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OfflinePhred
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Fuck WalMart
    #4689666 - 09/21/05 12:01 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

Damn those greedy, soulless giant corporations anyway!

From http://www.tallahassee.com/mld/democrat/news/opinion/12696207.htm

Let Wal-Mart take over emergency management

By John Tierney

NEW YORK TIMES

SLIDELL, La. - I don't think Washington needs any more czars. But if President Bush feels compelled to put someone in charge of rebuilding the Gulf Coast, let me suggest a name: Lee Scott.

Scott is the chief executive of Wal-Mart, one of the few institutions to improve its image here after Katrina sent a 15-foot wave across the north shore of Lake Pontchartrain. If you mention the Red Cross or FEMA to people in Slidell, you hear rants about help that didn't arrive and phone lines that are always busy. If you mention state or national politicians, you hear obscenities.

But if you visit the Wal-Mart and the Sam's Club stores here, you hear shoppers who have been without power for weeks marveling that there are still generators in stock (and priced at $304.04). You hear about the trucks that rolled in right after the hurricane and the stuff the stores gave away: chain saws and boots for rescue workers, sheets and clothes for shelters, water and ice for the public.

"This was the only place we could find water those first days," said Rashan Smith, who was shopping with her three children at Wal-Mart on Saturday. "I still haven't managed to get through to FEMA. It's hard to say, but you get more justice at Wal-Mart."

That's the same assessment you hear from public officials in Louisiana, and there's even been talk of letting Wal-Mart take over FEMA's job. The company already has its own emergency operations center, where dozens of people began preparing for the hurricane the week before it hit by moving supplies and trucks into position.

I realize that Scott would not be a popular choice with Democrats. They concede that Wal-Mart and other private companies were far better prepared for Katrina than FEMA was, but they say FEMA would work fine if it were under the control of a virtuous, compassionate public servant - someone, as Bill Clinton suggested, like himself.

Clinton looks back on the 1990s as FEMA's Age of Pericles. "I think we did a good job of disaster management," he said on ABC's "This Week." While criticizing the Bush administration for leaving poor people stranded in New Orleans, he said that he and his FEMA director, James Lee Witt, had been especially sensitive to the needs of poor people because of their own backgrounds.

But if they cared so much, why didn't New Orleans ever work out a feasible way to evacuate poor people? FEMA had a golden opportunity to plan it during the 1990s. The threat of nuclear war had receded and terrorism wasn't yet a priority, so the agency's biggest concerns should have been an earthquake in California and a flood in New Orleans.

But it was too busy dealing with the record number of other "disasters" that Clinton declared - an average of one a week, which meant FEMA was mailing out checks for every flash flood within range of a major media market. Upstate New Yorkers suddenly became incapable of coping with the cost of snow removal.

In 1997, Congress gave FEMA $500,000 and ordered it to develop a comprehensive plan to evacuate New Orleans. The agency passed on the money to Louisiana, which used it instead to study building a new bridge. As Rita Beamish of The Associated Press reported on Sunday, FEMA didn't bother making sure a plan was drawn up - an aide to Witt said its job had just been to pass on the money.

How often do you suppose someone at Wal-Mart headquarters dispenses $500,000 and doesn't bother keeping track of it? It's legendary for tracking every transaction and pinching every penny.

When Scott, the chief executive officer, travels with the chief financial officer, they cut costs by sharing a hotel room.

That's the kind of leader we need to oversee the tens of billions that Washington will be spending on the Gulf Coast. Scott could cut costs while still leaving the area as well prepared for the next disaster as Wal-Mart was for Katrina.

David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, was so impressed with the rapid response of Wal-Mart and other companies that he promised to introduce a bill to abolish FEMA and contract its job out to the private sector. I'm afraid the Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency will be a tough sell on Capitol Hill. But I'd vote for WEMA.






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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4689673 - 09/21/05 12:07 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

I think HEMA, BEMA and KBREMA are ahead of WEMA on
the docket for the proposal hearings.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4690018 - 09/21/05 01:59 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

So, WAL-MART coughed up a few pennies for this spectacular public relations stunt.


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Invisiblelooner2
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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: carbonhoots]
    #4690411 - 09/21/05 03:40 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

Quote:

carbonhoots said:
So, WAL-MART coughed up a few pennies for this spectacular public relations stunt.




Not really, the point of the article was that private buisness can better deal with disasters opposed to government programs whos sole purpose is to deal with disasters.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that Wal-Mart did help the people of New Orleans, but because they are a corporation, it doesn't matter what they actually accomplished if it wasn't for altruistic reasons. Because as we know from liberal thought, its not what you do, but how you feel while doing it that is of REAL importance.


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OfflineProsgeopax
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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: carbonhoots]
    #4690515 - 09/21/05 04:14 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

Something has always baffled me about leftists. Why is it that those who like to forcibly take money from other people to pay for their favorite charities are somehow considered more noble than private business people who dispense their own companies' funds to charity?


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4691038 - 09/21/05 06:26 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

This news article was pretty much legitimized by the shittiness of LA and NO officials. They fucked up big time.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4691214 - 09/21/05 07:01 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

There is no real accountability in government. It is all about fronts and fall-men, money funneling/laundering, and the maintaining the illusion of control.

Businesses and Corporations are held to higher standards by shareholders and owners. Now before you bring up Halliburton or the Enron scandal, do some digging on Mayor Daley and Chicago politics. The entire city of chicago is an organized crime syndicate and no one cares! The reason you see so many corporate scandals is because of the greater accountability and transparency. The same thing is going on in cities across the country but no one knows/cares.


