Put Meathead Out of His Misery, Please

Monday, November 28, 2005
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The scumbag Rob Reiner deserves to be hung from a cactus in the hot Arizona sun, upside down, with his head shaven and his ass bare. The diptwit had this to say about economics: “As is the case with any democratic institution, the free market functions effectively only when consumers have all the facts.”

Might Mr. Reiner define what it means for a “consumer to have all the facts?” Says he:

A brilliant new film by Robert Greenwald, Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices, tells the real story of the corrosive effects that Wal-Mart wreaks upon the communities in which it operates and the men and women it employs.

Armed with these facts, American consumers can make informed decisions that reflect the family values that we all hold dear. This is bad news for Wal-Mart.

Rather than recount the ugly statistics and devastating human toll that Wal-Mart exacts (see the movie, a simple blog can not do it justice), I want to focus on the part of the story that is inspirational. Communities across America are saying enough is enough and banning Wal-Mart from their city limits. Greenwald lays bare the notion, propagated by today’s robber barons, that American consumers will sell their soul for cheap t-shirts. Instead, we see the strength that comes when local government that truly reflects the values of its citizens: a respect for family-owned businesses, a recognition that a person’s labor should not be given without a living wage and benefits, and the repudiation of manufacturing that cares not for worker safety and environmental protection. The story told in Wal-Mart: The High Cost of Low Prices is sure to accelerate this rejection of Wal-Mart, make it change the way it does business, or both

So, for Mr. Reiner–who sits his clump of wasted breath in his California mansion, with all his money–the quest for better-priced, everyday goods, and hence a better standard of living for those belonging to the middle class, is “selling one’s soul.” Sometimes I think that these psuedo-do-gooders absolutely loathe the middle class and all they represent. That is, until they need their oil changed or the plumbing fixed.

Remember, Reiner is the same guy who equates an anti-welfare state mentality with “selfishness.” But of course, the taxation to fund it is never theft.

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