Profiles In Courage….NOT
New York State Senators accepted $15,000 in campaign contributions from Wall Mart. Wall Mart doesn’t have a store in NYC yet. Wall Mart is a very successful retailer. Millions of people buy billions of dollars of products from Wall Mart.
Wall Mart buys in large quantities and holds its suppliers up to price controls and delivery schedules. Wall Mart sells quality merchandise and great prices and maintains adequate inventory of what we need and want. Wall Mart is a great believer in the free market. When Wall Mart opens a store in an area the store is almost always successful. Less competitive stores in the area don’t do as well. Does this make Wall Mat a bully? Muscling its way into an area and pushing the little guys out? Maybe it does, but that’s a function of the free market not a function of Wall Mart’s avarice. Growth and success are an obligation of every successful business. The stock holders of Wall Mart stock expect, and demand that growth and success. It’s not a secret how they became successful, small companies who compete against the giant can do the same thing, but if they don’t have the resources or the buying power of the giant, then they’ll lose. Again the free market benefits the market as a whole not every individual.
New York State Labor Unions objected to the New York State Senators acceptance of this contribution. They object to Wall Mart’s pay scale and its non union work force. The company is successful, it has a large workforce who have worked for them for many years. The company pays the prevailing wage for the labor in its stores. Increased labor costs will have a negative impact on the prices and that will have an impact on sales. Every employee at every store has the freedom to find another job. Very few do because they won’t find a steady job with the kind of benefits that Wall Mart offers. Another benefit from your friends in a free market society. There’re no indentured servants at Wall Mart. They’re all there on purpose and willingly. The problem is that the Labor Unions can’t control them or Wall Mart.
The unions objected to the politicians accepting campaign contributions from Wall Mart. The politicians caved in and returned the money. When the union hires a whore they expect loyalty from the whore.
Look at my analogy. The union is the john, paying a person of low moral character to perform for them. The senators are the whore, a person who accepts money to do as they’re told regardless of how immoral they’re required to act. Wall Mart is the big man about town, looking for a good time and sees how easy the senators are and wants some of the action. They have money and they have influence and they’re willing to trade some money for some influence.
Is that bad of Wall Mart? Is Wall Mart just reading the lay of the land? That’s how the unions get things done, they find a whore and do what it takes, and pays what it takes to get it done.
New York State Senators apparently don’t have any objection to being paid for their favors, but in the process they have lost the ability to determine who they will be a whore for. Apparently some whores can’t even pick their own johns.
For those of us who live in New York are we proud of our elected officials yet?
Vote the Bums Out,