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  •  With over a million associates, I'm sure they can (0+ / 0-)

    probably find a handful that are advancing through their system of employment.  There are even a handful of McDonald's franchisees who started working the grills and fryers, but they are very much the exception that proves the rule.

    Even Walmart wasn't always as draconian as they are now.  I remember that I had a friend who worked there for several years and he was actually able to survive.  His wife also worked, but they actually made enough to keep the mortgage paid and their kid fed.  

    Of course that was about twenty years ago, it's the rare exception now.

    •  Sam Walton was still alive then. (1+ / 0-)
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      by Ice Blue on Mon Aug 19, 2013 at 10:21:12 AM PDT

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      •  Very true Ice. I remember reading his (0+ / 0-)

        autobiography, in which he detailed stories of "associates" who had been made wealthy by their shares in the company.  I think he even had some sort of a profit sharing plan at that time.  I know that he also touted his ability to squeeze his suppliers and out compete his competition which were often small local businesses.

        Many say that these practices are what drove those suppliers overseas and lead to a weakening of our manufacturing base.  I agree in part, but this trend was aided and abetted by politicians who wrote laws and trade agreements that made a bad situation worse.

        I think Mr. Sam is probably rolling over in his grave or would be if he could see what his heirs have done to the company he built and was so proud of.

        •  Not really. (0+ / 0-)

          I've heard and read where other people think the heirs of Sam Walton have made things worse for the company's workers and suppliers, as if he wasn't that bad.  That is not really true, extraordinary greed was there from the time Sam took control, he developed the way the company does business.  The willingness to do what ever it took, that is the difference for Wal-Mart, from taking advantage of the competition with the modern technology of the day, back when and now, to young single mothers working there and having to get food stamps and Medicaid for their children's healthcare at tax payer expense.  What ever it takes, and that includes the imagery of "Made in USA" tag back in the sixties and seventies for some items, which was a joke.  That company has been about pure unadulterated greed to the point that most other companies would not go.  

          I think if he is rolling over, it's because the people are beginning to accept that the company is what it is.    

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