 million (and, yes, I know some people out of total population can’t vote, like minors, non-citizens, and ex-convicts in many places)). Is it really that difficult to accept that (at least) 10% of the population are deplorables? If only it were that low.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you for your comments.

          Re the Electoral College, Democratic-controlled states like California and New York, through their legislatures, have always been free to adopt the Maine/Nebraska system for the Electoral college, but have not done so.

          That is their choice.

          Re “deplorables,” I’m not disagreeing with the characterization, only the ‘wisdom’ of mentioning that during a campaign.

          H e l – l o !

        • Kruhn

          The easiest fix is to reapportion the House of Representatives, which makes up the bulk of the electoral votes. We’ve been stuck with 435 representatives since the 1920s, when the country only a third of the current population.

      • Having seen a few of your views I have to wonder by what measure do you call yourself a progressive?

        • Man_in_the_mists

          Less of a measure, more of a paper-thin disguise.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you. I’m realistic that, in the current environment, the progressive movement needs to focus its efforts on those areas likely to help move a particular issue a little bit in the right direction.

          In my view, 50% of something is better than 100% of nothing. But I’m not sure if other progressives, as a group, are willing to accept that reality.

      • Librarykid

        And who was so perfect that it was worth getting Trump as president? People are not perfect. I thought that she made a grave mistake by not having a minority like a Hispanic politician as her veep, but as Caesar said, the die is cast and you worked with what you were offered.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you. Yes, in supporting [voting for – in a non-competitive state, donating to, and volunteering for] Hillary, I looked at the options and made a choice.

          But that’s precisely the point: I think a significant proportion of votes “for” Trump were actually Votes Against Hillary.

          The Democratic establishment thus proved, for the second time, that they are totally out of touch with the concerns of real Americans.

          Back in early 2000, there was a grass roots movement in the Democratic Party, http://www.gorenomore.com, that praised then-VP Gore as a great American, but urged the Democrats to nominate someone else – someone with the charisma to Win! Of course, they were ignored.

          If Al Gore had won his home state of Tennessee, he wouldn’t have needed Florida.

          Sad !

      • Kruhn

        You might want to read Ari Berman’s article on how disenfranchisement of African American voters let to lower turnouts in poorer areas that probably did more to get Trump to win the state than Hillary’s own actions.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Thank you. I will look for that.

        • JCF
          • Kruhn

            That was the one I was thinking about. Thanks for the link.

        • Terry

          That is part of it, but she wasn’t an exciting candidate. Great candidates get people to the polls

          • Kruhn

            Tell that to the 40,000 plus Wisconsinites primarily African Americans who were scared of one Donald J. Trump and many of whom wanted to vote and were disenfranchised and come back to me.

          • Terry

            You took a left turn like nobody’s business. I kmow there are a lot of factors that led to her loss but if there were more excitement, it would have led to more turnout for her. Even Donna Brazile said she didn’t see a lot of enthusiasm on the ground for her. Voter suppression is a huge problem no doubt but Clinton didn’t even campaign in Wisconsin or Michigan or Iowa and lost them terribly.

            She was a bad candidate for the time she was running. She wasn’t running an aggressive campaign and despite winning the Popular Vote…NO ONE LIKED HER! It was vote against Trump not vote FOR her. There is a difference

      • cleos_mom

        Honey, we’ve “thought about it” for over 14 months now. Do try to keep up.

        You’re welcome.

      • EyeJelly

        I don’t think the founding fathers ever envisioned a candidate winning the popular vote by over 2 million votes and not becoming president.

        • LesbianTippingHabits

          Probably because the population of the first 13 United States was less than four million total.

          Still, if they wanted the winner of the popular vote to become President, they would have written the Constitution that way.

          Like everything else in the real world, this represented a compromise, in this case, between larger and smaller states.

          We have to play the hand we’re dealt. Thank you.

    • DreadPikathulhu

      The best thing that ever happened to Republicans is that big red map with the tiny blue cities.

  • ColdCountry

    I’m not sure he’s completely wrong here. And it does sounds as though he wants the Dems to win, but….

  • Luddite

    Thank Goddess I only shop at Lowe’s. the Home Depots in my area are dirty and the staff no absolutely nothing about the merchandise in the store.

    • another_steve

      In any of the cavernous warehouse chains, you’re often more or less on your own when it comes to finding something. Staff turnover is such.

      That said, the Home Depots near us are clean and orderly. If you find someone who’s worked there for more than three days, the staff can be very helpful.

    • Tor

      I’d say the same about my local Lowe’s.

    • McSwagg

      I see you’ve experienced Home Depot’s “World Class Excellent Customer Service”.

  • Lars Littlefield

    Dear Bernie Marcus:

    I’m a Democrat and I’ve got enough brains to never shop at
    Home Depot again and to encourage everyone I know to do the same.

    Thanks for the heads up.

    • hdtex

      The current CEO and board have to distance themselves each time Bernie opens his dementia riddled mouth. Frank Blake and Craig Menear have been extraordinarily progressive compared to Bernie Marcus and the competition at Lowes.

    • E.J.

      Bernie Marcus hasn’t had anything to do with Home Depot operations for over 15 years. What does a boycott accomplish?

      • BlueberriesForMe

        See Barilla Pasta and Dolce/Gabbana. I think the bad publicity must have hurt them for at least a little while. As for a boycott, there’s Rosa Parks.

    • Todd20036

      Home Depot has become very pro -LBGT. That wasn’t always the case, granted.

      But it is now. Remember, he is NOT a current CEO. Hasn’t been for over 15 years.

      • McSwagg

        “Home Depot has become very pro-LGBT [in it’s official corporate policies and corporate offices. Not so much at the ground level.]

        HRC only looks at what the corporate policy is on paper, not whether it’s actually implemented all the way down to the lowest level of employee.

      • And Lowes has about the same mix of problem to merit views.

      • SkokieGuy

        Menard’s current ownership is VERY right wing and has given lots of money to Scott Walker.

    • Kissmagrits

      Speaking of “Heads” ….where the hell did Bernie get that awful toupe?
      The Dollar store? He should be on guard it doesn’t eat his face.

  • Steverino

    Maybe they should change the name of the corporation to “Home Despot.”

