Another horror story in today's Charlotte/Raleigh Observer on that big bad bully Wal-Mart and all the really bad things it is doing to our economy:
Buying local: Last year, Wal-Mart bought $4.1 billion worth of products, mostly food, from more than 1,700 N.C. suppliers.
Going green: New stores are as much as 40 percent more energy-efficient by using LED lights and other “green” technology.
And this doesn't even take into account the millions of dollars Wal-Mart saves North Carolina consumers yearly through low prices.
Sorry for the sarcasm, but Wal-Mart is so often the target of the leftist fringe and organized labor as they whine and complain about all the bad things Wal-Mart represents.
But Wal-Mart and its founder Sam Walton are models of what can happen when the free-market is allowed to operate without government interference. One has to wonder though, where is the next Wal-Mart and does our state (and to a greater extent our nation) have the proper business climate to allow a company like Wal-Mart to exist? Or do the high costs of regulation, labor and taxation keep that next big great thing from ever emerging?