Carol Platt Liebau: An Easy Choice

Friday, December 16, 2005

An Easy Choice

Apparently, Wal-Mart and Target are locked in heated combat for Christmas shoppers this year. (Note to liberals: This competition results in lowered prices, which makes it easier for poor people to stretch their dollars).

I'm solidly in the Wal-Mart camp. I support the stores who share my values and are willing to support the causes I care about -- like the Salvation Army.


Blogger Eightgun said...

Carol, there are lots of reasons to like Wal-Mart and there may be a lot of reasons to dislike Target, but I think the Salvation Army thing is a little cheap and here is the reason why: Target's granting an exception to the Salvation Army made them a potential target for lawsuits. What I'm saying here is that the Target Corporation is also a victim--a victim of a litigation culture that is as likely to create as to correct injustice.

Target should be able to decide its own policy, but courts may not see it that way, and, at least in Minnesota, lefties think Target belongs to them. Lefties wouldn't be upset if Christian missionary groups started raising funds outside Wal-Mart, because they consider Wal-Mart enemy territory to begin with. It's all part of Jesus-Land to them. Whether or not Target's decision was an act of corporate cowardice or simply shrewd business I am not prepared to say, but Wal-Mart being even more generous with the Salvation Army--despite being an honorable and noble thing to do--is no great act of bravery. They're not risking much by doing it.

9:37 PM  
Blogger Pete said...

Exactly what would the charge be against Target in a lawsuit for allowing the Salvation Army outside? I don't see it. What did I miss?

7:00 AM  

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