  • Blake J Butler
  • Mr Bernie “doddering old tosser” Marcus has a 5.7 billion dollars net worth, has no appreciation how $1,000 Home Depot bonus will go in 2 nano-seconds when you are on the companies shitty minimum wage of less than $12.00 for a cashier. He looks like a flasher you’d see down a dark alley and wouldn’t mind betting he will be the next one whom sexual allegations hit the news. After this story broke yesterday many on Twitter went into “Boycott Home Depot” mode, not that boycotts really work but hope the bad publicity hurts them somewhat.

    • McSwagg

      The $1000 bonus is only for the longest serving employees. The bonus to be received by the average employee is far less than that.

  • Blake J Butler
    • BobSF_94117

      Is there some particular reason he thinks she’s going to die in the next 12 years?

      • Blake J Butler

        Why do you overshoot the obvious point of the tweet is that when she’s someday dead, it will still place blame at her feet because FOX can’t blame anyone they are supposed to support.

        • BobSF_94117

          Because I’m rather struck at how RUDE people can be. His point would work just as well without a year or with a year quite a bit farther into the future.

        • BobSF_94117

          And, for what it worth, saying they’d still be blaming her in, say, 2080, makes his point even stronger, no?

  • Ragnar Lothbrok
    • Lazycrockett

      Wrap this woman in bubble wrap.

      • Todd20036

        You kinky devil!

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Dammit, Rosie!

    • BobSF_94117

      What a profoundly dishonest article headline.

      • Misutaa Roboto

        Well it’s from some site called USA New Today. Yep, sounds legit.

    • McSwagg

      I sure hope her driver knows how to avoid accidents with Russian diplomatic limos.

    • SoCalGal20

      Fuck you, Trump!

      And stay the fuck away from SCOTUS!


    What’s brainless is insulting your customers…

  • Moebym of the Returners

    Reminds me of that moranic Facebook comment I saw a few days back: “Intelligence prevents DEMOCRATS”

    Huh, I thought intelligence was supposed to be a bad thing nowadays.

    • McSwagg

      I think the quote was garbled. It was supposed to be “Russian Intelligence prevents Democrats”. See? It makes much more sense like that.

  • HZ81

    Bwaahaaa! Clinton actually won on the issue of the economy. The ‘real people’ you speak of are just real racists, so go fuck yourself, you Mitch McConnell-after-gastric-bypass-surgery-lookin’ motherfucker.

    • Blake J Butler

      The working class did vote for her, the non-white working class voters voted for her in droves, not the WWC voters from shitholes of the country who are too ignorant and bigoted to make rational decisions to vote for a democrat, that baby huey and sanders cared the most about.

      purists, republicans, forget that.

  • David

    I am a gay Liberal Democrat. I am looking to get new kitchen & bathroom marble countertops (with new sinks & hardware), and replace my wall-to-wall carpeting with Tigerwood hardwood flooring.

    Thank you for outing yourself as an evil wingnut douchebag. I was originally planing on going to Home Depot (like I did when I got new kitchen cabinets, paint, etc), but not any more.

    You lost this customer for life.

    • Tor

      If you can, go to the local lumber yard. HD is too far away, and I go to the nearby Lowe’s only if I need something quick, like a few nails, while holding my nose.

  • LesbianTippingHabits

    I think he has a point.

    I think we progressives need to look honestly at ourselves, in order to learn from our experiences.

    Hillary Clinton never visited Wisconsin, which she narrowly lost to Donald Trump.

    Hillary Clinton has a long history of not leaving tips or gratuities. Thank you.

    • Moebym of the Returners

      Surely you are aware that there was some serious voter suppression going on in that state. Blaming it squarely on Hillary not campaigning in the state is just wrong.

      I really hope that you aren’t suggesting we cheat to win like Republicans do.

      Finally, you have no idea about Hillary Clinton’s tipping habits – you just don’t like her, so you’re making assumptions about her. (I don’t care if you’re joking.)

      • McSwagg

        If she’s joking, it’s a long running joke. All her comments are like this.

      • LesbianTippingHabits

        Thank you. I’m not doubting voter suppression in Wisconsin, or its motives.

        But I do have a question: What, if anything, did Hillary’s campaign then, and Democrats and progressives now, do about it?

        Are they using these months to help real registered voters – all adult American citizens by definition – get photo ID? If not, why not?

        Complaining may help one to feel better, but doesn’t win votes.

        PS. Re Hillary and [not] tipping, it started February 8, 2000, at The Village House Restaurant, Albion, New York, waitress Trish Trupo, breakfast on the house, no tip, and continued through Monday, April 13, 2015, Chipotle, Maumee, Ohio, Hillary and Huma, nothing in the tip jar. Rush Limbaugh certainly noticed this; ‘too bad Hillary did not, not even for her book.

        • SoCalGal20

          What are Dems doing about getting people voter IDs? Do you meant the Democratic Party or Democrats?


          • McSwagg

            In Texas, the deadline for voter registration for voting in the primaries is February 5th. Everyone check your state’s deadlines as they are approaching fast.

        • McSwagg

          How about we just abolish the “tipping for service” system and adopt the European model where employees are PAID a living wage for the work they do. Even in Europe, you can still tip for “above and beyond expectation” levels of service if you so choose. It’s a less denigrating system overall. Why aren’t you supporting real reform like this rather than just complaining about people’s tipping habits? That’s the real progressive response. You’re just blaming individuals when it’s the system that’s rotten.

          • LesbianTippingHabits

            Thank you, but individuals like Hillary Clinton not tipping is not going to change the system – certainly not any time soon, i.e., under Trump.

            Under the Obama Administration, nothing changed, either.

            So, please just remember, tips are good karma, and karma never lies.

            And only the wait staff knows for sure. Just ask Hillary – seriously.

          • McSwagg

            Woe is me. I’m stuck in a system that doesn’t value me so I’ll just complain about it and blame others rather than working to change the system. It seems you’re more invested in complaining than in making actual progress. Typical Berner bot.

          • Dazzer

            Whatever else LTH is, s/he isn’t a Bernie bot.

            S/he has her own, occasionally offbeat, way of analysing his/her politics – but s/he’s in no way a robotic Internet presence.

    • Bambino

      Hmmmmmm a bad tipping habit versus a pussy grabbing predator. Decision, decision, decision.

  • Bonuses are bullshit.

