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Posted on 12/13/2013 12:05:01 PM PST by cambyses

Read and learn. There are people that know how to get things done even within increasing government regulations. Our government on the other hand continues to take on more and more of what has traditionally been provided by private enterprise only to add to their dismal array of failures. Real private enterprise without favorable government legislation does more with less, is successful and pays taxes to support our bloated government. Our government consistently does less with more, fails miserably at EVERYTHING within its control, expects fewer of us to work harder so they can collect more taxes from each of us to fail ever more colosally at things that are none of their business. With all their lies, side deals and thefts our politicians still expect our respect and trust. This is insane. If Private enterprise pulled just 1% of the crap our government and individual politicians routinely engage in, national security aside, they'd all be in jail. If this great country of equality is to survive EVERYONE must be judged equally by the same laws. No special treatment for the government or our politicians. This pack of thieves has got to go. Merry Christmas (not that pc "happy holidays" crap),


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1 posted on 12/13/2013 12:05:01 PM PST by cambyses
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To: cambyses

1. Americans spend $36,000,000 at Wal-Mart Every hour of every day.

2. This works out to $20,928 profit every minute!

3. Wal-Mart will sell more fromJanuary 1 to St. Patrick’s Day (March 17th) than Target sells all year.

4. Wal-Mart is bigger than Home Depot + Kroger + Target +Sears + Costco + K-Mart combined.

5. Wal-Mart employs 1.6 million people, is the world’s largest private employer, and most speak English.

6. Wal-Mart is the largest company in the history of the world.

7. Wal-Mart now sells more food than Kroger and Safeway combined, and keep in mind they did this in only fifteen years.

8. During this same period, 31 big supermarket chains sought bankruptcy.

9. Wal-Mart now sells more food than any other store in the world.

10. Wal-Mart has approx 3,900 stores in the USA of which 1,906 are Super Centers; this is 1,000 more than it had five years ago.

11. This year 7.2 billion different purchasing experiences will occur at Wal-Mart stores. (Earth’s population is approximately 6.5 Billion.)

12. 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.

You may think that I am complaining, but I am really laying the ground work for suggesting that MAYBE we should hire the guys who run Wal-Mart to fix the economy.

This should be read and understood by all Americans… Democrats, Republicans, EVERYONE!!


2 posted on 12/13/2013 12:07:56 PM PST by cambyses
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To: cambyses

To President Obama and all 535 voting members of the Legislature

It is now official that the majority of you are corrupt and ineffective:

a.. The U.S. Postal Service was established in 1775. You have had 237 years to get it right and it is broke.

b.. Social Security was established in 1935. You have had 77 years to get it
right and it is broke.

c.. Fannie Mae was established in 1938. You have had 74 years to get it right
and it is broke.

d.. War on Poverty started in 1964. You have had 48 years to get it right; $1 trillion of our money is confiscated each year and transferred to “the
poor” and they only want more.

e.. Medicare and Medicaid were established in 1965. You have had 47 years to get it right and they are broke.

f.. Freddie Mac was established in 1970. You have had 42 years to get it right
and it is broke.

g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 35 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure.

You have FAILED in every “government service” you have shoved down our
throats while overspending our tax dollars. AND YOU WANT AMERICANS TO BELIEVE YOU CAN BE TRUSTED WITH A GOVERNMENT-RUN HEALTH CARE SYSTEM??

Folks, keep this circulating. It is very well stated. Maybe it will end up in the e-mails of some of our “duly elected’ (they never read anything) and their staff will clue them in on how Americans feel. AND
We have lost our minds to “Political Correctness”
!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We’re “broke” & can’t help our own Seniors, Veterans, Orphans, Homeless etc.,???????????
In the last months we have provided aid to Haiti , Chile , Japan and Turkey ..And Pakistan ........previous home of Bin Laden. Literally, BILLIONS of DOLLARS!!!

Our retired seniors living on a ‘fixed income’ receive no extra aid nor do they get any special breaks—nadda beyond shopping discounts...

AND Congress wants to freeze Social Security payments...

You do know that Congress voted themselves a pay raise for 2013??? Google this—it’s true!!!


