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I recently watched the documentary Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price. The documentary was an eye-opener. I've never been a fan of Wal-Mart. I knew of their large number of products Made in China, I knew of their corporate takeovers leaving many Mom & Pop stores out of business, but what I did not know was of out-and-out abuse of the system. Did you know that Wal-Mart costs taxpayers over $1.5 billion to support their employees? Yeah, that was $1.5 BILLION. Did you know that hundreds of thousands of Wal-Mart employees are forced to have their children on Medicaid and other various taxpayer funded assistance programs? I did not and it trickles down to everything. Luckily, I try and avoid Wal-Mart at all costs, but I've made a decision that I will be avoiding them indefinitely. I often go to a local grocery store called Corner Market and I also shop at Target. Now I realize that Target is also a big player, but sometimes you just have to go somewhere for certain items since we've been left with less choices from these giant heartless corporations.
Often I'm annoyed with the higher prices of food in smaller stores, but I now realize that paying for quality and customer service is worth it when multi-billion dollar corporations who proclaim to be "Giving Back to the Community" are really robbing people of taxpayer money and embarrassing their employees. These are hardworking people who should not have to rely on government assistance when they have a job with a company who grosses billions upon billions of dollars each year.
Now back to Target. I know they don't have the best of conditions either, but according to a recent blog entry I read, Wal-Mart is the obvious choice for boycott. Why? It's bigger and if boycotted it would obviously deliver a bigger blow all around. Also, if the larger of the two feels a punch it might spark the lesser of the two to evaluate their position in our economy and communities as a whole. This entry went on to say that Costco is the best of the three (still not angels) and if one of them is at your disposal (which there's not for me) then try them out.
The way I look at it is we have to deal with what we've turned into. We like convenience and we like low prices, but we've been blinded too long and need to see that some things need to change. Guess who has the power to do that? We do. I'm not starting a revolution. I'm not encouraging anyone to follow suit, I'm simply sharing facts I did not know myself. I know I'm not an expert. I know I'm not an economist. I also know I'm young and an artist (what do we know about money), but I think we're on the verge of a resurgence or we could be. People don't realize that the very thing they're reading this on gives them more power than anyone in the history of our existence has ever had and with that power we can regain control of the lives we live. We can make the world better and we can do it all in non-violent ways. I support life and not being controlled by people who could careless about their planet and their fellow man. These men and women should exit stage left with their head down in shame.
Sorry, I'm off my soapbox and if this is your first time on my blog, I assure you, I'm not usually on it.
Thanks and please discuss. Ciao!
Side Note: A lot of smaller businesses have been popping up in my town (Hattiesburg, MS) and for that I'm thankful and happy for those businesses! I think that's a little proof of what I'm saying here.