I am not a big Wal-Mart shopper. I hadn’t even been in one until about 10 months ago. I really don’t like huge stores where, even if I know the layout, I have to spend 4 or 5 minutes threading my way past women with carts they can barely push while 3 kids orbit around them – just to get to the section that might contain the merchandise I am looking for. I’m on a mission, not an explore.
I generally don’t like asking where things are – but even if you know the layout stuff is often in several different places, or it’s changed since you were last there. My problem is not reluctance to ask for help. I don’t mind asking for help in the little hardware store where the clerks actually become engaged in my problem and make thoughtful suggestions. I don’t expect that in a store with more square footage than Bill Gates’ house.
But, I digress. I am a big fan of Wal-Mart as a capitalist enterprise, so the Union PR thugs and Democrat party hacks (senior campaign people from the Kerry and Dean campaigns) who are running anti-Wal-Mart websites, holding candlelight vigils for oppressed Wal-Mart workers and persuading their fellow-travellers in the Maryland legislature to pass laws targeting Wal-Mart make me angry. I have resolved to shop at Wal-Mart more often.
What is happening in Maryland is not merely socialist, it’s totalitarian. The union bosses can’t organize Wal-Mart workers so they’ve conspired with their pals in the Maryland legislature to raise Wal-Mart’s costs. They admit it isn’t about health care.
They prefer reduced employment and reduced health care when a union free Wal-Mart threatens their privilege. Looters.