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Wal-Mart botches their new 'Buy America' ad campaign
NBC Olympics Coverage ^ | 2/24/2014 | MeganC

Posted on 02/24/2014 11:15:52 AM PST by MeganC

Forgive me if someone has posted this already but I searched FR first and found nothing so here goes!

Did anyone see Wal-Mart's new ad during the coverage of the closing ceremonies of the Sochi Olympics last night? Did you just love the images of American factory workers and the inspiring narration about how Wal-Mart is committing to creating jobs in the USA?

And didn't you just love how they reinforced their committment to American jobs with a background track of inspiring music that celebrated the Working Man?

Meaning they used a song called 'Working Man'.

By a band called 'Rush'.

Who are from Canada?

I'm sure Canada appreciates the royalty income their band is generating in a 'Buy American' ad campaign. I'm also not surprised that Wal-Mart didn't even try to find an American band to do their music.


TOPICS: Business/Economy
KEYWORDS: ohnoes; rush; stretch; walmart
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1 posted on 02/24/2014 11:15:53 AM PST by MeganC
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To: MeganC

Yor link goes right back to FreeRepublic.


2 posted on 02/24/2014 11:20:24 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: MeganC

Was a great song choice.

Better that than springsteen


3 posted on 02/24/2014 11:20:35 AM PST by Mount Athos (A Giant luxury mega-mansion for Gore, a Government Green EcoShack made of poo for you)
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To: MeganC

From the company which brings us hundreds of millions of tons of Communist Chinese and foreign products....

Are now going to save America.


4 posted on 02/24/2014 11:21:21 AM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Mount Athos

Especially since Geddy Lee et al are Libertarians.


5 posted on 02/24/2014 11:23:02 AM PST by GOP_Party_Animal
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To: MeganC

If that’s the only objection you can find to Wal-Mart’s campaign, I’d suggest you stop looking at the trees and focus on the forest.


6 posted on 02/24/2014 11:24:03 AM PST by IronJack
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To: MeganC
Daily Mail from Feb. 17th... Out of tune: Walmart's new ad promoting American factories features song from a CANADIAN band
7 posted on 02/24/2014 11:24:10 AM PST by Hatteras
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To: dragnet2

Actually, I was mentioning to Mr sneakers the other day that Walmart seems to be carrying more things that are labelled “Made in America”. It’s a small step, but it’s in the right direction. Besides, go to any store chain, and most of the goods are made in China or elsewhere.


8 posted on 02/24/2014 11:26:02 AM PST by sneakers ( Quinn: "Liberty is the solution to the human condition.")
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To: MeganC

“Blue Collar Man” by STYX.


9 posted on 02/24/2014 11:28:01 AM PST by bigheadfred
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To: MeganC
*Sigh*

To some people, Wal-Mart can do no good. To the 200 million Americans who shop their every week, they're happy to get more bang for their buck while providing more for their families. And, maybe, they'll even have a little bit left over for other things like retirement or to send their kids to college. Damn Wal-Mart for saving people money!

10 posted on 02/24/2014 11:31:13 AM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: MeganC

Mike Rowe is part of this Walmart campaign and he’s a very good guy who loves America. I think Walmart can at least bring awareness to the low information people around the country and do some good with this.

One more point, most American rock and pop bands despise America and work against America whenever possible. Think of Springsteen, Bon Jovi, Miley, Gaga etc.. They would have to go country to find a band that loves America.


11 posted on 02/24/2014 11:31:17 AM PST by bigtoona
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To: sneakers

Not even the labels in Walmart the say “Made in The USA” are made in the USA.


12 posted on 02/24/2014 11:31:43 AM PST by Oliviaforever
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This has nothing to do with economic nationalism.

Wages are rising in China plus fuel prices are rising as well.

American manufacturing is increasingly competitive with Chinese exports.

A larger and larger percentage of goods will be manufactured within NAFTA taking market share from China and other Asian countries. Much of it will have enough American content to be labeled “Made in USA or Assembled in the USA.”


13 posted on 02/24/2014 11:32:05 AM PST by Reaganez
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To: sneakers
Walmart has been trying to sell US made goods for years. I remember when they had Made in US signs on tables of American made goods.

One of the big problems is that we don't make many things any longer.

14 posted on 02/24/2014 11:32:25 AM PST by Abby4116
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To: MeganC

Ahem. The campaign is “Made in America”. Canada is also, if you haven’t consulted a map, in America.

Now, if the campaign was “Made in the USA”, you might have a SMALL point. . .


15 posted on 02/24/2014 11:33:10 AM PST by Salgak (http://catalogoftehburningstoopid.blogspot.com 100% all-natural snark !)
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To: MeganC

I’m proud to be a Walmart shopper.


16 posted on 02/24/2014 11:35:58 AM PST by McGruff (Every night has it's dawn.)
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To: MeganC

ZZzzz....

Needs to go to the FR Facebook forum.


