What was new was that the author was suggesting that the management of Wal-Mart, if it were to be entrusted with managing these programs, would do a better job of it. I didn't know whether to laugh or curse a blue streak upon reading this, so, rather than sending off a nasty "respond to all", I decided to express my thoughts here. The message might not get out to too many of you, but it makes me feel better to write it.
As I see it, Wal-Mart is one of the most damaging forces in America today. It, and other companies that have followed its lead, have:
1) Killed off most independent "Mom & Pop" stores, corner grocery stores, and "real" hardware stores.
2) Deliberately stifled competition at the retail level.
3) Flooded our markets with cheap Chinese junk by the shipload (pun unintended), pricing it low enough that most people I know will buy it, rather than paying a little (and sometimes more than a little) more to buy better quality products manufactured here.
4) Helped to increase the massive trade deficit we already have and which is getting worse daily.
The Wal-Mart management team has done this with full knowledge of the crippling effect this has on the American economy. Selling products not made here, which Wal-Mart does almost exclusively, sends all those American dollars overseas, whether it be to foreign countries themselves, or U.S. corporations who have outsourced their factories to third world countries in the hopes of fattening their bottom lines. They know they are doing this and yet they do not stop -- Why? For MONEY of course! Do you think for one second that they care about you, me, or anything else? If you do, you are either stupid or extremely naive. And the writer who originated the email that started this diatribe of mine actually thinks that this management team should manage our benefit programs? Give me a break!
The best thing -- indeed about the only thing -- that we small people can do about our unemployment problems and begin to change our economy for the better is to avoid falling into the trap of buying at Wal-Mart. Look for the "Made in USA" logo and pay a little more to buy it. I know it's hard to spend more for something when one is on a limited budget, but supporting China is only hurting you in the long run, regardless of whether you save a few bucks in the short term. And whatever you do, don't get sucked into the idea that Wal-Mart has any interest in our country beyond the dollars it can extract from it.