James Furman, a top new economic advisor to President Obama thinks that Wal-Mart and “the Wal-Mart economy” has been excellent for the American workers, low-income families who can’t afford to buy more expensive products made in America, and finally American tax payers who pay part of the health care costs of thousands of Wal-Mart employees. Furman states in his work titled “Wal-Mart: A Progressive Success Story” that there is no question that the Wal-Mart Corporations price reductions have benefited the 120 million American workers employed outside the retail sector. ( http:///news/09/0309/ ) Furman seems to be one of few who see the prosperity of the Wal-Mart Corporation as many other owners and executives of domestic manufacturing companies believe that the “Wal-Mart economy” has destroyed the American manufacturing sector, and ultimately a considerable factor in the demise of the American middle class.
The foregoing reasons are not all-inclusive and themselves can lead to disharmony among persons trying to oppose Wal-Mart, but they need to be articulated. Leaders of the movement to stop Wal-Mart have obviously failed, for the most part, and the time has come to take a different and more appropriate approach. But, before talking about this approach, let's look at a list (also incomplete) of the major arguments favoring the exclusion of Wal-Mart from any further expansion, and the major arguments favoring further Wal-Mart expansion. Because the arguments in favor of Wal-Mart are much fewer and therefore easier to list, I'll start with these Arguments Favoring Wal-Mart and Its Further Expansion: The Arguments in Favor of Wal-Mart and Further Wal-Mart Expansion