Walmart Affect America

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Wal-Mart is hard to ignore and this company is everywhere. They are down the street, in the news, and most likely in your home. This is a huge company that caters to millions of Americans every day, but have you ever thought about what impact this company has on how you live your everyday life? I am talking about how Wal-Mart is impacting American workers and their jobs. Most likely you have never even thought about it, but a huge company like Wal-Mart has a great deal of influence on what positions are available in your community, where your products are coming from, and how much money you make. In this essay I really wanted to tackle this issue: What impact does Wal-Mart have on American jobs? I really want to be fair in researching both…show more content…
A good book I found on the subject is called The Bully of Bentonville How the High Cost of Wal-Mart’s Everyday Low Prices is Hurting America by Anthony Bianco. In the chapter titled “When Wal-Mart Comes to Town” Bianco talks about how Kenneth Stone a professor of economics at Iowa State University, created a number of reports detailing how retail stores in Iowa have closed due to Wal-Mart being present in rural communities. According to Stone, “nearly 2,200 of Iowa’s retail stores have closed from 1983 to 1993 (142,…show more content…
According to Herbst, a few days after General Motors filed bankruptcy and said they were going to lay off 20,000 workers, Wal-Mart stated that they would be hiring 22,000 workers this year. Herbst quoted Peter Morici in saying that, “The concern is that we’re replacing $25-an-hour jobs with $12-an-hour jobs.” Herbst mentioned how GM used to be the country’s largest employer and it is

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