    A $1,000 bonus is taxed at 40%. That means the employee will only net $600. That’s the equivalent of $50 a month — for one year only. Yeah, you get it in one lump sum, maybe pay down a credit card or something, but it’s a one time thing.

    A thousand dollar a year raise, on the other hand, while paltry as far as raises go, would be taxed at their normal salary rate, say 28%. That’s a net of $720 a year, $120 more than the raise, or $60 a month — and it would occur every month going forward, not just the current year. Not a great raise, and you don’t get a quick lump sum, but it’s better for the employee in the long run.

    • Lizard

      They’re counting on Republicans not doing the math.

    • AmeriCanadian

      I’m not sure what geographic area you are referencing but in the U.S. and Canada, a bonus is not treated any differently than regular income. Your total adjusted gross income is what places you into a tax bracket. I know because I regularly receive a bonus and file taxes in both countries.

      • Gustav2

        A one time bump in pay has ‘withholding’ at a higher rate that will be ‘refunded’ later in the old scheme.

        I believe they changed the withholding in the new tax plan and some may owe next year. They will see a smaller amount taken out weekly.

        Do not plan to pay your Christmas bills with your refund.

        • AmeriCanadian

          That is correct. Withholding is not the same as taxation, though it certainly feels like it. You can play games with your state and federal exemptions on a W-4, especially if you know you will be receiving a bonus but it all works out in the end anyway.

          • Ahhh, okay, got it. I haven’t had a job with bonuses in years, but I worked for some companies that would “gross up” (e.g., you got a check for $1,000 but your bonus was actually more). And it sounds like they may have changed the withholding requirements now.

      • I was referring to the U.S. As Gustav below said, it sounds like they withhold more up front but it gets normalized at the end of the year, which I wasn’t aware of.

      • Publius

        That’s exactly right. I received a holiday bonus this year. $1,200, received $960 after taxes. The deductions were based on ordinary withholdings.

        The only time 40% would be withheld from a bonus would be if the employee’s regular earnings were also subject to 40% withholding.

    • BobSF_94117

      As AmeriCanadian pointed out, the two scenarios would be taxed the same way, as regular income with the tax rate depending on your tax bracket.

      The more salient analysis is how much of Home Depot’s corporate tax-cut windfall is going to go to employees. And the answer to that is not much.

    • Publius

      A bonus will be taxed as regular income. For accounting purposes, it’s merely an extra pay check.

    • McSwagg

      LOL! The average Home Depot bonus received by hourly employees will be much less than $1000. The $1000 bonus is only for employees that have worked for THD for at least 15 years.

  • boobert

    They too will fail eventually, along with walmart. Remember american icons called Sears and Woolworths?

  • jeffg166

    Let them eat drywall or something.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Spackling! It looks yummy.

  • Bambino

    Meanwhile his family is cursing at home when they can bury the old carcass so they can divvy up his fortune.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I would think it would all be left to the Cheeto Re-election Campaign.

  • Publius

    Lowe’s gives 87% to Republicans.

    It’s an adorable gesture to say “I’m never going to shop at Home Depot again,” but it’s ultimately not thought out. We will inevitably patronize businesses whose political arms contribute to causes against our interests. The moral of the story is it’s more complicated than to just issue a knee jerk reaction to news like this.

    • McSwagg

      Shop local instead of corporate.

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    To be blunt, CEOs like him should be asked why they give only one time bonuses and not straight up raises that’ll last way longer. The CEOs are hoping measly bribes are enough to shut up the 99.9% of us who are getting our asses kicked with stagnant wages. It shouldn’t be, considering how hard they’ve fought against universal healthcare, paid maternity leave and things other developed countries take for granted.

  • Karl Dubhe 2

    So, he’s not working for Home Depot anymore, right?

    I’m not sure boycotting them will hurt him. Perhaps we could think of some other idea? 🙂

    • McSwagg

      The oligarch never worked for Home Depot. Home Depot worked for him.

      • Karl Dubhe 2

        My point was that I don’t think we should damn the current people who work there because their old boss is an evil shit.

        Then again, I really hate the big box stores. vov

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    I’m a multi degreed Democrat. Smart enough to know what side my bread is buttered on. I can guarantee I will never shop at a Home Depot again. I don’t give a rats ass if this moron is retired; it seems like this is just business as usual. Ill shop at mom and pop stores for the small things I may need.

    Thanks, Bernie for revealing your “truth.” My truth is I won’t do business with any store that has current or former CEO’s that have attitudes such as yours.

    • another_steve

      I realize there’s a lot of Human Rights Campaign hate on this blog – but that said, HRC gave Home Depot a perfect score in its latest ranking with regard to corporate practices affecting LGBT employees.

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        While that is true, it’s also true that they are doing it for business purposes and have little respect for their customers.

        • another_steve

          I try not to generalize when it comes to this stuff.

          As with the Walmarts near my husband and me, we’ve found staff there to be very polite and helpful (assuming they’ve been working there for longer than a week – which most of them haven’t).

          They see me in all my fem glory and come rushing over.

          “May I help you, ma’am?”

          (I don’t mind; I’m used to it.)

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            I try not to generalize either, Steve. I try my best to accept people as they are, no matter who they are. It’s also been my experience that workers at businesses that don’t treat their employees well are hard working and kind for the most part. I was referring to the people in upper management if that helps.

      • LeeCMH

        The HRC scores are calculated with well defined specific data. They don’t look at the whole company.

        • McSwagg

          They look at what’s on paper in corporate policy, not what’s happening ‘on the ground’.

    • ZRAinSWVA

      My advice is to never, ever buy appliances from big box stores. Repairs are handled by a third party, and my experience has been just awful. And, yes, we bought them at Home Depot. Next time I’ll definitely buy from the local store; not only will they match any competitors prices, but they also have their own service department…and they rock!

      • Wynter Marie Starr

        Thanks for the advice. I’ll take heed.

  • David

    Rule #1.
    The Gays spend a lot of money on design & decorating.
    We design it; the Lesbians build it. Don’t piss us off.

    • McSwagg

      “Lesbians build it.”

      Sorry, this gay knows how to use power tools and swing a hammer. Stereotyping is what the haters do.

  • Silver Badger

    Home Depot has anti union meetings for employees. They are scared on union. As a temporary employee, I told the instructor, a good company doesn’t have to worry about unions and a bad company can’t avoid them. She was not pleased. I was not offered permanent work. Surprise!