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Invisiblebadchad
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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Catalysis]
    #4691410 - 09/21/05 07:46 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

So, if you were like the majority of katrina victims: lived in poverty, lost your house, belongings, and anything else of value that you owned, and were looking for loved ones......

I bet the rollback smiley on top of the $300 generator was quite a relief.


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OfflineCatalysis
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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: badchad]
    #4691419 - 09/21/05 07:47 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

If I lived in povery, a $300 generator would not be the first thing on my mind.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Catalysis]
    #4692038 - 09/21/05 09:56 PM (12 years, 30 days ago)

Quote:

Catalysis said:
If I lived in povery, a $300 generator would not be the first thing on my mind.




Yeah, screw a generator....I want me a big screen TV.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4693285 - 09/22/05 01:28 AM (12 years, 30 days ago)

"David Vitter, the Republican senator from Louisiana, was so impressed with the rapid response of Wal-Mart and other companies that he promised to introduce a bill to abolish FEMA and contract its job out to the private sector. I'm afraid the Wal-Mart Emergency Management Agency will be a tough sell on Capitol Hill. But I'd vote for WEMA."

I was thinking the same thing the other day. The private sector would be better at it. May God Bless Walmart.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: badchad]
    #4693404 - 09/22/05 01:55 AM (12 years, 30 days ago)

Quote:

badchad said:
So, if you were like the majority of katrina victims: lived in poverty, lost your house, belongings, and anything else of value that you owned, and were looking for loved ones......

I bet the rollback smiley on top of the $300 generator was quite a relief.



And I'm sure the fact that wallmart had water during the entire disaster didn't help these people at all. Face the facts. Private enterprise kept the lifesaving water flowing while government fucked it all up. Good job Wallmart.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: z@z.com]
    #4694158 - 09/22/05 09:47 AM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Yes, I do not deny Walmart (as a private enterprise) had a better response to the disaster than FEMA.

I was merely pointing out that walmart MAY have had underlying motives for providing relief, and PERHAPS the corporation didn't respond with purely humanistic motives.

If I were starving and needed water would the motive make a difference to me? definetly not. In light of the partisan "big evil corporation" debate, it does.


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Smith, P.  Bull. Menninger Clinic (1959) 23:20-27; p. 27.

...most subjects find the experience valuable, some find it frightening, and many say that is it uniquely lovely.

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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: badchad]
    #4694271 - 09/22/05 10:21 AM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Standard anti-business "heads I win, tails you lose" response.

If Wal-Mart had not given away water and ice and workboots and chainsaws for free, they would have been accused of being "greedy" or "heartless". If they do give stuff away they are sneered at for cynically exploiting a natural disaster to win public relations points.

This is the standard Leftie way of looking at things -- what matters to the Left is not actions, but the perceived motive behind the actions.




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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4694515 - 09/22/05 11:41 AM (12 years, 29 days ago)

I am on agreement with Phred....Why would any leftist be upset that some company was giving something to someone in need? I would not be upset if the United Nations gave Sudan supplies....oh wait a minute they don't....they just put their "peace keepers" in their to observe genocide.....You see liberalism ( the belief that all ways of thought hold equal weight) means nothing, because it stands up for nothing......


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4694553 - 09/22/05 11:56 AM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Walmart is anything but an example of free market capitalism. Trying to defend Walmart is an example of partisan hackery. I don't espouse the idea that all corporations are bad but Walmart is certainly an example of a corporation that sucks of the teat of society.


Edit: If you want to see an example of a relatively "good" corporation search for my post on Costco.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Prosgeopax]
    #4694590 - 09/22/05 12:11 PM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Why is it that those who like to forcibly take money from other people to pay for their favorite charities are somehow considered more noble than private business people who dispense their own companies' funds to charity?

I presume by "forcibly" you mean the government? Even tho taxation is perfectly legal and any political party is perfectly free to stand on a "no-taxation" ticket?

I think it's more that people have learned to question the motives of private business.


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4694709 - 09/22/05 12:50 PM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Quote:

Phred said:

If Wal-Mart had not given away water and ice and workboots and chainsaws for free, they would have been accused of being "greedy" or "heartless". If they do give stuff away they are sneered at for cynically exploiting a natural disaster to win public relations points.




Pretty much why this is a debateable point. Unfortunately, just because someone supports any particular side, it doesn't make them right.

Quote:

Phred said:
This is the standard Leftie way of looking at things -- what matters to the Left is not actions, but the perceived motive behind the actions.






There are many situations where motive is quite important. Since conservatives often claim moral superiority (religion, abortion, family values etc.) the motive in this case IS important.


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Smith, P.  Bull. Menninger Clinic (1959) 23:20-27; p. 27.

...most subjects find the experience valuable, some find it frightening, and many say that is it uniquely lovely.

Osmond, H.  Annals, NY Acad Science (1957) 66:418-434; p.436


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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Phred]
    #4694722 - 09/22/05 12:54 PM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Quote:

Phred said:
This is the standard Leftie way of looking at things -- what matters to the Left is not actions, but the perceived motive behind the actions.




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Re: Fuck WalMart [Re: Catalysis]
    #4695051 - 09/22/05 02:19 PM (12 years, 29 days ago)

Quote:

Catalysis said:
If I lived in povery, a $300 generator would not be the first thing on my mind.




not to mention the $300 worth of gas needed to run it.


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