West side Wal Mart: jobs or no jobs?

I hear the constant refrain from the left about jobs and why they aren’t being created. Now, Wal Mart is looking to open a supercenter on the West Side (right down Coors from my house, I might add). It is going to be a controversial battle as 500 people have already signed up to comment at a public meeting on the proposed store. Ironically, the average Wal Mart supercenter creates 500 jobs.

Mayor Berry and Gov. Martinez are trying to create the conditions to make economic growth and jobs possible. Will the NIMBY crowd and the Wal Mart haters stop jobs from being created? Will Sam Bregman be out in front defending Wal Mart’s right to build a store in Albuquerque?

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11 Replies to “West side Wal Mart: jobs or no jobs?”

  1. Every time a new enterprise enters the marketplace, it (hopefully) creates more new net jobs and wealth for all.

    If it doesn’t it will eventually fail.

    Do we we need a new “department store” such as Wal-Mart in Albuquerque?

    Hard to say. Hard for any one to determine.

    But we need to let the owners and investors “take their chance at the roulette wheel” and see how they fare.

    For community activists, do-gooders and busy-bodies to prevent or restrict the opening of this new enterprise is about the same as stopping a fishing vessel from leaving harbor in Tampico.

  2. Apparently some folks find Wal-Mart offensive because they do not force their employees to join unions. Never understood that reasoning.

    When union pressure forced the City of Chicago to reject Wal-Mart’s plan to build a store, Wal-Mart opened a store a block outside the city limits. Chicago residents got jobs and a place to shop and the city didn’t get a dime of tax revenue.

    1. I find them offensive because they (basically) force their workers *not* to join unions. Where’s your freedom-loving ass when the workers want to exercise *their* right to assemble and organize?

      Or do you only care about the rights of corporate “persons,” even at the expense of real flesh and blood human beings?

      1. There is no “right” to organize. If you don’t like a job, you are free to work elsewhere. If a company engages in fraud, then they should be prosecuted.

        1. US Constitution:
          Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

          American Convention on Human Rights:
          The right of peaceful assembly, without arms, is recognized. No restrictions may be placed on the exercise of this right other than those imposed in conformity with the law and necessary in a democratic society in the interest of national security, public safety or public order, or to protect public health or morals or the rights or freedom of others.

          Universal Declaration of Human Rights (signed by the US):
          Everyone has the right to freedom of peaceful assembly and association.

          1. And before you complain about “…the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” (people do) note the Oxford comma there.

            “…peasably to assemble” and “to petition…” are separated by a comma, and as such are separate clauses of the sentence, and separate rights.

  3. People and organizations who act to TRY to stop Wal-Mart deserve to be exposed to close scrutiny to determine motives and objectives.

    Many people shop at Wal-Mart and the addition of such stores will support many shopping centers, creating still more jobs, and Gross Receipts Taxes as well.

  4. There is no rational reason to oppose this store. The Walmart haters are like all haters. Irrational.

    The instigators of these protests, egging on the logic challenged, are always the union types. They hate to see folks taking home pay without their cut.

  5. People oppose the Wal-Mart Supercenters, because they are going to be located “near them”, and of course that is unacceptable. Yet, these same people will travel several miles to go to another Wal_Mart location, spending gas and further polluting the air. These are your liberals, people,, objecting to any progress that might be made for the benefit of the many.

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