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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WinCo 25% cheaper than WM? They'll be bankrupt soon. That's impossible. There is a razor-thin profit margin on groceries.
Are you sure you don't mean that, for instance a house brand can of vegetables is 25% cheaper than a name brand at WM?
I enjoy reading your housing bubble threads, but now you've cast a lot of doubt on their veracity.
That lady who didn't get hired is an idiot...
I remember reading about the many applicants at the ev park store, and if they hired only 325 out of 25,000, I would guess many of them would be ticked standing in line without any chance of getting hired.
I used to work on 95th Street near Western on the Chicago Side. The mall there was a cesspool of gang bangers, crime, etc.....
That is what the south side, excluding Mt. Greenwood, brought you.
The attitude was probably from the applicant in this case. Of course she then goes to wal-mart to shop anyway.
And the walmart near me has no shortage of BMW's, Merecedes, and big fat SUV's on any day of the week, IMHO.
Oh well, I guess the communist unions have to continue their rants while the rest of the USA contuines supporting our economy.
BTW - No one is forced to ever work at WalMart. They volunteer to apply, get it, they made a choice.
And if it is so bad to work there, why do they stay.
Why don't they apply somewhere else like target, or Costco after they have some experience then?
Why can't walmart employees share that responsibility of making a choice of applying and working there, as well as choosing which benefits to accept ro use?
I'll tell you why, becuase it dilutes the rants and raves of communists and unions who would rather drag the workforce down with them, IMHO.
My mother is a Democrat in OK. She USED to be a very conservative Democrat. Okies used to be all conservative Dems. Now they are a red state. Most of the conservative Dems switched parties. Now she talks bad about Christians and religion. And she still goes to church every Sunday. The Dem party has her so screwed up that it is hard to talk to her. She believes every LIE they tell. She believes there is a Social Security Lock Box, etc.
Yep, first hand knowledge of that. My mother (in OK) is appalled at the idea of abortion. She is very conservative and Christian, but she grew up believing the democrats are the party of the little people.
In fact, they are the party of keeping the people little. The dems never pose any solutions to helping people out of poverty, just throwing them a few crumbs whilst keeping them in poverty.
If that tale is to be believed, and it DOES come across as pretty credible, then Sam Walton built Wal-Mart on some very basic, even simplistic principles: buy your goods at the cheapest possible price, cut your margins, and sell your products cheaper than your competitors. "The less you charge, the more you make."
Wal-Mart is the perfect example of a better mousetrap.
What the Dems hate about it is that its philosophy is quintessentially capitalistic, and many of its donations go to conservative causes.
Then she's a typical Democrat. They tend to be uninformed, to put it mildly. The media relies on Democrats to buy their totally left-biased "news" papers, and watch their completely biased TV "news", and pay to see movies which are nothing but left-lunatic propaganda.
The Democrat/Jackass Party continually spreads deliberate lies to fuel class warfare, to undermine capitalism and freedom. The Democrats are anti-American neo-Stalinists.
I promised the study.
Seesh, it was too easy. The link at the top of the thread leads directly to George Wills summary of the study.
The libs are really stupid to go on this rampage against WM. More people shop there EACH WEEK than have ever voted in any election.
If you must, get on a plane. You will see the proof with your own eyes.
" the lowest prices for food are found at WinCo. Prices are about 25% cheaper than WM."
"The truth is that WM's food prices are higher in many cases than other local merchants"
"The only thing I have purchased from WM in the past three months was a large container of liquid detergent sold on sale as a special item"
"Wal-Mart's marketing is based on the public perception that it's prices are less than other retail stores"
You sure don't respect this thread much you're simply making stuff up and trying to pass it off as knowledge.
We don't even have to be fans of Walmart to know how silly your statements are.
The most cost conscious shoppers in America have identified Walmart as the lowest priced store, yet you are telling us your chain is 25% cheaper.
Winco is in my state now, I can't wait for Walmart to reduce their groceries another 25% so that they can survive against the store that you consider more acceptable to Democrat sensibilities.
See my post #52 and read the links. People in Oregon hate WM.
Liberals would only consider Osama bin Laden to be a genuine terrorist if he ran a Wal-Mart.
"What gets me is the morons who actually think unions want to help Wal Mart workers. NO THEY WANT THEIR DUES!"
That is the truth. I work under one and all they want is that tiny slice of your paycheck.
And another thing: If unions were so pro worker, they never would have allowed my workplace to hack away at my health insurance so the store could pay for remodeling.
See my post #52 and read the links. People in Oregon hate WM.
Liberals hate WM and Oregon is very liberal so you may be right. Conservatives like the free market, liberals like socialism.
I won't dispute your point that ?win-Co? has lower prices. I've never heard of them, so they very well might.
George Wills point was that for most Americans WM is a financial savior of sorts, and that Liberals are absolute fools to take the positions they have.
Why would a politician chose to needlessly insult the very voters they are courting? See my tagline
I seldom shop WM myself, but when I have I've never encountered the environment you've outlined. I'd guess most shoppers haven't or WM would be out of business.
The fact that enough people in Oregon oppose WM is no surprise. Oregon is known for its liberal viewpoints, and "F---k You" attitude towards the poor. It their state. WM should not build there. Just like Chicago.