Monday, June 27, 2005

As the largest retailer and employer in the world, Wal-mart is quickly becoming a target for social and ethical reforms. Its disturbing trend of publicly-funded health care (wellfare), sexual harassment, child exploitation, and decimating small towns with minimum-wage jobs is igniting a wave of social and political backlash.

Democrats recently introduced the Health Care Accountability Act, to address a "growing and costly national problem" involving companies, such as Wal-Mart, that shift their health care costs onto taxpayers.

Actor Danny Glover, the spokesperson for Change America, a 501(c)3 organization (application pending) that seeks to empower people at the local levels with information and tools to ensure that corporations act as responsible citizens in their neighborhoods, says of Wal-Mart: "We may be living in a time when the generation now in school will, for the first time in our country's history, be worse off than the previous generation.

While there are no doubt many reasons for this threat, there's one that we can do something about. It's the corrosive, drive-to-the-bottom approach some rogue corporations take toward the people they employ. Wal-Mart, the world's -- and this country's -- largest employer uses tactics that are shocking."

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Big business can now take your private property for profit!
There are so many reasons to dislike the mega-corps and too many to focus on them all. This series of articles will attempt to cover the vices I perceive in several industries/rackets, including the oil cartels, pharmaceuticals, media conglomerates, telco monopolies, banking, Wal-Mart, Microsoft, etc... and the ever-invasive influence they inflict on our daily lives. My future blogs will focus on the evolution of corporate America, the power it uses to influence the rest of the world, and how our own government fleeces its sheeple for corporate interests.

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