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  •  Alan Grayson is not-so-quietly criticizing Obama (2+ / 0-)
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    for his support of WalMart in the past, acc. to Josh Eidelson of Salon:

    Asked whether the Administration’s repeated praise for and appearances with Wal-Mart hurt the workers’ cause, Grayson told Salon, “It certainly doesn’t improve things.” Then he asked, “What has Wal-Mart given the president in return? Or, for that matter, what has Wal-Mart given to the president’s constituents in return?”
    •  They've given the constituents (1+ / 0-)
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      a large selection of goods at low prices. The mom and pops that they drove out of business had less selection and higher prices. Walmart is famous for it's logistics and efficiency. They also bring with them many negative things, such as low wages. But it is undeniable that walmart was a positive to the shopper.

      •  That's a good point about the benefits to (5+ / 0-)

        WM's customers, although as the analysis reveals, the wages WM pays are so low as to render many of its employees eligible for various public assistance programs. So those "low prices" are not exactly as low as might appear at first glance, since WM's customers pay taxes to support those pubic assistance programs for WM employees (and doubtless for some of WM's erstwhile competitors).

      •  Fixed it for you: (0+ / 0-)
        a large selection of goods junk at low prices.

        "When I was an alien, cultures weren't opinions" ~ Kurt Cobain, Territorial Pissings

        by Subterranean on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 09:48:10 AM PST

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        •  Junk is right. (0+ / 0-)

          With unfettered free market capitalism, quality does not matter. Beancounters don't care where their beans come from, who they have to hurt to get them, how much it costs to transport them from here and there so that cheap labor can make them— they just want to ensure that they have a whole lot of beans to count, because that's what keeps the money machine going (ever-cycling from poor to rich). Those wonderful low-quality beans! And the system's the problem, not Wal-Mart, which is merely the agent and retail beneficiary of America's soul-scorching supermaterialism. If we don't make systemic changes to capitalism, raising the minimum wage is unfortunately just a Band-Aid slapped on a hemorrage. A bigger minimum wage might put the little guy out of business, and allow big guys to hire still more part timers. Even more jobless. Even more underemployed. And that little guy who couldn't work the wage scale into his profit margin represents the best chance at a quality product. It's a Catch-22. Be very aware of the Law of Unintended Consequences.

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          by Mike732 on Sat Nov 30, 2013 at 01:31:53 PM PST

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