Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wal-Mart Stimulus?

"And here comes word that Wal-Mart still wants to put Chicagoans to work. The company is renewing its Chicago push."

Chicago Tribune Op-Ed, "Chicago stimulus package," February 9, 2009.

Dressed in a new populist sidefold,the Trib is taking to the barricades on behalf of Americans in search of work. Colonel Robert McCormick must be turning in his grave, although a private-sector Wal-Mart Progress Administration (WPA) would be more to his liking than the Works Progress Administration (WPA) was seventy-five years ago.

Wal-Mart's move is right out of the playbook for how to become an even bigger winning monopoly. Sporting positive retail sales admid competitor's negative numbers, what better time than now to strike down those unamerican policy preferences related to big box stores and good jobs.

I'm surprised the Trib editorial didn't wax eloquent about Wal-Mart and "shovel ready," along with celebrating the permanent jobs and consumer savings for families. Or that Wal-Mart jobs might be as good as many green jobs.

Tough choices ahead. And let's not forget the big question: Will Wal-Mart help Chicago's bid for a 2016 Olympics?

The Trib threatens, "If the aldermen don't welcome Wal-Mart jobs now, they ought to be sent to the unemployment line."

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