Thursday, August 17, 2006

Wal-Mart as a Campaign Issue

Democrats have decided that they don't like Wal-Mart.

The focus on Wal-Mart is part of a broader strategy of addressing what Democrats say is general economic anxiety and a growing sense that economic gains of recent years have not benefited the middle class or the working poor.

Their alliance with the anti-Wal-Mart campaign dovetails with their emphasis in Washington on raising the minimum wage and doing more to make health insurance affordable. It also suggests they will go into the midterm Congressional elections this fall and the 2008 presidential race striking a populist tone.

Both Lamont and Lieberman are mentioned in passing.

"All you need to know is Joe Lieberman and Ned Lamont have appeared at these events,” Mr. Bayh said, speaking of the Connecticut senator and the man who defeated him in the Democratic primary on Aug. 8. "That’s pretty good evidence that Democrats across the country are rallying around this issue."

No mention however of the anti-Wal-Mart ad that DeStefano had on TV during the primary.

Any Thoughts?

Nagourney, Adam & Barbaro, Micheal. "Eye on Election, Democrats Run as Wal-Mart Foe". New York Times. 8/17/06


Anonymous said...

Great plan, voters never shop (and save money) at Wal-Mart.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Why is it those same Dems never attack other big-box retail?


The unions have decided they hate Walmart because Walmart never puts up them.

Meanwhile, back at the CEA...why is it that so many of my daughters co-workers drive non-union cars to school and those same union people who so rabidly oppose Walmart have nothing to say regarding the disloyalty of their own members?

Genghis Conn said...

Don't get me started on the CEA (I'm an ex-member)...

Anonymous said...

Funny that D's would attack a company that supports so many that make up the base of their support...Not just with jobs but with the large amount of money they save there.

I am not trying to sound cruel or start any class warfare (I'm not rich), just pointing it out is all.

Anonymous said...

Economists have credited Wal-Mart, and like companies, with controlling inflation – the Wal-Mart Effect.

Wal-Mart’s economic benefits to the country as a whole, and in areas where they locate, far outweigh any perceived “anxiety.”

It’s a political loser, and it just goes to show how far Democrats have to go at the behest of their union bosses.

Authentic Connecticut Republican said...

Anonymous said...
It’s a political loser, and it just goes to show how far Democrats have to go at the behest of their union bosses.

Have you noticed that you see the same people smiling and working year in year out at your local Walmart?

If Walmart's so awful why don't they quit?
Chat with a few of them, most of them don't strike me as too stupid so it must be that they're happy enough with their employment.

The people that are unhappy about it are only those that can't get those folks to pay them union dues too.

Unions have cost more jobs in CT than any other single factor. They're far too adversarial and refuse to reason on even obvious simple issues.

BTW - where was the UAW when the state bought Hondas and Toyotas for the fleet?
Not a word out of them, and no CT jobs in the cars either (plenty of CT content in loads of other makes).

Anonymous said...

Anon. 9:31 - Your reference to the book, The Wal-Mart Effect, is right on the money. People should reda it - it is an objective analysis of the pluses and minuses of Wal-Marts. It's a good read too.

cgg said...

ACR said: Why is it those same Dems never attack other big-box retail?

I wonder about this as well. In a lot of ways Wal-Mart doesn't treat employees any worse than othe big box retailers. The union push is a factor, but I think it's more that Wal-Mart has become a symbol.

CC said...

Democrats have been against Walmart for a LONG time, Hillary Clinton's time on its board notwithstanding. As far as Walmart being axiomatic of economic gains not benefitting the poor so far as the Democrats are concerned, who do they think shops at Walmart? It has been documented that the average family saves thousands of dollars a year at Walmart.

Of course, it's also worth noting that the wealthy benefit from investing in Walmart. Just ask Mr. Lamont.....

Skydogct said...

Wal-Mart, Savior of the masses. Just ask the lucky kids in Africa and China working 14 hours a day in sweatshops and living in dorms. No nasty union bosses for them little tykes.

Why would a Wal-Mart employee want to have a union anyway? They would be saddled with a good living wage, decent benefits, and affordable healthcare. Then on top of that they would probably have to pay those insane union dues of $25 a month, HORRORS. It’s much more challenging for employees to make low wages and then have to struggle to make ends meet. Besides, without low wages we couldn’t have low prices, right? Then what would the masses do? We’d have to go to Costco’s or Sears, damn. Also, who wants those nasty union bosses telling people how to vote; at least Wal-Mart doesn’t get involved in politics. Oops! Yes they do! Go here and see Wal-Mart’s letter to their employees regarding DeStefano.

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