    • AmeriCanadian

      I learned a long time ago that if I wished to be employed (long term), I had to play the game, which includes sucking up. Call me a hypocrite but I like to regularly eat and sleep in a warm bed.

    • McSwagg

      Very true. Their “inclusivity policy” isn’t worth the paper it’s printed on either. I’m surprised they haven’t broken both arms with all their self congratulatory back patting.

    • ChrisInKansas

      Kroger here was scared to death of a union starting up about ten years ago. We all had to go to a day long out of town meeting about why unions were so bad and what to do if we were approached by a union rep. I’ve never rolled my eyes more and bit my tongue harder in my life.

      • jerry

        All the Krogers in our area are unionized…I thought they were, nationwide, but I guess it depends on what they can get away with in each state.

        • McSwagg

          Labor laws differ widely state to state, The most obvious one is the “Right to Work” laws in the conservative states. RTW laws severely handicap the ability of unions to effectively organize.

        • ChrisInKansas

          Yes, it varies widely by division. Some departments in some stores in Wichita are unionized; the vast majority are not.

    • I wouldn’t have said that on the job, but it’s totally true. It’s very easy for a company to discourage unionization. If you pay people well and treat them fairly they have nothing to gain by forming a union and then paying dues to that union. That would seem rather obvious yet I seen companies retaliate against workers for even discussing a union by cutting their hours and benefits leading up to the union vote. How is anyone that stupid in charge of anything?

  • Bambino

    Hey brainiac! Why don’t you call up John Schnatter and ask how his pizza empire is doing?

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say but the way the tax bill was written, there will be people who fall for the crumbs aspect of it.
    By the time, they realized they are the ones paying for it, it will be too late.

  • liondon#iamnotatraitor

    That’s why I shop at Dumbass Hardware….

  • Natty Enquirer

    It’s nice to know that money still can’t buy good hair.

    • Pat Padrnos

      Funny. I thought with all of his billions he could have at least gotten a decent wig.

  • CanuckDon

    Thank goodness for liberals and democrats throughout the ages changing minds of the “real people” that he’s referring to….otherwise there truly would have been no planet for this greedy, vile bastard to have built his money empire. If nothing else, he should be grateful for us showing others that there’s more to outdoor gardening than tulips and white picket fences!

  • Travis Morrow

    If he’d like to have a duel with me over supporting Unions, I’ll happily shoot him. Many times.

    • McSwagg

      You need to go to the gun range and practice. It shouldn’t take more than one shot.

  • lymis

    By extension, his logic indicates that TRUMP “knows about the real people out there,” when there’s a hell of a lot more indications that he’s even further out of touch than Clinton ever way.

    If we’re talking lying and pandering and making promises you know damn well you have no intention of keeping even when it’s in your power to do so (much less when it’s not), then maybe Trump played the American people better. He certainly played to their lower impulses.

  • JackNasty

    Home Despot

  • Rocco

    If he had any brains he’d have a better wiglet. 3 billion you say? Hmmpf… Drumpf LOST the last election, you old gasbag. Annoying voice…mid-terms will show us who is more correct.

  • Tomcat

    OK, Lowe’s it is then.

  • Westcoast88

    Looks like I’ll be going to Lowe’s today.

  • geoffalnutt

    I love your hat!

  • Tomcat

    Gee I wonder if Democrats stopping shopping at Home Depot would be a good enough sign for him. I Know there are more Democrats in our country.

  • ClevelandJim

    Bernie retired in 2002. Wonder why they went with him rather than Craig Menear, current CEO? Oh right, it’s Faux.

    For the record, I work for HD (going on 15 years), and I’m kinda jazzed about the bonus–it’s a little extra $, above and beyond the normal annual merit wage increase and twice-yearly bonus based on store sales. It’s also kind of interesting that this bonus goes only to hourly employees–no salaried managers (store managers and assistant store managers) are receiving it.

    All you queens can bitch and moan and boycott HD, based on the report of Bernie Marcus’ comments, it’s certainly your right. But I will say that, as an out gay man, HD is the most LGBTQ accepting and supportive company I’ve ever worked for, and that (to me) means a helluva lot more than remarks made by a founder and former CEO.

    • fuow

      Their support of gays is why I shop there and not at Lowe’s.

      • ClevelandJim

        Thank you. It’s kinda funny–for years we had FRC boycotting us (and calling the stores to complain about our equality practices), and now we’ve got gays boycotting us. We just can’t win! lol

    • BobSF_94117

      People dumping on the company because a FORMER CEO is a douche are being silly.

      That said, while I understand the jazz of a little extra cash, it’s really a loan to be paid back in taxes. With interest.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Also I always keep in mind that the personal stuff is temporary but the corporate cuts are permanent. Now the GOP will mew that they think the personal tax cuts will last but I’m all “OH, hey now, you could have made THAT the priority instead of business cuts but you didn’t.”

    • Friday

      The question in my mind is if like Lowe’s just pulled, they trumpeted one-time bonuses, then laid off nine thousand, including of them, while of course reaping billions in tax cuts.

      • ClevelandJim

        Not likely to happen at HD, it’s been a consistently healthy company since I started there–I’ve never heard of any layoffs. Even when HD restructures areas, or acquires a new entity (The Company Store is the latest acquisition), they will do their best to move people around rather than let them go.

    • BlueberriesForMe

      I like to think we can support Home Depot and also tell this schmuck to go jump off a cliff. I recall Barilla Pasta and Dolce/Gabbana being on the “don’t support them” list. Also that hotel in NYC that eventually was sold because the previous gay owners were such assholes.

      • TrollopeReader

        yes…the current management can issue a statement condeming his obviously biased and incorrect quotes …..

        • BlueberriesForMe

          Remember Jim Mackey at Whole Foods and his “opinions” about health care?

    • McSwagg

      Are you aware that THD donated a large sum of money to Samaritan’s Purse (the Graham ‘charity’) as part of it’s Hurricane Harvey relief response. They aren’t that gay friendly and supportive.

