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Getting back to work

World's largest retailer shoots for success where government is failing

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Now here’s an economic stimulus plan America can get behind.

Wal-Mart Stores Inc. has pledged to buy $250 billion in American made-products during the next 10 years. The company is promoting the initiative in a series of ads broadcast during the Winter Olympics that featured narration from celebrity pitchman Mike Rowe, best known as host of the cable-TV show Dirty Jobs.

Unlike unsuccessful government attempts to stimulate the economy through pet projects, the Wal-Mart initiative has the potential to lift a wide variety of U.S. manufacturers through its massive global distribution network. The Boston Consulting Group predicts the $250 billion investment will create 1 million jobs.

In an era when there are as many disincentives to work than incentives, the ad’s pro-production narratives are uplifting.

“At one time, I made things,” the voice of Rowe says during the “I Am a Factory” ad that starts with the image of a closed manufacturing site, complete with a padlocked gate. “I was mighty and then one day, the gears stopped turning.

“But I am still here, and I believe I will rise again. We will build things, and build families, and build dreams. It’s time to get back to what America does best.”

The ad then closes out with the sponsor’s message: “Over the next 10 years, we’re putting $250 billion to work to help create new manufacturing jobs in America.” And that’s followed by Rowe saying, “Because work is a beautiful thing.”

It’s an encouraging sign that the world’s largest retailer is making such an enormous investment in the world’s largest economy, which, until overtaken by China in 2010, also boasted the world’s largest manufacturing sector.

Perhaps America could reclaim that title if more companies followed Wal-Mart’s lead and the government made it less onerous to make products on our own soil.

We simply cannot get by with a service-based economy alone. It’s Economics 101: A country that produces little of what it consumes eventually will lack the wealth to consume anything. As the saying goes, we all can’t press one another’s pants for a living.

Some of us actually need to make the pants.

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bubbasauce
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bubbasauce 02/18/14 - 02:46 am
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Let's hope Wal-Mart is

Let's hope Wal-Mart is sincere. Yes this is what has killed this great Country, jobs and factories moving overseas all for the love of money. Yes I hope other companies follow suite. And guess which President got the ball rolling on this ? Ole slick Willie, Mr. Bill Clinton with NAFTA. For those who don't know what this stands for, North American Free Trade Agreement.

ymnbde
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ymnbde 02/18/14 - 07:10 am
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and their website works, too

and they help poor people, too
and they give part time jobs to women
thus freeing them to become mothers and artists and fishermen
just like Joe B said... was it joe B who said that?
maybe it was Theo or Cliff or the little cute one

Riverman1
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Riverman1 02/18/14 - 07:42 am
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Protectionism

Protectionism is a two-way street. Careful.

deestafford
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deestafford 02/18/14 - 08:38 am
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At one time, when Sam Walton was alive, everything...

At one time, when Sam Walton was alive, everything sold by WalMart was made in America. He even opened a factory to make blue jeans just so they could be made in America. However, the world change a lot economically since his death and it may have been no longer profitable to do that type of thing.

WalMart does more for people than many ever realize. They really do more for people than the unions and liberal cities who are out to destroy them.

The bottomline is a company should do what is best for the shareholders and what is most profitable. This will be very profitable both economically and PR wise for WalMart.

DanK
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DanK 02/18/14 - 08:52 am
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I'll believe it when I see it

Walmart has been losing money and firing employees, and most of the employees on the job qualify for food stamps because of the poverty-level salaries. They can't even keep the store shelves stocked with the cheap Chinese junk they carry. Same-store sales are down because people without jobs can't afford even the cheap stuff they sell. They go to the Dollar stores. And people who are working don't want Walmart junk. So, Walmart is going to begin buying American made stuff instead, which will cost more? Who's going to shop there? Walmart is not teetering on the edge of bankruptcy, but the corporation is at risk due to some poor decisions they've made in recent years. When your own store employees are doing food drives for other store employees, you have a problem.

If anyone is counting on Walmart to save the country, I have this really great bridge ......

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/18/14 - 09:10 am
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It's a global

It's a global economy-Pandora's box is open-only thing left is "hope".

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 09:55 am
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Walmart keep your word--please

I hope this works & we so need it..

Wake up folks...we can't survive on hamburger flipping jobs & that is all that is left..not everyone has a college degree & some need manual labor jobs....I can NOT understand how anyone would be negative about bringing JOBS back to America...you fuss about welfare(so do I) you fuss about school lunches but yet you can't see the need for FACTORY JOBS!!!
Yes, we have a global economy but we have globalized ourselves INTO POVERTY.

seenitB4
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seenitB4 02/18/14 - 09:56 am
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Ross Perot was right

The sucking sound of jobs leaving the USA has been felt.

jimmymac
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jimmymac 02/18/14 - 09:59 am
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NAFTA
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I'm a die hard conservative and yes Clinton signed the NAFTA trade deal but in all fairness it was sponsored by Republicans and had their full support. The demise of jobs in America has been a by-partisan effort spurred by businesses wanting greater profits at the expense of American jobs. It's still going on and until we stand up against it nothing will stop. When you get someone on the phone the next time you call customer service and they have a Indian dialect start complaining.

