Real Wal-Mart study is neededPARD is obviously determined to die on the hill of Wal-Mart. They are down to the last jihadis now, but it is clear that they will fight on until the last union dollar is spent.
I was disappointed with the Daily News article (Jan. 21 & 22) about the “economic impact study” Wal-Mart presented in the hearing Jan. 20. The article was misleading and inaccurate. Wal-Mart’s analysis did not give Pullman Alliance for Responsible Development what PARD has been asking for.
1) PARD wants a thorough independent economic impact study, not the very limited analysis done by Wal-Mart.
2) Such a study would include the effects on local wages and local social services; this analysis did not.
3) It was unclear in the analysis if Washington State University students were counted as residents of Pullman or not, which could affect the conclusions drawn about “leakage” (Pullman retail money being spent elsewhere).
4) Their analysis did not consider how much of the tax revenues attributed to Wal-Mart would be from business taken from existing Pullman businesses.
A super Wal-Mart is super big and thus is likely to have a very large effect on Pullman’s economy. Keep in mind that a store does not have to lose all its business to fail, only enough to become unprofitable. It is only prudent to do our best to determine what the effect is likely to be before we commit our city. An independent, complete, economic impact study would help answer the questions people have about the effects such a huge retail business would have on our small town.
Susan Daniels, Pullman
PARD played the "economic impact study card" to appear pro-business and mainstream. Big, big mistake. Now they are publiclly rebuking the very study they have been clamoring for. Their red, anti-business roots are now exposed for everyone to see.
It won't matter that the Hearing Examiner okays the City's decision to approve the Wal-Mart Supercenter. PARD will appeal it to the Whitman County Superior Court. And it is likely they are planning other legal manuevers beyond that. It will go on and on and on.
ENOUGH OF THIS NONSENSE!!!!
The people of Pullman had better rise up in anger and demand a halt be put to these frivilous appeals. I sat and listened last night as a PARD member told a group of stunned U of I students with a straight face that there is no Constitutional right to economic freedom in this country, that no business has a right to exist, that the government has the right to pick and choose what businesses it wants and doesn't want, even small businesses and advocating income redistribution.
This "learned" person even astoundingly claimed that in early America, corporatons were not even allowed to exist. Only in the last 100 years or so have they gained the same rights as citizens. What?? Is this from the "Young Komsomol's History of America"? America was based on complete economic freedom. In 1821, no less a personage than Thomas Jefferson expressed his concern over the increasing presence of government at all levels of American life. It's only gotten worse since then. This person also claimed that in early America, corporations were held reponsible for their actions. You mean like slavery, legalized discrimination against and exploitation of immigrants, 7 day work weeks, child labor, dangerous working conditions, etc.?
Contrary to what their website claims, this PARD member said that Pullman is NOT growing and that our income is DECLINING. Therefore, it's just fine and dandy that all of our money keeps going over to Moscow. It's clear they don't give a damn about this city and anyone that lives in it.
I will try to get audio clips of that speech as soon as I can. Listening to it will scare the hell out of you, just like it did me. These people are not the "citizen heroes" they are portrayed to be in the media. They are Marxist-Leninist lunatics. God help us if they ever get control of City government.
WAKE UP PULLMAN!!!!!
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