Why do so many people have such unrealistic expectations of life?
Both children were accidents. I, also, was an accident (my mother used both the birth control pill and a condom when I was conceived), most people in the West are accidents. It's nice that you're 'holding off on having children', Idiotfool, but unplanned pregnancies happen. I know you'll just say "Well, you can abort the baby, or give it up for adoption, or etc. etc.", but part of pro-choice is not judging people for not
aborting a baby or giving it up. Also keep in mind that some people really
want a child, and that we become more and more infertile as we age. If we wait too long, no babies for us.
"If you live in a town where people are stupid enough to let Wal-Mart kill the competition, Move"? Xz, this is the most ridiculously uneducated thing I have heard in ages (maybe I just need to turn on Fox News or something). Where do you suggest they go? With what money or line of credit will they buy themselves a home? What if their spouse has already managed to get themselves a job in the area? Do you expect them to pack up and leave behind their friends and family and start all over again somewhere else to escape Wal-Mart's wrath?
And what happens when they get to the next town? Wal-Mart will eventually open up there, too. I guess you could go live in a tiny community of 3,000 people or less (though, Wal-Mart occasionally opens in these places, too), but where would you find employment there?
Well, if there is
a mythical place where Wal-Mart's aggressive penetration marketing (yeah, I know how that sounds) does not break apart small businesses in the area, I'd like to see it. Wal-Mart has
(fortunately for their economies) failed in certain places like Germany. However, the incredibly low price value is all too appealing to consumers. Indeed, the fundamental theories of Economics suggest that an indifferent consumer will go buy something at Wal-Mart for $4.00 instead of at Sears for $6.00. Other large corporations actively competing against Wal-Mart are the only thing that keeps them from monopolizing metropolitan markets, as well.
Now, seeing as how you are very supportive and (I assume) somewhat knowledgeable about running successful Capitalist Economic systems, you must already know that the formation of a monopoly breaks the system. Market values are kept fair by the consumers and producers pushing against eachother with supply and demand, and through competition with other firms. Since you know this, you also know that when a single firm holds an absolute advantage or a monopoly on a product, they can charge whatever they want for it, and if the consumers want it, they'll just have to settle for the price.
I've already laid out the major difference between the wages given to Wal-Mart employees and employees of grocery stores, other department stores, etc. Why aren't they making the same? Wal-Mart employees do the same or more than the average employee of other retail chains.
EDIT: From one of the articles which I have already posted
While both the Canadian branches of the union and Wal-Mart are based in Ontario, the company has filed its complaint with the Quebec Superior Court. Mr. Pelletier said that was partly because the Web site was in French as well as English “and in our experience Quebec courts have the most expedient processes in resolving lawsuits of this nature.”
Quebec is also the province where the union has been most successful.
In addition to the Wal-Mart store near Montreal, which received a court-imposed contract this spring, the union has organized at another Wal-Mart store and a Wal-Mart tire center. A court is also hearing a union challenge to Wal-Mart’s decision to close a store in the province after a successful union drive.
Wal-Mart has decided to sue, because the UFCW has successfully started unionizing Wal-Marts. This seems like a pretty dirty case to me.