Wal-Mart: Evil Empire?

Well the title of the file says Wal-Mart girls. Ah, who cares! I am just trying to generate traffic.
Well the title of the file says Wal-Mart girls. Ah, who cares! I am just trying to generate traffic.

Luke Skywalker vs. the Evil Empire!

I have noticed a trend in recent hubs. That trend has to attack Wal-Mart as an evil corporation. Wal-Mart recently overtook Exxon as the largest corporation in the world. That alone, I can assume, is justification for some people to attack. This has extended beyond just the hubs as the comments on these hubs have exceeded the word count of the hub itself. First I will address some of the more ludicrous statements I have read, then, offer a History lesson.

                Whether or not Wal-Mart is evil, corrupt or whatever is beside the point. Most corporations are corrupt to an extent. They are certainly guilty of greed; it is their nature to be. Seeking profit, however, is not a sin or sign of corruption, unless you are a true bleeding heart liberal. Having said that, I realize that there are plenty of those on hub pages and if I have offended you…tough! It is not my station in life to worry about your lack of self-esteem. There are far too many important things going on in our nation right now that can use the focus of everyone, instead of worrying about a corporation making a profit.

                Where to begin…I have heard in recent days that Wal-Mart abuses its employees. Wal-Mart has destroyed the U.S. economy by buying overseas products. Wal-Mart sends jobs overseas. Wal-Mart controls the dollar. Wal-Mart is Hitler in corporate clothing. Wal-Mart is destroying economies world-wide. I mean, come on, if I started to believe this crap I would be convinced Wal-Mart had something to do with JFK’s assassination! Please recognize the satire and sarcasm in that last statement. I do not want to spend needless hours explaining to anyone that I do not believe that! I know there are plenty of Star Wars fans out there, some that want to equate everyday things, but you are not Luke Skywalker and Wal-Mart is not Darth Vader or Emperor What’s-his-name. This is the real world. Wal-Mart marketing uses the same tricks all corporations do, they do not have Jedi mind tricks!

                Wal-Mart is an outsourcer. That means they do not produce anything. They contract their brand name items and buy from manufacturers to stock their stores. They do not own any factories, therefore cannot send any jobs overseas. This is one rant I have heard over and over and over. Factories owned by other companies have, however, sent jobs overseas by moving manufacturing overseas. Wal-Mart is in the business of profit (like all corporations). They will buy the products that they can move off their shelves and seek to buy them at the lowest price they can. Since no one in the United States manufactures TV’s anymore, they are of course forced to buy from foreign sources.

                I think most Wal-Mart haters are misdirecting their ire. For some reason they are redirecting responsibility from the government to Wal-Mart. Come on people, why would a corporation, whose existence depends on profits, take counter-productive measures to destroy economies? Is it strictly a tactic to divert attention away from George Soros? If I touched a nerve in someone, with the last statement, again…tough! As Andy Levy says on Fox News Channel’s Red Eye , “I apologize for nothing”. The only other people I can think of to thank for our economic woes are Barney Frank and Chris Dodd.

Wal-Mart: Just trying to make a profit!

I have heard that Wal-Marts rise and the decline of manufacturing in the U.S. occurred at the same time, so it has to be Wal-Marts fault that jobs are going overseas. Then I have been asked why I cannot see this. Well, maybe because I still have brain cells in my head. The rise that Wal-Mart has experienced was caused by the consumer. I will always be mystified by the left’s desire to call out a corporation, furthering class warfare, and ignore the government’s role in economic chaos. Well, I know the root of that; Marxism.

                In 1965 the U.S. began the Maquiladoras program. A maquiladoras is a foreign owned factory. This program allowed U.S. companies to build factories in the Mexican borderlands. More specifically, the cities of Tijuana, Mexicali, Nogales, Sonora, Agua Prieta, Ciudad Juarez, just to name a few. This program is just three years after the birth of Wal-Mart, Target, and K-Mart.  Wal-Mart did not even open a store outside of Arkansas until 1968. One of the notable companies to open factories in Mexico as a result is Fender. They did not open a store in China until 1996 (Hong Kong was not a part of China in 1994 when Wal-Mart opened three stores in Hong Kong), two years after NAFTA was passed. NAFTA passed in 1994 sending factories south of the border in search of cheaper labor. China entered the World Trade Organization in 2001. Factories and companies that had been located in Mexico then moved to China, again in the name of cheap labor. Wal-Mart is hardly the cause of such.

                Wal-Mart is now Wal-Mart International and certainly has the right to open stores wherever a nation allows. Wal-Mart is now the largest corporation in the world and largest private employer in the world. That is hardly destructive to anyone’s economy, especially in times of unemployment such as we are experiencing today. As far as abuse goes, I have yet to hear of an incident of one having a gun held to their head, forcing them to work there. I, for one, would not put up with any abuse. But then I have always been one to change my station in life when I was dissatisfied with the previous one.