3 posted on 12/13/2013 12:09:33 PM PST by cambyses
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To: cambyses

What’s the source of your data?


4 posted on 12/13/2013 12:11:10 PM PST by deport
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To: cambyses
  I've been through the automated checkout a few times at WalMart. It works with cash and credit cards - weighs everything as you bag it - not bad.
5 posted on 12/13/2013 12:12:26 PM PST by Maurice Tift (Never wear anything that panics the cat. -- P.J. O'Rourke)
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To: cambyses

I think the name of COngressional “Elections” should be changed to “Congressional Performance Reviews”.

Maybe THEN the brain dead idiots who keep re-installing this collection of arrogant elitists MIGHT think again when they pull that lever.


6 posted on 12/13/2013 12:15:11 PM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: cambyses
Walmart made $15.7 Billion last year. That's about $29,900 per minute

There are 8760 hours in a year
8760 x 36 million = 315.360 Billion
Walmart had $258 billion in sales in the US last year.

7 posted on 12/13/2013 12:22:08 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: cambyses

A Progressive will go through that list and arrive at the conclusion “Damn, we aren’t taxing Walmart NEARLY enough!!”


8 posted on 12/13/2013 12:25:00 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: mountn man

I worked as a temp cashier for walmart years ago. Through my one register, in six hours, $13,477 went through. That’s more than
I was paying for the car I had at the time.


9 posted on 12/13/2013 12:40:38 PM PST by real saxophonist (The revolution will not be televised. Everything else will.)
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To: ZULU
I think the name of COngressional “Elections” should be changed to “Congressional Performance Reviews”.

I'd say we change it to "Congressional Hanging Reviews".

10 posted on 12/13/2013 12:41:17 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal the 16th Amendment)
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To: real saxophonist
I've recently become real interested in Walmart facts. So many people anti-Walmart. Evil CEO makes too much money, Walton family is greedy, yada, yada, yada.

Recently got into a "discussion" with some guy in a waiting room at a hospital. He was bad mouthing tea partiers, so I had to set him straight. He was reading an article in a Chicago paper about McDonalds workers and minimum wage and $15 an hour.

So I used McDonalds first and then switched to Walmart. I had enough information off the top of my head, that he couldn't refute and couldn't keep up with.

11 posted on 12/13/2013 12:52:49 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: cambyses

The more government regulations, the better for Walmart. They can afford to comply with them while their competitors can’t. That’s why big businesses love regulation and usually even help write the bills. You are way off-track.


12 posted on 12/13/2013 12:53:37 PM PST by wolfman23601
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To: cambyses

Most Wal Mart employees I have come across speak Ebonics or Spanglish.


13 posted on 12/13/2013 1:05:39 PM PST by Clemenza ("History, I believe, furnishes no example of a priest-ridden people maintaining a free civil governm)
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To: mountn man

Sam Walton’s body has completely burned up from his spinning in the grave. Walton proved he could make it in a space all the (then) big boys ignored. Walmart was designed to serve small communities and support American jobs. His stores sold American goods and he was a genius. Today, there is little resemblance to the core principles he showed.

It is a free country, and Walmart has proven to be the biggest and baddest. The end result? Lower prices and more variety; but at a high cost to competition. I rarely shop there, but do like Sam’s and the ability to get something I need in the middle of the night.

It has also given us www.peopleofwalmart.com


14 posted on 12/13/2013 1:07:07 PM PST by antidisestablishment (Islam delenda est)
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To: cambyses

Imagine!

And they manage to do it all without their own IRS, Police Squads Individual Mandates, etc.

Maybe that Adam Smith guy was on to something.


15 posted on 12/13/2013 1:12:57 PM PST by BwanaNdege (Those who make peaceful revolution impossible will make violent revolution inevitable. J.F. Kennedy)
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To: wolfman23601

Where’s the like button on this site?


16 posted on 12/13/2013 1:14:38 PM PST by Chaguito
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To: cambyses
g.. The Department of Energy was created in 1977 to lessen our dependence on foreign oil. It has ballooned to 16,000 employees with a budget of $24 billion a year and we import more oil than ever before. You had 35 years to get it right and it is an abysmal failure/

Reality. US oil imports peaked in 2006 and have been dropping since. We are right now back down to about where we were in 1996.

