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Tue May 8, 2012, 07:48 AM

Democratic National Convention Committee Returns Donated Walmart Gift Cards

The Democratic National Convention Committee is returning $50,000 in Walmart gift cards after a labor union said the giant retailer “flies in the face of the values we stand for as Democrats.”

“I commend the DNCC for doing the right thing,” Joe Hansen, international president of the United Food and Commercial Workers International Union* said in a statement Monday.

“The allegations of bribery and corruption against Walmart are serious and there is no way to know whether these contributions are tainted … Walmart has a long track record of mistreating their workers.”


read: http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/2012/05/08/2816645/democratic-national-convention.html

* me, UFCW member 29yrs.

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Reply Democratic National Convention Committee Returns Donated Walmart Gift Cards (Original post)
bigtree May 2012 OP
liberal N proud May 2012 #1
mick063 May 2012 #13
ZombieHorde May 2012 #26
LuvNewcastle May 2012 #2
Capt. Obvious May 2012 #3
LuvNewcastle May 2012 #5
bigtree May 2012 #7
LuvNewcastle May 2012 #10
bigtree May 2012 #11
proud2BlibKansan May 2012 #12
CreekDog May 2012 #25
bigtree May 2012 #4
LuvNewcastle May 2012 #6
bigtree May 2012 #8
rfranklin May 2012 #9
Alcibiades May 2012 #17
harmonicon May 2012 #20
Alcibiades May 2012 #32
TBF May 2012 #15
LuvNewcastle May 2012 #19
JDPriestly May 2012 #28
LittleGirl May 2012 #14
joanbarnes May 2012 #16
MoreGOPoop May 2012 #18
Arkana May 2012 #21
allan01 May 2012 #22
jwirr May 2012 #23
Gidney N Cloyd May 2012 #24
JDPriestly May 2012 #27
Zalatix May 2012 #29
DeSwiss May 2012 #30
iamthebandfanman May 2012 #31

Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 07:52 AM

1. I have mixed feelings on this - on one hand they are corrupt

And anti union.

But we should take their money and still call them corrupt and anti union.

I do though fully understand and support the labor ideas.

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Response to liberal N proud (Reply #1)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:59 AM

13. We have to stop the cycle

 

of taking corrupt money and spending it on good ideas.

It legitimatizes the entire process of "government for hire" thinking.

Explain it to the theocrats using the book of Mathew:

And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the money changers, and the seats of them that sold doves, and said to them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but you have made it a den of thieves.


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Response to mick063 (Reply #13)

Tue May 8, 2012, 12:08 PM

26. Good points. nt

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 07:59 AM

2. This makes no sense to me.

The DNCC could have taken the cards and given them to various needy families. It could have helped a lot of people and Wal-Mart would not have benefited from it. If people are concerned about how it looks to take contributions from Wal-Mart, how does it look when we turn down donations to the poor in order to make some vague point?

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #2)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:04 AM

3. This could be the next attack ad

DEMOCRATS THROW FOOD AWAY
POOR PEOPLE STARVE
DEMOCRATS WANT POOR PEOPLE TO DIE?

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Response to Capt. Obvious (Reply #3)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:10 AM

5. Exactly.

I can see it as an attack ad or as a piece on the O'Reilly Factor. It's a dumb move, IMO.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #5)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:15 AM

7. as I said below the money is going to go directly to the poor anyway; Walmart's money

What's the benefit for the poor to have it diverted through the DNC for the political ingratiation of Walmart?

The response to the blathering of an O'Reilly, or any other ignorant pos, is that if Walmart wants to give to the poor, they don't need our permission or our party's promotion.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #7)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:27 AM

10. Well, at least the money will go to a charity anyway.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #10)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:38 AM

11. right on, Luv!

