DC Residents Clamor for Walmart Jobs
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  • Jacksonian_Libertarian

    And the Democrats want 11 million illegal aliens to compete for these few jobs, why don’t they just shiv all underemployed and unemployed American workers and just get it over with?

    • Corlyss

      I’m sure that’s down the line. You know, those goals they can’t talk about for fear of alarming the sheeple, like the truth about Obamacare.

  • Andrew Allison

    “By any honest account there is much to dislike about Walmart.” is absolutely wrong and intellectually dishonest!

    By any honest account, Walmart has found a niche and is filling it admirably. The company clearly provides value to its customers and jobs for it’s employees, all of whom are free to find a better one if they can. It’s very disappointing to see VM engage in Blue State Walmart-bashing.

    • Corlyss

      Agreed. I think I mentioned here that I never understood WalMart’s true worth until I heard uberleftie investment guru Jim Cramer describe in moving terms how until WalMart, poor men and women could not afford a decent suit appropriate for a job interview. When I heard that, my devotion to them switched from their being merely a Great American Success Story a la Sears to a decent business model that simultaneously does good works. Frankly, before it had never occurred to me that a suit appropriate for a job interview could possibly have been outside the means of an earnest and skilled poor man or woman sincerely looking for work. My embarrassing bad elitist blind spot.

      • Andrew Allison

        Right on. And today’s insistence upon a degree for a job that doesn’t require one it equally obscene.

  • lukelea

    “By any honest account there is much to dislike about Walmart. By skimping on employee health care, Walmart forces employees onto taxpayer-funded public health programs.”

    I’m not sure that is such a bad thing. Employer supplied health care is at the root of our problem here. All we need to do is expand eligibility for Medicaid until it includes virtually the entire population. What would be wrong with that?

    • Andrew Allison

      Whoa there. If the Walmart employees were unemployed, they would be not only on taxpayer-funded public heath programs, but on welfare too boot.

  • NCMountainGirl

    Jobs at Wal-Mart are also highly prized by people with large families because of the employee discounts. It is a one stop shop for many and the discount can make a substantial difference to the family budget,

  • Matthew Brotchie

    Why is it the that every time Via Meadia brings up Walmart Costco is never mentioned?

    Costco has the same upsides WRM gives to Walmart but has very few of the horrible downsides, as they continue to treat their employees much better. I have suspicions that Walmart may have an advantaged over Costco due to entrenched interests tied to our ever expanding and transparently corrupt political class.

    An example of Walmarts contribution to our two-party plutocracy :

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/10/31/walmart-food-stamps_n_4181862.html

  • Loader2000

    mmmm….retail (like restaurants) is somewhat of a zero-sum game in a local area. Walmart will create jobs in its own store, but it will also make jobs disappear in other locations where people will no longer shop. The only potential contribution Walmart makes is not in job creations, but if it can provide essential goods and services so cheaply and efficiently that it raises the standard of living of local residents. Simply providing poor people with access to more shoddy ‘stuff’ will not increase their standard of living in any meaningful way. Like WRM as pointed out several times, as a civilization, we are ‘stuff’ rich, but ‘meaning’ poor. However, if Walmart can provide food, banking services, pharmacies, basic household goods like cleaning supplies and garbage bags (things that are necessary) MORE efficiently than other places, than maybe it is doing some good.

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