Originally Posted by willshome
There are two big problems with Wal-Mart. They are CHEAP
1. They make suppliers low bid so low they have to make things in China
2. Store workers can only work part time aka no benefits. 30hours X $8 = $240 FUN. What % of those workers do you think get some kind of Gov. ad foodstamps, housing, medicare.... So your taxes are paying part of Wal-marts payroll if a worker can't live off their pay.
Yes Wal-mart is bigger than Costco but Costco pays their works $13+ and still makes money. This model maybe better for everyone not just stock holders
to play devils advocate, everything today is made in china and every company uses them.
most things labeled made in the USA is only packaged or assembled in the USA but it is made in china.
costco does pay a little better but they also charge every customer 50.00 a year just to walk in the door.
they are making 50 mil a year for every 1 million members they have before they sell one thing.
wally world does not have that safety net and their profits come from buying in mass quantities and selling it quickly.
i am sure there are some positions at walmart that are skilled enough and should be better paying but on a whole there is not much required in the brains department to work there and i have never seen anyone there bust their butts working there over the years.
there are a lot of things that are bi-products of corporate america that is not fair to the little people but there are a lot of good things that result from it as well.
being the largest employer they create a lot of tax revenue and even though the jobs are low paying and a lot of their workers get government assistance it still minimizes how much they take from the tax payers compared to if they had no job at all and were getting complete government diddy's.
even though most of what they sell is crap it is cheap crap and people with no money or on a budget need to have access to cheap crap.
walmart always makes the news and gets the bad rap as the evil empire from the liberal media but the fact of the matter there is far more instances of corporate greed and government giveaways going on and walmart is the least of our worries.
look at how much money a company like facebook made last year.
they paid no taxes at all and don't have a huge work force.
they get a free pass from the libs because the libs have the lock down on the social media and that is what buttered their bread for the last 7 years.
i am all for clamping down on everything. make everyone pay and make everyone work and the same goes for corporations.
i long for the day when i used to have a choice when i bought something in whether it was made in america or not.
i miss going to the local store that has all but got wiped out. but those days are gone and as long as we continue to allow the government to control every level of our society and regulate the living snot out of it, things will always be this way.
if you look at the whole shift of manufacturing world wide that left america through a timeline you can easily see that once the fed got involved in the late 60's to early seventies with over regulation and taxation on corporations it pushed them all away and made things what they are today.
i remember when i was a kid in the early 70's pollution was a big thing back in then and the era of industrialization took it's toll on america and there were actually people with the belief if we could move some of our toxic factories to other countries that it would clean ours up.
i was actually kind of comical that before recycling got going people actually thought the answer was just to move these things somewhere else.
they were under the belief that " we only need the products and we don't need what is associated with making them ".
it is funny how our government works.
only in america and our government could prohibit the manufacturing of compact Fl light bulbs in the USA because they contain mercury but yet mandate that every home and business in america use them.
they also spent millions on a study to create a manual that explains the procedure in what to do when one of these bulbs break and how to clean it up.
that's my rant, i feel better.