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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

Very interesting, there was quite a bit of information that I didn't know, thanks.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Rachel, I figured you would like this one. Thanks as always for the comment.


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CMerritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

jt, you are the epitome of common sense!..This hub is magnificant! I love it, you always just lay it out there. Those people who think Wal-Mart is bad, all they have to do, is not shop there. If enough people agreed with them, Wal-Mart would not be. The left does not like them, so they want government to do something about them. Or Unions to step in and get their piece of the pie.

again, nice job.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

CMerrit! How have you been, Sweetness? Glad to see you drop by and thanks for the great comment. Glad you like the hub. As far as common sense, well I try.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

Your right ! Corporations are by nature in business to make a profit! However,it's rediuclous to expect an never ending increase in profits year after year without also expecting Inflation.We all know Inflation devalues the currency.So,why do we delude ourselves with the false Idea that because we have an Increase in dollars that automatically we can buy more than we did before those dollars were devalued.While it's true that those who get to use those Inflated dollars first get more value for their money,soon after that money is spent the majority of us will reaize that those dollars are worth less than they were before they were spent.Usually by the government and.lately by the fed to prop up the dollar by buying U.S. Treasuries.This is an Illusion designed to keep confidence in the dollar.

One cannot but wonder! Do,you own Walllmart stock?

Wallmart may not be the only reason for many small mom and pop stores losing business,but they sure don't help American small businesses that can't compete with cheap foriegn labor.

Wallmart is only one part of a concerted effort by big corporations along with certain government interests to apease China as well as many other third world countries ,or at least what used to be third world countries before we came to them with the Idea of buying goods from them.

One reason is that we have been borrowing so much money from them to prop up our spending.

We have in effect been borrowing what used to by our own money.Before we spent it on their exports to us.

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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

someonewhoknows, thanks for dropping by and leaving comment. You speak of inflation, but inflation is not caused by economic growth. The inflation rate went from double digits in 1981 to below 5% by late 1982. Since 1982 inflation has only gone above 5% for two months in 1990.

Inflation is just around the corner, thanks to the Fed printing more and more money. The value of the dollar is going down as a result also.

The twenty-five years of growth after 1981 will indicate that profits do not cause inflation. The Fed propping up the dollar and increased spending are, however, detrimental to the dollar. Profits? No.

To answer your question, No, I do not own any stocks of any kind.

The idea that what is good for Wall Street is bad for main street does not wash. Supply side economics vs Keynesian economics? There was a very recent report that indicates why Keynesian economics and TARP have failed to generate the growth.

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TheManWithNoPants 6 years ago from Tucson, Az.

Tom, this is bordering genius. I agree with what you say, but the Walmart phenomena is somewhat sad. Down in Texas there is a little hardware store in the neighborhood where I grew up. (well alomst anyway) The store was founded in or around 1920, and was passed down to family generation after generation. My grandfather and the founder were good friends. Pop bought all his hardware from the store beginning in the early thirties, as did our whole family through the generations. The place was so cool. They had talking parots for as long as I can remember that you could feed, and they talked up a storm. They finally closed the doors last summer. The store had been losing money for a long time, because no one wanted to go into this quaint little store and pay more than they had to going to Home Depot. It's sad to see the old neighborhood fixture borded up when ever I go back home. Little shops are almost a thing of the past. Progress has a dark side is all I'm really trying to say I guess. But you guessed it buddy; the man with no pants is putting together a plan to bring little shops back while keeping Walmart and Home Depot!

Again, nice job on this hub Tom!

jim


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Old Poolman 6 years ago from Rural Arizona

jt - Magnificent hub my friend. It appears you may have really poked the bear with a stick on this one. I will be interested to see the comments from the Walmart haters.

When reading things from the Walmart haters, the first thing that jumps out is they have probably never owned a business themselves, or been paid to run a business for someone else. For a true lover of business, the Walmart story is a thing of beauty. The brains behind growing this from one store to what it is today is something to admire. And no, I don't own any Walmart stock but wish I did.

It is amazing to me how many employees resent the company they work for making profits. When put into perspective, the small company owner assumes all the risk and liability, works twice as many hours as any of the employees, and takes a modest salary in return. He or she has no extra benefits, rarely takes a vacation, and doesn't know the meaning of sick leave. While a small business is surely not on a scale with the Walmart empire, the same rules apply. You have to make more money than you spend or the business will not survive for very long, then nobody has a job. Walmart puts the groceries on the table and pays the mortgage or rent for a whole bunch of people.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Hey Jim! Thank you! Your comments are always enjoyed and appreciated.

I agree it is sad about Mom and Pop stores, yes, but society in general has more to do with their demise than anything else.

