Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Legislating Wal Mart? You Can't Be Serious

This AP article smacks of socialism so loudly and blatantly that Ol' BC can't believe there is actually a movement of this magnitude brewing is this country. How far from the principles of free enterprise have we fallen?

Here's the deal. These people want Wal-Mart to spend more money on health care benefits for its employees and be a better "corporate citizen."

I feel like I'm part of a movement for progressive change," said volunteer
Caroline Vernon, who has never worked at Wal-Mart, but turned against the
company after media reports about the company's legal problems.
44-year-old Davenport, Iowa, resident has staged protests outside her local
Wal-Mart and is writing letters pressing Iowa Gov. Tom Vilsack for legislation
to make Wal-Mart spend more on employees' health benefits.

Can you believe that? Pressing for LEGISLATION to MAKE Wal-Mart spend more on employees health benefits.

WHAT'S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE? We absolutely don't want to go there. If you don't like the way a company does business, don't shop there. If you don't like the way a company treats its employees, don't work there. As Americans, we have the right to make these choices on a daily basis. We live in a country of over legislation now. Can you imagine where this could lead. The Hildabeast would be very happy to be able to meddle in a company's business to this extent. Once this precedent is set, there would be no stopping it. Government would have to grow exponentially to accomodate what would be necessary to monitor individual businesses. The Democrats and socialists would be so very very happy, but life as we know it and opportunities for individuals would come to a screeching halt.

I just wonder if all these petitioners and protesters are willing to pay an extra three cents for a box of diapers or three dollars for a television by shopping somewhere else.

Just a thought.


At 4:30 PM, Blogger Sir Loin of Beef said...

I agree. We have no need of this sort of legislation.

Now, as for shopping elsewhere to save pennies... I wish it were true. Comparing prices at Wal-Mart and say Kroger is astounding. Just price the same brand name coffee. Wal-Mart is sometimes as much as 2 or 3 dollars cheaper.

Anyway... as much as I wish corporations had compassion and a spirit of generosity, these are not things we can legislate, nor are they things we should legislate...

At 11:35 AM, Blogger Brian Burkett said...

Surely, this kind of crap will never actually make it through congress...

At 4:49 AM, Blogger Ben said...

Big brother anyone?


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