Soulless corporate giant suffered a small loss in Chicago yesterday when the city passed an ordinance demanding that so called "Big Box" stores raise their minimum wages to $10.00 per hour by 2010, and provide an additional $3.00 per hr. in benefits. Wal Marts response was “It’s sad — this puts politics ahead of working men and women,” John Simley, a Wal-Mart spokesman, said in a telephone interview. “It means that Chicago is closed to business.” Boo-fucking hoo, Wal-Mart. In many ways I view Wal Mart as a metaphor for the U.S.: The largest, most powerful entity in its field, and rather than using this power to positively effect change for its participants, (or constituients), it is driven solely by its intent to benefit their most powerful and wealthy members.
I don't want to be attacked here by the rabid free market traders; it is obvious that a company (or country) can serve it's profitability desires and be compassionate and socially responsible. Sadly, the need for Greed overrules those aims.
Remember, that smiling tag isn't a greeting for the people, its an insidious laughing directed at the people.
Super smart (and oh so humble) I often wonder if heightened intelligence is a blessing or a curse. Recognizing the evil, lies, and corruption that dominate the world, I often retreat into films, comics, sports, and other distractions. Bread and Circuses, baby!! (Don't you just wanna hang out with me now; I must be a barrel of laughs). My blog is where you can read these thoughts, and soon enough you will begin to see, I'm a pretty cool guy. (There's that humility again)