The big box capitalists from Arkansas are really damaging the US economy. Sure, you get cheep/inexpensive toasters made in China, but after you've tossed your third one into the trash heap, don't you think it is time to recommit ourselves to buying products built here in the good old U.S. of A?
Jim Hightower has a point(see the posting from today). Wal-Mart will stop at nothing, using their power and the bully pulpit in Bentonville to sqeeze the creativity right out of American Industry. Even if it means presenting meaningless statistics to argue an illegitimate point.
Not only are products exclusively made in USA from parts grown/built/made in USA on the extinction list, we have the suits from Wal-Mart to thank for exploitation of workers - the devaluation of minimum wage earners, and the exploitation of retirees.
Think about it. Factory workers in the US made upwards of double or triple the salaries that Wal-Mart clerks make. And, these companies paid into benefits packages that included retirement and health care plans. Wal-Mart continues to short change their own employees, toward what end? To put more fat on the cats in charge. These folks are certainly not hurting for their company's success. Many these US factory employees have lost their jobs to the exporting of their jobs to places like Mexico and China and may find themselves with the only job available to them - like a kick in the pants - at Wal-Mart. To which, they will only be able to afford products from Wal-Mart because they don't get paid enough to shop anywhere else.
Wal-Mart is in a veritable joint venture with the country of China to undersell our own fine industrial base by dictating to suppliers and forcing them to move to places where the labor is cheeper - so you can get a cheeper toothbrush. Even so, I wonder what the mark up is on said toothbrush? 40%? 60%? Perhaps 120%? Who really knows for sure, but they don't sure don't share those trade secrets with the public they are trying to "serve."
I, for one, am not going to shop at Wal-Mart. Ever! These people don't need my patronage or support, least of all, my cash for the crap they dish up as they lure you in with low prices in the front and jacked up prices on the remaining merchandise. It is down right mischevious and unethical screwing of the American people.
STOP SHOPPING Wal-Mart. Please.