17 posted on 02/24/2014 11:36:25 AM PST by Rebelbase (Tagline: optional, printed after your name on post)
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To: MeganC

If they had picked an American song it most likely would have been something by that Communist, Bruce Springsteen.

I’d rather Canadians have the money.


18 posted on 02/24/2014 11:39:39 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: bigtoona

“They would have to go country to find a band that loves America.”

Yeah, like the Dixie Chunks.


19 posted on 02/24/2014 11:41:23 AM PST by ButThreeLeftsDo (Support Free Republic!!!)
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To: Oliviaforever
Not even the labels in Walmart the say “Made in The USA” are made in the USA.

It is funny you should mention that. I had dealings (had) with a company sewing garments. I asked how their tags said "Made in the USA," when the factories were in Mexico. Apparently, they thought that making the labels here was enough.

20 posted on 02/24/2014 11:51:18 AM PST by Ingtar (The NSA - "We're the only part of government who actually listens to the people.")
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To: Hatteras

Thank you! I was starting to wonder if I was the only person to notice this!


21 posted on 02/24/2014 11:57:32 AM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Abby4116
” ... we don't make many things any longer.”

We still make many products here in the U.S., but those products

1. are generally not the low-value, low-quality junk sold in stores like WalMart

2. don't require much labor to make because our manufacturing sector is so productive

22 posted on 02/24/2014 11:59:54 AM PST by riverdawg
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To: MeganC

Well, they are on an American record label. The song may very well be “made” (recorded) in America. In any case, it’s not like there’s an American Rush they could have used. Music isn’t like T-shirts.


23 posted on 02/24/2014 12:01:34 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Mase

Yep. I love Walmart. It’s not like all the other big box stores don’t sell Chinese products too. But the left hates Walmart and has been propagandizing against it for decades now. Never hear them complaining about Costco for doing the same, because they’re unionized. Nor will you ever hear about the billions in cash and merchandise that Walmart donates to local food banks and other charities.


24 posted on 02/24/2014 12:10:20 PM PST by Hugin
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To: Hugin
After Donna Halper gave 'Working Man' a spin on WMMS, Rush's career took off

Photo courtesy of Donna Halper - Rush poses with WMMS FM/100.7 staffers in 1974. From left are "Matt the Cat" Lapczynski of WMMS; Rush members Neil Peart, Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson; Donna Halper of WMMS, John Gorman of WMMS and Mercury Records representative Don George.

25 posted on 02/24/2014 12:39:03 PM PST by Rodamala
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To: Reaganez

[ This has nothing to do with economic nationalism.

Wages are rising in China plus fuel prices are rising as well.

American manufacturing is increasingly competitive with Chinese exports.

A larger and larger percentage of goods will be manufactured within NAFTA taking market share from China and other Asian countries. Much of it will have enough American content to be labeled “Made in USA or Assembled in the USA.” ]

Until they start pumping out more cheaply made goods from other commie countries like Veitnam and Cambodia and Indonesia....

Even India...

There are a LOT of third world countries that can make cheap crap even if China prices itself out of OUR markets...


26 posted on 02/24/2014 12:45:51 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

There have always been dirt cheap labor. In Africa for example.

But they need the whole enchilada to make it work.

Good roads, railways, ports, reliable cheap electricity. Etc

India’s manufacturing base is a joke because the power grid is off half the time for manufacturing.

Indonesia is the opposite of a commie country.

They are Muzzies that kill Commies dead.

A lot of dead Commies, particularly in the 60’s and 70’s.

North American manufacturing will be increasingly competitive for the next 20 years. After that only a fortune teller would know.

Don’t really care about European or other markets.


27 posted on 02/24/2014 1:01:50 PM PST by Reaganez
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To: Hugin

You may wish to look at post #9 in this topic for a very good suggestion!


28 posted on 02/24/2014 1:35:24 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: MeganC

29 posted on 02/24/2014 1:43:19 PM PST by DannyTN
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To: DannyTN

If he were still alive he’d have a new song “Can I have that job back now?”


30 posted on 02/24/2014 1:44:01 PM PST by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans!)
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To: DannyTN

LOL!!!!!!


31 posted on 02/24/2014 1:45:23 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: IronJack
I’d suggest you stop looking at the trees and focus on the forest.

"The Trees" RUSH

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

The trouble with the maples
(And they're quite convinced they're right)
They say the oaks are just too lofty
And they grab up all the light
But the oaks can't help their feelings
If they like the way they're made
And they wonder why the maples
Can't be happy in their shade

There is trouble in the forest
And the creatures all have fled
As the maples scream 'Oppression!'
And the oaks just shake their heads

So the maples formed a union
And demanded equal rights
'The oaks are just too greedy
We will make them give us light'
Now there's no more oak oppression
For they passed a noble law
And the trees are all kept equal
By hatchet, axe and saw

32 posted on 02/24/2014 1:48:25 PM PST by Damifino (The true measure of a man is found in what he would do if he knew no one would ever find out.)
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To: MeganC
Merle Haggard - Workin’ Man Blues

Hey hey, the working man, the working man like me I ain't never been on welfare, that's one place I won't be

Cause I'll be working long as my two hands are fit to use

I drink a little beer in a tavern Sing a little bit of these working man blues

Yeah drink a little beer in a tavern,

Cry a little bit of these working man blues

33 posted on 02/24/2014 2:06:59 PM PST by Rudder
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To: Mount Athos

>> Better that than springsteen

Exactly.


