Skip to comments.Walmart’s Response To The New York Times Is Great
Posted on 06/23/2014 8:08:06 AM PDT by NKP_Vet
Walmart, the nations largest retailer, recently decided to go into the newspaper editing business.
The Arkansas-based company responded to an article from New York Times columnist Timothy Egan, titled The Corporate Daddy by doing the work that it felt Egans Times editors should have done.
Thanks for sharing your first draft, reads a red-inked note from Walmart, which is known more for its low prices than its snark.
Below are a few thoughts to ensure something inaccurate doesnt get published, continued the note, which was posted at Walmarts blog and is attributed to David Tovar, Walmarts director of corporate communications.
The retail giant apparently couldnt resist sarcasm after it found what it considered numerous problems with Egans piece in which he criticized the company for paying its 2.2 million employees what he called humiliating wages.
Walmart is a net drain on taxpayers, wrote Egan in the missive, adding that the company forces employees into public assistance with its poverty-wage structure.
We are the largest tax payer in America, Tovar wrote in his edit. Can we see your math?
We see more associates move off of public assistance as a result of their job at Walmart, Tovar wrote.
Egan argued that most advanced nations look for ways to boost the middle class but that the U.S. had ceased doing that. Witness the G.I. Bill, which helped millions of returning soldiers get a lift to a better life, wrote the Times columnist.
Did you know? Tovar quizzed. Walmart has hired more than 42,000 veterans this year.
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Even this D voting author rips on the silliness of the NYTs
It’s about second chances at the margin. It never was supposed to be about luxury. Want luxury, find a job at Neiman-Marcus or something, if you can.
Beware Greeks even when they bear gifts... the limiting factors this writer sees is generalized overpopulation rather than an imbalance, and a blinkered view about energy production potential. (However, at least global warming worries are not being harped on here.)
The Crimes — like so many of its Woodstock-influenced brethren — believes in returning to an artisan/craft economy like in Middle Ages Europe. Big corporations are the enemies of small-scale producers because monoliths can leverage their market positions into economies of scale and keep costs lower than their competitors. That’s what drives the mom-and-pop shoppes out of business.
It’s cruel, but it’s economic Darwinism in action. And it results in noticeably lower prices to consumers.
Oh, that was irony, the Times.
Mom-and-Pops still can find niches. The old fashioned variety store has been superseded by low margin high volume retailers. But that’s not all the things that are attractive to sell.
Walmart could go a long way to increasing the manufacturing in this country by buying more American products.
Timothy Egan (born November 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington. He currently lives in Seattle and contributes opinion columns as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent.
"I am mostly happy with my life. I have all the food I could ever need, reasonably clean drinking water, my income is in the top 1% of the worlds population, I live in a nice home, I have personal transport that will take me anywhere and at anytime I so choose. In general, life is good. Of course, and as mentioned above, those pesky little issues going on in this country and throughout the world need to be nipped in the bud, pruned down to a more manageable state, and most important, some type of organic bug spray must be applied. I will get to those uncared for rosebushes in time, one by one providing my opinion on the topic at hand. Perhaps even some solutions."
Former NYT Reporter: GOP ‘Working To Make Life Miserable For Millions’ by Fighting Obama-care, Minimum Wage
By Clay Waters | June 22, 2014
Timothy Egan, the liberal New York Times reporter turned ultra-liberal columnist, flashed hostility to Wal-Mart (and capitalism in general), as well as a broad ignorance of economics in his latest Sunday Review column, “Corporate Daddy.”
For some time now, Republicans in Congress have given up the pretense of doing anything to improve the lot of most Americans. Raising the minimum wage? They wont even allow a vote to happen. Cleaner air for all? They may partially shut down the government in a coming fight on behalf of major polluters. Add to that the continuing obstruction of student loan relief efforts, and numerous attempts to defund health care, and you have a party actively working to make life miserable for millions.
Former NY Times Reporter: Tea Party Are 1850s ‘Know Nothings’ and ‘America’s Worst Idea’
By Tim Graham | October 4, 2013 | 08:04
As often happens, the most fiendish liberal columnists spent most of their careers as objective reporters, and when that weakly attached lid of restraint is finally lifted, the real leftist comes out screaming and ranting.
Witness Timothy Egan at The New York Times, whose latest column is less-than-creatively titled “Wrong Side of History.” Egan called Tea Party Republicans Americas Worst Idea and somehow conflated conservatives to anti-Catholic Know Nothings. What if youre a Tea Party Catholic? Their only real fight is with progress.
