posted Sat, 30 Jun 2007
SH has more than once sent me articles about The Evils of Wal-Mart. It fits – he is a cradle liberal – his parents (and I have permission to write this) are Birkenstock-wearing, Mother Jones-reading socialist atheists. He comes by his beliefs honest.
He insists that Wal-Mart should pay employees more, provide health insurance and not deliberately hire more part-timers as a way of reducing benefits costs – you know, so Wal-Mart could be like other retailers, all of which offer far better employment packages to unskilled workers, which is why it is so hard for Wal-Mart to get people to work there. We have spent hours arguing about this, including during the stretch between northern Tennessee and Cairo on one drive to Milwaukee.
I heard about a chocolate-covered cinnamon roll at Dunkin’ Donuts. I’d gladly walk five miles to be able to eat that or this cinnamon roll that SH bought at Wal-Mart right now. This is what he had for breakfast the other day. Looks good, doesn’t it?
Yet despite his beliefs that Wal-Mart is Evil Incarnate, he still shops there. And so do his parents.
But why? I ask him. You hate Wal-Mart!
He shrugs. “Because they have the best prices.”
Huh. And here I thought for liberals, where they shopped was a statement, kind of like whether you choose paper or plastic says something about who you are. I was behind a guy at Wild Oats yesterday who responded, “I don’t care” when the cashier asked his preference. She looked shocked. How can you not care? This is important! It’s about The Earth! What about THE LEETLE CHILDREN??
For the record, I go to Wild Oats for their bulk items and the samples, but I find everything else way overpriced. I don’t need organic dried pinto beans at $2.00 a pound, thank you very much. The pesticide-drenched ones will do just fine. And I always get paper bags -- trees are a crop and I want a pension, so I need my former employer, a paper company, to stay in business.
But SH is not afraid to act in his own self interest, even if it means he would be shunned by card-carrying liberals. If Wal-Mart has good cinnamon rolls, well, then, he’s going to buy them! This is a man on the road to conservatism.
[In accordance with the Fairness Doctrine, I need to present “the other side,” which is that SH says he is more of a libertarian than a liberal.]