Wednesday, April 20, 2011

WalMart: The Illusion of Jobs

WalMart Launches Full-Scale Assault on The District
By now we all know that WalMart is coming.  They are coming in force and with a vengeance.  They have targeted three locations.  They have opened an office here and are holing meetings and makeing the rounds of the ANC's and actively lobbying City Council.  Some people, Council Members among them, believe that WalMart will be good for DC.  Please let me assure you, nothing could be further from the truth.  In fact WalMart is a predator.  They are like commercial vampires sucking the life out of small businesses and wholesalers.  WalMart is business bomb that decimates the communities in which they locate.  For every job the company creates, it costs the community more than 2 existing jobs.  WalMart, the store that trumpets its patriotism is effectively a wholesaler for China.  It buys almost exclusively from China Inc.  WalMart, the champion of Religious values honors only one god ... Money.  It pays well under prevailing wages ... 30 percent of its employees are part time.  it artificially inflates salaries by locating highly paid regional staff at its stores, bumping up the payroll.    Everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but not their own facts.  WalMart is a corporate liar.  It is company policy.

Walmart Employees on Food Stamps
In fact, WalMart recognizes the poverty in which it places employees.  It has a manager whose job is to help the employees apply for food stamps.  Finally, WalMart has demonstrated that it engages in active decption of the communities in which it locates.  They will make many promises, but they do NOT live up to them.  They will never sign a community benefits agreement because they have no intention of ever honoring it.  They will not submit themselves to a contactual agreement because it has the force of law behind it.  WalMart's intention is to deceive, to get in the door so they can put their avaricious hands into our pockets and take our money and as brother Ray said, "...take it back to Arkansas."  How can you tell when a WalMart executive is lying?  His lips are moving.

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