As far as hardware stores go, I will always visit the locally owned as opposed to Lowe's or Home Depot. As you know, I love to build guitars. I have several designs together using the Danelectro style of construction. Problem is, finding Masonite (especially the right size) has become a real chore. There is a locally owned hardware store in my wife's parents home town that I can find the right stuff, but it is sixty miles away.

As I said, the demise of Mom and Pop stores is most unfortunate, but the youth today have no idea of the nostalgia and romance of going and spending time in a Mom and Pop store. In my hometown, we had a Drug Store that still had a soda fountain and you could eat lunch and have a cup of coffee very reasonably. The charm and romance of a store like that are undeniable. It is where you can not even find a local barber (especially one who knows what a high and tight is) anymore.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

OldPoolman! I have been wondering where you have been, but Jim has kept me informed.

Thank you always for stopping by and leaving your comments! They are always valuable insight.

I have never owned my own business, but would certainly love to. Unfortunately today's economic environment is not friendly to my starting one. I would love to make guitars, but the tax nightmare is what keeps me from doing so. I certainly do not want half of my money going to the fed, and would probably never hire anyone for fear of the taxes associated with the hiring (health care especially). If I had even thought about such twenty-five or thirty years ago, I would have been all over it.

I will never understand the idea that success should be punished. It takes a lot of work to make a successful business, like you said, the owner does not get a break. Hard work is demonized for some reason these days, as well as good character and morality.


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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I just thought I would jump in with one comment on owning stock. I started buying a small amount of stock when I was pregnant with my son (10-20 dollars worth every two weeks), when I decided last year before Ben's second birthday to quit Wal-Mart and open my own business I had enough in Stock and my 401k to help me keep this business going when things got rough. If it weren't for those two things I wouldn't have lasted through the first year with my Day care. That's all, just thought you guys would like to know that.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Very good point, Rachel. I do not own, but like Oldpoolman, wish I had bought stock in Wal-Mart all those years ago. I could have retired now if I had.


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rachellrobinson 6 years ago from Southwest Missouri

I originally invested so we could pay for Ben's college (I know he wasn't even here yet), when the opportunity arose for me to start my own business it just made sense to use that money for that.


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Jeremey 6 years ago from Arizona

25 years of growth after 1981? Shows how little informed you are. Reagan very significantly increased public expenditure, primarily the Department of Defense, which rose from $267.1 billion in 1980 to $393.1 billion in 1988. Reagan significantly reduced the maximum tax rate, which affected the very wealthy, and lowered the top marginal tax rate from 70% to 50% and in 1986 he further reduced the rate to 28%. As a result of all this the budget deficit and federal debt increased considerably: debt grew from 33.3% of GDP in 1980 to 51.9% at the end of 1988.In order to cover new federal budget deficits, the United States borrowed heavily both domestically and abroad, raising the national debt from $997 billion to $2.85 trillion, and the United States moved from being the world's largest international creditor to the world's largest debtor nation. Reagan described the new debt as the "greatest disappointment" of his presidency.

The number of Americans below the poverty level increased from 29.272 million in 1980 to 31.745 million in 1988. The numbers speak the truth about those years!

I could give you nearly the exact same numbers on Obama! They both were influenced by Wall Street, big Banks and the Fed. These are the groups that control our economy, and in the past 12 or so years WalMart's financial institutions influence every one of those groups. If I am so against the rich why does it upset me that corporations like WalMart take the opportunity of future generations to achieve what they have. The facts throughout the history of our country that when republicans hold office corporate powers have a greater influence in our economy and more people end up in poverty. The numbers above are just one example. I am not against the rich, I am just not for creating more poverty.


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American Romance 6 years ago from America

jtcarr! ...........Im a little teary eyed just thinking how we may be brothers or cousins or something! man after my own heart for sure! Voted UP!


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Jeremey, You pretty much made my case for me, except that you do not recognize the most unprecedented period of growth our nation has ever experienced. The Historians all agree. Unemployment and inflation both fell from double digits and our economy was turned around in eighteen months. How was this done? The tax cuts you mentioned above. Yes, the deficit did grow, but not as a result of the tax cuts, because of the increased defense spending with the arms race. The cold war ended as a result of this.

You mention more people under the line of poverty. That is natural for the number of people to increase, as the population increases. Especially after the amnesty granted to illegal immigrants in that time period. What you failed to mention was the rate of poverty. The poverty rate decreased in those years. Recheck the charts because the poverty rate has decreased significantly since the 1960's.

Also Reagan stated as his greatest disappointment was that he did not get accomplished what he wanted in terms of spending. He wanted much more deregulation, but was hampered by a Democratic majority congress.

Anyone can make your argument unless you analyze the facts as what they are. The increase in numbers in poverty is miniscule in relation to the population growth.

"The number of Americans below the poverty level increased from 29.272 million in 1980 to 31.745 million in 1988. The numbers speak the truth about those years!"

