Originally Posted by guage
You can spin it any way you like too.
But when it comes right down to it, it's the peoples choice.
And if you haven't noticed the people talking loud and clear.
It is the people's choice if they want to shop at Walmart. That is true.
However, Corporations have a different responsibility. They have a responsibility to the stockholders, both for the short-term gains [which they drive well] and for long term stability, which we have seen has gone by the wayside for many companies. With hundreds of thousands of layoffs over the past decade, the "gotta have returns NOW" mentality is catching up with many companies. Delphi, MCI, Ford, GM, ATT, BellLabs, IBM, Alcoa, US Steel, Square D, Delta, UAL, Worldcom, Conseco, have all gone from being powerhouses to victims of the short-term chasers, trying to catch some analyst's projection. They offshored or laid off to cut costs and lost focus of the long term soundness of their companies.
Walmart is not a good corporate model. Sorry to burst your bubble. The people "made a choice" based on prices without realizing the long term ramifications of Walmart's practices. Look at small towns, look at wage models, look at how they treat employees.
I know folks don't like it when I bring out personal examples where small towns are washed away by decisions like Levi's or Walmart [in this case both] but it puts a face on those decisions. It is not a "spin" to show the damage "Profit at all cost" has on the country.
If the profit is all you see, you are not looking.
If the cheap prices are all you see, you are not looking.
Look at Walmart, and its business as you would an old collector car you were looking to buy and drive 2000 miles home. Dig deep. Use Critical Thinking skills. Don't just look at the shiny baubles.