I’ve known Walmart was a blight on the country even before I became political aware. I couldn’t quite articulate it, but I knew that there was something wrong with the all encompassing nature of the place. Now, that I’ve looked at it a little more closely, it’s fairly obvious that, as the single largest private employer in the country (I believe the world, as well) Walmart is strangling America to death.
Here’s a rather startling video of how Walmart has spread like a virus:
Each of those locations represents good paying jobs and livelihoods lost and replaced with subsistence salaries for the sole purpose of enriching a handful of people. It also represents a decline in American manufacturing as Walmart acquires its low priced merchandise from overseas instead of domestically.
By paying millions of workers less than a living wage, Walmart is a leech on the taxpayers as those same employees, often full-time, are forced to rely on public assistance to simply survive. The mantra of “well, they should just work somewhere else” rings especially false as Walmart routinely drives local businesses out of business. There’s a reason New York City will not allow Walmart to open any locations: it’s devastating to the local economy. Unsurprisingly, Republican and corporate whore, Mayor Bloomberg is fighting to let them in. I’m sure he’ll be the first in line to buy stuff there, right?
Of course, it’s the Republican fantasy of the free market that allows Walmart to make it’s billions while soaking the American public. By pretending that corporate welfare doesn’t exist and that only lazy (black) people live off of public assistance, Walmart can continue to pay its workers garbage while using every (illegal) tactic to keep fair wages and unions out. If the free market ACTUALLY worked, Walmart would not be able to crushingly exploit slave labor in third world countries to undermine local small businesses and rely on the government to keep its workforce fed and sheltered.
But let’s not talk about that. Walmart is having a huge price rollback! Let’s shop!!!
For more about the American Horror that is Walmart, in addition to reading up on it, I recommend ”Walmart: The High Cost of Low Price”