- Politics and Social Issues
Wal-Mart: Evil Empire?
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.