The only truth represented there is the number of people in poverty, not the percentage.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

American Romance! Thank you for that comment. That is absolutely a compliment!


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

We have Wal-marts going up left and right out where I live and that just means jobs for people in my opinion. YET the bleeding heart liberals of Oregon, who has one of the highest unemployment rates and THE highest foreclosure rates, is complaining and signing petitions agianst a Wal-mart going in stating "they'll ruin the neighborhoods and bring in drug dealers, etc".

Great hub!


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Hey Laura, glad you stopped by and left a comment. Yours are always appreciated. I have yet to understand the hate displayed towards Wal-Mart.


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someonewhoknows 6 years ago from south and west of canada,north of ohio

The majority of jobs created in America are from small businesses.Not even wallmart comes close to creating those jobs.Even though wallmart is the biggest single provider of retail jobs in America,much of the money spent on the products they sell goes to China.Of,course this is true of every store that sells products from China.The only reason this would be patriotic is because we are borrowing much of the money we pay China in imports.Is,that really "Patriotic"

I don't think you really understand the mathamatics of Inflation,especially with compound interest.I'm talking about thirty year mortgages.The banking system is designed around Inflation.

True the war Industry is the biggest money making Industry,and Reagan certainly put a lot of "borrowed" money into the war Industry.The military and the C.I.A were involved in the drug trade to pay for arms.Selling drugs to get money for guns for the Contras in South America.Where do you suppose those drugs were sold?

It,seems we don't mind if slave labor creates what we buy as along as it's not our own people who do it!

Deregulation caused electric rates to increase in california.If,the purpose of regulation is to prevent harm to the people,then the F.D.A. certainly is a good example of why It's not working.Since many of those given positions there are from the very Industry they are regulating.


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TeaPartyCrasher 6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA

Posted like a true servant of the corps.

Go to YouTube and search 'Wake Up Wal-Mart'. . .


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Someonewhoknows,

Do you know what Wal-Mart sells more than anything else? Food. Food made in the U.S. They also only sell U.S. gasoline. The only money that goes to China is for the products made in China. If the product demand for those goods did not exist, well I really don't have to explain that do I?

Inflation? I was around during the Carter years, so I am wondering which inflation are you referring to. Inflation is on the way thanks to the Fed printing more and more money backed by nothing more than cloth.

Many experts say that Wal-Mart is responsible for the low inflation rates we have had the last twenty or so years. Some products they sell are the same price they were in 1989, which has caused other retailers to keep the same prices.


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jtcarr1164 6 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

TPC,

Been there, done that. I took it for what it was. A video posted to youtube.

I notice on your profile it says you are an underpaid and overworked computer geek with a radical streak. Did you ever stop and think why you may be underpaid and overworked? It may have something to do with your hostilities to main stream America and to corporate America. Not exactly qualities employers look for. I'm just saying...


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izettl 6 years ago from The Great Northwest

I have to agree with your comment to Tea party crasher.


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jtcarr1164 5 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Hey Laura, thanks for that! Glad you dropped by this one too!!


David99999 5 years ago

Although I disagree with you opinion of WalMart, I must that you are an able writer. From my own personal past experience, I can verify the pathetic, greedy, cutthroat mindset of that corporation. Some of us have good reason to despise them. This is America. You have a right to your opinion. However, part of loving ones country, is criticizing her flaws, and, her flawed citizens.

From your photo, I surmise that you are on who willingly obeys orders. I am not such an individual. In defense of those who point out the corruption of Corporate America and US government (you probably don't want to know my opinions regarding the latter), it is debate which moves our society forward.


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mslizzee 5 years ago from Buncombe County, NC

I love WalMart. I go to a super store and honestly they have great organic chicken and the best eye of the round roast I've ever purchased. They have a few organic cereals which I like too because I'm very, very picky about what I eat. Thank you for your hub.


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jtcarr1164 5 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Hey mslizee,thank you for dropping by. Sam's club also has some of the best ribeye steaks you can throw on the grill!!!


Gary 5 years ago

I for one am no fan of Walmart. But as a person in business I do not fear or loathe Walmart as a business. They developed a business model that works well based on consumer decision making in both the US and abroad. It is very simple here, if the majority of consumers hate Walmart, then do not shop there and they will be forced to change their business model. If the majority of the pool of employees do not like how Walmart treats their hired ranks, then do not work there. There is no horse before the cart here. Walmart developed a business model that American consumers, conservative and liberal alike, all craved without concern for consequence to existing business that Walmart would compete with. There phenominal growth was/is fueled by consumers. period.


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jtcarr1164 5 years ago from Tueplo, Mississippi Author

Thank you for coming by Gary. I guess you are making my point without so many words. Corporations and businesses rise and fall by the consumer, except when government subsidies interfere. There seems to be a dreamed up notion that corporations are conspiring against us all.

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