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #5)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:42 AM

12. As opposed to being criticized for hypocrisy?

It's pretty much a no win situation. But if they had kept the cards, they would have been criticized every time they said anything negative about WalMart.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #5)

Tue May 8, 2012, 10:49 AM

25. you guys have to stop doing things because you're afraid of what Republicans will say

Republicans will say we are all socialist, baby-killing, secret terrorists no matter what we do.

So we should do what we think is right.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #2)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:05 AM

4. Walmart will donate the money anyway

"to a local food bank in Charlotte, as part of (a) $2 billion anti-hunger effort”

If Walmart is sincere in making the donations, they don't need our party convention to promote it for them.

Besides, it's not clear to me what the convention would have done with them, anyway. Looks like they're going to a much more important cause than just ingratiating themselves with our party.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #4)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:15 AM

6. We don't have to promote it.

Just take the damn cards to a poor neighborhood and hand them out to the people standing in line at the welfare office, the unemployment office, you get the idea. It wouldn't take long to get rid of 1,000 $50 cards.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #6)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:17 AM

8. Why can't Walmart just do it for themselves

. . .without trying to get some political advantage from it? If they want to donate to the poor, they don't need our party's endorsement of their objectionable enterprise to do so.

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Response to bigtree (Reply #8)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:20 AM

9. That's the angle they were playing...trying to get a Dem endorsement of their "charity"

 

Which is a raindrop compared to their deluge of profits made on the backs of their workers.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #6)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:27 AM

17. They don't even need to go to those offices

There are plenty of Wal-Mart stores located in neighborhoods where they could do a lot of good just by handing them to the customers walking in the door.

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Response to Alcibiades (Reply #17)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:34 AM

20. Customers? How about their own employees? They're the poorest of the poor. (nt)

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Response to harmonicon (Reply #20)

Wed May 9, 2012, 12:07 AM

32. Especially their employees

Though if they really wanted to do some good, they could just pay folks more.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #2)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:08 AM

15. "Vague"? nt

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Response to TBF (Reply #15)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:31 AM

19. Are the DNC and Democratic candidates going to

turn down all donations from Wal-Mart? I seriously doubt it. Unless they do, the point they're trying to make doesn't seem very clear.

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Response to LuvNewcastle (Reply #2)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:34 PM

28. Walmart was pushing the task of distributing the cards on to the DNCC.

They should give the cards to a charity that screens recipients to make sure they go to the poor and not to convention attendees.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:03 AM

14. This made my day!

I boycotted Walmart many many many years ago. I had to do a research paper on their corporation and I was appalled at the way they treated their employees. Haven't shopped there since. I'm going to support this decision to the teeth.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:12 AM

16. I accept no gifts from Wal-Mart and never shop there.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:30 AM

18. K & R

Walmart is one of the largest contributors to the destruction of our democracy.

Muck Falmart!

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 09:38 AM

21. Wow. Never thought the DNCC would have had the stones to do something

like this.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 10:14 AM

22. re:Democratic National Convention Committee Returns Donated Walmart Gift Cards

meh. walmart caught in the act. good for the dnc for returning the cards . what a blatent move on w/ms end

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 10:21 AM

23. Good Walmart can't buy everything. What they wanted was just in case their rethug did not win

was to have a presense at our convention. We do not want them - and just to be honest - I shop at Walmart because I cannot always afford to buy some things elsewhere.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 10:33 AM

24. I hope before returning the cards someone had the presence of mind to piss on them first.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:31 PM

27. Walmart came into my mother's town.

Undercut the small retail shops that had served the community for generations. And when they had taken over and there was almost no place else to shop, they moved to the edge of town. They had loads of parking at their original site, so I guess that they moved avoid paying the town's taxes.

Shame on Walmart.

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 05:38 PM

29. Like they said in Zombieland, nut up or shut up. And it looks like the DNCC decided to nut up! K&R!

 

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 06:40 PM

30. K&R! n/t

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Response to bigtree (Original post)

Tue May 8, 2012, 08:56 PM

31. wow. im impressed. n/t

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