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09:37 AM on 05/07/2012
I cannot figure out why WalMart is so popular. Everytime I go into their store (seldom but occasionally) I see nothing but cheap plastic or otherwise low quality merchandise. It's the equivalent of a giant flea market. Those places have their value, but top of the world?
10:21 AM on 05/07/2012
@SteveSinCal: what you see is the power of the masses at work. Most people when they buy crap from China want to buy it at the cheapest possible price. WalMart delivers this with well stocked shelves and excellent customer service when the crap needs to be returned.
They've proven why the neo-liberal tax the rich policies won't work. There aren't enough rich people to cover all of their social programs. However, if they take WalMarts approach and tax the 51% of Americans paying NO taxes today only a small amount then the budget can be balanced with only modest spending cuts.
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greengrl
The more you know, the less you believe.
10:34 AM on 05/07/2012
Taxing people who have nothing won't fill the budget deficit. The bottom 80% of America holds 7% of the nation's wealth, while the top 20% hold 93% of the wealth. Trying to balance the budget on the backs of those who have nothing is ridiculous.

Also, you should really look into neoliberalism because it is not what you think. It is not about taxing the rich, it is instead the policies of the neocons starting with Reagan. Neoliberalism is NOT liberalism.
10:34 AM on 05/07/2012
It's the corporations like WalMart who pay no taxes while taking in billions. Taxpayers don't do that.
Flower411
It doesn't have to be like this.
09:33 AM on 05/07/2012
WalMart has a simple business plan: Sell cut-rate manufactured goods to the lower and lower-middle class. Create more lower-class customers (that won't be able to shop anywhere else) by shipping manufacturing jobs overseas, eliminating the middle class.

It's brilliant, albeit evil.

Doesn't anyone remember the WalMart-child-factory-workers-being-buried-alive story of a few years ago?
10:33 AM on 05/07/2012
@Flower411: You really think that WalMart can single handedly destroy the American manufactuing base? The overseas migration of manufacturing jobs began long before WalMart achieved mega-success. They are successful because the invested heavily in IT resources before their competition and valued a robust supply chain more than anything (you can't profit from products which aren't on your shelves...)
And the Chinese child labor horror stories are mostly bunk. I would never defend how the average Chinese worker is treated by their employers (that's Communism for you!). But with their one child policy (another Communist gem) they have very strict laws in place to protect children. Violators are dealt with swiftly and severely. You must be thining of another socialist or communist country...
You realy must get your neo-liberal head out of HuffPo and learn how the world really works.

note: to those who can't intelligently provide counterpoint to the opinions stated herein, I have provided you with at least 5 misspellings and grammatical errors for you to rant against instead...
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nomadrdw
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11:54 AM on 05/07/2012
ah, the defender of China. China has for centuries used prisoners for forced labor. how many of the Chinese workers have committed suicide in the last few years? China did send us tainted children's toys, glasses for them to drink from, tainted pet food that killed hundreds of beloved pets, but at least they kept the deadly baby formula to them selves. and yes, you are right, they executed the man that they blamed for that, without the benefit of a trial i might add.
as for those child labor charges, you have been proven wrong about that several times in the last decade. they are just better at hiding it now.
hgus
It's not about the economy, stupid
12:04 PM on 05/07/2012
Nope, not single handedly. Home Depot, Target,Exxon, Microsoft etc all played a big part.
10:35 AM on 05/07/2012
WalMart isn't the only company to go global. You will not be buying anything if you try to buy from the US only.
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Barbara DeZan
Knowledge is Power
11:40 AM on 05/07/2012
Wrong.

There are plenty of places to purchase USA products. Just Google it. From clothing to cars, pots and pans to shoes....including the computer this is being written on.....

All made in the USA.
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temmaleah
09:22 AM on 05/07/2012
walmart for years has exerted "influence" on it's vendors. how is it different in getting a "better deal" in other areas? NONE.
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sr25fullauto
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09:19 AM on 05/07/2012
What ever happened to, "when in Mexico, do as the Mexicans do"? This is simply the way business is done there. Not that it is right....just the way it is.
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HellBank
Curve: The loveliest distance between two points.
09:38 AM on 05/07/2012
Because it violates US law.
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sr25fullauto
Go get your own opinion if u don't like mine!
09:54 AM on 05/07/2012
It does not violate Mexican law....
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theobserver4
progress is a process not an end result
11:06 AM on 05/07/2012
Unreal........it's one thing to acknowledge how crooked some other cultures are, but it's another to suggest that we get down in the mud with them.
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sr25fullauto
Go get your own opinion if u don't like mine!
01:05 PM on 05/07/2012
What part of, "Not that it is right" do you not get?
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Llib Noswad
aka: Bill, Conservative
09:18 AM on 05/07/2012
"U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which forbids bribes to foreign government officials."

