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GUEST,Scoville at Dad's BS: Please WALMART needs your help (146* d) RE: BS: Please WALMART needs your help 18 Dec 04

I don't agree entirely that nobody is forced to work at Wal-Mart. Nobody is putting guns to anyone's heads, but if Wal-Mart wipes out all the other diversified businesses in town and moving isn't an option, yes--you have to work at Wal-Mart. The only thing saving me (barely) is my education and I've had more advantages there than a lot of people. I understand that such are the economic facts of life but it still will never seem right to me that small towns can be put out of businesses and have their young populations siphoned off to cities in part because somebody wants to sell loads of junk for less.

And no, I am not a Communist (loser is debatable) but I have no desire to be motivated solely by money, and I think that there should be--could be, if the government cared to enforce them--limits on absolute capitalism in the form of making sure corporations follow legal/ethical hiring practices, pay living wages, and have decent benefits for the people who put the sweat into the day-to-day operations. No, it doesn't take a genius to run a cash register, but we can't all be geniuses and somebody has to do it, and if I spend 8 (or 10 or 12 or whatever) hours a day on my feet doing it, I by God deserve fair compensation. Wal-Mart cheats to keep its prices artificially low instead of treating its workers fairly and charging the "real" cost of its merchandise.

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