In the discussion thread: Grayson: Walmart is ‘the largest recipient of public aid in the country’ [View all]
Response to kpete (Original post)
Tue Nov 27, 2012, 10:28 PM
libdem4life (11,867 posts)
15. Welcome back, Mr. Grayson. And this doesn't begin to cover what WM has done to small businesses
and local economics. I watched in West Coast horror as I visited my sister in a regional town in Western Oklahoma once or twice a year and went from small shop owners who knew everyone (and some even recognized me, the visitor) to Going Out of Business sales and finally, at some point, our shopping trips were mostly to WalMart. There were ugly divorces as formerly prominent families split up, civil services declined, spouses having to move to the City to get jobs, farms consolidated and sold for single-crop agribusiness, kids went to college and did not return etc. There were many factors to be sure, but WalMart is at the head of the vulture class.
Small town Midwest Main Street barely hangs on. A few scattered shops, thrift stores, professional offices, but more shuttered quaint storefronts, corner brick/multi-story buildings (usually were banks), brick-lined streets ... not quite ghost towns, but not thriving.
Her inlaws are still there because they are the only insurance agency/brokerage in the region. Walmart hasn't gone into insurance brokerage...yet. It has been a scourge on our social order.
Good luck, Alan.
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Welcome back, Mr. Grayson. And this doesn't begin to cover what WM has done to small businesses
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