Living in an “Occupy”d World

I know there have been articles on here about the Occupy movement sweeping the country.   I don’t know how anyone could refute the immensity of this phenomena, regardless the side they are on.   This is the definitely the hot new buzz word.

However, a friend of mine and I were talking today and he said something which was half in jest and half serious.  He and his wife are toying with the idea of Occupy’ing Wal-Mart.  Someone in our conversation wasn’t quite understanding the underlying topic… and for once it wasn’t me.  H

His reasoning is “because they are also responsible for the downfall of the American economy by killing American manufacturing.”

This abandoned Wal-Mart is in La Junta- a smal...

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Really?  This company single handedly eroded American manufacturing?

Finding yourself agreeing with his sentiment?

I used to work there.  I don’t recall ever being forced to shop there.  Not even once.  I can’t think of a single time I’ve ever seen the stores making anyone spend money there.  Maybe corporate has different rules in the South than they do up here.

Have discount super centers like Wal-Mart, Meijer, and KMart contributed to the problems suffered by both the small business owner and the American manufacturer?  Of course.  But that doesn’t mean they are responsible for the results.

My friend didn’t have an answer when I asked about the last time he gave that corporate giant some of his money.  Things got even quieter when I took it a step further and queried about his most recent shopping trip to the local hardware store.  Somehow, this time, I don’t think I’m the one confused.

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