Former New York Times Reporter Egan Mocks GOP’s ‘Crazy Caucus’ in Congress
By Clay Waters | May 3, 2013 | 13:43
Timothy Egan, former liberal reporter for the New York Times, hit his usual topic (those wacky Republicans) in his Thursday online column, the wittily titled “House of Un-Representatives.”
After mocking Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert for repeating a claim that caribou like to nuzzle up to an oil pipeline targeted by environmentalists, Egan noted that Gohmert “has said so many crazy things that this assertion passed with little comment.”
Caribou nuzzling up to an oil pipeline in Alaska
Former New York Times Reporter Egan Riles the ‘Broadcast Bullies’ of the Right Once Again
By Clay Waters | February 1, 2013 | 15:02
New York Times reporter turned left-wing online columnist Timothy Egan riled the right again in his Thursday evening entry, “Right Flight.” Egan, who showed clear liberal slant when he covered the Pacific Northwest for the Times, has previously smeared Rush Limbaugh as like “salt on a slug,” a “clown,” and “a swollen, sweaty man.” On Thursday, Egan claimed Limbaugh “has lost significant advertisers and whatever respect he still had among a handful of decent Republicans” for his remarks about Sandra Fluke (Egan left out Limbaugh’s apology).
After bashing the Drudge Report (shocking), Egan went through his list of “fringe,” “broadcast bullies” on the right.
Timothy Egan, Former NYT Reporter, Takes on ‘Wacko’ GOP Congress, ‘Tea Party Extremists’
By Clay Waters | January 4, 2013 | 17:43
Timothy Egan, former liberally biased New York Times reporter who now pens left-wing column rants for the Times in print and online, posted his “wish list of better tomorrows” for 2013 on Thursday. They sounded a lot like the same old left-wing ranting Egan has been doing since he stopped reporting for the paper around 2006.
The view from one Washington, with its self-inflicted and phony political crises, offers no hope. Lets start 2013 by stating the obvious and repeat until fixed: the Republican House of Representatives is beyond broken, stuffed with politicians who lack the ability to divide up juice boxes in a kindergarten. Three-fourths of Americans think they are harming the rest of us. Dereliction of duty was Gov. Chris Christies apt phrase, referring to the failure to vote on promised aid for hurricane relief.
Classy Egan in NYT: ‘If Intelligence Were Contagious, [the GOP] Would Be Giving Out Vaccines For It’
By Clay Waters | August 24, 2012 | 14:33
Don’t believe in global warming? Are you pro-life? Then you’re an idiot, says Timothy Egan, a former liberal New York Times reporter turned left-wing Times columnist. In his Friday online column “The Crackpot Caucus” he said of the Republican Party: “...if intelligence were contagious, [the GOP] would be giving out vaccines for it.”
Egan strings together quotes of some congressional Republicans making missteps on matters of science and religion, before lumping creationist Republicans with pro-lifers and climate skeptics into one big bag of GOP anti-science stupidity.
The Horror: NYT’s Timothy Egan Forced to Watch Fox News
By Clay Waters | June 15, 2012 | 13:09
I only am escaped alone to tell thee: Timothy Egan, a liberal reporter turned columnist for the New York Times, was forced to watch Fox News at the gym and lived to tell his readers about the horror in a Thursday post at nytimes.com, “The Clown and the Cop.”
Trapped with a Fox News big screen in my stable of fellow trotters at the gym a few weeks ago, I took in the worldview that may give the White House to Republicans this year. After burning 400 calories, I was ready to torch the capital.
I know that every business is worried about pissing off a potential customer, but that single customer that you piss off just might bring in 5 other customers into your store, for seeing that you have the fortitude to stand up for yourself.
NYT’s Timothy Egan to ‘Grumpy...Cranky...Bitter’ Tea Party Movement: Just Die Already
By Clay Waters | June 4, 2010 | 15:26
Timothy Egan, liberal New York Times reporter turned very liberal Times online columnist, thinks that Americans will be better off when the old, tired, hypertensive Tea Partiers depart the scene for good and let the lively youth take over saving the world, in “Save Us, Millennials,” also featured in Friday’s print edition.
When an electorate is red-faced and fist-clenched, when the collective national blood pressure is 160 over 100, when the big issues of the day are mired in tired minds, it’s time to turn to the great, renewable resource of any vibrant democracy: the kids.
The millennials, that echo boomer generation born after 1982, have not been heard from of late, ever since proving that they could pull away from their Facebook pages long enough to help elect a president.
We’ve been led to believe that the grumpy, the cranky and the bitter will drive the midterm elections in the fall. You would never know, with nightly images of jowly Tea Partiers and their inchoate discontents, that people ages 18 to 29 years old made up a larger percentage of the 2008 electorate than those over 65.