This is due to crappy economy and US oil production increases, neither of which can be credited to DOE.

But they are still facts.

It is likely US will be roughly energy-independent in 10 years.

17 posted on 12/13/2013 1:16:54 PM PST by Sherman Logan
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To: antidisestablishment
Walmart was designed to serve small communities and support American jobs. His stores sold American goods and he was a genius. Today, there is little resemblance to the core principles he showed.

It is unfortunate that many see no distinction between "free enterprise" and the dominant corporate culture. The former is an ideal to be embraced and celebrated, the latter is often as corrupt and duplicitous as any government bureaucracy.

18 posted on 12/13/2013 1:17:51 PM PST by papertyger ("refusing to draw an inescapable conclusion does not qualify as a 'difference of opinion.'")
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To: cambyses

“FLASH! LOCAL BOY MAKES GOOD! Sam Walton, owner of Walton’s 5&10, blah blah blah...the most hated store in Unionized America, blah blah blah...”

Sam broke the backs of the Chicken Men who had this county in an economic stranglehold. Before Sam, you worked for starvation wages or you did not work!

He also broke the backs of the small town stores who had private handshake deals with other small stores not to undercut each others prices, therefore keeping prices very high in those small towns.

Big unionized high dollar stores = GOOD!

Big nonunionized low dollar stores = BAD!

Rich high dollar union bosses = GOOD! High prices for buyers.

Rich store owners = BAD! low prices for buyers!

Charging the public less, the Waltons got rich. So what is wrong with that!

You should see that nice museum that the low cost Walmart has put in this area. No barns on sawblades there!

http://crystalbridges.org/

We also got a BROADWAY quality arts center in Fayetteville.

http://waltonartscenter.org/


19 posted on 12/13/2013 1:48:08 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: antidisestablishment
There is a Walmart in my town. Its been here about 14 years. About 8 years ago a Meijer Store moved in. Front door to front door is MAYBE 1/2 mile, through both parking lots.

Meijer wasn't intimidated and goes head to head with Walmart and succeeds.

Before Walmart moved in, the land it sits on and surrounds it, was either vacant or hard to hold anything long. Since Walmart moved in, 3 strip malls have been built up outside it and 3 stand alone restaurants and a Staples.

Go to any small town that has a Walmart. You'll find a Walmart that was sitting in what was once a corn field when Walmart was built. Today those fields are filled with other stores surrounding Walmart, trying to leach some business from Walmarts traffic.

Maybe Walmart forces a few "mom and pop" stores out of business, but Walmart then hires their employees and then some and then NUMEROUS other "mom and pop" stores sprout up around it.

Tell me. Did the former employees of the stores Walmart put out of business, were they able to buy stock in the company, with a 15% company match? Able to purchase 1 share at a time by having small amounts of money taken out of their checks?

Walmart stock is around $79 a share. How much money up front would you or I or the rest of the general public have to front, in order to buy stock? A Walmart employee could do it on $10 or $20 a week.

My buddy's wife has worked for Walmart for 20ish years. They live in a small town in Wisconsin. Before that they lived about 40 miles NW of Chicago. When they moved to Wis., Walmart transferred her to a local store, making $0.50 an hour less than in Ill. She's making over $20 an hour and not in management.

How many of these competitors would pay $20 an hour.

How many of these competitors would take an employee, still in high school and teach and train him, to where after high school he/she could start in management, and within a few years move up, even to a store managers position making over $100k a year?

Walmart may not be perfect. No company is. But it is far from the evil menace some want to paint it as.

20 posted on 12/13/2013 1:48:30 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: cambyses

*** 90% of all Americans live within fifteen miles of a Wal-Mart.***

If they don’t, they probably live in one of Michelle O’s food deserts.


21 posted on 12/13/2013 1:49:33 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: mountn man

We had a local woman who started as a cashier in Walmart # 4. She worked there till retired. She retired a millionaire because she invested in the early stock options.

I’ve known old men who curse the day they turned down a chance to invest in Sam’s first stores as they felt his stores had no future.


