Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Central IL Says 'No Thanks' to Wal-Mart

Yesterday, I wrote on Capitol Fax Blog that people are starting to wake-up to the fact that Wal-Mart has become an economic parasite on America.

Add the people of Lincoln, Illinois to the list of folks catching on, says the State Journal Register.

In a surprise vote Tuesday, the Lincoln City Council rejected a $600,000 taxpayer subsidy to build a proposed Super Wal-Mart Center by a vote of 5-4. The Super Wal-Mart would have directly competed with local grocers.

The new Super Wal-Mart would have been cited right next to an existing Wal-Mart which, of course, would be vacated.

Clueless City Council member Alderman O.V. "Buzz" Busby defended Wal-Mart's gift package:
As for the effect on two existing grocery stores, Lincoln IGA and Kroger, Busby said, "I believe in the free enterprise system. Let the best man win."
Earth to Buzz: It's not "free" enterprise when Wal-Mart gets a $600,000 leg-up on the competition.

Expect Wal-Mart to try to muscle through a re-vote in the coming months, but Lincoln stands tall today.


Blogger Grocery Guy said...

That's $600K on the front end. What about the indirect taxpayer money that they will take for employee health care, food stamps, school lunch programs and housing because they don't pay their "associates" a decent wage. Good job by the Lincoln City Council

11:43 AM  
Blogger Cal Skinner said...

Supporting a subsidy to the world's largest retailed strikes me as poor judgment.

4:52 PM  
Blogger earnest said...

I think Walmart should use this post and the resulting comment from cal skinner in their ads:

"In a nation divided by bitter partisanship, Walmart is proud of its role creating some common ground between left and right ..."

12:02 AM  
Blogger Pawl Pry said...

Our little burg didn't say "No" to the Beast from Bentonville but that was about 20 years ago. Things were ugly back in thosze double digit inflation / unemployment days. They have, however, managed to not ask "how high" everytime WM says "jump>" I've been surprised we didn't get more coverage for facing Monster Mart down when they insisted they neede a liquor license to have a "...level playing field."

Where have we heard that before?

5:30 PM  

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