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Fox Regular: "Wal-Mart is an Incredibly Wonderful Company"

Reported by Melanie - August 17, 2006 -

A group of progressives, activists, Democrats, and union leaders recently launched a "2006 Change Wal-Mart, Change America Tour." They are taking a bus trip across America to advocate for decent health care for all Americans and for good paying jobs. Here is their website.

Yesterday Joe Biden spoke at a stop in Iowa and, according to the New York Times, "delivered a 15-minute, blistering attack to warm applause" there.

Well, well, right wing corporate media - in the form of Fox News - wasn't too happy about an "attack" on one of their own so they shot back today (August 18, 2006) on Your World w/Cavuto. Cavuto provided the bullets and the shooter was Ben Stein, a very frequent guest on Your World and a cast member on Fox's Saturday morning "business news" program, Cavuto on Business.

Stein summed up the let-them-eat-cake position of the wealthy corporate elites now in power in his opening remarks, which he then repeated several times in order to fill the 2-1/2 minute segment:

It's really a sign of how desperate the Democrats are and it makes me kind of sad because the Democratic party used to be a really great party. Wal-Mart is an incredibly wonderful company.
When Katrina happened, they set up a rule at all their stores all over the United States and Canada and all you had to do was come in, say you were a Wall-Mart employee from the hurricane affected area, you didn't have to show any identification or any proof, and they would give you a job.
When a Wall-Mart opens in an area it's as if everyone in the town got a 20% raise because their prices are so low that it's the equivalent of everyone in the area getting a raise. You know, Wal-Mart cares deeply about middle-class people. They want to give middle-class people the best prices they possibly can. It's too bad Wal-Mart doesn't pay people more but for the areas it's in, it pays a very competitive wage.

Never mind the complexities of this issue (see below); the over-worked and broke middle-class should shut-up and be greatful for Wal-Mart's cheap products and Wal-Mart's poor, exploited employees should be made to believe that they're earning a "competitive wage." As I said, let them eat cake.

If you don't know about the damage Wal-Mart is doing to our country, learn more. Below are some suggested sites.

Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Price
Walmart Alliance for Reform Now
Wal-Mart Watch
Sprawl-Busters