22 posted on 12/13/2013 1:56:46 PM PST by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need 7+ more ammo. LOTS MORE.)
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To: unixfox

:)


23 posted on 12/13/2013 1:56:46 PM PST by ZULU (Impeach that Bastard Barrack Hussein Obama the Doctor Mengele of Medical Care)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar
Often times people who want to argue about the wealthy people, often interchange or don't understand the difference between wealth and income. They also don't understand that 99% of the time, wealth is created over a LONG period of time, with some form of cost or sacrifice.

Yes, the Walton family is EXTREMELY wealthy and don't work in the business. They are wealthy because of what Sam did YEARS ago. The work and investment and sacrifice that Sam put in for many years of his life. He passed the benefits on to his kids. Today, the Walton family lives off the dividends. They get the same dividends as the woman you mentioned. Last year was 3.25%. The same amount that any current employee can be getting.

At current stock prices, $79, an employee could have $20 a week taken out of their check. That would be 1 share every month. After 1 year, that would be 12 shares. If a kid started at 18 and worked 42 years, that could be 504 shares. Just at current prices, that would be $39,816. That's without compounding. That's without increasing investment. That's without stock splits or changes in price.

3.25% dividends is better than any bank pays and better than inflation (for now).

24 posted on 12/13/2013 2:22:57 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Ruy Dias de Bivar

In 1977 I had a choice to go to college, which I did (first one in family so I had to) OR a regional manager near Ft. Smith, AR that lived in our little town said I could enter their management program.

DOH!


25 posted on 12/13/2013 2:33:09 PM PST by Fledermaus (If we here in TN can't get rid of the worthless Lamar, it's over.)
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To: wolfman23601
The more government regulations, the better for Walmart. They can afford to comply with them while their competitors can’t.

Huh? Safeway, Kroger, Target, Publix, and so on, are too small and poor to manage through additional government regulation? Yeah, sure. Talk about being off-track.

Good grief, what a mess we're in when "conservatives" attack industry rather than the source of the perceived problem.

26 posted on 12/13/2013 2:37:03 PM PST by Mase (Save me from the people who would save me from myself!)
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To: mountn man
After 1 year, that would be 12 shares. If a kid started at 18 and worked 42 years, that could be 504 shares. Just at current prices, that would be $39,816. That's without compounding. That's without increasing investment. That's without stock splits or changes in price.

Then the person could take that 39k and by most of an SUV. Not much of a retirement plan :)

27 posted on 12/13/2013 2:44:20 PM PST by kjam22 (my newest music video:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7gNI9bWO3s)
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To: cambyses

Anyone with machining or other manufacturing skills and old machines could compete, if we were rid of local zoning laws against manufacturing on large lots in rural areas. Walmart would even be willing to buy some of the products if competitively priced (certainly possible). A one-man operation can turn out a lot of parts fast on older equipment.

It’s the regulations, and commie global interests brought the local anti-competition laws and policies through their fake environmentalist/animal-worshipper associates in many locales.


28 posted on 12/13/2013 2:44:48 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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To: mountn man

yep the race card, the wal-mart card . . . they will never run out of cards.


29 posted on 12/13/2013 2:56:18 PM PST by Qwackertoo (Going into Politic Free Zone Momma Grizzly hibernation for a while after this week, maybe forever.)
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To: kjam22
Dec. 13, 1971 Walmarts stock price was $0.03

Today its $78.50


$78.50 ÷ 0.03 = 2616.66666667

$39,816 x 2616.66666667=$104,185,200

30 posted on 12/13/2013 2:59:01 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: Clemenza

<Most Wal Mart employees I have come across speak Ebonics or Spanglish.

Come to the heartland. They all speak English out here. Even the blacks and Hispanics. : )

I go to Walmart at all hours - from 10 am to 2 am. I’ve never run into anyone who couldn’t speak understandable English. On the other hand, there have been times when I had to look for an employee, but once I found one, the person spoke English.


31 posted on 12/13/2013 3:18:31 PM PST by radiohead
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To: radiohead
WalMart did not drive manufacturing over seas…Blame the US Government…EPA..Labor Dept etc..States did not help either like NY and CA
32 posted on 12/13/2013 4:35:18 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: mountn man
" When they moved to Wis., Walmart transferred her to a local store, making $0.50 an hour less than in Ill. She's making over $20 an hour and not in management."

