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Thursday, June 29, 2006

Wal-Mart In The News

Wal-Mart has been in the news, as usual lately. I haven't blogged much about it because it's been mostly the same crap from the unions about how horrible they are.

However, Rassmussen did a poll and found out that the AFL-CIO and Service Workers Internation are probably about as far out of the mainstream as possible in their opinions.

What Rassmussen found was that:

69% of Americans have a favorable opinion of Wal-Mart
79% of current or former Wal-Mart employees a favorable opinion of the company
54% of Americans say that Wal-Mart is good for the community.

In fact, the only demographics that didn't have a favorable opinion of the retailer were the upper middle class and rich folks, the one's least likely to be shopping there.

Which begs a question of the union's opinions, and the amount of money being spent demonizing Wal-Mart. If the demographic you are trying to attract (the middle class) solidly supports Wal-Mart, aren't your attacks more likely to turn them off then bring them into the fold? (H/T to Marsall Mason for the info on this)

In another interesting piece of Wal-Mart news, a Chicago Alderman has claimed that unions in the city have been "strong arming" alderman to support regulations against big box retailers who wish to do business in the city.

He claims that union bosses have threatened to bankroll candidates against incumbents who refuse to vote on (union designed) ordinances that would likely keep any more big box retailers from moving to the city.

More available at the Marathon Pundit.

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5Comments:

Blogger Carol said...

Bob,

You know, alot of people badmouth WalMart (my hubby included) and say they're an "inhuman" company, but I would venture to guess alot of these same folks SHOP there covertly. You can say this and that about them, how they mistreat their employees and so on and it's probably so, but they employ a great many people who probably wouldn't have jobs otherwise.
Their stock is held in many of the institutional portfolios and mutual funds I work with on a daily basis that fatten your and my 401k's. Personally, I'm on the fence about them.

Good post. Now get some sleep! LOL..

Cheers,
Carol

5:25 AM  
Blogger ablur said...

What struck me funny was how the people who are suppose to be in charge of America have been put to the end of the line again.
What I mean is -- We have political parties who seem to think they are in charge of the country. Then we have Unions who think they are in charge of the country. Then we have lobbyists who think they are in charge of the country....... The list is long and ugly. The people come in last. Without showing up at the polls in record numbers and letting these other groups know how little power they have, they will continue to manipulate and steal our country away from us.

8:58 AM  
Blogger shoprat said...

Virtually everyone I know shops at Walmart, including people who complain about it. Some people just aren't happy unless they are complaining.

7:44 PM  
Blogger Ted said...

Folks. Haven't you figured it out yet? Liberals HATE wealth - except their own.

First it was Big Oil, then Big Software (Microsoft), then Big Tobacco, then Big Fast Food, then Big Retail. Sorry, forgot Big Religion! No liberal is ever satisfied unless everyone in this country is poor except them.

Of course, this is just my opinion, I could be wrong.

11:26 PM  
Blogger Fawn said...

Until you walk in our shoes you shouldn't say anything.
Look around on the web there are places that us workers go to we have to vent some where and some how!

Shoppers are going to see alot of changing within the stores If you all think that it takes along time to get in and out of the stores now well you all have a rude a waking coming to you.
They are cutting jobs left and right they are getting rid of people left and right. Just look around on the net! I think you ALL would be SHOCKED! because what you think is going on within the stores isnt even close to what is REALLY going on.

6:35 AM  

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