Skip to comments.Anti-Wal-Mart warriors fueling class warfare
Posted on 09/16/2006 6:51:22 AM PDT by bitt
Liberal campaign hurts people who need bargains
Evergreen Park, Ill., a suburb contiguous with Chicago's western edge, is 88 percent white. A large majority of the customers of the Wal-Mart that sits here, less than a block outside Chicago, are from the city, and more than 90 percent of the store's customers are African-American. One of whom, a woman pushing a shopping cart with a stoical 3-year-old along for the ride, has a chip on her shoulder about the size of this 141,000 square-foot Wal-Mart. She applied for a job when the store opened in January and was turned down because, she said, the person doing the hiring "had an attitude."
So why is the woman shopping here anyway? She looks at the questioner as though he is dimwitted and directs his attention to the low prices of the DVDs on the rack next to her.
Sensibly, she compartmentalizes her moods and her money. Besides, she should not brood. She had lots of company in not being hired: More than 25,000 people applied for the 325 openings.
Which vexes liberals like John Kerry. (He and his helpmeet last shopped at Wal-Mart when?) In 2004 he tested what has become one of the Democrats' 2006 themes: Wal-Mart is, he said, "disgraceful"and symbolic of "what's wrong with America."
By now, Democrats have succeeded, to their embarrassment (if they are susceptible to that), in making the basic numbers familiar: The median household income of Wal-Mart shoppers is under $40,000. Wal-Mart, the most prodigious job-creator in the history of the private sector in this galaxy, has almost as many employees (1.3 million) as the U.S. military has uniformed personnel.
A McKinsey company study concluded that Wal-Mart accounted for 13 percent of the nation's productivity gains in the second half of the 1990s, ...
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He's about as big a libtroll as we've seen around here and he needs to be zotted away quickly so he can go tell his frineds over at DU.....
I still think it's amusing to slap-around people that post that sort of crap on FR, but I've noticed that more and more folks think it's acceptable. They all tend to be "non-mainstream Republicans" (for lack of a better term) of one form or another . . . or at least they claim to be. :)
Beg to differ. The noisy ones in Oregon hate WM. I shop there often. I was very disappointed Wal Mart backed down from the Beaverton location (just blocks from where I work). For the basic food items I tend to need pick up while out shopping (milk, juice, butter, eggs) WM has darn good prices.
And I tell ya, they can't be beat for their prices on fabric - identical fabric they sell down the block at JoAnns for twice as much. So, some Oregonians hate them, but some really like them, too. IMHO
May result? Wow, that's some powerful analysis.
WalMart paid $5.8 billion in income taxes last year. They paid $2.5 billion in dividends. I don't know how much sales tax local communities receive from WalMart's $315.6 billion in sales, but I'd think that's another $15 billion or more.
I called out his crap in Post #31, but the lib troll ignored it.
Libs feel it's ok, IMHO, to simply invent statistics and hope the sheeple comply with its rants....
He's lied multiple times in this thread, about this fictitious 70% number, then about a report that he claimed was written by congress, when in fact it was written by staffers.
Then he links to outright union jackthug liberal pondscum websites where they love their libs.
He belongs at DU for this thread alone, regardless of what he has written in the past on other subjects...
Thanks for exposing the fraud.
Thanks for the ping!
LMAO Meijer's meat stinks (the only time I have ever seen bacon bleed while cooking it *shudder*) and they treat their help like crap. I know people that left there to go work for WalMart and they like WalMart better. I haven't seen a Kroger in years and have never heard of Farmer Jacks. We used to have a lot of D & W's but being overpriced they are starting to get bought out by Family Fare's.
That would be the heavily Democrat side of the state.
I know about Meijer's. The last time we specifically looked for something 'made in America', it was a clothing rack. Bought it at Meijer's. Unfortunately, we couldn't get three of the four wheels to rest on the ground at the same time.
Doesn't change anything.
WEll good point. Or they could have kicked us all out and hired Mexicans. :)
[Remember if you buy a Ruger rifle from Walmart it will melt if you leave it in the car during the summer. It isn't like the Ruger you buy at other stores.]
How true. I had the same problem with the "Glad" trash bags I bought at WalMart as well as the "Sony" car stereo and the "Kodak" film. They were less expensive than at any other store so I shouldn't have been surprized when all these items fell apart so quickly.
I have worked at both union and non union places. One of the union places, like you, reduced our wages at the company's request. The company said they wouldn't close their doors and move south if we took a wage reduction. They lied! lol The union bartered in good faith, it was the company that lied.
Too often people think that just because someone works at a unionized workplace that they are lazy and not worth their wages.
I have worked at non union workplaces too. The biggest problem with them is that they tend to take advantage whenever possible. Mandatory overtime with no warning. They can fire you on a whim at their discretion. One place I worked at, I worked 12 hour days for 100 days with no days off. Finally, I took the 101 day off. What did I do with my day off? I slept!
Contrast that with a similar situation at a unionized workplace, where the company had to give us a day off at least every three weeks.
In areas where decent paying jobs are hard to come by, a union can help insure that a company treats their employees in a humane manner.
If employers treated their employees well, there wouldn't be a need for unions. jmo
"About 70% of WM employees (and their children) are dependent upon upon government for Medicare or Medicaid."
