So, the "Mom-n-Pop" grocery stores, hardware stores, clothing stores, etc., that are buried by Wal-Marts across the country are all run by hippies? You should probably rethink this position.
I do telecommunications engineering for a living. This involves extensive travel. I have worked in 48 states and 16 countries to date. I see the same thing, over and over. When a Wal-Mart comes into a small town before long what used to be "downtown", bustling with small shops, winds up becoming a ghost town. Well paying, entrepreneural jobs are lost to $7/hour Wal-Mart part time jobs. Many small communities across the country are starting to wake up and say no to Wal-Mart.
Keep shopping at Wal-Mart and do enjoy your cheap chineese goods. You will have no right to complain, though, when the job you cause to end is your own.
Don't be so sure until you know all the facts. We have 6 of Ohio's 8 hippie communes in our county. The people protesting were smelly, longhaired commie flag waving, WTO protesting hippies. I see the same ones each time there's a protest. They bitch about the fact that the f-ing stores will displace grasshoppers, and such. They incite people to refuse to pay income tax to buy bombs for Bush. I live here, I saw it, you didn't. The small business owners did not protest, although I'm sure they weren't happy abuot it. You should probably rethink this position. Don't ass-u-me. You know what they say. You can feel how you want about Wal-Mart and small business, but that has nothing to do with the human scum that constantly come out of the woodwork here. I know the facts of this instance. They are venemous, anti-Bush, anti-US hippies who then blame the lack of jobs on Bush. I'm not just tralking about Wal-Mart either, I'm talking about good, industrial, professional jobs like Honda US. They fight to keep ALL industry or business out. They are now working on a moratorium on NO more construction in the city. NO BUSINESS OR JOBS OF ANY kind allowed. One of the organizers of the Wal-Mart protest recently gave a seminar here to Anarchists from across the country. Look up anarchy - it is the violent overthrow of a government. Does he sound like a local hardware store owner, or a commie hippie?
I have NO f-ing job now - mainly because these scum succeed in keeping ANY good-paying industry out of the county. I am a degreed professional, and now am planning on selling the family farm and moving to actually find ANY job. Don't attack me for buying cheap Chinese Wal-Mart crap until you know that I wasn't taking up for them, and may not even shop there. (I do, and I happen to like cheap crap). I was attacking our large population of resident Berkeley-style pukes. This county is the liberal CESSPOOL of Ohio. You cannot open the paper without seeing the ass-boils of the world. The small business owners mumbled justifiably over Wal-Mart, while the pukes made huge public asses of themselves. And they were NOT worried about the business owners. They work actively to keep this one of the largest welfare counties in Ohio.
I was just out the door and this hit me. I am on my way to Puke town to see about my cell phone. Here is one that should be near and dear to your heart. Just TRY to put up a cell phone tower within 10 miles of Athens, Ohio. For that matter, try and build a driveway, put in a septic system, or take a healty dump, for that matter. These commies live on Government grants for teaching Africans how to grow organic okra, ect, and use the surplus to spew hate for the government, quash free trade, and generally work against all that is American. They fly all over the country to protest the WTO in WA, some went to Iraq as human shields. These people aren't worried about you. They want the stone age back. And you're siding with them. Maybe your opinon of free trade needs rethinking. You don't have to like Wal-Mart, but consider the American principles behind their right to exist.
I know many small business owners in this area that protested the Super Center opening up here in Grants Pass, claiming it would force them to close.
They are the same people I see in line buying supplies for their businesses, stating they can not beat the prices they get at Wal Mart...and no, they have not lowered their prices passing on savings to their customers.