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Wal-mart Controversy

Posted by Jerry on December 5, 2005

Look at what I found on the internet! Some guy making a quite surprising claim about Sam Walton. Now, I’m very undecided on this controversial Wal-mart issue — whether it is doing more harm than good to this country and the market. I’ve heard arguments that Wal-mart has lower-priced consumer goods, but we end up paying for much of its employees’ healthcare costs because of the low pay and mediocre health insurance benefits.
I don’t know all the facts yet. However, given what I know, I am unconvinced that Wal-mart is doing more harm to this country than any other large discount retailer is. Infact, I think this country and the global economy benefits extensively by the effects of Wal-mart’s business practices. Anyway, this article is unique. I’ve never read anything like this about Wal-mart or Sam Walton before.


Picking On Wal-Mart Union Critics Just Wasting Their Time Assailing Retailer
November 28, 2005
Ron Galloway

In Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” the productive, inventive minds of the world are constantly belittled and attacked by the envious and agenda-driven in a society whose squeaky wheel gets the most grease. Sound familiar?Wal-Mart, hate it or love it, will always be the subject of controversy. I set out on my own to find out what makes the retail giant and employer of more than 1 million Americans tick, and I made a film about Wal-Mart, called “Why Wal-Mart Works, and Why that Drives Some People Crazy.”

Why does Wal-Mart make some people crazy? Because it started selling groceries in California, that’s why. A certain union got unhinged and funded a staff of 35 at WalmartWatch.com to do nothing but use member dues to pester Wal-Mart. Is it a prudent use of union dues to pick on a store most of their dues-paying members enjoy shopping at?Unions and assorted special interests (the National Petroleum Marketers Association, hmm) are comically obsessing on a store 138 million people voluntarily shop at every week. It’s just a store. The anti-Wal-Mart campaign is the biggest waste of time and resources since the last three “Star Wars” movies.

Speaking of Hollywood, why are they picking on Wal-Mart? Wal-Mart is Hollywood’s biggest customer, responsible for nearly 40 percent of DVD sales. Except for my film’s DVD, which they won’t carry. Check out the Screen Actors Guild website – Wal-Mart is a guild signatory. Did Robert Greenwald’s anti-Wal-Mart film use union crews and pay guild wages? Just asking.

Has Wal-Mart lost the life savings of investors, as WorldCom did? Did Wal-Mart just fire 30,000 workers, many of them union, as GM just did? Does Wal-Mart stiff its workers on their pensions, as the airlines are doing?No, no and no. Wal-Mart saves families nearly $2,000 a year on average, Wal-Mart is hiring, and even part-timers at Wal-Mart get an employer match in their 401(k).

I firmly believe no special interest group in this nation benefits the poor and blue-collar as much as Wal-Mart does. Ask a single mom where she shops. Money is freedom, and by saving families money, as is its mission (“Always Low Prices”), Wal-Mart provides their customers more freedom in their daily lives.Wal-Mart’s detractors are focused and well organized in their media assault on the company. I think that Wal-Mart believes that by doing its best to fulfill its responsibilities to its associates and customers, the need to defend its success and innovations should be an afterthought. In today’s world, it’s not.

In “Atlas Shrugged,” John Galt is a fabulous businessman and inventor, yet is constantly criticized for benefiting society as a whole through his innovation and success. In the book, the question is famously asked, “Who is John Galt?”

Sam Walton is John Galt.

Ron Galloway is the producer and co-director of the film “Why Wal-Mart Works & Why That Makes Some People Crazy.” This article was distributed by HuffingtonPost.com.

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2 Responses to “Wal-mart Controversy”

  1. Jeff said

    came across your blog today and have to strongly disagree that you are even considering looking at walmart as a non-threat tot the world economy. Pleas check out http://www.walmartmovie.com/ and trust me you will be convinced.

  2. Ergo Sum said

    Hi Jeff. Yes, I’m aware of the movie… and some community members were having a free screening of it in my neighborhood. I had tried very hard to make sure I remembered to watch it on that free screening day. Alas, I forgot!

    But, I hear there’s another COUNTER-movie that also came out… apparently exposing the flaws and mischaracterizations in this movie that you refer to. So, I suppose to be fair and open-minded, I’d have to watch both of them and judge for myself.
    Yet, I still think I lack all the necessary and pertinent information to make a real assessment of this issue.
    Because this problem does not render itself to speculation based on any philosophical principles, I am reluctant to say where I stand… my leanings are clear, however.

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