What a loaded question, huh?
Walmart released today that they were creating 20,000 new jobs. They are opening new stores and/or are expanding exciting stores. Jobs will be opening for cashiers to management positions. All of these jobs will be located in the US. All of these jobs offer Health Care benefits, which is at least something in my mind. I understand these aren't high paying jobs like auto workers were making, but most of them are out of work or soon to be out of work.
Now I know a lot of people think of Walmart is evil and they maybe right. They do sell a tone of things that are made out of the country, but so do a lot of other retail stores. Don't take my word for it. go to Sears, Kohles, heck most of your clothing stores and you'll find out that they also sell a bunch of product made in other countries. Many people say they destroy local businesses. They may in some places, but we have three Super Walmarts near by and one regular Walmart and I haven't seen any of the local grocery stores go under. In fact those little guy store always seem to have their parking lots filled. Most of those store don't offer Health Care coverage to part time and some full time employees, unlike Walmart.
I used to be one of the Walmart haters. I thought from what I heard from the internet and other media sources that they treated their employee's badly. After talking to some people who work for them say differently. They are happy to have a jobs in these times and say it's not near as bad as everyone on the outside is being told.
So, is The Big Bad Walmart really that bad? They are creating new jobs which offer Health Care. In these time, at least where I live, there aren't even McDonalds jobs to be had. More people working and less pulling unemployment is a good thing.
I know, I'm gonna get hammered for this post. But if you're from the part of the US that I am, you'll understand where I'm, coming from. The county that I live in just broke the 11% unemployment rate.
So hammer away, I still would like to hear what people think. I'm a big boy and can take it.