posted on Apr, 17 2014 @ 08:09 PM
a reply to: links234
(ATS is acting weird tonight I can't tell where this is being inserted as I see posting on my screen under this as I type!)
Anyway, I don't love Walmart, but I have to questions for those of you that hate it. Did you ever wonder what good paying jobs those people had
before they agreed to work for Walmart? Oh, you say, Walmart put a bunch of local mom and pop stores out of business. they HAD to go to Walmart. Do
you really think those former employees of the mom and pop stores were making a lot more money with mom and pop? The answer is, no, they were not,
those types of jobs never did and never will pay a good wage and never will. Yes, Walmart put them out of business with a better business model, but
that is what business is all about, competition for the dollar.
Where I live in central Texas a bit east of Austin two new Walmart stores have opened in the last few months. One of the little towns has been drying
up since the end of WWII, many empty buildings litter main street. The new Walmart store within its city limits will be a boost to the community with
its sales tax revenues....and get this....the many local jobs that it has to offer. It will be great for those that have to have that sort of work
and can't afford the expense and time of an hour's drive into Austin and back for work at a job that doesn't pay any better! In the other
communality, not actually a town with any typical little town stores, it is a double bonus again. Local--albeit low skilled jobs and convenience for
workers and shoppers. Texas has all too many little towns that have lost their souls as the young and the reckless move into the bigger cities. Left
behind are the unfortunate, the old and needy, those that need Walmart as perhaps the single life-blood supply of the area.
Folks, Walmart is filling a gap in American society as is the Dollar General, Family Dollar, etc. stores. One other argument is that Walmart is
killing Target, Sears, JCPenny's etc. --Really? The general economic downslide in this country has killed the middle class and the lower class (and
former middle class) are at least getting a bit of a break with the cheaper viciously efficient retailers. That Walmart excels is indicative of how
the country is faring, not how bad it is as a business and employer.