Tuesday, May 04, 2004

Cheney Visits Wal-Mart HQ; Trolls for Cash

Vice President Dick Cheney visited the home office of the retail giant in Bentonville, Arkansas yesterday. Sticking to his theme he continued to criticize Democratic Presidential candidate John Kerry. Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also piled on.

This nugget from Gov'nor Huckabee:

Huckabee's introduction made repeated references to Kerry, calling the senator an "Eastern elitist" with a "silver-spoon lifestyle he's taken for granted."

The highlight of the day came from Cheney:

"This is one of our nation's best companies," Cheney told a cheering crowd of about 700 employees. He reminded the crowd that former President Bush, the president's father, had given company founder Sam Walton the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest decoration awarded to civilians by the federal government.

"Free enterprise, lower taxes and fiscal discipline from Washington" is what the American economy needs, the vice president said. "Our economy has been through a tough three years, with recession, terrorist attacks and the uncertainty of war," he said.

Interesting Wal-Mar tidbits:

Did you know that Wal-Mart has their own Political Action Committee? Through this organization they are currently the largest corporate donor in the country.

Most of their money goes to the GOP:

"Wal-Mart's political contributions have been spread widely in Congress, with more than 220 members of the House and Senate receiving checks of $1,000 to $17,500 so far this election cycle. About 85 per cent of the money has gone to Republicans."

It stands to reason that the majority of their contributions go to politicians on the local level. They need all the help they can get for zoning and permits in their bid to further their domestic imperialism. A little cash goes a long way toward greasing the wheels of another Grand Opening.

And then there is the Wal-Mart manager mantra:

Stack it deep; sell it cheap; stack it high and watch it fly; hear those downtown merchants cry!

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