Wednesday, November 29, 2006

So Much for Free Enterprise

San Diego city council has voted to ban Walmart from building Supercenters in the city. I'm getting so sick of Walmart bashing. Looks like the people of San Diego will have less options for cheap prices and more jobs.

13 comments:

Ron said...

Ditto!

blue voting...blue city...blue state.

FeatherIron said...

yikes! I aint gonna touch this one this time :-)

Gered Lambert said...

Shame on Walmart! Excelling in an open market and besting the competition with innovation and hard work! Starting from a nothing little store in Arkansas and growing to the most successful retailer in the world over a long period of time.

Something must be done! We cannot reward excellence!

Nick said...

You know, last Sunday Hugo Chavez told his supporters that he was going to bring down the most powerful empire on Earth.

Sam Walton, surrounded by his Wal-Mart execs., fired back with, "Well, we'll see if his punk as can back that up."

Soon after, Dick Cheney, wearing a Halliburton hard hat and standing in front of a drilling rig, responded to the situation, saying, "How in the hell does Sammy boy know that loon was talking about Wal-Mart."

Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Wal-mart bashing has become so politically correct and I'm getting sick of it too. I happen to love Wal-mart.

Cajun Tiger said...

The only reason libs "hate" Walmart is because Walmart doesn't have unions, so the unions force their bought and paid for officials to do everything possible to punish Walmart no matter how much it hurts the people they are the alleged supporters of, the poor and the workers. Union money carries a big stick and Walmart is its biggest target.

Nick said...

Exactly CT. Wal-Mart may be the biggest private employer in the nation, and it's not unionized. That drives the union leaders and lobbyists crazy. If Wal-Mart was unionized, we wouldn't be hearing any of this junk.

The liberals who complain about Wal-Mart don't do so because of the noble cause of trying to keep the mom & pop stores open. They do so because Wal-Mart refuses to subcome to the pressure of unions.

Ian McGibboney said...

This past summer, I drove through north Texas, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah. Along the way (I think it was in the TX panhandle), we passed through a little quaint town. It had a bunch of clean vintage buildings, including bakeries, service stations, restaurants and general stores. The place was straight out of a 1950s postcard, except that virtually everything in the town was abandoned. And yet, we saw people all over the place. "What is going on?" I thought to myself. On our way out of town, toward the interstate, we saw a Wal-Mart Supercenter. It was bustling.

And THAT's why I don't shop at Wal-Mart.

Cajun Tiger said...

Ian...and that is your right. However, millions do shop at Walmart and THAT'S why they are the #1 retailer.

Nick said...

I thought Ian was all for the lower and middle class of American having as much buying power as possible. Wal-Mart does deliver that.

I've never been a big fan of Wal-Mart b/c I prefer my specialty meats and grocery stores, but my wife and I have always shopped there when we need stuff in bulk.

I still refuse, though, to buy any crawfish or seafood from Wal-Mart. Rarely do I find Louisiana crawfish there.

Ian McGibboney said...

Wal-Mart does offer almost unbelievably low prices...but at a huge cost. Wal-Mart is able to offer these prices both through sheer volume and corporate intimidation. One example I read about was Vlasic, which was bullied by Wal-Mart into offering larger quantities (i.e., bulk jars instead of smaller servings). This was so cost-ineffective for Vlasic that they almost went bankrupt. But they relented, because Wal-Mart threatened to drop the company's products alotgether if they didn't comply.

Also consider that one of the most economically devastating things that can happen is that a Wal-Mart opens in a small town, wipes out local merchants and then goes out of business. It happens all the time, and it wrecks small-town economies. At the same time, however, it barely hurts Wal-Mart's bottom line. That isn't free-market captialism; that's scorched-earth policy.

Even when Wal-Marts stay open, the effect is a gradual decline in competition over time. Not to mention the lowered bar of worker benefits, which rivals must match (lower) in order to stay competitive. Wal-Mart's roots may be humble, but I don't think even Sam Walton would approve of the current economic disparity between his legacy and everything else.

So remember this: when you're paying those "low" prices, you're making up the difference in other ways. Enjoy your few extra cents.

Nick said...

Ever since the Super Wal-Mart in Jennings has opened, all kinds of businesses and road improvements have popped up around the area. Same Exit 82 in Crowley. There used to be nothing there.

Wal-Marts do put some businesses out, but they also attract other economic opportunites. In all, they pretty much cancel each other out, and capitalism continues to work. There are many small businesses that are thriving b/c of the Wal-Mart boom.

Again, the main problem the Left has with Wal-Mart is likt CT said, they're not unionized. That drives the Left crazy. If Wal-Mart would become unionized, I don't think we'd be hearing half the bitching we do now.

Cajun Tiger said...

If Walmart unionized, they would quickly go from the enemy to the best friend of the libs. Would probably even start passing legislation to give them special treatment so that they could increase union membership even more.