|Wal-Mart's political ties
||[21 Jan 2005|10:46pm]
This is a much more combative tone than I think is productive
(maybe easy for me to say), but the points about the associations were
still eye-openers for me.
To effectively battle corporate criminals like Wal-Mart, the public
must be engaged as citizens, not merely as shoppers. What kind of
politics could encourage that? It's not clear that our present
political parties are up to the job. Unlike so many horrible things,
Wal-Mart cannot be blamed on George W. Bush. The Arkansas-based
company prospered under the state's native son Bill Clinton when he
was governor and President. Sam Walton and his wife, Helen, were close
to the Clintons, and for several years Hillary Clinton, whose law firm
represented Wal-Mart, served on the company's board of directors. Bill
Clinton's "welfare-reform" has provided Wal-Mart with a ready
workforce of women who have no choice but to accept its poverty wages
and discriminatory policies.
--- Liza Featherstone, "Down and Out in Discount America," The
Nation, January 3, 2005.