Who ever can up with this "ACT"? What a stupid policy.
09:18 AM on 05/07/2012
SO WHAT ELSE IS NEW ________________ It's WALMART
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09:14 AM on 05/07/2012
How easy to say. When is any pundit going to say "I may have made a mistake"?
08:59 AM on 05/07/2012
Well lets see if Holder enforces the law regarding this. I'm not holding my breath for Holder. Especially in an election year.
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theobserver4
progress is a process not an end result
11:36 AM on 05/07/2012
Isn't it sad that properly prosecuting US law is an election year issue when the perp is a huge multi national company?

We deserve all that we get when we behave so foolishly.
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Elbrando
The dream shall never die - Ted Kennedy
08:57 AM on 05/07/2012
If you want to destroy a small town it is really easy. Just invite a Walmart.
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WomenOnGuard
09:38 AM on 05/07/2012
Small towns are Walmart's main targets!
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Tom Weidermeijer
If you're easily offended... try to laugh more : )
01:43 PM on 05/07/2012
In 10 years Wally World will have it own Chinese car dealerships.
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andee v
Seeing a lot of ugly people today.
08:53 AM on 05/07/2012
I doubt they'll go to jail. It seems no one ever does unless its for murder or drugs.
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Dave Moat
well let's party
09:07 AM on 05/07/2012
or they are black
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HellBank
Curve: The loveliest distance between two points.
09:39 AM on 05/07/2012
or poor.
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Abonides
08:38 AM on 05/07/2012
I hope that between the Mexico scandal and their support of ALEC, Wal-Mart will get neutered. They've been screwing us for too long.
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donachuk
08:47 AM on 05/07/2012
Give it a rest bribes are a cost of doing buisiness in Latin countries south of the border. Buffet knows this just as he knows he paye more taxes then his secretary. Buffet is a phony and trying to make a name for himself prior to his death from cancer.
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rlmyrtlb
09:20 AM on 05/07/2012
Buffett is correct. He pays a lower marginal tax than his secretary.

Buffett pays just 15 cents of a dollar on dividend income or capital gain income taxes.
His secretary pays 15.3 cents in Social Security and Medicare taxes when both are deducted from her paycheck and the share paid by her employer are counted. AND if she is in the 25 % income tax bracket, then the combination of income, Social Security and Medicare taxes takes from her last dollar of income more than 40 cents. ....DAVID CAY JOHNSTON
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Donna Elzey Levy
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08:37 AM on 05/07/2012
I wonder how many people work at Walmart. I am sure the number is staggering. With millions and millions of americans unemployed I would think that we would stop trying to take businesses down with such negativity. We have to stop this! This is nothing more than setting up Walmart for a huge fine! This is what we do in America these days. Try to find out things and then make a huge story out of it and then we celebrate the fact that Walmart will get a huge fine. Doing business in America today is toxic. These are the reasons businesses leave our country. Some how we have to stop this practice and start celebrating success.
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jpclarksville
08:49 AM on 05/07/2012
No, that would be logical....LOL. I don't see why Warren Buffett is the go to guy on this subject. How anyone can even respect this man? He gets awards for saying he doesn't pay as much in taxes as his secretary (not true) and yet owes the government around 1 billion dollars in back taxes for Berkshire Hathaway (he's a major stockholder). Other rich guys like Bill Gates when he's not buying up huge tracts of land around the world and heavily invested in Monsanto, likes put all of his money into a trust in order to avoid paying taxes on it. If Gates or Buffett feel that they don't pay enough in taxes, they are allowed to cut a check for any amount they want and send it in. I'm tired of having people spout off about taxes when it only really has an effect on the middle class.
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WomenOnGuard
09:36 AM on 05/07/2012
Very true!
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Donna Elzey Levy
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10:28 AM on 05/07/2012
You get it loud and clear!
09:13 AM on 05/07/2012
I agree
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08:36 AM on 05/07/2012
wonder if any unions or local politicians or municipalities have been bribed to get a store built or passed through...why should walmart and mexico be any different than anyone else trying to get something done in this country
08:33 AM on 05/07/2012
China Marts biggest mistake is being open!
08:32 AM on 05/07/2012
Wal Mart didn't "make" a mistake. Wal Mart IS the mistake.