      • ClevelandJim

        Cherry picking. HD also donated large sums to American Red Cross, Salvation Army, Convoy of Hope, Operation Blessing and Team Rubicon. In all, HD pledged $2.5 million in relief for Harvey and Irma, and an additional $500k for hurricane Marla relief in Puerto Rico and USVI. Inside the company, HD’s employee assistance program helped nearly 5,000 assocs affected by the storms with emergency financial assistance. Btw, according to queercents.com, HD is one of 77 companies that funds Planned Parenthood.

        HD supported marriage equality, offers employees full partner benefits, as well as “equal health coverage for trans people without exclusion for medically necessary care.” [hrg.org], and has routinely sponsored and/or participated in Gay Pride, in various locations. I’ve worked with an out lesbian store manager and many out LGBT dept heads and assistant managers. In my experience, Store and District Mgrs and Dist HR Mgrs talk the talk, but more importantly walk the walk. So imo, yeah, they ARE that gay friendly and supportive.

        • McSwagg

          If THD is so LGBT friendly, then why am I experiencing a hostile work environment from co-workers at my location. It’s not about my performance because I consistently get unsolicited and spontaneous compliments on my work from many associates, department heads and managers, but they do nothing about the harassment from certain co-workers. This isn’t just about me or LGBT issues as these same employees have harassed and run off a least two others before they turned on me. All that is in just the few months I’ve been working there. Who knows what happened before I arrived. Somebody isn’t walking the walk. I realize your experience is much different, but that doesn’t mean my experience isn’t valid.

          • ClevelandJim

            Sorry to hear about your experience–that wasn’t at all what you seemed to be referencing in your original post! Have you documented the occurrances and called the aware line, reported the harrassment to your Dist HR, or even posted about it in the Orange Pride group on the warehouse?

          • McSwagg

            My supervisor, store manager, and district manager are well aware of the situation. I’m going to try to sit down with my shift supervisor and another shift supervisor tomorrow to see what they intend to do. I’ll consider the other options you suggest after that. Thanks.

  • Halou

    Apparently putting America ahead of money is ‘idiotic’, as is having a moral compass.

    We have the same sort of people in Europe, who saw the invasion of Ukraine and the then implicit threat that Russia would shunt it’s border even further westward and reacted by demanding the west apologise, submit and grant unreciprocated concessions.

    These people don’t care about which country they are in, if their nation is invaded/conquered by foreign tyrants, and they certainly don’t care about how many international laws are violated in the process, just as long as their bank accounts remain unaffected. Generally speaking, everything else can get fucked as far as the rich and powerful are concerned.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      I think someone said that oligarchs have no country, they just have currency.

  • Cuberly Deux

    UGH! The billionaire common man trope!

    THD nearby has really given a boost to a seriously underserved area by hiring a considerable number of people from close by. With the building boom in Emeryville and Oakland it’s been PACKED at all times.

    The “real” people schtick has been overused by most every libertarianesque billionaire. The Kochs LOVE to flaunt how their rich daddy made them do manual labor for a period of time so they’d somehow grasp the concept of hard work, how their riches shouldn’t insulate them from rolling up THEIR sleeves…yada yada…that “lesson” never seemed to include the spectre of the potential of losing one’s home, or the financial pressure of raising kids. Living from paycheck to paycheck. The Kochs and other billionaire spawn had a lesson in self marketing….or delusion. That they’re not what they are.

    Reverse self-aggrandizing. See see! I’m more in touch with the “commoner” see!? But the only thing that motivates the Home Depot in Oakland to provide a somewhat better living wage than the rest of the nation is government. If that same Home Depot was left to it’s own devices they’d be paying as little as possible. But we all know that.

    Rant over….

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      The Kochs also don’t like it to be known they ripped off a lot of Native Americans when it came to oil rights. I don’t care if they do their own laundry or wash their car by hand if they’re ripping food out of other people’s mouths.Below is a very old article but it shows how avaricious these parasites are and how long they’ve been sucking others dry:


      “WASHINGTON — Investigators told a special Senate committee today that a Wichita, Kan., company has been stealing oil from Indian lands for at least the last three years.

      Documents subpoenaed from Koch Industries show that the company consistently ended the year with hundreds of thousands more barrels of oil than it paid for, investigators told a special panel of the Senate Select Committee on Indian Affairs.

      Although measurement difficulties make it normal for oil companies to pay for less oil than they actually take–even up to 12,000 barrels a year–Koch documents showed that the firm ended 1986 with 803,874 excess barrels, 1987 with 671,144 excess barrels and 1988 with 474,281 more barrels than it paid for, witnesses said.”

      • McSwagg

        That’s not “measurement difficulties” when the discrepancies are that large. I worked as a Control Systems Engineer in refineries and know quite a bit about flow measurement equipment as all control systems come down to that at the most basic level.

    • McSwagg

      Wal*Mart now offers better starting wages than THD, $11/hr versus $10/hr. THD IS paying as little as possible to attract employees.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Minimum wage in Oakland is $12.25. But I do recall that THD at that location pays slightly more. I can’t remember where I heard that though.

      • Cuberly Deux

        Oh, btw, minimum wage in CA went up to 10.50 as of Jan 1st.

        • McSwagg

          OK. My numbers are for Texas where minimum wage is still at $7.50/hr. Location does have an impact, but my point is still valid.

          • Cuberly Deux

            I’m not defending THD, I’m just noting it’s impact in the area. Unfortunately the one Walmart in east Oakland closed in 2015. Supposedly it was regarded as an underperforming store. The thing was is it was a perfect addition for yet another under-served area. Also, easier access to cheaper groceries especially fruit and veg really had an impact in that area.

            There’s a lot of speculation as to the real reason they closed.

          • McSwagg

            It sounds like east Oakland is on of those urban food deserts (no grocery stores other than overpriced convenience stores stocked with junk food).

          • Cuberly Deux

            In general, yep.

            The majority of the city is going through a massive building boom, and that’s not overstating it. There’s construction going on everywhere.

            Unfortunately in east and south Oakland, that’s not the case. There are some new businesses going in but as far as I’m aware they’re still pretty much a depressed areas development wise. However the job climate is booming and as those areas are on major bus routes employment has risen a lot. But even then it’s a major hassle to get food and other items. Transportation and housing costs are prohibitive.

        • SoCalGal20

          $11.00/hour for businesses with more than 25 employees.

    • Mark

      the billionaire with a bad toupee …..

  • JWC

    I give him NO points for his anti Union stance but he is right about the DNC

    • fuow

      You took the words right out of my mouth. Sigh.

