Thursday, January 26, 2006

Lots of People Want to Work at Wal-Mart

From the Chicago Sun-Times:

. . . an account of how the opening of a new Wal-Mart store produced a flood of job applications.
Eighteen months after the Chicago City Council torpedoed a South Side Wal-Mart, 24,500 Chicagoans applied for 325 jobs at a Wal-Mart opening Friday in south suburban Evergreen Park, one block outside the city limits.

The new Wal-Mart at 2500 W. 95th is one block west of Western Avenue, the city boundary.

Of 25,000 job applicants, all but 500 listed Chicago addresses, said John Bisio, regional manager of public affairs for Wal-Mart.
What we have here is all too typical of American politics. The Chicago City Council responded to the leftist activists to keep Wal-Mart out of the city.

But what do ordinary people in Chicago think?

It seems they want to work at Wal-Mart.

And if they are like people (especially people with a modest income) everywhere else in the country, they want to shop at Wal-Mart.

And the cultural elitists and union activists hate that. Living in an egalitarian society, were mass preferences eventually prevail, is such a bummer.

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