NYT’s Egan: ‘Crackpot’ Republicans Behind ‘Lunatic Magnet’ Arizona’s ‘Crackpot’ Immigration Law
By Clay Waters | April 29, 2010 | 16:56
Timothy Egan, liberal New York Times reporter turned liberal nytimes.com columnist, is the latest former reporter to weigh in on Arizona’s anti-immigration law, “Desert Derangement Syndrome.”
It would be hard to top former NYT Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse’s hysterical conflation in her Tuesday print-edition column of Arizona’s stricter enforcement of immigration laws with a Nazi police state, but Egan gets in his share of insults, some of them courtesy of comedian Jon Stewart, the “Mark Twain of our day.”
But for all its diversity of land and people, Arizona is also a lunatic magnet. As I drove, I listened to the radio blather of a state in mob-rule frenzy of cranky old men. Once in Phoenix, I saw on television that sign in a car’s rear window, the new image of Arizona to the rest of the world: “I’m Mexican. Pull me over.”
If this is true, then it's a classic example of how statistics can be misleading - Walmart hires people on public assistance and helps them move into a job and off the dole, but while that transition happens, the employee is still on public assistance, which can easily be twisted to say that Walmart is causing them to go on welfare, because who wants to actually dig down deep enough to find the real story, when a factoid makes the case you want it to in the first place?
NYT’s Timothy Egan: Middle Class Too Easily ‘Distracted’ To Know Own Best Interests
By Clay Waters | September 17, 2009 | 14:30
Timothy Egan, liberal New York Times reporter turned ultra-liberal nytimes.com “Outposts” blogger, titled his Wednesday night entry “Working Class Zero,” a condescending, stereotypically liberal attack on blue-collar folks too ignorant and easily “distracted” to fight for their own interests, which Egan defined as government-controlled health care.
Egan was vexed that many middle-class Americans were instead heeding “the brat’s cry of Joe Wilson” and condescendingly reduced the concerns of conservative protesters of the size and influence of the federal government to “generalized rage” stoked by “well-funded Astroturf outfits.”
NYT’s Egan: Bush Years of ‘Sanctioned Torture and War Built on Deceit’
By Clay Waters | July 2, 2009 | 15:26
Liberal New York Times reporter turned liberal nytimes.com blogger, Timothy Egan, posted “Capture the Flag” on Thursday, on how heartening it was to see American flags pop up in liberal domains. The post was ostensibly a plea for people of all political views to have faith in the future good of America. But Egan excused liberals for their lack of public patriotism during the Bush years, citing “years of sanctioned torture and war built on deceit.”
Traveling in California and New York over the last couple of weeks, I noticed something in the summer landscape of these two deeply blue states that is more reminiscent of rural America this time of year — a surfeit of American flags.
Among the offerings of street vendors in Harlem and outdoor stalls near the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the flag is often fused with the image of President Obama, a burst of color against a bleak wall, sometimes with a Superman motif. In California, I saw Old Glory on bicycles in the Bay Area, on backpacks in Yosemite and at campgrounds under the redwoods.
It’s not unusual to see a flag in liberal provinces, of course. But in the Bush years of sanctioned torture and war built on deceit, many Americans withdrew from overt displays of patriotism. Some said they were ashamed of their country.
Former NYT Reporter Calls ‘Clown’ Limbaugh a ‘Sweaty, Swollen Man’
By Clay Waters | March 5, 2009 | 14:37
Liberal New York Times reporter turned liberal nytimes.com blogger Timothy Egan’s latest rant against conservative talk radio giant Rush Limbaugh, “Fears of a Clown,” was propped up on the front page of nytimes.com on Thursday for the delight of the paper’s liberal audience.
Last February, Egan called Limbaugh “talk radio’s leading gasbag.” Today, after lamenting about the ubiquity of Limbaugh on the radio, Egan piled onto the White House-driven bash-Rush bandwagon, focusing on Limbaugh’s speech to the recent Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC), which was broadcast live on FOX News and CSPAN.
As someone who spends a lot of time on the road, I used to find Limbaugh to be an obnoxious but entertaining companion, his eruptions more reliable than Old Faithful. But now that Limbaugh has become something else — the face of the Republican Party, by a White House that has played him brilliantly — he has been transformed into car-wreck-quality spectacle, at once scary and sad.
wow, income is 1% of the WORLD’S population. There’s a bragging point.
According to Reply 12 Walmart is committed to buying $250 billion in U.S. made goods...over 10 years. Of course last year it was $50 billion over 10 years so who knows what the real amount is? In any case Walmart's sales are pushing $400 billion per year so their U.S. commitment represents a fraction of their total sales. Certainly well less than 10%. What percentage of their merchandise is made in China I wonder?