    • BobSF_94117

      So the DNC should be cheering about relatively minuscule bonuses compared to corporate tax-cut windfalls that Americans will be paying interest on for decades?

      • JWC

        No but hi statement where the DNC lost touch with the average American Trump saw that and seized it

        • BobSF_94117

          It’s a lie. He broadcasts it. You broadcast it. The GOP thanks you.

          • JWC

            Bob I honestly believe it Hillary was the status quo, Hi road ,the politics we all knew Trump saw the underbelly and went for it Yes I believe he cheated and had Russian help but Hillary did herself NO favors with her Basket of Deplorable s That was a slap in the face they needed

          • BobSF_94117

            You say part of her problem was going the high road AND you complain that she called them deplorables. I guess that means you think she should have used some other word to insult Trump supporters and they would have thought, “Oh, shit. She’s right!!!!”.

            I wonder what word you think would have worked that way.

          • JWC

            Bob I am NOT arguing with you I am NOT a Trump fan and yes the election was *85% bogus but Hillary was and is not Miss goody two shoes. As a political animal and a democrat I simply say they lost sight of the American people Like it or lump it That is my view and I will neither change or explain it further

          • JWC

            Bob understand, I like you and your comments respect that here we have a different opinion and are expressing them

          • McSwagg

            There are Russian bots, and there are Russian ‘boughts’, and then there are the ‘clueless purists’ all having the same bottom line effect on America.

        • Todd20036

          So the average American is a Nazi who hates immigrants, Jews, blacks, LBGTs, and women.

          Right. Got it.

          • JWC

            I DID NOT say that. I simply said that I did not agree with Mr Marcus’s stance on Unions but agreed with his views on the DNC A few seem to have added on a comment of what i didn’t say I am baffled?????

  • LeeCMH

    I am glad there are other home construction places near me. It looks like I’ve spent my last penny at Homo Depot.

    Last year I had a bad experience with them. I bought a range. In the process I gave them my phone number. Big mistake, I was hit by all day telemarketing calls for months. Be careful giving Homo Depot your personal information.

    • ClevelandJim

      That’s easy to fix. Call your local HD and have them change your phone preference to “order updates only,” and you will only be contacted regarding your current order (revised ETA, scheduling pickup/delivery).

      • LeeCMH

        I traced the telemarketing calls. They were not from Homo Depot, but third parties with whom Home Despot shared my personal information.

        Homo Depot representatives even told me they can’t control that. Well, they could control sharing my information in the first place.

        • ClevelandJim

          That’s really weird. I’ve never heard that the company shares info (we have strict policies regarding confidentiality of customer information). Did you apply for a HD credit card with that purchase? HD credit accounts are handled by Citibank…

          • LeeCMH

            No I did not.

            I now have a new policy for my contact information. I’ll create a google account with a phone number just for giving to businesses to make delivery etc. If the number is abused, I’ll abandon the account.

            In light of this article, that will not be shopping at Home Despot.

          • McSwagg

            Exactly! Set up a “Google Voice” phone number and an e-mail account dedicated specifically far that purpose. Both can be abandoned relatively easily later if necessary. Do this even when submitting job applications. You can update your info to your real phone number and e-mail with any legitimate responder. I learned that lesson the hard way.

        • McSwagg

          Thanks for that info. I’ve had a huge uptick in telemarketing calls recently and never made that connection.

  • Dagoril

    If anyone understands the plight of ordinary Americans, it’s deranged old white Republican billionaires.

    • Ron Robertson

      That’s what I thought was particularly stupid from him.

  • FAEN

    The real people eh? Clueless doesn’t even bigin to cover it.

    • Halou

      Real billionaires, like you and me.

      What do you mean 99.99% of people in the country don’t even earn a laughable million dollars a year!?!
      Like Mnuchin’s face the first time he saw a $1 bill. Confusion and amusement.

  • Halou

    If this guy was around in the 1770s he would be blaming the “traitors” for the economic risks inherent in fighting a war for independence, and on a strictly economic level he would be right, as Britain imposed an embargo on the US for decades after the fact thus taking away the region’s primary trading partner. But by every other measure he is so damn wrong. Sometimes the acquisition of wealth is not the greatest thing a person can achieve in their life.

    • McSwagg

      “Sometimes” …??????
      Acquisition of wealth is the outcome of unbridled greed. It’s the root cause of most of the world’s problems from poverty and famine to war and environmental destruction.

  • bkmn

    Maybe he will think differently when Democrats with brains stop shopping at HD.

  • Luther Kreiger

    “Use your stupid brains and let rich people like me own and control everything. Literally everything. It’ll be great, trust me!”

  • Friday

    Uh, yeah, what’s *brainless* would be politicizing a hardware store and home center by insulting at least half of your customers and no small number of your freaking employees, there, rich guy. Especially after you freaking *already got* your own way with the big tax cuts for you ultra-rich types.

    • McSwagg

      Oh come now! Those employees have all been won over by the few pennies Home Depot tossed out as bonuses.

      /s (My ‘snark font’ is broken today from recent overuse,)

  • Elsewhere1010

    Well, it’s good to know he’s doing so well he doesn’t need my business.

  • Rebecca Gardner
    • Tor

      Does Discount Builders or Golden State Lumber carry anything like that?

      • stevenj

        Discount Builders has become my go to place. I will even pay a little more at Cliff’s for the little stuff. Miss going to Goodman’s.

        • Tor

          Used to be it wasn’t a real weekend without at least two trips to Goodman’s. Always support Cliffs!

    • McSwagg

      There’s an odd jingle running through my head right now.

      “Ace is the place for the friendly hardware man!”

      • CB

        Locally owned franchises where people actually know what they’re selling. Always shop those places. My local guy copied keys for me recently without charging me because, “we appreciate your loyalty.” Small thing, but in NYC neighborhoods still matter, much as they’re being undermined by Home Depots, etc.

  • HomerTh

    Wonder when was the last time he stepped inside a supermarket?

  • Skeptical_Inquirer

    OT but kind of not: Damn, the Mormon church makes a lot of money. Also old farts in charge of that kind of money w/o any real transparency scare me.


