Friday, January 27, 2006

Much better when he stays away from Canadian politics

Babble on.

Like the Instaman actually gives a flying french seal what I think of his editorial opinions on the Canadian election.

Anyhow, this is pretty much how I feel about both GWB and Wal-Mart myself. Except Reynolds says it much better than I ever could. *sigh*

You know, to me Wal-Mart is a lot like George W. Bush. It's not that I'm that big a fan in the abstract, really, it's just that the viciousness and stupidity revealed in its enemies tends to make me view it more favorably than I otherwise would.

'Heh' or 'Indeed'? I'm never quite sure which to use in a situation like this.

Babble off.


At 5:24 p.m., Blogger The Tiger said...

It's true. It's so true.

At 1:48 a.m., Blogger Steve said...


At 9:37 a.m., Blogger GenX at 40 said...

Is it visiousness and stupidity to point out things like the $172 million judgements in courts against them for mistreating workers? Or is that like George Bush, too, and his understanding of the role of the judiciary given the warrantless search scandal?

[PS - let me know if I am being an irritant...or maybe ust an unwelcome one.]

At 2:26 p.m., Blogger Chris Taylor said...

I don't care if they've been sued a million times or secretly grind up employees to make more particleboard for their store displays, but I do think they are a lousy retailer. Everything about their stores seems specially-designed to make the whole shopping experience unbearable.

My local Wally World has a seriously overcrowded parking lot, with lousy access routes; messy and disorganised shelves; and never enough cashiers on duty to handle the volume of customers in the store.

Cheap prices are good but I'll pay a few bucks more to go to a place where it's clean, well-organised, and parking doesn't involve circling the lot for a half hour waiting for landing clearance.

At 3:59 p.m., Blogger The Tiger said...

And that is your right, CT.

But I'll say that Walmart has served me well, and I'm glad to have them as an option.

At 4:32 p.m., Blogger GenX at 40 said...

But you will agree that the citizen is allowed to make decisions freely about the market and take into account the lousiness of their retail trade and their lousiness as an employer and corporate citizen to decide to shop elsewhere, right?

[Thought I must say that my Walmart visit in Ithaca NY was a revelation in wide aisles and cleanliness...not unlike Target in Portland Maine, come to think of it.]

At 6:49 p.m., Blogger Candace said...

I haven't paid enough attention to lawsuits against Walmart to comment on how they do or do not treat their employees. I live in a city that has enough jobs going empty that if their practices are that bad, they won't keep their staff, so the market will teach them lesson enough.

Everyone has a right to "vote" with their pocketbook.

That being said, I agree with the quote, most definitely.

At 8:26 p.m., Blogger GenX at 40 said...

Yet there are towns like those in Pictou Co 1992 or West Virginia 2006 where there is not an over-demand for workers yet mouths to be fed so staff does not have the same choice as in urban settings. Those comparisons may seem extreme but if you analogize to the market you also have to admit where markets are restricted.

At 6:30 p.m., Blogger AwaWiYe said...

Yeah, and when Wal-Mart moves into those towns it delivers goods cheaply into the hands of people who have to stretch every dollar as far as they can. The interests of the customer are certainly of greater import than the interests of the employees.

At 8:42 a.m., Blogger GenX at 40 said...

A pro-deflationist! How interesting. Make sure the wine cellar is well stocked, though, before the ensuing economic collapse.

At 4:04 p.m., Blogger AwaWiYe said...

A sensible person would understand that allowing low income people to buy more productivity per dollar isn't going to deflate the economy when the rest of the population continues to shop in the malls.


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