Why do they hate the the working class? The war on cheap groceries.

Posted by: Phineas on April 30, 2011 at 2:47 pm

**Posted by Phineas

Retail giant Walmart has in recent years moved into the grocery business, bringing its famous pricing power to fruits, vegetables and meats. Good for the consumer, right? You betcha, but some people aren’t happy. Smaller grocery retailers are upset, because they feel they can’t compete. Unions are mad because Walmart isn’t unionized. And Democratic politicians are angry because… well, because their union backers told them to.

Reason.tv takes a dispassionate look at the politics and economics surrounding Walmart’s controversial entry into the New York City and Washington, D.C., areas and asks “Why do they hate cheap groceries?”

Walmart’s no angel(1), but, in hard economic times, you’d think politicians and labor leaders would be interested in anything that lowers food prices and creates jobs.

That is, if they truly cared about the average person.


(1) They’ve been caught benefiting from illegal alien labor and supported ObamaCare because they knew they could handle the added expense better than their competition. In other words, they wanted to game the system to rig the free market.

(Crossposted at Public Secrets)

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7 Responses to “Why do they hate the the working class? The war on cheap groceries.”


  1. CHOW says:

    This is not surprising. The left always games the system in such as manner as to create greater hardship forcing more people to the welfare rolls so they can use to rolls to purchase more votes.

  2. surfcitysocal says:

    Isn’t interesting that, as usual, the very people the liberals claim to be working for, are the same ones they’re trying to shaft? Ultimately, it’s all about the unions because if the people ringing up the groceries at Walmart, or Target, which also sells groceries, aren’t unionized, then the unions can’t strangle those businesses like they have every other business they’ve gotten their claws into. I fully expect to see more picketing of Walmart and Target in the future with picketers crying and screaming how “big business” is destroying the little guy, which we all know, they don’t give a damn about.

  3. Carlos says:

    “That is, if they truly cared about the average person.”

    Aye, and there’s the rub, ’twas once said by a famous commoner in a pretty good play.

    Anyone who still believes this administration or the jackasses (of either party) are “for the common man” is either a fool or has a willful suspension of disbelief.

  4. Paul says:

    Profit is the bottom line with Wal-Mart and other giants of their ilk and that is fine, but Mom and Pops go out of business when WM comes to town …

  5. Phineas says:

    That’s always been the complaint about chain stores; same thing’s been said about Sears, Woolworth’s, and Home Depot. The libertarian Cato Institute did a study a few years ago disputing that. (Link leads to a PDF)

  6. JayDee says:

    We shop regularly at WalMart. The regrettable thing is that almost everything they sell is stamped “Made in China.” However the same thing is true of almost any store. Things “Made in USA” are rapidly becoming collectibles. But, fruits, vegetables, and meats are fine. In more than a few cases though, COSTCO beats WalMart prices.

    This shopper delights in crossing union picket lines. I will go way out of my way to do that.

  7. john liming says:

    :d Thing is, when I was a kid, we had all these Mom and Pop grocery stores in our hometown. That was in the days when a working man could have a weekly “Bill” at the friendly local corner store owned by the Relishes or The Montgomerys or someone else. Well, my dad earned maybe $35 a week digging graves at the cemetery and it finally got to the point where he simply could not afford to shop at Mom and Pop anymore because the larger store in an adjacent community afforded more groceries for the little money he had to spend. I don’t like large grocers either, but some of the little guys need the added purchasing power they sometimes afford.