    “Quinn estimates — and estimating is about the best even a top-notch
    researcher can do — the church took in about $33 billion in tithing in
    2010, based on a model of projected growth rates that followed a
    consistent pattern starting in the 1950s. It earns another $15 billion
    annually, he says, in returns on its profit-making investments. (The Bloomberg Businessweek piece from five years ago cited an investigation pegging the LDS Church’s worth at $40 billion.)”

    • BobSF_94117

      I find it hard to believe they only make $15B a year on their investments.

      • Skeptical_Inquirer

        Maybe it was all he could find? A lot of stuff could be hidden.

        • McSwagg

          It’s all “undercover” like their proprietary “mor(m)on magic underwear”.

  • Tor

    He’s correct in that the Democrats played last election poorly. However I will never vote for a Republican.

  • Galvestonian

    One-percenter Christianist asshole who thinks because he has money he can run off his mouth and have people believe him. Total Dork !

  • TimCA

    We should keep in mind that Home Depot is now a huge publicly traded company. The overwhelming majority of its shares are not proprietary to Marcus any longer. He’s long sold off the vast majority of his holdings. Be pissed and boycott if you want but Marcus was the founder and former CEO. He’s no longer the major shareholder.

    • whollyfool

      I thought the company was pretty liberal. They got a Best Place to Work rating from HRC. https://corporate.homedepot.com/newsroom/best-place-to-work-LGBT-equality

      Maybe that’s why he’s mad, lol.

      • McSwagg

        HRC looks at what’s on paper in corporate policy, not what actually happens on the ground level. I have inside information that “the real”
        Home Depot isn’t that great a place to work. Sadly, the same is probably true for many other “highly rated” corporations.

        • whollyfool

          Darn. 🙁


    Bernie Marcus use your stupid brain. Me and a bunch of others have a whole new reason to shop at Lowes. Now you tell that to Home Depot shareholders, I am very confident they won’t be calling me stupid. Idiot!

  • Gerry Fisher

    Screw Republicans (and Democrats and Green Party etc), we’re AMERICANS. Ultimately, screw Americans, because we’re all HUMAN BEINGS, and we need a living planet in order for us to survive.

    Enough of this bullshit, self-destructive TRIBALISM.

    [ahem] “So…how’s *your* Sunday goin’, y’all?” 😉

    • Friday

      Err, policy matters, though.

  • TrollopeReader

    Bernie ….aren’t you rich enough to afford a decent looking toupee??

  • Thorn Spike

    If this doddering dotard had a brain left and could still use it, he’d know Democrats actually won the election, by almost 3 million votes.

  • Lawerence Collins

    Wow?? The inconvenient truth that all establishment Democrats refuse to acknowledge and their asleep base refuses to hear! Schumer, Pelosi, Feinstein, Booker, Harris, etc…🤨😳😖🤔🤫🤬🤬🤬

    • Tread

      Fuck off with your “woke” self.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      At the risk of repeating myself…. .You’re just like most other “Bernie or Bust” or “Anybody But Hillary” voter I know. They could have had a seat at the Clinton table nominating progressive judges and furthering the Obama legacy. Instead of input they’ll be wandering around in the political wilderness for decades. Seriously. Four to eight years of Clinton instead of FIFTY YEARS of judges like Neil Gorsuch was the choice they should have made. Selfish, stupid political novices have brought disgust, disgrace and facism to our country. What a horrible irony.

  • ohbear1957
  • orion dumptee

    3.4 billion an hes gotta wear a ‘low end’ carpet sample on his head ? hmmmm.

  • David in Palm Springs

    “Clinton never knew about the real people out there.”

    Yeah, because Trump is a down to Earth guy that can totally relate to downtrodden farmers in Iowa. LOL… okay moron, whatever you say. Just a reminder to the rich idiot: He lived in a fucking penthouse where all of his furnishings are gold plated!

  • Tom Ato

    You’d think $3.4 Billion would get you a better hairpiece.

  • Tom Ato

    See you all at Lowe’s!

    • Reality.Bites

      Anti Muslim

      (I mean Lowe’s, not you!)

  • 1980Gardener

    While his comments come off as a wee-bit unhinged (ok, i’m being generous), he does hit upon an important point – the Dems have been hampered by their image as the party of urban elites, and the comments about the bonuses simply reinforce that image.

    Despite what many in leadership roles believe, a bonus of $1000 or $2500 is considerable and meaningful to many people – many of which may have never even had a bonus before. A better approach to the new corporate generosity we are seeing would be: (i) applauding successful corporations for sharing the wealth with employees; and (ii) encouraging them to keep it up in future years (rather than merely a one time thing – after all, the tax cuts are more than 1 year so the bonuses should be too).

    • CraigNJ

      A one time bonus is nice, but a permanent RAISE would be even more meaningful. Like you said, the corporate tax cuts are permenant so why should employees settle for a one time “thanks, now go away”?

      • 1980Gardener

        Yes, that is the type of approach that would be more effective than Pelosi’s current manner of commenting on the issue.

      • djcoastermark

        It’s much cheaper to do a one and done in the long run.

    • To back your point up, it is still mind-boggling that three states in the Democratic heartland — Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and most of all Michigan — went to Trump and elected him President — because of the phenomenon that you describe in your first sentence. Michael Moore could not have said it any better.
      A one time bonus might make absolutely no sense economically but it sure makes for good propaganda if you work in one of these places and the Democrats are telling you that the tax cuts mean bullcockly.
      Democrats MUST learn how to talk UP with working people and get much better with their messaging.

    • McSwagg

      You’re way off on the amount of the Home Depot bonuses. They range from $200 for employees with less than two years service to $1000 for employees with 15+ years of service. Extra money is always meaningful to wage earners, but these amounts are pitifully minuscule compared to the windfall that the corporation received from the GOP “wealth transfer tax cut”.

      • 1980Gardener

        My comment was not specific to the Home Depot bonuses; rather, it was in response to the CEO’s criticism of Democratic comments on the bonuses generally. Nothing about the comments made by Democratic leadership with respect to the bonus trend was specific to Home Depot.

  • Judas Peckerwood

    All that money and that’s the best rug he can afford?

    • Reality.Bites

      Home Depot only sells welcome mats

      • Spray on abs


  • I’d say “Eat the Rich,” but he looks like he would taste like tobacco and be more gristle than meat.

    • William

      It would take a week in a pressure cooker to make him palatable.

