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Walmart: Let's Put One in YOUR Neighborhood!

Original post made by Justicia, Another Pleasanton neighborhood, on Aug 11, 2013

The Walmart critics are out in full force once again. Ho-hum.

Now, Walmart's effect on the jobs economy is no secret. Walmart drives down wages at other retailers and pays such low wages that its workers are forced to rely on government assistance to get by. But, Walmart's supporters say, at least it creates jobs, and crappy jobs are better than no jobs. Except that Walmart doesn't create jobs, it kills them. Numerous studies show this.

The largest, most rigorous study conducted on the subject is a peer-reviewed article from 2008, authored by David Neumark, an economist who is no wild-eyed liberal. (See, for example, his anti-minimum wage op-ed he wrote for the Wall Street Journal).

Using data from over 3,000 counties, the study's results show that when a Walmart store opens, it kills an average 150 retail jobs at the county level, with each Walmart worker replacing about 1.4 retail workers. These results are robust under a variety of models and tests.

Other strong studies found similar results. For example, a 2008 peer-reviewed study that looked at Maryland concluded that Walmart’s presence significantly decreased retail employment by 414 jobs.

So Walmart is causing pain across the board -- lower wages, job loss, more need for government assistance for working people.

Nevertheless, there are still those who claim that Walmart's heirs show great personal responsibility in that each has his or her piggy bank with approximately $160 billion. One zealous Walmart advocate states: "There is nothing wrong with people like the Waltons attempting to improve themselves, even if it comes at the expense of others. Because what are 400 lost jobs in a neighborhood when the Waltons are merely acting on their own personal responsibility to accumulate all the wealth in the world?"

Walmart's supporters are also dead set against workers being able to organize. "If we let them organize," stated one supporter, "next thing we know they'll expect to be earning more in 2017 than they earned in 2008! What kind of a world would THAT be? We won't be able to hear ourselves on account of the ROAR of these workers."

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:51 am

It seems to me that many residents of Pleasanton don't care if American employees make little to no money. The reason is that if you have little education, few marketable skills, you deserve nothing more than a few bucks a month. If you can't live on that, tough luck!

All you have to do is read the arguments re: the current Union/BART conflict.

tee hee hee...BUSTED!

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 11, 2013 at 10:55 am

I would surely marry one of the Waltons...pleeeeeeeeezy.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 11, 2013 at 11:18 am

Put up or shut up whiners: Web Link

a few givers, but not that many in the land of plenty...

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Posted by Anti-union
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:07 am

what a bunch of worthless crap. I love my freedom to choose. I choose free market competition....the consumer wins!
It does show the reason to pay attention in you could understand basic economics, You could start your own company too. And isn't it wonderful you have the RIGHT to shop wherever you want. Many countries you don't even have choices of where to shop freely, with a wide variety of options. OPTIONS ! Freedom! why are you SO AGAINST that basic freedom, to work where you want & be ungrateful you can & make an axx of yourself, shop where you want, choose from a range of items & prices, and yes, even make a fool of yourself blogging nonsense, trying to justify your greed.

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Posted by Cholo
a resident of Livermore
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:35 am

I can only pretend what it would be like to marry a billionaire.

I would do my best to be reasonable.

I would always say Good Morning!

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Posted by Justicia
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 12, 2013 at 10:40 am

Those capitalist myths die hard. I wonder if anti-union had the same ranting tantrum when he learned there wasn't a Santa Claus, too?

Most myths are busted when confronted with facts. Note how anti-union doesn't provide or deal with the facts. Thankfully, a dying breed.

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