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The Way I See It!

I am an Ultra-Conservative, Alpha-Male, True Authentic Leader, Type "C" Personality, who is very active in my community; whether it is donating time, clothes or money for Project Concern or going to Common Council meetings and voicing my opinions. As a blogger, I intend to provide a different viewpoint "The way I see it!" on various world, national and local issues with a few helpful tips & tidbits sprinkled in.

Wal-Mart...It's NOT just going to go away!

Wal-Mart

From my numbers of views on “We are one-step closer to a Wal-Mart” post, there still is a big interest in Wal-Mart.  WOW…

 

I was sitting having lunch at McDonalds the other day and two senior citizens came up to me.  One of them said, “You’re that kid pushing for the Wal-Mart, right?”  To which I said yes (I don’t think of myself as a kid, but in their eyes, I am).  He went on to say that there are grumblings that maybe I should head a RECALL of McCue and his followers, that McCue broke his promise of ending the IcePort after he gave the go ahead to wait six more months.  Now this was not the first time I’ve heard that we should recall Ryan, my neighbor, “NOT A FAN” of McCue, has said the same thing.  I kindly told him I was not interested, but I would mention it on my blog and maybe someone else would start it.  By the way, one fellow was for the Wal-Mart and the other didn’t care either way, “Just put some thing there”, he said.  Guess which one was for Wal-Mart ---------------  Not the one talking about the RECALL.  If a recall does go forward, will McCue lose some of his support from city people?

 

I will be the first to admit I was a HUGE supporter of McCue.  I supported him in his election of Alderman here in Cudahy and was pleased when he was elected to his Milwaukee County position.  When he decided to run for Cudahy Mayor, I was right on board; sign in the yard, chatting casually with my neighbors on how McCue was going to make a difference.  I fell into the political trap…I actually believed the “campaign promises”!

 

In the end, I should have given my support to Mayor John Hohenfeldt.  Anyone who knows me, knows that I wasn’t a fan of Hohenfeldt; we just didn’t see eye-to-eye on things.  HOWEVER, he was not to blame for the IcePort and was and still is a supporter of this Wal-Mart coming into Cudahy.  There was much more communication then, at the Common Council meetings, there was bi-directional communication between citizens and the Alderman (McCue claims this was against the law).  I do have hopes that McCue will turn this ship around and things will get better.  I still believe he is not looking at the big picture for Cudahy down the road…not just a “feather in his cap” for his 3 year term, but for the future of OUR city…even 20 years from now.

 

This leads me to my next thought.  If Wal-Mart and its Supercenters are so evil, why did Franklin and its panel unanimously voted to recommend expansion to the Common Council?  Maybe because they are not evil, and are good.  If Wal-Mart and an expansion is good for Franklin, Cudahy’s big brother, it should be good for us!  It would appear Franklin is much smarter then us.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to lose.  I don’t want to lose this Wal-Mart to one of our sister cities.  Losing has a bitter taste to it.  We are not losers!

 

One of my fellow bloggers in Franklin Wal-Mart in the news good post.

 

One of my supporters on the Wal-Mart issue emailed me his entry that never was posted in the public forum and asked me to share it with you.  If there are others out there, just email me or comment I will post them, if you want.

 

Randy and Cudahy Citizens,

 

 I have been watching your love-hate debate on Wal-Mart from a distance and have often left your web site with a bit of a chuckle.

 

Remember:

 

People hate Microsoft and Bill Gates because they and he are successful.

 

People hate Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway because he is successful!  So what if his 31 Billion will be left to charity, mostly to the Gates Foundation (remember – We hate Bill Gates – he’s successful)

 

People hate Wal-Mart because Wal-Mart is a successful business.

 

People deserve choices!

 

I don’t Hate Microsoft, Bill Gates, Warren Buffett or Wal-Mart.  In fact, I’m writing this using Microsoft Word on a computer custom built buy a small local business.  Yes, I have Pampered Chef products at home from one of Mr. Buffett’s companies.  I wish I were as successful as any of them but I will not let my jealousy cause me to make poor decisions.

 

Yes, I shop at Wal-Mart as well as many other large and small businesses.  I’m not rich!  I do what I can for my family and my community.  I use the local tailor to fix my kids clothes.  I help a local organization that supports the needy.  I shop for sales at the grocery stores.  I shop at Wal-Mart to buy things at a lower price and improve my standard of living and improve my community.

 

As far as China Products: I prefer to buy American made when it makes financial sense.  I’m not hurting the Chinese when I buy their products.  The cost of living in China is between 1/10th to 1/4 that of Australia, North America and Europe (Source: http://www.china-tesol.com).  In China, a Big Mac or 1/4 Pounder cost about 6.00 RMB (US $0.75) (Source: http://www.china-tesol.com).  They don’t have to earn as much as we do, most people in the world do not earn as much or live as well as we do!  Do you want to give that up?  When I save money at Wal-Mart, I increase my bank account, buy more things (imported or domestic) increasing my family’s standard of living or I spend that extra money at a local restaurant or some other type of entertainment or even a Farmer’s Market, increasing that proprietor’s and their employee’s quality of living!

 

As far as, “Wal-Mart busts attempts to unionize” . . . YES. . . OK . . . Well, what do you think they suppose to do?  What is the purpose of a Board of Directors, “The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to protect the shareholders' assets and ensure they receive a decent return on their investment” (Source: http://beginnersinvest.about.com/cs/a/aa2203a.htm).  As I remember it, in my Econ 101 course it was “The primary responsibility of the board of directors is to protect the shareholders' investment and maximize return on their investment.”  I guess even Econ has gone PC!  They are correct, they should try to keep out the unions if it keeps prices down and increases shareholder’s equity.  I know, It sounds cold . . . unless you are a share holder and if you have any mutual funds, you probably are!  All the poor employees can always go to work somewhere else.  I know, you are going to say all the good jobs will be gone.  If you look around, you will find many better jobs that have popped up around due to the new Wal-Marts.  I have small business customers who have fought to keep their doors open until Wal-Mart arrived.  Afterwards the added traffic to the area has saved their businesses.  Look around southern Wisconsin at the Wal-Marts and all the businesses that they have attracted i.e. Watertown, Wis Dells, Onalaska, Lacrosse, Delafield and Pewaukee stores and you will see the same! 

 

People deserve choices!

 

If your community is fortunate enough to get a Wal-Mart Super Center, then the haters can still shop elsewhere and the rest still have the option to choose what is better for their families.  The haters can still take advantage of all the other benefits to the community, we won’t tell. 

 

I wish your Super Center would come to my community.

 

Jeff (Mr. Envious of Cudahy’s Super Center) Hartland, Wisconsin

 

In addition, here is a good article from Reuters.

 

Click for full article.  Penny-pinching shoppers boost Wal-Mart profit

 

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Wal-Mart Stores Inc posted better-than-expected fourth quarterly profit on Tuesday as penny-pinching U.S. shoppers scoured its discount stores for low prices on necessities like food to offset tough economic conditions.

 

I leave you with this one last thing, from Ryan McCue’s platform.  I don’t know if the figures are correct or if he was talking about TID/TIF or construction of the Wal-Mart (Which the TIF money is not being used).  Just reread the blog post on TID/TIF’s.

 

 Wal-Mart:  I do not think that the City of Cudahy should provide a $12 million tax subsidy to the world’s biggest retailer.  Residents may not even see the tax benefits from the development for 20 years.  

http://ryanmccue.com/Platform.html

 

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