Evil Wal-Mart Is Giving Away $15 million

While Howard Dean is out attacking Big Oil, the Kossacks are attacking Bush Co., and the leadership of Louisiana is looking more and more shell shocked, Wal-Mart got its Kenner, LA store open so the public could go in and take what was needed. Kenner, mind you, suffered greatly in the storm.

In New Orleans, Wal-Mart was unable to get its stores open and looters crashed through taking necessities and non-necessities — an act that will only delay the inevitable.

In an act of sheer corporate heroism, Wal-Mart has stepped up to the bat again.

Following President Bush’s announcement today that former Presidents Bush and Clinton will lead a nationwide fundraising effort to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott contacted President Clinton and the White House and committed $15 million from Wal-Mart to jump-start the effort.

As part of this commitment, Wal-Mart will establish mini-Wal-Mart stores in areas impacted by the hurricane. Items such as clothing, diapers, baby wipes, food, formula, tootbrushes, bedding and water will be given out free of charge to those with a demonstrated need.

That’s right. Evil, Inc., according to the left, is doing what the demagogues on the left will never give it credit for doing. Wal-Mart is sacrificing profit to help.

$15 million and mini-Wal-Mart stores where everything is free.

Never underestimate that the capitalist giant has a tender touch.

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  • Erick,
    This ranks among the most vile and disgusting blog posts I’ve ever read. There are 500,000 people displaced, New Orleans is on the verge of total anarchy, people are dying because they don’t have enough food and water, and all you can talk about are liberal bogeymen. The least you could do is have the common decency to wait until the bodies are cold before cynically politicizing the hurricane. You have no shame and no soul. How Christian of you. Nothing will ever change in this country so long as people like you are advising politicians.

  • Yeah, and Wal-Mart’s net income was $10.267 billion, fye 1/31/05. So when I flip a couple of bucks in the disaster relief can at my local Starbucks, I’ll have done proportionately as much as Wal Mart did with that $15 million donation. Fast track me for sainthood too, Eric, mkay?

    Since Howard “attacked” big oil, a post about big oil’s contributions to disaster relief would have been relevant. But big oil hasn’t offered jack as of this moment. Maybe they will soon and you can edit your post into something that makes a lick of sense.

  • I stand corrected on the “jack” comment then. Apparently BP has contributed $1 million and Exxon Mobil $7 million (per their respective websites). Of course, I added “as of this moment” to my initial assertion because I assumed they would shortly pony up something.

    Contributions don’t speak to a corporation’s degree of goodness, in my estimation. Corporations have one mission – earnings for shareholders. It isn’t a corporation’s job to be beneficient, or to police itself. Corps are dumb, vicious animals, and the government’s job (the gov’t = you, me and everyone we know) is to restrain them.

    Which is what Howard Dean was questioning – is our government going to do its job and restrain the oil companies from profiting unduly during this situation. Not surprisingly, our president declined to answer the question. We should all just drive less if we don’t like paying so much, he said (which actually is a good idea too, but doesn’t absolve the government’s responsibility vis. price gouging).

    You have no comment about my $2 in the Starbucks can assertion, I note. I suppose we have different definitions of the word sacrifice.

  • It is very insightful that liberals think the governments’ job is to restrain (dumb,vicious)corporations. I totally disagree! Government should get out of the way of business and let the market be the market. No, they have to control, control, control those evil profit makers. Never mind the great risk that business owners make to borrow capital work 20 hours a day and create jobs.

    Not only is Walmart donating the $15M mentioned but they have lost dozens and dozens of stores. That will set them back many more millions. If corporations don’t make the donations they do then it will come from government and that means every taxpayer.

    I’m through responding to the silly rants of liberals. I am going to make my own additional contributions to the cause and pray and encourage those that are rescuing the hurting.

  • Ted, I think the relief effort *should* be financed by the government and taxpayers, and not by private contribution. It shouldn’t be an option to help the Katrina victims, which is what charity is, an option that we can decline if we choose.

    Government policing of corporations does not thwart them from succeeding except where their success damages society, eg, environmental and labor standards. Since government regs apply to all businesses, it’s an even playing field, so I don’t see a problem with it.

    If you let the market be the market, our working conditions will soon approximate those in third world nations. Do you think the market being the market won us a 35-40 hour work week? Minimum wage? Health and safety standards?

  • People point to Walmart and cry “anti-union”.
    Unions enable disfavored people to live satisfactorly without addressing their disfavor. This way their family’s problems are never resolved. Without the union they would have to accept the heirarchy, their own inferiority.
    Unions serve to empower.
    Walmart is anti-union because they are good. They try to help people address and resolve their problems by creating an enviornment where there are fewer hurdles.

    Media ridicule and lawsuits are creations to reinforce people’s belief that Walmart is evil in a subsegment of the indistry dominated by the middle and lower classes.
    Low-cost disfavored Chinese labor is utilized by corporate america to maximize margins. They all do it. Only WalMart gets fingered because they are the ones who help, and those who seek to create confusion in the marketplace want to eliminate the vast middle class who have a real chance and instead stick with lower classes who may not work otherwise. So they dirty him up while allowing the others to appear clean.

    I believe the coining of the term “Uncle Sam” was a clue alluding to just this::Sam Walton’s WalMart is one of few saviors of the peasant class.