When it comes to Wal-Mart, I happen to be something of a supporter. It's not that I tend to shop there. I don't, but I don't have to, to get the benefits that Wal-Mart imposes upon the rest of the society through its focus on "Always Low Prices."
I have soured on the discount retailer recently, given its support for ObamaCare, but it'll always have a soft spot in my heart for its refusal to be cowed by the predatory unions of this country that basically price honest, but low-skilled, workers out of a job.
Nowhere are those jobs more needed than the inner city, where, thanks again to our teacher union friends, schoolchildren have abysmally high drop out rates and effectively zero prospects for upper mobility now that they are out of school.
Jesse Jackson Sr. attacked Wal-Mart before a City Council meeting in May, 2004. Here's how Arkansas Democrat-Gazette described his comments. The emphasis is mine.
Noting "numerous lawsuits have been filed against the retail giant by people of color," Jackson in a statement called Wal-Mart "a Confederate economic Trojan horse. On the outside it looks like a show horse. But open it up and what do you see: jobs at welfare-level wages; jobs without health-care benefits ... and jobs without the right to organize."
Huh. I think comparing Wal-Mart to well, the confederates, is going a bit far. You know, the people who actually enslaved other people and made it, in Vice President Alexander Stephens phrase, "the cornerstone" of their government? Those guys.
Something tells me that no one holds a gun to the heads of those Wal-Mart greeters. Perhaps that's why the union basically abandoned a fight over the expansion of Wal-Mart in Chicago. It only took them five years.