Is Katherine Coble Really A Conservative?
Somebody had to ask. (Besides my brother) And since no one really cares, I figured I'd ask all on my own.
Because even though I consider myself to be quite conservative, I'm once again parting with my compatriots on an issue. I get that we--Conservatives--are supposed to be all up in the love for Wal-Mart.
1. They are a non-union shop. (Boo, Unions!)
2. They create jobs. (Yay, Job Growth!)
3. They employ vast numbers of underskilled labour. (Yay, Work Not Welfare!)
4. They sell stuff for cheap. (Yay, Low Prices For OverTaxed Americans!!!)
5. Their store colours are Red, White, And Blue. (Yay, American Flag!)
Frankly, I'm glad they're a non-union shop. That's good. But having worked there, I still think that they actually make the case for unions stronger. I was asked on a few occassions to do work off the clock. I watched my hours reduced from 38.5 to 27.5 to conform to their new "full-time" policy. That's also a way they hire more people. Instead of having 50 people work 38 hour weeks, they'll have 80 people working 27 hour weeks and then boast about the 30 extra jobs they created. This is good?
Yes, they employ underskilled labour. And they'll let you know it, too. I can't count the number of times I heard a manager at our Sam's tell someone "well who else is gonna hire you?" as a way to get that person to do something outside of any normal job description. Like working off the clock. The working off the clock thing is insideous, because my experience of it was never "open your register at 8:00, but don't clock in until 9:00." It was usually catching someone right as they were taking off their coat, expressing some emergency like getting a pallett unloaded quickly, and then letting the person clock in after they were done. That happens, but then your manager is supposed to sign off on an early write-in on your time card. Guess what our managers repeatedly "forgot" to do? And when you'd remind them it was usually greeted by a "who else would hire you?" reply.
And then of course there's all the other good stuff about crushing suppliers that I've babbled about before.
So, while I approve of the Red, White and Blue I'm gonna have to take one step further away from the True Conservative Camp as they lionise Wal-Mart.
Thank heaven for other Libertarians. They post things that make me feel like I'm not dreaming. From our local W.:
Sure Walmart has low prices that are good for poor people. But they also make people poor by refusing to pay what a decent price for the things they sell.