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Saturday, July 08, 2006

Wal-mart infiltrated by liberalism

Look out for Wal-mart to begin a slow descent. They seem to be succumbing to an initial infiltration of liberalism. According to the Wall Street Journal Online Blog Wal-mart wants to a leader in the cause of environmentalism. They state:

Former Vice President and environmental activist Al Gore is planning to address Wal-Mart Stores Inc. executives next week at the retailer’s quarterly conference on sustainability, part of the company’s recent efforts to become an environmental leader, a Wal-Mart spokesman confirmed.

Gore will speak on global warming, the subject of his recently released documentary “An Inconvenient Truth.” The conference is an outgrowth of Wal-Mart’s mission, outlined by Chief Executive Lee Scott last November, to minimize its negative impact on the environment. At the time, Wal-Mart committed to, among other things, reduce energy use in its stores, improve the fuel efficiency of its truck fleet and substantially cut down on solid waste produced by its stores.

So they are going to have Al Gore come in and preach about global warming. WSJ blog also claims Wal-mart has a motive:
Wal-Mart has seized on the issue of sustainability in an effort to bolster positive public relations at a time when its various business practices have been heavily criticized, from its worker pay and health benefits to its effect on smaller retailers.
So this is an appeasement move to pacify the left. Sorry, but it will not pacify the left. If anything it will turn the stomachs of the right. It calls into question their judgement of bringing in somebody to proselytize others to believe in his junk science religion.

Either way this is definitely an infiltration of liberalism and nothing good can follow this in the long term. First, it shows that they are concerned about the criticism of the left. Second, it shows they are willing to act upon it. Third, since the left is never satisfied it can only lead to future attempts at pacification. Next thing you know Wal-mart will be unionized and instead of falling prices we will be seeing falling stores. For the record Wal-mart (WMT) closed yesterday at $46 per share. I wonder how long it will take before the infiltration grabs the bottom line by the neck?

3 Comments:

  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous hammer said…

    Chalk one up for the politically correct crowd at Walmart. It has been shown that large national chains need to court all possible groups in an attempt to appeal to the money controlled by such groups. Whether this will, in the long run, work to the benefit of Walmart and others remains to be seen, but for now it is a transparent attempt to curry favor as opposed to an expression of an ideological position. As in almost all situations, it is well to "follow the money" to the real reasons for actions. I think this shows that Walmart is desperately seeking for a vouce, any voice, to speak favorably for and about them.

     
  • At 9:36 PM, Blogger All_I_Can_Stands said…

    hammer, you are right about the money trail. Unfortunately, when you look to curry favor with one side of the spectrum you inevitably anger the other side. This is why I think that Wal-mart will suffer financially if they go down this path more.

    After writing this, I realized this is not their first excursion in liberalism. The first time dealt with some of the violent video games. I did not quite disagree with their decision but it did tend to cater to the liberal crowd.

    Then they stopped selling guns. That was a biggy. I think they are moving in the wrong direction.

     
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