34 posted on 02/24/2014 2:17:23 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: Damifino

I’m glad somebody picked up on it ...


35 posted on 02/24/2014 2:27:38 PM PST by IronJack
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To: MeganC

springsteen’s songs are too anti-american for my taste.


36 posted on 02/24/2014 2:56:26 PM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: Salgak
Canada is also, if you haven’t consulted a map, in America.

Canada is most definitely not in what is colloquially referred to as 'America' with that slang name being shorthand for the United States of America. The Canadians I know would take deep umbrage at your defacto annexation of their country. Myself, I'm just offended to see liberal 'logic' being bandied about on FR without the requisite sarcasm tags.

37 posted on 02/24/2014 3:00:32 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: longtermmemmory

Agreed. See post #9 for an outstanding suggestion that Wal Mart could’ve used.


38 posted on 02/24/2014 3:03:21 PM PST by MeganC (Support Matt Bevin to oust Mitch McConnell! https://mattbevin.com/)
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To: Mase
I agree to an extent. Walmart is part of the symptom of the real problem, and that is the unfair trade relationship we have with China. We have gutted our manufacturing ability to the Chi Coms.
39 posted on 02/24/2014 3:18:36 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Reaganez

Or so we hope.


40 posted on 02/24/2014 3:19:13 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Hugin
I agree. I always find the singling out of Walmart puzzling, as it is not like they were the first to sell Chinese crap.
41 posted on 02/24/2014 3:20:43 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Gene Eric
No contest. That guy has no talent whosoever.
42 posted on 02/24/2014 3:21:50 PM PST by Sam Gamgee (May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won't. - Patton)
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To: Mase
Reselling products manufactured in foreign (communists) countries creates no net wealth, except in China. We are doing what most 3rd world countries do importing poverty instead of creating wealth.

Free Traitors will be swinging from the lampposts if/when we are in a hot war with China.

43 posted on 02/24/2014 3:21:59 PM PST by central_va (I won't be reconstructed and I do not give a damn.)
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To: MeganC

At Walmart, we believe in making a difference on the issues our customers and communities care about. We believe we can create more American jobs by supporting more American manufacturing. Jump-starting the manufacturing industry and rebuilding the middle class requires a national effort by companies, industry leaders, lawmakers and others. Together, we can help spark a revitalization of U.S.-based manufacturing. By making production more affordable and feasible in the United States, we can bring our customers more U.S.-made products and manufacturers can create more jobs in America.    

Read the entire statement at this link


44 posted on 02/24/2014 3:48:12 PM PST by deport
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To: MeganC

Wal-Mart is trying to bring jobs back to America. Good for them.


45 posted on 02/24/2014 4:01:32 PM PST by ExCTCitizen (2014: The Year of DEAD RINOS)
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To: central_va

It’s a shame you don’t share the same revulsion for those who are destroying the country from within, making it easier for the communists to overcome us without a fight, as you do for the people who support individual liberty over bigger government. But no one has ever accused big government conservatives of being consistent.


46 posted on 02/24/2014 4:12:13 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: MeganC

Pretty thin gruel, that criticism. If the song expresses the spirit, then fine.


47 posted on 02/24/2014 4:34:01 PM PST by BfloGuy ( Even the opponents of Socialism are dominated by socialist ideas.)
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To: Sam Gamgee

No one can foretell the future with certainty.

But the numbers are lining up.

Wal Mart is so confident in the numbers that it is taking a public pledge to buy $50 Billion MORE in US goods over the next decade.

It is taking a small risk to reap PR benefits by making this pledge before knowing the exact prices over the next decade. But they would have probably purchased those American goods anyway, based on price/value.


48 posted on 02/24/2014 4:52:05 PM PST by Reaganez
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To: MeganC
Rush got their "big break" with "Working Man" in Cleavland, and that got them signed to a label. They toured the US relentlessly. Geddy is a HUGE baseball fan and collector. In fact, he donated an incredible collection the the Negro League Museum in Kansas City.

All 3 guys are longtime family men, and other than a scuffle where Alex got into trouble for something involving his son, they've stayed out of the news for as long as I can remember.

They're extremely talented, and "Working Man" is a classic R&R song. What's wrong with Canadians writing and performing a song for this ad? Weren't some of the best Christmas songs written by Jews?

Mark

49 posted on 02/24/2014 6:23:30 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: MeganC
The Canadians I know would take deep umbrage at your defacto annexation of their country.

I've met some people in Vancouver, BC, who take umbrage at being called "Canadians." They make a point to tell you that they're "from British Colombia!"

Mark

50 posted on 02/24/2014 6:30:03 PM PST by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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