Skip to comments.Why Walmart could be good for New York City
Posted on 06/10/2014 7:45:09 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Like most New Yorkers, I found it pretty nutty when many City Council members and their cohorts demonstrated last week against Walmarts donations to local New York City charities.
But the fact is that the deep, longstanding hostility to any Walmart presence in the city is just as crazy.
Why should our local nonprofits turn down sorely needed funding to continue helping people they serve and sustain those they employ? Any drop in funding means downsizing or pay cuts for nonprofit employees, and/or cuts in services to people in need.
But some lawmakers and the special interests that pull their strings are always seeking new ways to attempt to shame Walmart, the largest employer in the country.
One common claim is that Walmart destroys economies and drives small business to extinction. Perhaps this has some merit in rural areas, but I have yet to see any evidence that such impact occurs in metropolitan areas.
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If a community doesn’t want a business that is their right.
The issue is not their right ( nobody questions this ).
However, the issue is if Walmart WERE to be allowed to operate in NYC, would it be BETTER for the city?
Just as I don’t want Bloomie coming to Florida and pushing his anti-gun agenda I don’t think we should be going there and telling them what they should do.
We can make fun of them but its their hellhole.
Walmart should just surround the city with stores just outside the city line.
Most of the WalMarts are in Long Island.
Would this apply to gun stores also?
Is the right to shop at Walmart Constitutionally guaranteed?
Not any more. The majority of Americans today seem to believe that the government can control every aspect of commerce. Even on this forum, there seems to be a significant population who see no limits on government power.
Or did I miss something that really does limit government power? I don't see where government is supposed to pick winners and losers in the marketplace.
Are you of the persuasion that anything that is not permitted is prohibited? And that anything that is permitted is required? Ours is supposed to be a government of limited powers, not one of enumerated rights. Without explcicit power to exclude Walmart, then the government lacks such power.
Does this same government have the power to order Sears to close up in favor of Walmart? Why not?
“Not any more”? That tells me all I need to know.
If an individual community chooses not to have a Walmart, or strip clubs, drug paraphanlia shop, or casino then that is the right of the citizens living there to determine their standards.
Does NYC have any Sears? No, you gotta leave the island to find one.
Pure democracy can be a lot of fun. You're going to love it.
Many on this forum rail against condominium ownership because the owners' associations do exactly what you are describing should be done in every community. I'm confident we will get what we deserve.
The nation is a Republic. Individual communities are a little different.
Regardless the elected representatives make these decisions. Many times they are impacted by corruption.
We get what we deserve.
The unions paid to get the councilmen elected, and so now the councilmen are doing the union’s bidding.