Actually, I am pretty sure there are plenty of people who still will. They will continue to argue the party-line of free market ueber alles despite the fact that Wal-Mart is a recipient of government largesse thanks to so many of its full-time employees requiring SNAP benefits. It will continue to enjoy the protection of red scare obsessed, anti union types who vote against their better interest even though Wal-Mart is one of the largest contributors to so many American manufacturing jobs going overseas. They will, even after learning this past week that Wal-Mart associates need to organize food drives for their co-workers, insist that the company is a “job creator.”
I just cannot fathom this. I cannot sit by and not say something, knowing people I know and care about will contribute to this worst of the worst company (yeah, I know, no corporation is perfect) continues to abuse their work force and run rough shod over communities around the country. They are union busting, polluting, slavery-enabling, tax base destroying, culture ravaging, corruption inducing parasites and if you shop with them, you are bankrolling all that.
It is not hyperbole to say that Wal-Mart is easily one of the five most evil companies on the planet. Maybe even the most evil. You have seen, over and again, what they are capable of. No doubt you know at least one community in your region who gave them tax breaks on one store, just to abandon it for a Super Store in the same community which then gives them more tax breaks. I am willing to bet everyone reading this will know at least one full-time employee who cannot make ends meet. Maybe you know someone forced to work overtime for free.
the really sick and disgusting part of this for me is what I know we can count on hearing from people who could easily end up this vile company’s next victims. They will blame the workers, they will blame the communities. They will vilify the small town, small businesses that are wiped away by the big box companies (and Wal-Mart is not alone in this) as incompetent or antiquated. Then they will turn around and complain about the decline of our society. That or they will say “but I cannot afford to shop anywhere else.”
First off, who says you must have new all the time? Can you get your clothes second-hand from Volunteers of America? Do you really need that new TV? Second, yeah, they have cheap groceries. So do other places that do not abuse their workforce. Price Rite, a small company, manages to sell groceries for less and start their employees at a dollar more an hour than Wal-Mart does. Unlike Wal-Mart, they don’t expect the tax payers to subsidize their payroll, and they still turn a profit. Funny how that works.
You have a choice now. You can do the right thing and boycott these bastards until they pay their people a living wage and stop doing the half-dozen other really horrible things they are doing. That, or you can keep on handing over your money to six people who have more wealth than the bottom 40% of your countrymen combined but still cry poverty as an excuse to behave in terribly socially, economically, and environmentally irresponsible ways. If you do that, though, know that you are part of the problem, and that your complaints about the corruption in our society are hollow and hypocritical. It’s your call though.
- Wal-Mart asks employees to donate canned goods to workers who don’t have enough to eat (rawstory.com)
- Wal-Mart Asks Customers To Donate Food To Its Needy Employees (businessinsider.com)
- NLRB to press charges against Wal-mart (abqjournal.com)
- Source: Wal-Mart involved in negotiations for frmr. Phillip Morris site (whas11.com)