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August 22, 2009

What Is Walmart Thinking?

After corresponding with Walmart, a company that has been able to thrive as a big box company in a free market economy, all the while resisting every attempt to unionize, it is apparent that they have decided that the health care industry must become part of the nanny state with government telling health care providers and pharmaceutical companies what they can charge for their products and services.

How would Walmart like it if the government came in and told Walmart how much their executives could make and what they could charge for apples, tires and CD's?

Walmart should resist all government intervention into their business model and continue to be the low price leader.

No good can come from government taking over the entire health care system unless you believe higher taxes, long lines and rationing to be good.

Posted by Rick | August 22, 2009 03:05 PM | Social Studies

Walmart Responds

On August 20, 2009, I wrote to Walmart:

There is a lot of misinformation on the internet. I like to verify what I read before I discuss the information with others. There is a news item going around the internet that Walmart had decided to discontinue any advertising during the Glen Beck show on Fox News and has, by that decision, shown that did not want to do business with supporters of Mr. Beck, whose show has struck a positive chord with millions of Americans. Would you please confirm or deny the news report's veracity. Thank you in advance for your reponse.

Walmart responded:

Dear Richard,

My name is John. I am with the Walmart.com Customer Service Team. Thank you for allowing me to assist you today.

I am sorry to hear that we were not able to meet your expectations. We continuously review our media plans. In keeping with our internal guidelines to avoid content that is highly polarizing, we've instructed our agencies, as of August 3rd, not to run Walmart advertising in news commentary shows on national cable networks. This would include the Glenn Beck Show.

We thank you for taking the time to send us your suggestions and comments to help improve our Web site. We value your input in continually improving your online shopping experience. Your satisfaction is our number one priority.

Richard, I apologize for any inconvenience you may have experienced.

Thank you for visiting Walmart.com. I appreciate the opportunity to serve you and look forward to your next visit.

If we may be of further assistance, please email us at help@walmart.com. We're here to serve you 7 days a week!

Customer Service at Walmart.com

I responded to Walmart as follows:

Unfortunately, your company guidelines do not have the same tender sympathies. If I am not mistaken, your company recently came out in favor of nationalized health care in a letter written in conjunction with SEIU, one of the unions that has so vigorously tried to defame and demean Walmart because it is not unionized.

I am afraid your company doesn't know which side its bread is buttered on.

I received the following reply from Walmart:

Dear Richard,

Thank you for your inquiry. At Walmart, we believe the time for comprehensive health care reform is now. The present system is not sustainable and the status quo is not an option.

We also believe in shared responsibility and support an employer mandate that is broad and fair. That mandate must be accompanied by strong efficiency provisions that will reduce health costs and dramatically improve the value we get for our health care dollar.

The bill should contain 'trigger' provisions which guarantee that promised savings take place both for the federal government and for employers who provide insurance.

We applaud the bipartisan efforts in Congress to craft and pass legislation.

Again, thank you for contacting us with your concerns. For any additional information, we would suggest visiting our website at www.walmartstores.com.

Walmart Customer Care

My replay today was as follows:

Why is it your business what other employers do? Why do we need to rush into this? You need to take care of your business model, and let other businesses take care of theirs.

There is no reason to believe that our government will be able to save any money on current government medical programs, and if it can, in fact, save some money because of waste and fraud there are no assurances that it will save anywhere close to what Obama claims. If there are savings to be had, the government should prove to us that they can find the savings before saddling us with a huge program that can do nothing but increase taxes, increase the time it takes to see a doctor, and force us into situations where health care rationing becomes a necessity. Name one country where taxes have not increased and rationing hasn't become more prevalent.

No current bill addresses the cost of malpractice insurance for doctors (tort reform), and there is no indication that we have enough doctors, nurses, and hospital beds to add another 20 to 45 million people in one fell swoop without forcing us into rationing situations.

Posted by Rick | August 22, 2009 02:46 PM | Political Science

August 21, 2009

Too Stupid To Agree With Obama?

Jonathan Alter, senior editor and columnist at Newsweek magazine, was on Keith Olberman's show tonight and in typical left wing fashion implied that anyone who doesn't agree with Obama is just basically stupid. Speaking of Obama, Alter said and I quote:

The problem is that he hasn't gotten to the core moral argument....But he hasn't closed the sale with the American people. In fact, he hasn't really begun that sale, and instead everybody is talking about public options and costs and this and that. And not focusing on the fact that this bill would end discrimination against sick people, or people who have been sick, or might be sick in the future, and that really is, if you look at it, in principle, its a combination of the social security act and the civil rights act. And its just not being sold that way. As so people aren't buying right now...And you do have to KISS - keep it simple stupid. If you look at the polling that we saw at MSNBC earlier in the day of people understanding or misunderstanding of the bill. Barack Obama likes to treat people like adults but I think in this case maybe he should treat them a little more like children and simplify.

So Alter thinks Obama should use the old tried and true method of KISS (keep it simple stupid) while out on the stump trying to sell his pathetic health care reform mess to the poor, stupid masses who just don't have the intellectual wherewithal to understand the bill of goods they are being sold.

