Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Saturday, November 26, 2005

Black Friday (or Why PARD Can't Win)

From today's Lewiston Tribune:

"An estimated 800 people line up before 5 a.m. in the Wal-Mart parking lot at Lewiston to get an early start on holiday bargains. The line started forming five hours before, at midnight, and took almost five minutes to get through the front door."

Over in Renton and Puyallup, police had to be called to deal with crowds of shoppers at Wal-Mart stores there.

Shoppers continue to vote with their wallets and feet despite the millions spent by the UFCW and other labor organizations, the Michael Moore-style propaganda movie, the moronic letters to the editor from Gerard Connelly, Nancy Maxeiner and Joan Harris, and the lies, whining and kvetching from organizations like PARD. Wal-Mart continues to laugh all the way to the bank because they give the American people what they want. And Wal-Mart will continue to prosper until someone comes along and does it better than they do.

All the nattering of the left-wing, hate-America-First activists will have no effect. As Shakespeare said, "It is a tale, told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing". It is also a recipe for disaster at the ballot box. Just ask Judy Krueger and Gary Johnson. The Democrats will also find this out to their chagrin in 2006 and 2008 if they follow the doomed "Bash Wal-Mart" strategy.

This Thanksgiving season, I'm more thankful than ever that we still live in a country where the people get to decide, not the government or the intellectual and cultural snobs of PARD.


Scotty said...

See, PARD's report is correct, crime will go up... Renton had to use cops. Sad...

Tom Forbes said...

*LOL* That was my first thought Scotty!

Unlike PARD's infamous "all night party zone", I don't think anyone around here would mind calling the police to handle people desperately wanting to spend their money in a Pullman store. The Business section of today's Daily News describes local merchants as "tentative" and "uncertain" about the holiday shopping season. In that article, B.J. Swanson, the president of American West Bank in Moscow refers to the retail leakage to Spokane and Lewiston that I have often talked about.

April E. Coggins said...

Do a Google news search for "police called to Wal-Mart" and you will find the same story all across the country. I think something is fishy.

The Arrogant Sage said...

I am a Pullman resident and went shopping in Moscow for Black Friday. All in all, I shopped in 3 stores in Moscow and one in Pullman.
It was quite sad when I got back into town. It was so dead. I visited the Radio Shack to see what deals they had and the place was a ghost town. The guys working there just seemed surprised someone came in.
I know full well, that the Radio Shack would have had some customers if a Super Wal-Mart were just across the street.
I really like this town and I find it sad that I've lived in smaller towns with better retail options.

Ray Lindquist said...

Thanks for saying it Arrogant Sage, well said. It will be nice as more start to settle on Bishop also, it will be nice to see the reatil options grow as soon as PARD gets out of the way so our city can grow.