SGT49
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SGT49 02/18/14 - 12:06 pm
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What drove factory jobs

What drove factory jobs overseas were unions, government regulations and ever-increasing taxes. Who can compete with overseas companies that don't have those burdens?

allhans
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allhans 02/18/14 - 01:11 pm
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My niece is a department

My niece is a department manager at a Wal-Mart store near Atlanta, she has been with them for over 10 years and love it. She sent 2 boys through U of GA.....
Liberals will never speak well of the company...never have, n ever will. Success due to hard work drives them up a wall.

Bizkit
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Bizkit 02/18/14 - 01:32 pm
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Technology also has a lot to

Technology also has a lot to do with Middle Class job losses. I bet within a decade 18 wheelers will be robotically controlled and no need for human error. What the heck are we going to do when robots do all jobs? Both biology and bible agree man was made for work-physical and mental. Use it or lose it.

lovingthesouth72
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lovingthesouth72 02/18/14 - 01:48 pm
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Why?

But if I work I will make too much money to qualify for Obamacare. I will just stay home, and pursue my dreams of knitting and scrap booking while others work and pay for my livelihood. Thanks Obama for releasing me from the bondage of work. xoxo

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dahreese 02/18/14 - 02:03 pm
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To laugh or to cry, that is
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To laugh or to cry, that is the question.

You folks on the editorial staff are now echoing what liberals have said all along - due to manufacturing corporations moving out of the country and laying off Americans from work, in time to come Americans will have no money to buy things with.

And now, you come along and blow the horn for Walmart, a notorious employer for the way it treats its employees, who are suddenly concerned for American workers and the economic health of this nation.

(And sure enough, the usual conservatives who post on here daily, can't see beyond their noses at this reversal of your editorial policies).

You don't have to be a blind conservative not to see it, just an ignorant one to deny it.

Michael Ryan
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Michael Ryan 02/18/14 - 02:53 pm
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It isn't protectionism to

It isn't protectionism to simply make things yourself. Protectionism is punishing imports with tariffs.

myfather15
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myfather15 02/18/14 - 03:11 pm
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Bizkit

Companies have already created machines that will prepare and cook hamburgers!! What happens when those fast food workers get their $15.00/hr and then are unemployed and machines take their place??

This is just ONE story about it, there are many more!!

http://www.whatsonxiamen.com/wine_msg.php?titleid=2115

corgimom
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corgimom 02/18/14 - 06:00 pm
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The only reason why Walmart

The only reason why Walmart is doing this is because their sales are down, and they are using this as a marketing tool.

It's not because Walmart is so patriotic and wonderful. They are a business, and this was strictly a business decision to bring in more customers.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/18/14 - 06:04 pm
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myfather, back in the day,

myfather, back in the day, Horn and Hardart's had vending machines for food. They were popular for several years, but eventually people grew tired of them, they wanted service. By design, they only offer very limited food choices, and you can't vary the order in any way.

Whenever us kids would complain to my mother about food, she would say, "What, do you think you are at Horn and Hardart's?"

corgimom
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corgimom 02/18/14 - 06:09 pm
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allhans, management at

allhans, management at Walmart does pretty well. However, the clerks, the cashiers, the stockers, are poorly paid.

Walmart is also well-known for sexual discrimination, both de facto and actual discrimination.

It has nothing to do with being liberal or conservative.

I rarely shop at Walmart anymore, I used to all the time, then they "remodeled" and it became so unpleasant to shop there, I only go every few weeks now and only buy very certain things. That has nothing to do with politics.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/18/14 - 06:16 pm
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This marketing ploy means

This marketing ploy means nothing to me, it won't change my habits at all. Unless it raises prices higher than competitors, I'm not brand-loyal to Walmart.

justthefacts
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justthefacts 02/18/14 - 06:25 pm
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Good Grief

I am sure Walmart will horrified to here that. They will probably just ditch the whole program.

allhans
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allhans 02/18/14 - 07:40 pm
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"allhans, management at

"allhans, management at Walmart does pretty well. However, the clerks, the cashiers, the stockers, are poorly paid"

My niece did not start out as manager, she started at the customer service window.
Walmart is no different than other employers...they reward good help.

corgimom
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corgimom 02/19/14 - 12:20 am
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JTF, hahaha. They should've,

JTF, hahaha. They should've, I used to spend thousands of dollars there, so did a lot of other people. They have lost a lot of business with their "remodeling".

They are getting hit hard by the recession, dollar stores, grocery stores like Aldi, and much stiffer competition from grocery stores- not to mention their ill-conceived "remodeling"

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