claim to be capitalists are really socialists. Why do megacorps such as
Wally who is soundly defended by many as being a model of Capitalism
want to have the government lift money out of our pockets to pay their
expenses. Why have many of the flagship brokerages and financial
institutions who declare they are capitalists beg for the government to
pull money out of our pockets (makes them socialists) to be bailed out
of stuff like sub prime because they were greedy and made bad
investments? Let them go broke just as you or I would if we were pigs
at the casino.
> [on why W-W et al. accept incentives or other assistance]...
Good ol' capitalistic profit motive, of course. As long as someone else
will ante up, why not? (From their viewpoint, of course.) Simply for
WallyWorld, it cuts their costs thereby raising margin and aids their
competitive advantage. What's not to like?
Yes, except the incentive is higher sales tax revenues, employment, and
particularly in smaller markets such as here(*), enticing more distant
folks to town that otherwise might come far less frequently.
OTOH, on occasion, despite WM's best efforts they don't get what they
want. Wichita just turned down a rezoning application appeal and
successfully defended a subsequent lawsuit seeking overturn of that
decision which prevented them from placing a SuperMart in a location
they had selected. The reason? -- local neighborhood homeowners'
association _organized_ and put on a sufficiently good case that the
location was not good for their neighborhood and traffic patterns.
So, like we have discussed before, if you don't like the way things are
going in _your_ little corner of the world, organize w/ some others of
like mind and change it. Don't simply say it can't be done because
"everybody" is corrupt--they're not, they simply have a differing world
view than you (as, fortunately, most of the world seems to).
Almost nothing _always_ holds true.
It all depends on what local conditions are. I forgot to add my
footnote earlier about small market locations.
In areas such as this (which are by far the majority of the country by
geography if not by population), the reach of a single SuperStore or
other large box merchandiser may reach as far as 100 miles owing to
there not being other sizable population centers in that distance. The
effective shopping area here is estimated at about 80 mile radius as
that is roughly the halfway point for much of the OK/TX panhandles and
ne NM/se CO for here as opposed to the closest town of 20k or more in
those areas. In that environment, it's very observable that the number
of vehicles in the WM parking lot w/ out of county and state plates is a
sizable fraction at all times and on weekends may be a sizable majority.
As hard as it is to fathom in some ways, it becomes a "destination".
A year or so ago I made (a rather rare for me) trip into WM and happened
to be following a mother and about a 12-yr old daughter I would guess
into the store. I had noticed the TX tag in the parking lot as I had
pulled in behind them there. As they got into the store the young girl
was looking around at all the "stuff" and says "Mom, I don't think we're
in ________ any more."
While there's no doubt it has hastened the death of most of the small
businesses of before, the total sales volume far exceeds that of the
town prior to its opening. I, personally, would rather have the
individual shops and would gladly forego the WM, but that's not the
attitude of the large majority.
Not by any reliable definition such as Merriam_websters
: any of various economic and political theories advocating collective
or governmental ownership and administration of the means of production
and distribution of goods2 a: a system of society or group living in
which there is no private property b: a system or condition of society
in which the means of production are owned and controlled by the state
Proabably 90% of what is called socialism in these kinds of
If you want a catchy phrase go with corporate welfare, but then
tell me why some people should get welfare and Corps. should not.
Consider it an essay test (g).
As strange as it may seem, foreign companies employ more Americans than the
Besides, Adam Smith ("The Wealth of Nations") settled this hash in the 18th
century. Everybody benefits when countries (actually the people in them) do
what they do best.
And it is almost impossible to own a family bussiness now and jobs go
overseas cuase of the cheaper policy of Wallmart and Wallmart don't
care that it closes a plant look at rubbermaid
The only way Wal Mart could close Rubbermaid is to own it. They don't.
The suppliers to WalMart are greedy too and want the big volume business.
Read about Vlasic Pickles
Then read about how a company can say no to WalMart and be a success
I suggest the "organized citizenry" is beyond corrupt; it is merely mob
Turn the proposal around. The organized citizenry was not good for Walmart,
therefore their motives and reasons should be ignored. If the decision rests
on whether someone dislikes the proposal, then Walmart's (presumed) dislike
for the neighbors' ideas should be similarily discounted. The argument "But
we don't like it" is just as valid coming from Walmart.
Fortunately, that issue doesn't come up in my town (Houston); we don't have
On the other hand, some years ago the neighbors living in the flight path of
LAX began demanding that flights be curtailed over their neighborhood during
the nighttime hours. They picketed, filed suit, and, in general, made a
nusiance of themselves. The fact that the runway was there LONG before the
homeowners was somehow lost on them.
What they didn't consider was that LAX was a division of state government.
LAX condemed the land that harbored this nest of malcontents, paid them a
pittance, and extended the runway.
In the case of the activists in Wichita, I wouldn't be surprised if Walmart
let the conflict die down then persuade the city council to evict all the
subversives via eminent domain so the property could be sold to Walmart,
thereby enhancing tax revenues. Probably a blighted area anyway.
of the state sales tax. There are two counties that have an additional
1% tax that is added to the state sales tax and that is collected with
the sales tax and remitted to them.
It is an issue in my state because somehow walmart has arranged to have
themselves put into the same category as a small business startup
business venture but with extra super good terms that no one else gets.
We acquire the properties for them including leveling mountains to
prepare the site, build all of the infrastructure including access
roads, traffic signals, utilities etc and then they get a 9 year tax
exemption. When the tax exemption is about to run out wally simply calls
and has another site prepared for their use. The nearest wally to me has
a perfectly adequate site but we are preparing a new site less than a
1/4 mile away from there which has included extensive blasting and
leveling for at least the last six months. Then wally employees are the
biggest drain on the state's medical care system because their employees
are in the poverty level and qualify for help.
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