The Walmart 1%
I remember seeing Sam Walton in TV commercials and saying: “I will never sell anything in my store that is not made in the USA.” Now you sell nothing but. You purchase items made by people that are basically slave laborers. The quality of many items has improved from China, but they still were better made when they were made in the USA. The people here need jobs, they don’t need poor quality items that I’m sure none of the Waltons who are profiting would touch with a ten foot pole.
The idea that six (6) of your family members have 30% of the wealth of the US is disgusting, while you send your associates to have to file for food stamps and government provided healthcare.
How you can stand to look at yourselves in the mirror each day is beyond me. I know one thing, I can look at myself in the mirror because I wouldn’t touch your store, or your merchandise with a ten foot pole
I cannot imagine how these people sleep at night, knowing they are gouging Americans this way. A. they don’t pay them enough, and B. they profit because their junk is so cheap that poor people go there to buy things. What a perfect circle…..for them. And they do the same with the vendors in China….not that I am happy that they buy 97% of their articles from China and have single handedly raised the economy of China and not America….and they gouge the vendors there too. I have zero respect for them as human beings or entrepreneurs.
I have never set foot in a Walmart or Sam’s Club store, and I never will, as long as these greedheads continue their present policies. NO ONE amasses this kind of wealth without doing serious harm to many, many people along the way. The only thing that differentiates the Waltons (and other corporate greedheads) from common thugs and thieves is the breathtaking scale on which they are able to perpetrate their crimes.
Stop and think about the problems in your life. Is walmart responsible for them? No, YOU are. Stop blaming others. If you wanted it bad enough, you could do better than you do right now. If you work at Wal-Mart and hate your job and feel like you’re not getting paid enough, then find another job and be resourceful. Don’t wait for the government to take away other people’s money and give it to you. Figure something out yourself. Use the brain you have, find out what your skills are, and apply yourself and be willing to work hard. Then you don’t have to spend your time and energy wishing you were richer, and trying to get other people’s money taken away from them because it’s not ‘fair’ for them to have so much. Like it or not, they have that much and they shouldn’t be expected to just hand it over.
Caroline I remember the saying “what has that got to do with the price of tea in China” unfortunatley today it has everything to do with the price of everything and how America got in the mess she’s is in.
Michael you my dear sir are to ignorant to know the difference.
I and my wife bith work for Wal-Mart. We have been with them for over 13 years. If you are willing to worh hard and do your job, you will be able to make a good living. All the people that put Wal-Mart down are the people that want everything just handed to them and now willing to work for their money. I have goon insurance both medical and life. I also have money to put in to my 401k. If you can’t make it on what walmart is paying you then get a second job and get to work. There are a lot of people that have 2 and 3 jobs to make it. I am 51 now and for the first 20 years of my working life I had 2 or more jobs to get my family what we needed. So shut up and get to work and quit blaming everyone else for your probblems
I just pulled off the freeway in rush-hour Southern California, shaken by my anger as I stood in traffic behind a WalMart truck with their logo and “save money – live better” tag line, and realized how the 1% has fooled us, the American public by such broad half-truths. Of course if you personally can be thrifty with your money you will have some left to save or spend on other things – BUT if you do it at the expense of American jobs your gain will be short lived and the only ones coming out winners in the long run will be the 1%. This is exactly what we have seen in the economic downturn and we will see worse to come if nothing is done to stop them. While the Walton 1% enjoys an extraordinarily lavish lifestyle I break my back each day as I slip from middle class to poor (my earnings have fallen 50% in five years and my work hours have almost doubled). I am single and rent so I pay around 30% I’m federal and state taxes combined, some of which goes to support rank-and-file Walmart workers through the welfare programs they and their families need to survive. It is economically unsustainable and socially immoral and has to be changed.
I searched “1% economic lies” and was ultimately heartened to see many others feel the way I do.
I feel sorry for the all the Walton’s because in spite of all their great wealth they are spiritually impoverished! How could it be otherwise? Their actions speak volumes of the condition of their souls may God touch their poor black withered hearts and show them there is more to life than money. I will keep them in my prayers they need enlightenment , more than the bottom 33 percent.
@Michael, sure let me just quit my job and go to my money tree in the back yard so I can pay my bills AND go to school. Or better yet I can just go to my job tree and pick one of those. The bills can wait and my family can wait, I don’t have time to work, I’m too busy using my brain and being resourceful in finding a job.
Open your eyes, this isn’t Disney, this is the Walmart Reality. People ended up working at Walmart BECAUSE they were looking for jobs. Now they’re stuck constantly fighting to pay bills and rent and food (basic human rights, shelter, running water, and food) and have no time to go look for another job or learn new skills because they have to work to live.