Yet the people aren't angry at the government for even delving into such an individual choice? How stupid are these people that are angry? They want the government to take care of them, therefore they want to limit the choice of the other 30%.
I can't believe any FReeper would use "Political Affairs - A Marxist Monthly" as their source. Talk about kool-aid.....
"© 2005 United Food and Commercial Workers International Union."
First you source a Marxist publication, now you source this bunch of socialists. Feel free to continue to align yourself with the loony left of Oregon as well. Your agenda is showing and your credibility is gone.
Name one socialism success story?
From your link:
I've found your statement on WM and other stores to be true. When our first Wally World opened a couple of years ago I shopped there, teased by the word-of-mouth and my SIL's loyalty to the chain (she lives in Arkansas). I found it crowded, the asiles cluttered and disorganized, the checkouts packed and the prices were NOT competitive. Groceries I buy on a regular basis were priced higher than Meijer: that said, Meijer had been lowering prices for months in anticipating of losing customers to Wal-Mart. They didn't lose me.
One thing they have in common -- lousy checkouts.
"He takes the position that employers have no duty to provide any benefits to workers. That may have been true in the early 1900's. That is not true today. Most employers offer decent wages and health care benefits. WM elects to provide the minimum."
This alone shows that you hate the economic natural state of capitalism. Capitalism is not an economic policy, it is a natural state. That is the root cause of your socialist policies failing.
If other employers offer more, for the same value added labor, why does the employee CHOSE to stay employed at Wal-Mart?
"I take the simple position that WM is allowing the government to provide health care benefits."
Then why not support legislation eliminating the programs that allow for any citizen to get government provided health insurance?
"You sound just like an activist for Wal-Mart. Or, perhaps, a lobbyist spending a few hours on FR to help your client. I do not buy your arguments either."
You post crap from Marxist monthly and union activist sites and when it gets pointed out to you that these websites are run by socialist activists, you call that poster an activist? Is your closet full of brown shirts?
All you are doing is web thuggery!
"I ask anyone..."
Hey, looks like I pre-emptively took you up on your challange.
"I only purchase U.S. products, made in the U.S., with U.S. parts, by U.S. workers, from U.S. owned companies."
You must go thru a lot of shoes as it would be impossible to make a purchase that meets that criteria for any high cost item. (i.e. automobile)
Have you actually SHOPPED at Wal-mart ... then Target ... then HEB? While like anything yes you can find "bargains" .. but overall Wal-mart offers greater selection and lower prices on groceries.
For meat - I hit Costco or Sam's ... but for basic groceries Wal-mart is consistently lower .. at least here in South Texas.
Where is that store?
And many let their emotional hatred of one specific corporation get in their way, resulting in support for Marxist policies! It will happen every time intellect and logic are subjucated to emotions!
What got me about the article was they made it sound like Evergreen Park is way out in the suburbs .. when in fact it butts right up against the city.
YEARS ago the area wasn't safe... has Evergreen Park gone through some sort of rebirth?
In the early 70's my orthodontist was at 95th and Western. One day I decided to take the bus all the way to Western on 63rd .. then down. (Instead of Cicero to 95th and across like I was supposed to) An elderly black lady got on at Western with me and sat with me... and asked me why a little white girl would be on that bus.. I told her I wanted to take a different route... she admonished me that I should listen to my parents. She rode with me all the way to 95th .. the bus driver offered her a free transfer back and thanked her for staying with me... (Remember this wasn't that long after the '68 riots...) She talked to me about Jesus .. which was something we had in common ... we had prayer.. which was wonderful. It was an enriching experience for me - and the Lord, the lady and the bus driver were watching out for me - but after that I took my regular route.
Part-time Walmart employees are eligible for benefits after being employed for two years. My neighbor has worked for them for years. She transferred from a Wal-mart in NC to one here in TX.
"For meat - I hit Costco or Sam's ... but for basic groceries Wal-mart is consistently lower .. at least here in South Texas"
Sam's is owned by Walmart, and Cosco is owned by a democrat activist.
I've seen folks quoting Public Citizen, Media Matters, and other lib think-tanks and advocacy groups, but that was was rather brazen. Responding with invective after it was pointed out was typical, though.
I didn't even think it was allowed. I suppose we need a few of these tokens to kick around......
But most times the response is, "what are your motives in attacking the source over the substance?" It's laughable. And I'm talking about repeat offenders.
Well I decided long ago I'll go where I want for the best quality at the best price.... no matter WHERE you shop there's an up and downside...
I hit Costco because it's next to the Wal-mart... If I'm further down the road I go to Sam's... :)
"Well I decided long ago I'll go where I want for the best quality at the best price."
Same here, unless a retailer did something that was just too clearly confrontational.
I respond to basic market forces, meaning that for my basics, like groceries, I shop purely based on price, politics be d*amned, I won't subsidize mediocrity, or incompetence.
Around here Sam's sells choice, WalMart sells select. Other than that WalMart groceries are as good as any others.
I am talking about beef. I should have made that more clear.
http://www.farmerjack.com/ Owned by A&P
Any pre-packeged meat is injected with nitrogen for preservation. That is why it has 'frozen and rewarmed flavor'.
Buy Fresh off the cow/pig/fowl.