Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Change Wal-Mart, Change America?
Check out the link and note that the bus isn't going anywhere near the South, which has a very dense Wal-Mart population. I personally think they would get booed out of the South unless they stuck to college campuses.
"Starting August 1st, for 35 straight days, WakeUpWalMart.com is taking its national movement, and headquarters, on the road in a non-stop, cross-country tour hitting 19 states and 35 cities in 35 days. From the East Coast, to America's heartland, to the West Coast, the "2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America Tour" is taking to the streets to fight for a better America.
"In town halls, public squares, and at state fairs, America's most exciting grassroots movement is standing up to rich, powerful corporations like Wal-Mart and spreading the word that it is time for Wal-Mart to do what is right instead of taking America in the wrong direction."
Hmmm...seems a bit vague.
I wonder if entitlements are included?
If they continue to complain that a beginning Wal-Mart associate's wage is (1/whatever) the hourly compensation of Lee Scott, why not just mandate that all Wal-Mart workers, indeed everyone in the world while we're at it, not be paid less than him?
That's right, I said it. A multi-million dollar minimum wage! That will handle all of our problems. We'd all lose our jobs, but we'd finally be able to really stick it to Wal-Mart.
The problem is they confuse the reason for why people are poor. It isn't because "the corporations" are greedy. It's because they aren't productive.
Like Travis said, Walmart has done more to help the poor than a minimum wage ever will. That's why someone should set these people straight before they replicate what happened in Chicago two weeks ago.
I know if the Bus finds its way to NC, I'll climb aboard! At least until they kick me off.
PS* Why are only "the corporations" evil? Why not other business forms? Why not sole proprietorships? Or those villianous Massachusetss Business Trusts?
Anyone care to take on Student's challenge and start a website solely devoted to Anti-WalMart watch? I'll help.
Maybe we can start a new blog and invite fellow Anti-Anti-WalMart people to post. Does such a thing already exist?
We can't just sit idly and let living wage idiots take over. That would be hell.
And my personal favorite:
A free blog comes with the site, so I will try and get that set up initially in the coming days (depending on how easy everything is). If you each want to contribute to getting this thing up and rolling, please let me know. You know how to reach me.
Does shameless self-plugging on multiple other sites work? In my experience (http://jurisnaturalist.blogspot.com) no.
I, however, am trying desperately to get people to see what they have been missing. In this case, my support for Wal-Mart is grounded in laissez-faire ideology and not necessarily in Austrian Economics. The latter is a value-free science, while the former is value-packed. People confuse them because most Austrian Economists tend to be politically laissez-faire.
Hopefully people will pay attention to the science, though, when it says quite clearly that imposing a minimum wage will cause unemployment. Then, if your ideology says that's a good thing, we can bring it into the ideological debate.
It's a shame, but I don't think the other side even accepts this widely-realized fact of economics. A lot of people will get hurt if no one does their homework on this. To be honest, I feel sick every time I fail to convince someone of it.