Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Time Out says
‘Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price’ begins in the heartland, where H&H Hardware, a family-owned store serving Middlefield, Ohio, for three generations, shuts down not long after Wal-Mart bulldozes into the vicinity, leaving a ghost town where a burg out of a John Mellencamp song used to be. The further charges against Wal-Mart beggar belief: vicious union busting, exploitation of undocumented workers, outsourcing to inhumane factories abroad, racial and sexual discrimination and rampant pollution (even the hands-off Environmental Protection Agency, emasculated under the Bush administration, has fined it for misconduct). What’s more, as Greenwald points out, Wal-Mart is the fattest welfare queen you ever did see, since many of their employees resort to Medicaid, government housing, food stamps, and other taxpayer-subsidised resources for the poor. Given the billions in subsidies and municipal gifts bestowed upon this Croesus of a corporation, one might wish that Greenwald could have gotten deeper behind the thinking of the councillors and legislators welcoming Wal-Mart with their arms and wallets open.