Tea Party Dead-Enders
JUNE 5, 2014
The Tea Party is five years old this election season, which means its done teething and spitting up on itself, but still prone to temper tantrums, irrational outbursts and threats to take its toys and storm off if it doesnt get its way.
As a movement, it is down to a couple of former talk-radio hosts running for office in two states of the old Confederacy, Texas and Mississippi. And in the latter, the Senate candidate, Chris McDaniel, has given a keynote to a group that considers Abraham Lincoln a war criminal. Its not hard to make the case that the Tea Party has been distilled down to it logical essence.
They dont want to go to the moon, said the comedian Bill Maher. They want to howl at it. Still, the Tea Party has also been around long enough to have a record, of sorts. Lets look at the legacy:
No significant legislation, no changes for the better in American life, and no compromise, of course, with the majority of voters who say in numerous polls that the Tea Party has been mostly a negative force in politics. One follows the other, since by the absolutist nature of their philosophy Tea Party members believe that any effort to govern with those they disagree with is traitorous.
So, no legislation. A shutdown that cost billions. A near-default that almost threw the United States back into recession. What else? Oh, science denial. Evolution, climate change, medicine all a hoax, in one form or another.
Which brings us to the last Tea Partiers standing. All along, surveys have shown that the Tea Party is thick with aging white men, angry, fearful, in open revolt against the new American demography. And their ideas came not from Republican Party elites or conservative think tanks, but from the true fount of Tea Party philosophy talk radio.
No surprise, then, that the leaders of the last skirmishes being fought in the Tea Party rear guard are people who came out of the fear-breeding hothouse of far-right broadcasting. The latest Tea Party star in Texas is Dan Patrick, the Republican nominee for lieutenant governor not to be confused with the likable sports radio host of the same name.
Timothy Egan Oct 3, 2013
Wrong Side of History
By TIMOTHY EGAN
Sarah Palin finally got her death panels a direct blow from the Republican House. In shutting down the government, leaving 800,000 people without a paycheck and draining the economy of $300 million a day, the Party of Madness also took away last-chance cancer trials for children at the National Institutes of Health.
And now that the pain that was dismissed as a trifle on Monday, a slimdown according to the chuckleheads at Fox News, is revealed as tragic by mid-week, the very radicals who caused the havoc are trying to say its not their fault.
Its too late. They flunked hostage-taking. About 30 or so Republicans in the House, bunkered in gerrymandered districts while breathing the oxygen of delusion, are now part of a cast of miscreants who have stood firmly on the wrong side of history. The headline, today and 50 years from now, will be the same: Republicans closed the government to keep millions of their fellow Americans from getting affordable health care.
They are not righteous rebels or principled provocateurs. They are not constitutionalists, using the ruling framework built by the founders. Just the opposite: they are a militant fringe of one party in one house of Congress in one branch of government trying to nullify an established law by extortion. This is not the design of the Constitution.
And lets never forget that these sacrifices, real and lasting, are being made for one thing: to block health care reform. Obamacare, when its component parts are explained to people, is enormously popular. Take one of the most profound features of the law the ban on denying insurance to people with pre-existing conditions. Nearly half of all Americans fit that category. The insurances exchanges, for all their computer glitches, are flooded with interest.
We know now why Senator Ted Cruz, the most hated man in Washington, said he fears that once Obamacare is up and running people will like it and then it will be too late for the obstructionists.
Trying, and succeeding, in destroying the thread.
Clowns like Egan never have constructive ideas that really work. They choose instead to tear down others since they can’t defend their own policies
Hey, Timothy, how’s that Great Society been working out in the ghettos? When’s the last time you’ve taken a nice leisurely walk thru the inner cities to personally observe the “success” of 50 years of the welfare state?
Absolutely. Not all consumers are content to buy low-grade Chinese junk. And sometimes it’s just not worth Wal-Mart’s time to stock specialty or low-profit items. Those demands can be filled by smaller “boutique” shops.
“Big box” retailers force a change in the marketplace wherever they crop up for sure. But those changes are not necessarily bad, as long as the marketplace adapts.
Joni Balter plays the Gender Card on Gun Control
Posted on June 8, 2014 by Gregory Smith
When a liberal cant win an argument with facts, he pulls out one of the following cards. 1. Race. 2. Culture. 3. Gender.
