December 16, 2004

Tiftonia in Five Years

from - smijer

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I grieve for my adopted home community.

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Posted by smijer at December 16, 2004 06:43 AM
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Great cartoon. My hometown is, as we speak, arguing about whether or not to allow a Super WalMart into the county.

Personally I am all for it. I am what Smijer would characterize as a pro-industry propagandist. WalMart may not be considered "industry" by some but a job is a job when few jobs are available.

I think it is very helpful when product is readily available and inexpensive enough for the lower income folks to afford. I see inexpensive imports as a kind of reverse foreign aid.

It is a fun discussion to have but the Mom and Pops can get a little up in the air about it because they know that when the chips are down people buy cheap and to hell with sentiment.

The world changes and there is not much you can do but change with it.

univar.jpg Posted by Buck on December 17, 2004 09:48 AM
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One of my biggest problems with Wal*Mart is the way they use their buying leverage to force suppliers to continually produce their products cheaper. Since nobody but another X-Mart can compete with Wal*Mart, they use their near monopoly power to force suppliers to provide goods at whatever price Wal*Mart pays - which drives down quality and worker pay, and sends jobs overseas. So we wind up replacing decent jobs of local craftsmen and merchants with jobs that don't provide a basic living standard to employees trying to support a family. So, while I don't have anything against "industry", I do have a problem with Wal*Mart.

The other problem I have is that I don't want my house to face on a six lane highway. I like our small-town community the way it is. If I need X-Marts, Home Depots and Steak & Shakes, I would prefer to have to drive a few miles to get to them.

univar.jpg Posted by smijer on December 17, 2004 11:35 AM
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I have lived in small town America all of my life and have done so by choice. In my situation I am within 45 miles of practically anything the state of Georgia has to offer. In fact, with Internet access, I can purchase anything on the globe and have it brought to my door so shopping is not a big deal to me. The major problem with remaining a small community is that the cost of government contines to increase (and it does annually) and the burden of paying for these costs falls wholly on the property owner. Every time I shop out of town I help that community and my own community suffers because of it.

I have read that WalMart purchases 80% of their goods from China. That is okay with me because the United States purchases 21% of China's total exports. They don't want to lose our business so they depend on us as much as we depend on them. We are the fourth largest exporter of goods and services to China so that is helpful to our economy.

I believe in open markets. As a wise man once said "Either goods and services will cross borders or soldiers will"

univar.jpg Posted by Buck on December 18, 2004 01:43 PM
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