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|Liberal Mormon For Wal-Mart!|
Oct. 24th, 2007 at 4:24 pm
I am the founding and only member of Liberal Mormons For Wal-Mart (LMWM) – ok there is no LMWM, but I admit – I love Wal-Mart! I love the smiley face, I love the cheap prices, I want to be a greeter when I retire, and Sam Walton is my hero – any billionaire who still drives a beat up pickup to work everyday is awesome. In fact, I consider myself a Democratic leaning person and STILL I love Wal-Mart.
I have many friends who consider themselves liberal leaning Mormons and they all hate Wal-Mart. When I press them for reasons why they hate Wal-Mart, they cite the usual – it destroys small businesses, it uses sweat shops to make goods, it has no corporate conscience, it is anti-union (who isn’t these days) etc. When I ask them where they shop they usually respond Target, Costco, or some specialty retailer like Gap. I then inform them that these companies are not that different from Wal-Mart, just smaller in size. They all destroy small businesses, they all use low cost labor from abroad and all of them are in the business to make money. So what is the difference? I thought one of the best responses I ever heard back to a liberal was “so you are against poor people having a place to shop?” Wal-Mart fills a very important need in this country that has provided the poor access to products at very affordable prices. I have seen data that links the low inflation of the 15 years to the “Wal-Mart effect”. So let’s look at what Wal-Mart has done:
Perhaps the real reason liberals hate Wal-Mart is the last sentence – the customers are conservative. The fascinating part is who is behind the anti-Wal-Mart organizations – why its the liberal friend the Labor Unions. I really don’t think the Wal-Mart bashing has anything to do with protecting the poor or any of that garbage, since these same liberals frequent stores that are essentially the same but more expensive and more trendy. I have never heard any of the Wal-Mart haters state where they think the poor should shop because there is not another good alternative. It is all about politics in my view. I am proud to be one of the 100 million who go to Wal-Mart every week.