  • -M-

    People have the same right to form unions as they do to found companies. But I guess that’s an inconvenient truth to petty oligarchs.

    • McSwagg

      Actually, many conservative states have “Right to Work” laws that effective prevent unions from forming. In those states, there is no level playing field.

      • -M-

        True. I mean the moral right is basically the same. Forming a business, especially a corporation, to operate on a scale and with a degree of independence that is impractical for sole proprietorship or partnerships vs employees organizing to negotiate using their collective bargaining power.

  • Jean-Marc in Canada
  • infmom

    I’m not a Democrat (or a member of any political party, actually) but I’ve got enough brains never to shop at your crummy store again.

  • fuzzybits

    Sounds like he’s whining because he didn’t get enough attention.

  • Mike

    I have enough brains to know that with all the places there are to buy a hammer, insulting my customers to ensure I will never see them again is a bad business strategy.

  • labdad95

    That’s not a toupee on his head. It’s a succubus controlling his mind.

    • Bride of Trump

      It shields his brain from the radioactive space rays.

  • anne marie in philly

    GO FUCK YOURSELF, you fucking ignorant white male!

  • Trump is the definition of elitist. Is he rubbing shoulders with working class people every weekend at Mar-a-Lago? What bullshit. So , thanks for the heads-up, asshole. I’ll take my business to Loewe’s instead. It’s basically the same store anyway.

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      I think it was Home Depot that got it right on LGBT issues on the HRC scorecard. Lowe’s record on LGBT issues was abysmal. Either way the backlash against LGBT civil rights gains under the Obama administration is horrific . Reba McEntire’s stint as a drag dress up for KFC as Colonel Sanders would have garnered kudos on the comments sections just a few short years ago. From what I’m reading she’s being ripped to shreds for doing it. How awful.
      To my “Anybody But Hillary ” and my “Bernie or Bust ” peeps, you helped enable this horribleness. I’ve yet to have those that I know personally own this.

      • kareemachan

        totally agree.

  • BearEyes

    Unions are not a zero sum game, asshole

  • Girlgoon

    Reminds me of when Homer Simpson contemplated trading his unions’ dental benefit for a free keg of beer at the Union meetings donated by Mr. Burns. One time bonuses are a bait and switch for actual wage increases..

  • olandp

    Well, I guess I won’t go to the Homo Depot again.

  • Alexander Stallwitz

    At least the Democrats didnt nomiate the stupidest man ever elected President . A man who is so dumb, he has never read anything higher than a menu. Who has never read his own book he supposely wrote and is borderline illiterate. I better stop , we’ll be here all day…

  • Tiger Quinn

    Sure seems smart to drive away business. But I’m a dumb Dem so what do I know.

  • Bride of Trump

    Toupee’s are hot!*

    *said no one ever

  • SilasMarner

    Well, we can only hope that this boil on society’s ass dies soon!

  • TexasBoy

    Oddly enough, Home Depot is a very gay friendly company. And for those of us who own rental properties, we really have little choice but to do business with them. Their nearest major competitor (Lowe’s) is about 20 miles away.

    • Clearly this co-founder was not consulted when HD wrote their inclusive policies. He’s more stupid than us “dimmercrats”?

  • Ginger Snap

    It’s a good thing I only go to Home Depot to suck Blue-collar cock in the men’s room.

  • kareemachan

    Well, nice to know that I don’t have to shop there any more

  • Chris Bartlett

    actually, its not the brains Democrats need to use, they need to use their balls.

  • David in Tucson

    Here’s the problem: Democrats do indeed have brains; this guy, unfortunately, doesn’t have a fully-functioning brain.

  • Well, I guess Homo Depot doesn’t need MY money then.

  • JCF

    This Dem’s got enough going on IN my head, to not put ridiculously FAKE hair on top of it!

  • HappyDance904

    Actually, we gave it to y’all so we could prove to the nation what losers you are!! Get ready!! #110618

  • Tempus Fuggit
  • Nice wig, dude.

  • GayOldLady

    Wal-Mart gave their employees a $1000 bonus, but only those employees with 20 years or more of service. That’s a pathetic $50 a year for 20 year employees. That’s shameful and to attribute that bonus to the Tax cut is deceptive because the tax cut won’t go into effect until next year. I’m certain Wal-Mart won’t continue giving bonuses next year because the Walton’s are all about making themselves richer, not their employees.

  • Jay Silversmith

    This “bonus” plan was hatched by don the con in his typical machiavellian way. It’s a one-time PR stunt to take the focus off “no salary increases ever.,” Meanwhile, most of the companies giving these “bonuses” are closing stores nationwide and/or laying off people. By next year, you will never hear the word “bonus” again.
    OT: Hair Furor has levied a tax on washing machines. Your $1000 bonus won’t even let you buy a washer and dryer in today’s market.

  • rednekokie

    Hmmm — this jerk is exactly the reason I do not shop at Home Depot. That, combined with ill treatment of employees and filthy stores — but him mostly.

  • EyeJelly

    The logic here is simple. He wants his thousands of his low employees to vote Republican so that he can get more money in tax breaks.

    “Hey Joe, here’s a thousand bucks, now go pull that lever for Senator Beauregard for me. You didn’t need that healthcare or social security. You’ll never get sick or get old because you love America.”

  • DaveMiller135

    Local hardware store it is, then.

  • Chris Lion

    Glad he’s no longer CEO… I didn’t want to have to start going to Lowe’s… What a dick.

  • Terry

    He’s right though. As much as I hate to admit it, they focused on the coasts and Clinton was more at home in the boardroom than the floor with the employees. She lost and I blame her and the DNC for thumbing the scale for Clinton

    Democrats have lost touch with labor and the People. They better get back to the bread and butter issues people are discussing around the dinner table and actually RESIST the Corporate Agenda that is anti worker…WHEN IT MATTERS!

    • Stuart Wyman-Cahall

      You’re just like most other “Bernie or Bust” or “Anybody But Hillary” voter I know. They could have had a seat at the Clinton table nominating progressive judges and furthering the Obama legacy. Instead of input they’ll be wandering around in the political wilderness for decades. Seriously. Four to eight years of Clinton instead of FIFTY YEARS of judges like Neil Gorsuch was the choice they should have made. Selfish, stupid political novices have brought disgust, disgrace and facism to our country. What a horrible irony.