Posts Tagged ‘Wal-Mart’

18th July
written by Sean Noble
This week I had my kids in D.C.  At one point my daughter says, “Hey dad, can we go to Wal-Mart?”  She was dazed and confused that there isn’t a Wal-Mart in D.C.  It gave me a chance to teach her a little about social engineering and central planning.
You see, last week, the Washington, D.C. City Council voted 8-5 to require large retailers to pay their employees a minimum wage of $12.50 per hour.  The newly passed minimum wage requirement is more than 1.5 times the current minimum wage in Washington, which is already $1 per hour above the nationally mandated minimum wage of $7.25 per hour.
This law was directly targeted at Wal-Mart, who until recently, was planning on opening six new stores in D.C.  Wal-Mart told the City Council that the passage of this law would force Wal-Mart to vacate its plans to build at least three stores in the area.
Sure enough, the City Council took the opportunity to crush thousands of job opportunities and affordable retail options for D.C. residents.  Many on the Left, including unions, are claiming victory that Wal-Mart will not be “disrespecting” D.C. residents with “low-paying” jobs.  Council members and political groups alike gloated that they had defeated the large business and that city did not need the large company to help create jobs.
Mona Charen of NRO refutes their baseless arguments pretty easily:

“That must be why the unemployment rate in D.C. is 8.5 percent — and 20.3 percent among blacks. That must explain the 37.8 percent unemployment rate for black teens, and the 43.3 percent rate for black male teens. It would explain why about a third of the District’s residents are currently receiving food stamps, Medicaid, or welfare — and why more than 18 percent are living below the poverty line.”

Sure, Wal-Mart isn’t a dream job for most people, but what about the D.C. residents who are just dreaming of a chance for a job?
Mayor Vincent Gray has to sign or veto the bill within 10 days of its passing.  So far he has committed to neither.  If Mayor Gray signs the bill, Wal-Mart will scrap its plans for three stores, and the plans for the other three will be left teetering in the balance of what to do next.
And my daughter may not have a Wal-Mart to shop at next time she’s in D.C.
27th November
written by Sean Noble

Thanksgiving is a wonderful holiday in the sense that it is built around the whole idea of gratitude.

If there is one thing missing most in society today, it is gratitude, true gratitude. Not the kind like, “I’m so thankful that Wal-Mart has this awesome sale.” (That was the gratitude on display late Thanksgiving night when I ran to the nearby 24-hour Super Wal-Mart and there were lines of people waiting for the clock to strike midnight to officially kick off the post-Thanksgiving sales.)

Gratitude, in its purest sense, is recognizing that all that we have is a gift from God.

1st July
written by Sean Noble

I’ve been highly distracted the last couple days.  Just thought you should know.


So at dinner I ask my 7 yr-old daughter what she thinks it means to be tolerant.  My wife leans over and whispers something in her ear.  Daughter responds, “Taller than an ant.”  Now that’s funny.


I’m a Diamondbacks season ticket holder and I have yet to step foot in Chase Field this season.  There is something very wrong with this picture.  And there is a certain amount of irony to why I’ve been too busy and too out of town to do so.


Wal-Mart announced that it is joining with the Service Employees International Union in support of an employer mandate to provide health insurance coverage.  For one thing, doing anything with SEIU (I actually refer to it as SUIE – as in sooooweee! Like when you are calling the pigs since SEIU leadership is like a bunch of hogs at the trough of forced union dues) is a recipe for disaster.  Does Wal-Mart actually believe that SEIU won’t try to unionize them in exchange for supporting bad policy on health care?  Think again.  Sam Walton is turning in his grave.  Tevi Troy has a good take on it here.


There are a lot of flowers in our house as a result of my 15 yr-old daughter’s spinal surgery.  When they are a few days old, they really start to smell the opposite of what they are supposed to – but they’re still pretty, so I don’t want to throw them out yet.


Given the distractions, my daughter’s surgery and my schedule for the last week, I have paid zero attention to the Arizona budget fight between the Legislature and the Governor, so I don’t know what to think.

10th June
written by Sean Noble

You see a story like this one, about Wal-Mart opening targeting a specifically Hispanic clientele, and the first thing that comes to mind is “Why didn’t they do that before?”

At least, that was my reaction.  Bashas’ has done it for years under the Food City banner and there have been a number of different chains that have catered to Hispanics.  Given Wal-Mart’s market share, you’d think they would have done this long ago.

So, it opens today – and my guess is that it is going to blow expectations out of the water.  Wal-Mart is a great store – it’s got everything.  I know there are a bunch of Wal-Mart bashers out there – whether you are a union supporter or a shopping snob – but at the end of the day they are good at what they do – sell a lot of stuff at affordable prices.

That will be the same with the new store at 89th Ave and Thomas… and it should be.

Viva la Wal-Mart!

(I don’t know if that is correct Spanish grammar – my high school Spanish teacher, Mr. Allen, would be horrified if he knew how little I actually learned and retained.)