I guess that makes them brainless and greedy for wanting a better life.
In short, you’re pathetic.
I remember reading about the times Sam Walton would spend his time on the road while he tried building his business. Many of days were spent away from his family as he chased his dream. I’m sure there were many other fathers who chose a career that allowed for them to be home all the time. People choose their paths in life and it amazes me to see how everyone gets jealous when someone becomes successful. I am currently building my business and I’ve had plenty of friends make fun of the effort while they work their 9-5 jobs. I guess my success will eventually turn these naysayers into future enemies and jealous people who will say I don’t deserve my success. It’s a big world out there, if you don’t like Walmart, don’t shop there and don’t work there.
Corporate thugs. Charles Henry, if you make your money ,otherwise know as success in this country,using the same tactics and business practices as Walmart, I’m sure you can count on the same criticism, and you would deserve it. These people want one thing, and that’s your money, and they’ll get it. What Sam Walton did or didn’t do to start Walmart has very little if anything to do with this huge thug company today.
These people want to dismantle the public schools, and replace them with for-profit charter schools that employ unqualified teachers who make ten dollars an hour teaching the dumbed down Common Core curriculum. Further, they want to buy and sell student data, which is now legal because the federal government changed the privacy laws (FERPA). They are donating money to school board races across the country to take them over.
I guess it’s not enough to inherit 100 billion dollars. They now need to use our public schools as an income stream for themselves even if it turns America into a third world country.
The point that I think many Americans miss is that Walmart managed to build its business in American. It used American taxpayer paid for roads to haul its goods, American taxpayer paid for schools to educate its workers, American military and police forces to protect its right to have a business. The failure to give a decent wage to its workers is a violation of the unwritten expectation of a society. If minimum wage had risen to match inflation and profits it would be around 22 dollars right now. Where did the other 13-14 dollars go? We all know that answer as we subsidize them further by providing basic needs like food and medical care to the workers they have failed to treat with simple dignity. Unfortunatelly, many other corporations are also guilty of this and that is what happened to the middle class.
They suffer from “Marie Antoinetteism” Let then eat cake. Although Marie never actually said that it is a good way to understand how the Walton’s sleep at night while the people who support them are homeless and on welfare & food stamps.
Walmart makes money by pitting one group of the working poor against another, both nationally and internationally. Most people don’t understand that one person’s low prices is another person’s low wages. But it doesn’t have to be that way. COSTCO has low prices but pay their hourly workers very well. Similarly, when I worked at Home Depot they offered tuition assistance to even part time workers.
They are opening a new Walmart in my town, Old Bridge, NJ. Those applying for jobs there need to be educated and motivated to get in the door of the new store with the goal of organizing the hourly associates.
I came to this site via Google seeking information about Wal-Mart because of the DC living wage fiasco. I’m a rabid capitalist and I don’t begrudge the family making their money. I understand the questions of wages are a little bit more complex than saying Wal-Mart should pay more because the Waltons are wealthy.
I also shop at Wal-Mart and don’t think they are inherently bad. However as with anything in life there is a balance. Being worth a collective $93 Billion comes with some responsibility. I hope the Walton family recognizes their blessings and act accordingly or they will face a backlash.
I’m going to say something. Many of you won’t like it, plenty won’t believe it. I am in the 1 percent. Anyone who
Supports what we do is filled with false hope. The American dream is dead, we know how to keep our wealth, and will let very few rise to our heights. But we dangle that hope and plenty sacrifice their well being because they think they are special. That they will outpace the rest of you. Think about it, impoverished republicans clambering about how they believe in capitalism, how they hate welfare, social medicine. Yet they are the ones who go without. Keep posting about it. I’m going to go back to not listening to the huddled masses choking on their own inadequecies.
Walmart has done more than any one to move jobl out of the usa than any goverment acts. An american co got contracts with walmart to fill there orders, than walmart with there powering bying said we can get it made cheaper , so the supply cos move to china to get cheep labor and keep there contracts. This is good business for the co but puts americans out of jobs. and more cos that supply walmart out of the usa.,but we cont. to buy from walmart becuse it is cheaper. Americans got caught up in the same as cos moving out of usa. Walmart has done more in reduceing the american way more than any company ever did. I do admire the Walton family for there great manageing abulitys. If our goverment had the same manageing abulity as walmart we would all be rich as the Waltons.The last and most inporant is Walmart employees almost all have gov. asst. as thay do not make enouth money to support there family,so Walmart has contribted more to forceing employees into gov. asst. than any other com in america and that has cost american taxpayer billins. I cont to buy at Walmart same as the other millions of shoppers,we are all caught in the Walmart trap.along with the gov. trap we are in. This will lead us all to become a third world countery.
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