Politics from the Palouse to Puget Sound

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Lee Scott Tackles PARD

Well, sort of. In his response to the question about the Maryland health care legislation, Wal-Mart President and CEO Lee Scott said that Wal-Mart will change for the customer and will change to be a better company, but will never change due to external pressure. He mentioned getting a letter from a town in Georgia asking about Sam Walton's pledge to never open in a town where it was not wanted. Shades of PARD. Scott's response was classic. He said that just because a few select people don't want Wal-Mart doesn't mean the whole town does not want Wal-Mart. If that were the case, Wal-Mart would never open another store. The unions are very good at finding the people in a town opposed to Wal-Mart and getting them organized.

Wal-Mart expects opposition everywhere they go but they will never back off. Scott said it is tough to legislate Wal-Mart out. Only the customers can do that.

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