I worked at Wal Mart for 10 years until this last January. I was paid $12 an hour after 10 years. There are associates there making a lot more per hour. To control this Wal Mart some 6-7 years back put a wage cap. They are letting people go who have been there 15 + years.

1 friend of mine had the same job she loved for over 15 years. They terminated her for being to slow on the job. They told her she could reapply after 90 days.

Being desperate since hubby had recently been diagnosed with life threatening illness, she applied after the 90 days.

Wal Mart hired her back for the exact same position she worked when she was fired. Pay rate minimum wage, part time ( a few hours less per week than she worked prior to termination) and NO insurance. Very sad to see happen. She is not the only one to experience this.

People are applauding Wal Mart for planning to hire 100,000 vets in 2014. They think it is great. I think it is BS!! .... Vets have the VA for medical so WM is off the hook providing them with insurance. And long term higher paid ,insured associates will be terminated to make room for the vets sadly.

33 posted on 12/14/2013 3:48:43 PM PST by wanderin
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To: cambyses

34 posted on 12/14/2013 3:53:51 PM PST by JoeProBono (SOME IMAGES MAY BE DISTURBING VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED;-{)
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To: wanderin
I understand your feelings for your friend. But lets look at the reality.

Walmart should never have "been on the hook" for anything.

Walmart, like any company has a BOTTOM line. Though their $$$ amount for profit is HUGE ($15.7 Billion) so is their employee numbers (2 million).

Also, one must look at profit ratio and not profit number. It's easy to look at $15.7 billion and think "oh, they have the money!" The real issue is that Walmart is made up of 10's if not 100's of thousands of investors. MANY of them Walmart employees. People choosing to exercise Walmarts stock options. Many of them making the same as your friend.

Last I checked Walmart stock was selling at about $78.50 a share. They paid a dividend this year of $1.59. That's ONLY 2%.

People complain about Walmart for this or that reason. Lets do some number crunching. If Walmart paid all its employees $1 an hour more. That's 2 million employees, about 1.5 million full time and .5 million part time.
1.5 million x 2000 hours a year= 3 billion man hours,
.5 million x 1000 hours a year = 500 million man hours. That's 3.5 billion man hours x $1 an hour = $4.025 Billion dollars. Giving 500,000 employees insurance, at $200 a month would cost $1.2 billion. (My COBRA insurance is almost $600 a month) With the added costs Obamacare is going to add, I figure their insurance costs are going to jump $1.8 Billion this year.

Its easy to get caught up in the emotion, but it doesn't change the facts.

35 posted on 12/14/2013 4:49:57 PM PST by mountn man (The Pleasure You Get From Life Is Equal To The Attitude You Put Into It)
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To: mountn man

I didn’t paint Walmart as the “evil menace.” I simply stated that they have strayed far from the founder’s ideals. In my town, we have a new Walmart slated within a mile from my house. There are “no box stores” protesters with signs and petitions, but they look more like occupiers or the globally warmed, and I don’t support their crusades.

However, though WM may increase opportunity for some, WM does not support local communities to the extent that local businesses do. I was just at Sam’s the other night, and they had giant checks on the wall showcasing their local contributions. It was a joke. The largest check didn’t reach 5 figures (and the total of all of them didn’t approach 6 figures)—and this from a store that grosses well into 7 figures. My dad, who was a small business owner, gave more than that each year, and his gross never exceeded the low 6s.

Don’t tell me about how great they are. They have a place, but Mc Donald’s is in a higher league from a business standpoint. WM is a cutthroat corporate giant that doesn’t care about anything but their own profit. Nothing wrong with that, but don’t make them out to be a paragon of virtue.


36 posted on 12/14/2013 6:07:41 PM PST by antidisestablishment (Islam delenda est)
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To: antidisestablishment

If you pay close attention you’ll see that on average their prices are higher than their competitors. We won’t set foot in a Walmart. We go to Target.


37 posted on 12/14/2013 6:23:10 PM PST by VerySadAmerican (".....Barrack, and the horse Mohammed rode in on.")
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