Lets take a look the drivel Joni Balter has written:
"Let womens voices be heard on gun control"
Jan 14, 2004 - Egan spent 1997 living in Italy with his wife, journalist Joni Balter, and their two children, who attended an Italian public school
Who lives a better life -- Italians or Americans?" Egan says. "We also started looking at place and the attachment to place. We Americans live in a mostly transient society, with no grounding to place, often moving frequently. Yet many Italians would not think of moving 40 miles from where their family has lived forever."
If you want to buy in bulk please use Sam’s Club and not the uber liberal controlled Cosco.
COSCO is China Overseas Shipping Corp
Costco is the Seattle based warehouse club.
Egan to Tovar: "Sure. It was on Lois Lerner's hard drive. Have fun getting it."
Timothy Egan (born November 8, 1954 in Seattle, Washington. He currently lives in Seattle and contributes opinion columns as the paper's Pacific Northwest correspondent. "I am mostly happy with my life. I have all the food I could ever need, reasonably clean drinking water, my income is in the top 1% of the worlds population, I live in a nice home, I have personal transport that will take me anywhere and at anytime I so choose. In general, life is good. Of course, and as mentioned above, those pesky little issues going on in this country and throughout the world need to be nipped in the bud, pruned down to a more manageable state, and most important, some type of organic bug spray must be applied. I will get to those uncared for rosebushes in time, one by one providing my opinion on the topic at hand. Perhaps even some solutions."
And then I see this:
... who is purported to be Egan's wife....
....and I realize there is some cognitive dissonance at work here.
I do buy some stuff in bulk and when I do I go to where the stores are clean, the quality is high, and where the staff doesn't act like they just got off the last shuttle from Venus. And that's Costco.
Included in the article: Furman is the chairman of President Obamas Council of Economic Advisers. In an article at Slate, Furman wrote that Walmarts low prices provide the equivalent to a 6.5 percent boost in household income for low-income households.
If Walmart raises the percentage of American goods too high, someone else is going to become Walmart.
Stephen Gandel is a senior writer for TIME, covering real estate, economics and Wall Street. He joined TIME from Time Inc. sister publication Money, where he was a senior writer for several years. Prior to that, Gandel was the senior Wall Street reporter for Crain's New York Business. He has held positions at Individual Investor and the Riverfront Times in St. Louis. Additionally, his work has appeared in Fortune and Esquire.
Bachelors, Economics, English
October 9, 2012
Stephen Gandel / Fortune:
Obama trounces Welch's job record Jack Welch's hiring history isn't much to tweet about.
Jack Welch, the former CEO of General Electric, has attacked the notion that President Obama and his policies aren't creating jobs. On Friday, Welch in a message sent through Twitter accused the administration, referring to it as these Chicago guys, of changing the number in the monthly jobs report, which showed that the unemployment rate had fallen to the lowest level since Obama took office. In the past, Welch has said that Mitt Romneys business experience makes him more qualified to be able to create jobs from the Oval office than Obama.
you are kidding, aren’t you?
US manufacturing costs are too high due to unionization and govt regulations. We used to be the best because of our productivety. Now we are just expensive so buyers go overseas. If you want US manufacturing back then cure the problems.
Just buying fro US producers only exacerbates the problems with more regulations and higher union wages.
I’ll just use what you have said to others:
What a concern troll you are, running from thread to thread pissing on everyones happiness.
What a turd you are.
What *should* their commitment be? What's the correct amount in your mind? Should government require them to purchase a specific quantity of goods from American companies?
If only our benevolent government would force them to do so, right? Only government can right the inherent wrongs of the private sector, right?
Is this idiot willing to give some of his ill-gotten gains to the poor?
Hey, what about me? I’m a widow trying to live on $700 a month ; were it not for my family I’d be out on the street.
How about passing some of that green my way?
Which my wife (who is Italian) hates about Italy. The tendency of the "children" there to not only stay "close to home" but actually live IN the home they grew up in until (and yes unless) they get married. Even well into their 40's! Yes that's the "children's" age, staying at home.
A friend of my wife is constantly harassed by her family because she has the temerity to live away from them even while she isn't married.
So who's really for women's "rights" again Joni?
I don't suspect this couple got out much in their time in Italy. At least not to talk to anyone in a real sense.
That figures... they sound so elitist and want us to believe they know how anyone else lives.
Exactly. If they even heard about it the (I suspect few) friends they had there probably convinced them Italians are perfectly happy with their children living at home well into their forties, so they turn a blind eye to the practice, and praise it to all their friends on 5th Avenue to make themselves look like distinguished world travelers.
Meanwhile they’d disparage the same practice here in the states. Hypocrites.
In the interest of income equality see if he can get you a job at the Times for his salary.
Walmart will buy from wherever they want to buy from.