Aug 30, 2006, 9:42 PM
Post #36 of 70
You called me a liar, RexC, and I was so pissed off I needed time to calm down before putting you back in your big box. I'm still pissed,but here you go:
The example you give of my"fable" relates to empty stores,but not only do you present your feeling about what US courts might rule as your only "evidence",you do so by quoting me as saying something I didn't say. Now, I can only figure 2 reasons for this happening:1) you can't read and understand very well or 2) you were building a straw man that you can then knock down. I decided to give you the benefit of the doubt and figure you just don't read and understand very well. Please get someone to read my original statement to you who can then explain it,so we don't have any more misunderstandings. You may be interested in learning that the Chicago City Council, in rejecting a Walmart application to build a store on 6-10-2004,found that there were,at that time, 371 former Walmart stores standing vacant in the US.
You have no idea of what I know or don't know about Mexico, its way of life or its people or its economy. Now, I'll admit I could know more about investing in Mexico since I lost money on Comercial Mexicana way back when it was an upper priced women's clothing store(did you know that?),before it was taken over by another business and became a supermarket. Heck, I even lost money on my investment in Telemex. On the other hand, I got my savings out of Mexico 1 week before Echeverria's peso devaluation ( do you know anything about that?).
In a previous post I spoke of my Mexican "friends" who live in Irapuato,I should have told you then they are my Mexican "family"--have been for more than 12 years. There are 8 brothers and 4 sisters,most of whom have kids of their own.So, you see, I have a good sized family,some middle class,some poor and all but one from the worker class. The one is an officer in the army.
Now, your remaining point is about worker abuse and your wife's aunt. I'm truly sorry about what happened to her,it shouldn' t happen to any one anywhere. If you think worker abuse doesn't happen in the US you haven't been keeping up with US news either. You're right, I don't know of Walmart not paying social security taxes to the government,they'd be fools if they did that. But now that the government is getting interested in all the non-documented immigrants they hire,do you want to bet it wont be too long before we do hear about Walmart not paying all the social security taxes they owe for these people who never had a voice to complain with? Of course,this is not the only way workers can be abused and Walmart has a list of other ways. Try these on for size:
1)A sex discrimination class action suit by more than 1and1/2 million women who are either current or former employees,the largest class action suit ever filed.
2)A class action suit is pending approval that sues Walmart for forcing employees to work overtime and not paying them for it.
3)Walmart uses all possible ways to prevent their employees from forming a union. When butchers in one of their stores managed to form a union, Walmart closed the butcher shops in ALL of their US stores.
Now, I know you are all interested in verifying the above so let me give you some references:
1- google "class action suits against Wal-Mart"
2-see Esperanza's post to Jerry Ajijicfor Harpers and another magazine whose name I forgot.
3- Mother Jones Magazine, March/April, 2003
One correction I need to make to my original post: The number of jobs Walmart destroys for every one it creates should have read 1.5,a senior moment and I left out the decimal point.
Now,I know you have been a lifetime union member,RexC,but I'll bet your job required it and it wasn't of your own volition. Of course,with some union members who needs to hire scabs?
If I am only for myself, who am I?