This is an old, elitist left-wing tactic. Remember Reagan was stupid, Quail was stupid, Bush 43 was stupid, and, of course, Sarah Palin wasn't just stupid, she was portrayed as stupid, cheap trailer park trash who had the audacity to be elected mayor of an Alaskan city and then elected governor of the entire state of Alaska. Of course, the snotty, east coast elitist MSM was enthralled by the racist, anti-American community organizer who became the left-wing Mesiah and ultimately the President.

I wonder what Alter's IQ is? Frankly, I'd be surprised if Alter is even potty trained.

Posted by Rick | August 21, 2009 12:29 AM | Political Science

August 20, 2009

Boycott Procter & Gamble

I wrote to Proctor & Gamble a week ago and received a promise that they would get back to me about their boycott of the Glen Beck show on FOX News. I have not received a reply to date.

I am assuming from their silence that they have, in fact, removed their advertising from the Beck show and have decided that they have no desire to do business with listeners and/or viewers of Beck's show.

If you would like to show your displeasure with Procter & Gamble, let them know with your pocketbook. There are many great alternatives to Tide laundry detergent, Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, and Duracell batteries, etc. Click here to view a list of Proctor & Gamble products they would rather you not purchase if you support Glen Beck.

Update: While Procter & Gamble does not seem to be advertising on Glen Beck's show, they are advertising on MSNBC shows such as blow hard Keith Olbermann's show, the ED show, and Rachael Maddow's show. Beck crushes MSNBC's Chris Matthews and O'Reilly crushes Olbermann in the ratings while FOX News generally obliterates MSNBC in all time slots, yet P & G would prefer to advertise on MSNBC. They must be getting a great deal to spend their advertising dollars on MSNBC's third-rate programs.

Posted by Rick | August 20, 2009 11:50 PM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

August 14, 2009

Free Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

I was just listening to President Barack Hussein Obama's speech in Montana and he was receiving unrestrained applause from the audience during his health care giveaway. Not only is the Messiah promising everyone a free lunch, but free breakfast and dinner too.

Claiming that he is going to reform the insurance business from the ground floor up, the Anointed One says that he will force insurance companies to insure everyone, even if they have a preexisting medical condition(s). So, just to be clear, let's say I have no health insurance and I show up on the doorstep of ABC Insurance Company after being diagnosed with cancer of the liver. The prognosis gives me 0% chance of recovery and the cost of prolonging my life for a year or so is going to be $200,000. How is the insurance company going to justify paying for my care when all they can ask me to pay are a dozen or so monthly premiums?

If we could do the same with other insurance, no one would buy homeowner's insurance until after their house burned down and no one would buy automobile insurance until after they had an accident. If you believe that an insurance company can afford to insure someone who has a preexisting condition the same way they insure a healthy individual, you are as delusional as those Obama Kool-Aid drinkers in Montana who are applauding him as I write this.

Obama is promising to prohibit insurance companies from placing an annual or lifetime cap on benefits paid, and, he is also promising to limit the out-of-pocket expenses an insurance company can charge. As The Prez sez, "no one in America should be broke when they get sick."

Remember, members of Congress are excluding themselves from the proposed health care system they would subject the rest of us to. Ask them why they won't drink from the same Kool-Aid cup they expect the rest of us to drink from!!!

The entire plan is crap, and I do not use that word lightly This is a desperate President saying and promising anything to accomplish his socialist agenda. This is not ordinary Kool-Aid he is serving up, this is Reverend Jim Jones, Jonestown Kool-Aid. Do not succumb to the promises of a better place. There is no free breakfast, no free lunch, and there is no free dinner. There will be higher taxes. There will be long linesat the doctor's office and the hospital; there will be rationing of drugs, operations, and exams; and there will be people dying while waiting for health care just as there are in Canada and Great Britain.

Posted by Rick | August 14, 2009 12:42 PM | Political Science

Left Playing Economic Hardball With Dissenters

A racist left-wing group that calls itself ColorOfChange.org has decided to try and silence FOX News channel's Glen Beck. Beck is the newest star at FOX and most of the time advertisers would be glad to advertise during his show because he crushes his competition by a huge ratings margin, but ColorOfChange.org is literally using 'Black'mail to 'encourage' advertisers to pull their advertising from Beck's show, which airs at 5:00 P.M. EDT on the FOX News channel.

ColorOfChange.org was founded in 2005 by its executive director, James Rucker, who, like President Barack Hussein Obama, was essentially a community organizer for MoveOn.org, serving as Director of Grassroots Mobilization for MoveOn.org Political Action and Moveon.org Civic Action; and by Van Jones, who now serves as Special Advisor for Green Jobs at the White House Council on Environmental Quality. I don't know if he is considered one of President Barack Hussein Obama's czar's, but that certainly sounds like a pretty cushy job to me.

Oh, what a tangled web we weave. We now have at least one political operative in the White House with ties to a group he co-founded with a political operative from MoveOn.org, that is trying to silence a very successful member of the media who dares disagree with the President. Sounds like something Hugo Chavez would do if you ask me.

I am writing to the companies that have reportedly pulled their advertising from the Glen Beck Show and will post more about it later.

Posted by Rick | August 14, 2009 02:29 AM | Political Science ~ | Social Studies

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