Re: Wal-Mart anti-Christmas? I guess you should ask all the Mom and Pop stores that closed down because a Wal-mart moved in about how great they are for the US economy. And I don't really think employees will open their mouth about Wal-mart or they will be fired. And Rupper, you are wrong about the Unions defending bad workers. The Company hired them and there is a US Supreme Court Ruling called the Duty of Fair Representation that says if a Union doesn't represent a worker, union dues paying or not, then he can sue the union. Anyone ever think about the idea that maybe, just maybe, the corporations have given up their rights to run their companies? So they can blame it on the workers? And you worked in that mine, Rupper, were you one of the people who only worked an hour out of 8? And who let those people get in that habit? How did it get in that condition? I worked in a GM factory for over 20 years and I don't remember anyone sitting around doing nothing unless it was the tradespeople. And if they were sitting down it was because the machines were making parts. I am afraid you are like a lot of other people in this country who bought in to the Lazy American hype put out by the Right to Work organization. Which is actually a Right to Pay Less bunch. So I guess the right thing to do would be to give up our pensions, send our Social Security checks back to Washington, and get the politicians to do away with taxes all together. Then we could all live in Old Folks houses like they did back before Social Security and just sit around waiting to die. And the economys of those other countries aren't as bad as the economy of this country. You ever study the educational systems they have in Japan or Germany? Maybe you haven't noticed the news about the number of foreclosures going up and the number of bankruptcies that are occurring. And since I was directly involved in what happened at GM and Delphi let me assure you it wasn't the pay of the workers that caused the decline it was the loss of market share. GM use to sell 25% of the cars Made in the USA. Now that number is less than 10%. But just keep ignoring it, that way you will be completely surprised when the US economy goes straight down the toilet. It won't affect me cause I am an old man and don't have a whole lot of good years left. But I love my young grandkids and hoped that they would have a better life than I do. That is just not in their future if things keep going the way they are. I still don't shop at Wal-mart. I would rather pay a dollar more at the little hardware store in my town than contribute to the greedy billionaires bank account. And it is a fact that the workers there qualify for Medicare, Medicaid, and Food stamps. Your tax dollars at work. And just a little tid bit of info. When Clinton was in he and the Republican Congress came up with a plan called Welfare to Work. If a person was on Welfare they had to do something to get off. They could go to school, work at a low paying job to get experience, and prove they didn't want to continue on welfare. Well, guess what, the current administration scrapped that idea. Now it is back to the way it was before. And there are more white people on welfare than any other ethnic group. Pick it apart, it is my last post in this diatribe.